Sunday, March 15, 2009
Garden Blogger's Bloom Day
This post is for Carol's blog, May Dreams, where people from all over the world share what's blooming in their gardens on the 15th of each month.
Rain at last in central Texas! Many trees are beginning to leaf out, and some of the peaches and pears are blooming. But let me not waste words when I have pictures. This is chicory, which I planted once, because I like to put a few leaves in salads. It reseeds itself with abandon.
Cyclmen is a luxury -- requires protection from freezing, likes moisture but hates wet feet, doesn't like the hottest days of summer.
Jasmine takes care of itself, long as there isn't a hard freeze. In fact, it tends to be somewhat invasive, but I can't hold that against it when it gives me such beautiful, fragrant flowers in the early spring.
I've never grown Osteospermum before. I bought this one at the grocery store a few weeks ago -- it had just arrived from a wholesale nursery, so it was still in good shape. It settled into its spot in my garden as though it had been there all its life.
I love the delicate colors of pear blossoms and pink evening primrose.
Of course, I have to bring some of the spring beauty into the house.
Here's a list (although I always forget a few):
roses (all of them are blooming except Fortune's Double Yellow, which seems to be suffering from the drought, although I did water it from time to time throughout the winter)
pansies & violas
dill, parsley, and cilantro (I use the clusters of tiny blooms in flower arrangements, as well as in the kitchen)
artichoke (first buds of the season are forming!)
salvia - Indigo Spires & native cedar sage
pear & peach trees
a few late blooming tulips
Sophora (Texas Mountain Laurel)
a few vounteer zinnias (the little pink ones that must be similar to the wild form of the flower)
a few late blooming narcissus
plumbago (in protected locations)
patio tomato in protected location south of house (already forming fruit)
lettuce & other cool weather salad greens
Swiss chard (silver beet)
a few Chandler strawberries (when I can beat the birds to them)
cilantro, parsley, chives, dill, etc.
tomato, chile, and eggplant starts (moved from seedling flat to 3 in containers)
marigolds, zinnias, vinca in seedling flats