Sunday, February 16, 2014

Blooms and Foliage....

We've had a harder than usual winter.
So, there's not much going on here.

But, I thought I'd try to join in with Carol at
May Dreams Garden

And, Pam at Digging.
Foliage Follow-Up.

As I said, there are not many blooms.
Purple Violas

And, Yellow Violas.

And, just because it has a bloom,
The bloom means it'll probably seed before I get out there and get it out.
So, there will be even more to remove.

Foliage is where things aren't looking too bad.

Gold Dust Acuba, is hanging in there.

The Japanese Arailia really has surprised me.
It looks so tropical.  But, it doesn't even have any burn on the leaves.

Quite unlike my beautiful Dianella.
It obviously doesn't like low temperatures.  Especially lows of 12F.
Guess that'll have to be replaced.
I'm researching what might work, in this dry, shady bed.

The Chrysanthemum pacificum is putting on new growth.

I'll be cutting back these ugly leggy parts, as well as the
Aztec Grass behind it.  I think there's some life left in that one.

The cold...or heat...never seems to bother the Dusty Miller.

Or, these Iris.
I think this is the peach one that Jenny from Rock Rose gave me.
I hope so.  It looks nice and healthy.

The Rosemary and Agave lophantha, in the new Grass Bed area
are unfazed by the cold.

And, the Mexican Feather grass is looking good,
with a new haircut.

This Peter's Purple Monarda, is doing well.  I didn't realize it had that nice purple
on it's leaves.  Another plant from a local Austin garden blogger,
Bob Byer.
I'm looking forward to the pretty purple flowers.

Here in the Front Bed, we have the Texas Sabal Minor...looking not too bad.
The Sago Palm got burned pretty badly.

But, there is some green in there.  So, maybe it'll come back to life.

This palm in the Island Bed, has a little burn.
But, it's held in there.
I can't find my info on what this is.  But, I like it.

This agave is one I rescued from one of our neighbor, Elli's, remodels.
I don't know what kind it is.  It's growing fast, and has several pups.
The cold didn't bother it at all.
I have a feeling it'll get too big for this pot.  And, when the cage comes off,
I'll be getting those pups out of there.

I'll make a wild guess and say this Asparagus fern is a goner.
I forgot to bring it in.  I've just left it out there.  Gold fern...messy, but still interesting.

On the front porch, I didn't think this Foxtail Fern would get hit so hard.
One on the back (north) made it fine last winter...not this time.
This one is larger, and there is some life in there.
I won't cut that burned part back until we're sure of no hard freezes.

This Prickly Pear is one I moved from the Deer Grove.
Actually, it's half of that one.  The other half is almost as big, and in the
Island Bed.
They look fine.  A few little spots, but no real damage.
It's never bloomed.  Are there male and female Prickly Pears?

This, in the back Tree Bed, has collapsed.
I'd blame it on the cold, but it started this last summer.
Can't even blame the Flood.
I'm going to cut it back hard, and see what happens.
It's another one I moved from the Grove.
This one usually has yellow blooms.

This little Purple Prickly Pear is a pad I took off our daughter-in-law's cactus.
We gave her the cactus when it got too big for our old garden.
I 'rescued' a pad from some along a road in New Mexico.
It was winter and they were beautiful.
I hope it does something good here.

I have several of these.  Elli gave me some pieces, and they have grown and grown.
I babied these in pots on the Porch, but some I put in the ground did almost better.
I think it's Bunny Ears.

Then, there's the Big Green Monster.
Rose Jasmine, planted around the power boxes between our driveway and Elli's.
Elli planted these years ago.
The deer don't eat them.  They hold up to cold.
They hold up to heat.  The flood rushed right through them, and they've
been left for long periods without any extra water.

Maybe I should plant them everywhere.

Well...that's what we have here.
Be sure to go to Carol's and Pam's and see
lots more blooms and foliage.

'Til later...
Take care...


  1. Your garden looks ready for spring to arrive! That is the prettiest I've ever seen henbit look. I'll have to go take a closer look at mine. My sago palm looked that bad 2 winters ago and it recovered just fine, hopefully, yours will do the same.


  2. Thanks for the tour of your late winter garden Linda -- our lilac and viburnum are starting to bud, but that's about all of the growth activity for now. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. I love that Purple Monarda--so pretty in the winter landscape and the pic of the Henbit is a hoot. There's certainly plenty of that abloom in Central Texas.

  4. Love your violas. I stopped worrying about Henbit when I noticed that early butterflies and beneficials visit it. Hot sun will take out that and chickweed and other nasties.

    Plant Delights says to cut off the tan fronds of Cycads after the last frost and they'll be fine, with new foliage.


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