This little plant won’t make it through the summer heat, but she’s a cheery site for as long as she’s with us
Although I’m not as freaked out by receiving bare root roses in the mail as I was at first, it still amazes me how quickly my David Austin roses take to my Texas garden. This year’s addition, Roald Dahl is happily blooming. Coincidentally, the April photo on my DA calendar is the same rose except mine is more pale yellow than apricot.
A pleasant Sunday morning spent pottering—tying back or cutting back shrubs, staking up my tomato plants and taking a few photos of blooms I hadn’t spotted before. I could swear the bushes behind the pool have never had white blooms on them for the past seven years, or maybe I’ve never noticed. The red columbine that didn’t appear last year is back, and my drift roses are happy. Plus some different iris that I must purchased last season, coneflower from my neighbor, a replaces purple Datura and a lovely combo of larkspur and poppy
The iris are starting to bloom at the front of the house. Last October, I found an orange pot that I thought would be a great contrast to the iris and daylillies that bloom in front of it so I’ve been dying to see this year’s crop of bulbs show up. Doesn’t look like I will have to wait much longer.
A bulb that I purchased on line is beginning to show its orange poker blooms and it looks like the number of flowers has doubled from last year.
My larkspur is showing off the brilliant blue-purple flowers that brighten up spring just as my poppies are starting to fade. I do like the look of the pods though as they start to wilter. Tom’s job next weekend will be to harvest the poppy pods so we we have seeds for 2019. And just when he finishes moaning about having to do that, it will be time to do the same for the bluebonnets and larkspur!
Managed to keep my purchases at the plant sale and garden center this weekend under $100…lovely weather for a spot of garden shopping. My tactic at the crowded plant sale was to find some native white plant and shrubs. Helped to have a focus so I didn’t spend too much! Also added to my milkweed collection and I’m trying to keep a kangaroo paw alive for once…
The faithful pomegranate blooms on cue every year and wows me each time. I’ve now got three trees scattered around the back garden. I’m also glad to see my root rhubarb is doing well–this was the first thing I grew in our garden at Wood Road and I’m hoping for some rhubarb crumble later in the season. The tobacco seeds I got during our trip to Virginia have been a success. Some of the bulbs I planted last year are hitting their stride and the pots on the front porch are a nice welcome home every day…
This is the first year my hedgehog cactus bloomed. My enjoyment for cactus and succulents continues to grow despite not having much time for them a few years ago. Yesterday, I hit up the Austin Cactus and Succulent show at Zilker Botanical Gardens and managed to find one owl-eye cactus plant that I love. Mine got killed off this past winter.
Despite having an overflowing garden, I don’t keep that many flowers inside the house (a few African violets and orchids). Yet, I always enjoy having flowers around. Here are a couple of arrangements currently taking pride of place at Cloverleaf: roses in the bathroom and reusing my favorite gin bottles.