Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blending Blooms and Foliage...Again...

Again, I'm combining 
Garden Bloggers' Bloomday
Foliage Follow-up.

We've had some 'interesting' weather, lately.
87F one day, and down to freezing the next morning.

I'm hoping all this excitement is over.

I got out before the cold hit, to take photos.
Glad I did.  Some of the blooms were nipped.

See here's what we have.

The Crossvine is blooming.
Oh...this isn't mine.  This is our neighbor Elli's.

This is mine.

But, hey....two blooms are more than it's ever given us.

And, I have iris blooming.  
Thought this was supposed to be peach.
But, I'll take this pretty purple.

And, there are several white ones still blooming.

This Snapdragon volunteers each year.
Not where I would plant it. but it's pretty.
It's in a pot with pansies.

The little yellow violas have perked up.

Gulf Coast Penstemon

A newly planted Mystic Spires Salvia.

Our one rose...a red Knockout.

A Spiderwort I thought was gone.

Primrose Jasmine.

Jerusalem sage.
This is full of buds.  Love these Dr. Seuss-like blooms.

Now, for some foliage.

Mexican Feathergrass.

Agave Lophantha

Prickly Pear putting on new pads.

Yucca 'Color Guard'

The small Golden Barrel Cactus.

The large Golden Barrel Cactus.

Yep...that damage was fatal.
I think is was more the six hours under water, during the flood,
more than the cold.

And last, but not least...
new leaves and those lovely catkins (a.k.a. Brown Squigglies),
on the Live Oaks.

We've had the leaf drop...twice.
And, there is yellow pollen all over everything.
Next these little green things will turn brown,
and cover the ground, the outside furniture, the plants...

It's a mess. 
But, I still love the trees.

There is more here....especially foliage.
But, that's it for this time.

Be sure to visit Carol, at
for Bloomday, and
Pam at Digging.
for Foliage Follow-up.

'Til later...
Take care...


  1. I laughed out loud at your crossvine photo captions... Some days it feels like all the "best" examples of the plants I love are growing in other people's gardens. I'm betting once your vine gets a little better established it will be another show stopper. I'm ready for the oak catkins to be history (as are my eyes and my poor itchy nose!) but I too love the trees. Great shot of both!

    1. The Crossvine got a slow start. The deer...who, by the way are not supposed to like it...chomped it the first year. It now has a fence around it.

  2. What lovely things in bloom and beautiful photos. But what on earth is crossvine? Latin please?

    1. I've been lazy, with Latin names, lately.
      Crossvine is Bignonia capreolata.

  3. You have a lot of nice blooms. I like the photo effect, or whatever it is, in the photo with the red cushion and yellow flowers. Do you think there is any chance of recovery for the large golden barrel?

    1. I'm pretty sure the barrel is a goner. Just dried up sponge, inside.

  4. Boy, can I commiserate with you over the live oak leaf and pollen drops! Blowing is on my to-do list tomorrow. Your pics sure are crisp and clear -- very pretty!

  5. I have two puppies with Velcro fur. Everything seems to stick to them, so I definitely get your comment about the oak flowers sticking to the dog. Everything is looking good in your garden. Happy spring!

  6. You have such a pretty array of blooms in different colors, Linda. I just picked up a couple of salvia 'Mystic Spires', too--looking forward to seeing if they handle part shade well, without completely taking over. Love the 'Dr Suess' shaped Jerusalem Sage blooms, too. And those irises... I will definitely have to add those this year.

  7. That's a good variety of blooms and foliage, and the "borrowed view" of your neighbor's Cross Vine is actually a proven design technique some of us designers seek out! Your golden barrels still look ok in the photos I see, and I bet the water was the problem, too.

    The price you pay for those live oaks is soon over, then you reap the benefits.


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