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newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 1, 2013
6:36 PM

Post #9469202

Hymenoxys acaulis
first prairie verbena
Echinocereus davisii
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 1, 2013
6:39 PM

Post #9469207


TX betony

This isnt a flower but I am thrilled its showing some life after just recently being planted - Echiveria strictiflora

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 1, 2013
7:41 PM

Post #9469269

Very pretty!!

Can someone tell me what the yellow flowers are blooming on the roadsides, along side the Bluebonnets & Indian Paintbrush?
And if you're familiar with the purple blooming ones, I'd really appreciate it!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 1, 2013
7:52 PM

Post #9469280

The yellow ones are probably coreopsis but Ive not seen any purple ones yet.

Cheryl, Texas Betony is really pretty, kinda like a cross between Salvia and verbena!

This message was edited Apr 1, 2013 9:54 PM
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 1, 2013
8:05 PM

Post #9469291

Hi, Y'all! Welcum ta Texes.
bananna18
Colleyville, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2013
9:24 PM

Post #9469340

Love it!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2013
6:59 AM

Post #9469559

Lots of roses are starting to bloom: Don Juan, Double Delight, huumm ... Belinda's Dream, Mons Sonbrieu.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2013
7:02 AM

Post #9469562

Clematis ...

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2013
7:06 AM

Post #9469568

Jerusalem Sage, Peonies are ready to bloom ... Itoh Peony, Violas and wild Strawberries (they flew in my garden ...)

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2013
7:09 AM

Post #9469573

Daffodils still popping out everywhere, ooohhh Bearded Irises, poppies are starting to bud, Ranunculus

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2013
7:11 AM

Post #9469575

I love my Crossvine
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

April 2, 2013
7:29 AM

Post #9469585

drthor your flowers are so pretty. I can't wait to be able to grow peonies.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 2, 2013
4:12 PM

Post #9470050

Near my house there are grape hyacinths all along the roads. What kind of purple and what does the flower look like?

Weather is lousy for pics but here are a couple of my antiques, Nacodoches and Maggie.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2013
5:28 AM

Post #9470455

it started ... Spring is here !!
Mons. Sombrieu ... (or something like that)
Dutch Iris
Yellow Bearded Irises
Rose Double Delight
Bearded Iris

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2013
5:31 AM

Post #9470461

Ranunculus
Columbine Nora Barlow (it self seeds every year in my garden - love the shade - evergreen foliage in the winter)
More Irises

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2013
5:32 AM

Post #9470463

Itoh Peonies are ready to bloom.
This year it will be a great show ... I hope

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

April 3, 2013
1:35 PM

Post #9470887

Peonies? Already? Wow...I'm not in Kansas Boston anymore

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2013
3:49 PM

Post #9471023

carrielamont
actually this year we are very late with all the blooms here ... maybe 3 weeks behind.
Look at this pictures from the 3rd of April 2012

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2013
3:55 PM

Post #9471034

Normally Peonies in my garden start to bloom at the end of March.
These are from last year March 26th, 2012
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 3, 2013
4:01 PM

Post #9471046

This has truly been an unusual year. My LA irises were late this year and the weeds have been different too. There is no Plaintain this year. I usually have lots. The wild carrot-looking thing which I usually see a few of are EVERYWHERE this year, even in potted plants, go figure. The Lantanas are outstanding this year, never better and now in Feb-Mar-Apr? My azaleas were great this year. I usually am covered up with wild strawberry by now and I have some but not like previous years. I attribute it to the weather but I dont know any specifics about the weather that could have caused the difference.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9471470

Drthor, you must be in a very sheltered area to have that many blooms so early, most of my plants are not blooming yet, except for Columbines and Golden groundsel.
Of course Marty is in zone 9, my Lantanas and Turk's cap are not showing growth yet, we need more heat for them.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9471477

frostweed
I am actually on the very top of a small hill. My neighbor said that it is the highest point in Dallas.
It is very windy in my garden ... I dunno !!
I am serious when I say that it is late this year ... looking at pictures of the same date of the previous years.
But my Lantana and Turk's cap are showing growths ... and I have not turn on the sprinklers since November
Also my tomato plants used to be loaded with fruits already and not this year ...

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2013
6:50 AM

Post #9471569

Well, it has been very cold at night many times this winter and part of spring, so we must wait till it warms up.
Patience, patience.

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2013
9:56 AM

Post #9471760

I have 3 Lantanas -- 1 Camara and 2 Horrida. The Camara is up already (and always comes back from old growth). The Turks Cap is up, too. But I think the TC and one Lantana are up because they are covered in Bur Oak leaves all winter. I think the ground around their roots stays warmer than the two more exposed Lantana Horridas.

Carla
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 4, 2013
1:02 PM

Post #9471907

We have had a cooler spring than usual. My plants are smaller too.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2013
3:38 PM

Post #9472025

It took longer to cool down in the fall so I wondered if it would stay cool longer into the Spring, but I didn't think it would stay cool this long...there is no mention of a freeze tonight, but now that the clouds have cleared Im wondering if it might...

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

April 4, 2013
5:22 PM

Post #9472120

This stuff is so interesting!
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2013
7:34 PM

Post #9472256

You mean like watching paint dry, Carrie?

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 5, 2013
7:11 AM

Post #9472562

[quote="Cajun2"] Can someone tell me what the yellow flowers are blooming on the roadsides, along side the Bluebonnets & Indian Paintbrush?
And if you're familiar with the purple blooming ones, I'd really appreciate it![/quote]

Around here the yellow blooming plants along roads and creeks is the dreaded Bastard Cabbage! This plant they say will kill out the bluebonnets eventually because of the plants leaf base. Everywhere ground is disturbed it shows up and along waterways. With so much construction now it is going wild!

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2012/03/bastard_cabbage_drought_not_go.php
http://www.texasinvasives.org/plant_database/detail.php?symbol=RARU

The purple are wild verbena I bet.

This message was edited Apr 5, 2013 8:14 AM
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 5, 2013
8:29 PM

Post #9473266

Yes, I saw the purple today and it is verbena.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2013
12:28 AM

Post #9473368

I have also seen wild indigo along the roadways, and down here between Houston and San Antonio some gorgeous crimson red small flowers, gaillardia? bluebonnets, i will attempt to grab pix on my way back across to Houston.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 6, 2013
2:28 PM

Post #9473892

A few blooms that made me smile today.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 6, 2013
2:30 PM

Post #9473894

They sure are adorable Cheryl.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 6, 2013
2:35 PM

Post #9473895

Pretty but fleeting, guess thats why I like them.

My crossvine always seems spindly compared to others but its still pretty.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
10:33 AM

Post #9476049

I'd like to share with you how proud I am that my sprinklers have been turned off since November 2011 ... but this little guy here is not happy at all !!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
10:36 AM

Post #9476058

Don Juan tea Rose
Crossvine
Columbine
Martha Gonzales' rose and Arugula
Itoh Peony Keiko

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
10:38 AM

Post #9476061

More Clematis ...

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
10:41 AM

Post #9476064

More Bearded Irises ... It is so hard to take these pictures ... the wind is blowing 30 mhp !!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
10:44 AM

Post #9476070

and more Bearded Irises ... the fragrance in the garden is just amazing ...

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
10:49 AM

Post #9476076

Marchesa Bocella Rose
Martha Gonzales (should be earthkind)
Dutchess De Brabant (earthkind)

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
11:58 AM

Post #9476154

I don't have pictures ... but the first of season Hummingbird Moths were feeding from my Scabiosa last evening. They usually go for the Dianthus (which is blooming and smells heavenly right now) but they liked the Scabiosa this time. I love this time of year!

Carla

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
2:31 PM

Post #9476398

I saw the first Hummingbird moth maybe 2 weeks ago, around my Arugula flowers ... it is very hard to take pictures

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

April 8, 2013
7:23 PM

Post #9476749

Drthor, I adore the orange peony!

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
7:25 PM

Post #9476752

I, too, spied a hummingbird moth last week visiting the blackberry flowers. For some reason, they are very rare in my garden.

Lyre Leaf Sage
Pincushion Daisy
Blackfoot Daisy
Comfrey
Texas Betony

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2013
7:30 PM

Post #9476764

Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William)
Salvia "May Night"
Not blooms, but hungry caterpillars!

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2013
12:33 PM

Post #9477697

Stephanie, your Pincushion Daisy is what I call Scabiosa.

Carla
covenantgarden
(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2013
1:41 PM

Post #9477773

Lots of first blooms around here! French hollyhock, Lady Banks rose, Indian hawthorn, and lantana.
covenantgarden
(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9477781

This is my first iris bloom of the year. I don't know why mine bloom so late. The wisteria is fading already, but the oxalis is blooming away.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2013
2:04 PM

Post #9477804

Very nice.
Nora Barlow Columbine
Oxalis
Nora Barlow Columbine (the back is also beautiful)
Penstemon
Bearded Iris

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2013
2:07 PM

Post #9477806

Finally my Peony started to bloom. I cut them and I am enjoying them in the house. They smell so good.
Rain is forecast tonight ... so they would have been down to the ground.
#1 and #4 Peony Tree
#2 Mikasa Itoh Peony
#3 Keiko Itoh Peony
#5 bouque in the house
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2013
2:14 PM

Post #9477813

I'm in zone 8a and I only have 2 BlueBonnets blooming. Lol My Wisteria is just starting to get a few leaves, my Lady Banks and China Blush roses are getting buds.

I just bought seeds for the French Hollyhock. Do you have any advice on when should sow them? Thanks!

I'm really enjoying all the pics maybe I'll have some to share after the next cold front.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2013
5:41 PM

Post #9478082

Carla, you are correct! I know it by both names.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 9, 2013
6:33 PM

Post #9478148

Things are really begining to bloom. A few shots from this afternoon.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2013
8:28 PM

Post #9478283

Here you go Lisa, these are in the hay pasture. Mine have already gone to seed.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2013
8:45 PM

Post #9478300

Joy, the field across our road usually looks like that but not for another month or so. Great pics

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 10, 2013
6:05 AM

Post #9478558

rouxcrew
fantastic pictures, especially the second one !
covenantgarden
(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 10, 2013
9:15 PM

Post #9479532

1lisac, this is just a guess, but you can probably sow the French hollyhocks now. We started with a little 2" seedling from our pastor's neighbor about ten years ago. It grew and multiplied and we've had them ever since. They self sow freely, and we have them at all different stages all the time. Right now, I have 1" to 6" new plants and two mature plants in bloom that came up as seedlings last fall. They do stay green all winter in our zone.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 10, 2013
9:23 PM

Post #9479539

Ok I was just looking at the seed packet. I'll sow them now. I think if I sow them in the fall I have a better chance of getting flowers in the Spring but I have a MUCH better chance of forgetting about them too.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2013
5:56 AM

Post #9479732

covenantgarden
in my garden I planted the French Hollyhocks a few years ago and it re-seed like crazy every where. It was too invasive here ..
covenantgarden
(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2013
10:49 AM

Post #9480156

Mine have not been invasive enough to be a problem. There are usually a few that come up where I don't want them, but I just dig them up and replant them where they belong - like little stray lambs. Just this week, I noticed one growing in our stone path. It'll get moved this weekend. By the way, drthor, your flowers are beautiful!! I'm amazed at how many you have blooming already!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2013
10:52 AM

Post #9480160

Thank you so much covenantgarden.
Here what is blooming today after the rain and the cold weather: Clematis

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2013
10:55 AM

Post #9480166

Bearded Irises ... lots of new colors ...

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2013
10:58 AM

Post #9480168

Wonderfully beautiful! I love the smell of peonies in the house!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2013
10:58 AM

Post #9480170

Columbine Nora Barlow ... this year is so tall
Jerusalem Sage (this year it was evergreen even in the winter)
The last variety of Crossvine is finally blooming. The flowers are a little bit smaller but the color is a deep deep red

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2013
2:24 PM

Post #9482705

Lots of roses are blooming

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2013
2:26 PM

Post #9482706

Peonies ... so fragrant

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2013
2:28 PM

Post #9482709

Poppies: my favorite.
Poppies in my garden come out FREE ... I did let them re-seed every year, now they are all over ... so beautiful!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2013
2:31 PM

Post #9482713

Columbine
Penstemon
Clematis
Artichokes

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2013
2:34 PM

Post #9482716

rainbow of Bearded Irises

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2013
2:36 PM

Post #9482722

more Irises ...
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
3:09 PM

Post #9483831

1&2 my noid yellow iris blooming a full month late.
3 my red lantana
4 my nasturtium that I thot probably would not bloom
5 One of my Amaryllis
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
3:19 PM

Post #9483838

1 Lady in Red Salvia, thank you Sheila
2Lyre-leaf sage, thank you Dennis and Sheila
3 Pink knotweed and coleus
4 dianthus
5 Zinnias and frostweed thank you Josephine
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
3:30 PM

Post #9483848

Here is the pink knotweed and coleus. I think I accidently hit the red X just before sending.
2 Red knock out rose
3 Esperanza just beginning
4 salmon colored lantana
5 cherry sage
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
3:41 PM

Post #9483859

All of these are still blooming from last month
1 The jerusalem sage is about 4 feet wide now
2 My cabbage is getting leggy
3 The bridal wreath knows Im going to prune it to the ground when it finishes so it just keeps going.
4 One of my pots of pansies and violas that did not get stolen (someone's Easter present I suppose.)
5 My LA iris still going.

This message was edited Apr 14, 2013 5:42 PM
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
4:00 PM

Post #9483885

1 diamond dust euphorbia growing at the foot of my plumeria
2 new ice plant got from Lowes dead rack last year
3 boring petunias but keeping the LA iris company cause they are a similar shade.
5 gold trailing lantana, now about 5 feet wide.
4 Look closely, I have one bloom on my wine cups, er cup.

This message was edited Apr 14, 2013 6:09 PM
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 14, 2013
5:01 PM

Post #9483959

Not sure why my pc is not letting me do multiple posts but here are a few from today around my yard.
pitcher plants
yellow columbine (from last years RU)
S. resinosa
brazos penstemon
first drummond phlox bloom
chocolate flower

This message was edited Apr 14, 2013 6:02 PM
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 14, 2013
5:16 PM

Post #9483980

2
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 14, 2013
5:20 PM

Post #9483985

3
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
6:25 PM

Post #9484086

Wow, Cheryl, those pitcher plants are awesome! Ive never known anyone who's had them before. They look like they would need very special growing conditions. Your columbines did a lot better than mine. Ive got nary a bloom. Bet it wasn't cold enough here. The plants look healthy but they've not multiplied like yours. Those are gorgeous. Hope mine do that some day.

LynneH_Tx

LynneH_Tx
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2013
6:39 PM

Post #9484106

Flowers from my parking strip (between the sidewalk and street). Is so satisfying to be done -spent over a year digging up the grass and planting it. The reward is so sweet. (Sorry they are sideways -don't know how to control that)

1. White phlox and yellow columbine
2. Purple coneflower
3. Browneyed susan
4.Peggy Martin rose
5. Gulf coast penstamen
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
6:48 PM

Post #9484130

Lynne, those are fabulous! I love the plants you chose. My columbines did not spread or bloom. I think they are in too much shade, maybe.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2013
7:25 PM

Post #9484177

WOW! Everything's looking great!
bananna18
Colleyville, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2013
8:31 PM

Post #9484250

Wonderful! I was at Fort Worth botanical gardens today for flowercade. Garden clubs members submit a cutting of plants/flowers/trees etc (lots of categories). I saw the cardoon articoke leaf that drthor posts. Was really interesting. Some amazing iris too. Many of your pics would surely win a blue ribbon too.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2013
12:28 PM

Post #9485092

LynneH_Tx
wonderful pictures. I love your Peggy martin rose. I lost mine to Rose Rosette disease ... sad ...
Love the Conflowers ... my favorite flower after poppies. Everything is so amazing today in the garden.
The wind is so high, I will try to post some pictures later.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
5:18 AM

Post #9485728

Some of my favorite Bearded Irises are blooming.
These are amazing in person ... the camera doesn't really capture all of their colors ...

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
5:20 AM

Post #9485730

more Bearded Irises

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9485736

Spring is sure beautiful in Dallas

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9485739

Yes, it certainly is especially at your house.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
2:35 PM

Post #9486330

Looking great everyone!
Dr Thor...I have one that looks like the first iris, do you know it's name?
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
2:46 PM

Post #9486341

Wow that one is such a different color. It is beautiful.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
2:49 PM

Post #9486346

I thought it was a bit "ugh" at first, but a iris friend said there is one like it that took some awards one year, so my opinion improved! LOL!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
2:50 PM

Post #9486349

Sheila_FW
you know I am not good with names. Actually you have my favorite Iris.
Picture really doesn't give it justice. The colors are amazing and also a very unusual shape.
I used to go to the Iris Society sale at NHG every year. That's why I have so unusual shapes irises and color. Now I just need to start to divide them.

patrob

patrob
Goldthwaite, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
3:00 PM

Post #9486363

Sheila, your iris looks a lot like 'Thornbird': http://www.hips-roots.com/photos/thornbird.html
drthor's iris has flounces or spoons at the end of the beards as well as horns, so it's a different one.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
3:50 PM

Post #9486407

Yew mine is a THORNBIRD too ... oohhh my favorite. It is so tall and colorfull

patrob

patrob
Goldthwaite, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
4:51 PM

Post #9486471

My 'Thornbird' has never produced flounces, but evidently all the Space Age iris, the ones with horns, can produce horns, spoon, and flounces, and may vary from year to year. 'Thornbird' does have a unique color, and I like it better now than I did years ago when I first got it.
bananna18
Colleyville, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9486495

No idea what the flounces etc are...just learned what the beard was this w/e at FW flowercade! Pat, maybe you can give me a mini lesson at the RU

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
5:23 PM

Post #9486506

1. Blackberry bush is going crazy with blooms!
2. The cilantro is bolting and starting to flower. What lovely little blooms.
3. Prairie Verbena from Cheryl at last spring's RU.
4.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2013
5:35 PM

Post #9486521

Whoops! Hit the "send" button too soon! LOL

1. Grapes! This is only the second year we've had these grape plants (the hubby got them from Aldi!) and we're excited they survived the freeze and neglect of last year.
2. Dianthus barbatus--this has bloomed every year for the past 3 years and it's always this vibrant hot pink. I love it! I tossed some seeds from this plant along the strip by the driveway and I got a very light carnation pink.
3. Blackfoot Daisy from Anna (?) at a RU a couple of years ago.
4. Texas Betony is going wild.
5. Texas Cedar Sage

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2013
5:31 AM

Post #9486920

so nice ...

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2013
5:43 AM

Post #9486932

patrob
what is the little "tongue" on my iris? you can see it coming out on the right side of the picture?
horns, spoon, or flounces ?

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2013
6:05 AM

Post #9486965

A lot of caterpillars in my garden.
Loos at these interesting pictures ... look at their little fingers ... and one of them is leaving me a present !

patrob

patrob
Goldthwaite, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2013
6:24 AM

Post #9487004

If the "tongue" at the end of the beard is flat, I'd call it a spoon; split and ruffled, a flounce. I can't tell from your photo which yours is. Sheila's bloom had horns, pointed protrusions at the end of the beard without a spoon or flounce. It's interesting that the same iris may bloom with or without spoons or flounces.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2013
7:55 AM

Post #9487132

thanks.
what is the iris on your avatar?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2013
8:06 AM

Post #9487144

I rescued over 20 cats from my dill and fennel and took them to Sheila's. Last night, I counted at least 7 more out on my plants! I guess I need to start raising them myself!

patrob

patrob
Goldthwaite, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2013
8:10 AM

Post #9487151

My avatar is 'Pheasant Feathers,' one of my very favorites.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2013
6:04 AM

Post #9488291

Stephanie...I counted about 37 or more and got dizzy! About 15 have pupated so far. I gave all the fennel to the larger ones and then switched the wee ones over to my Rue. I have them in four cages for now, but I may have to expand as they grow!!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2013
7:14 AM

Post #9488384

I am glad that I took some pictures yesterday, because all the flowers have been knock down by all the rain of last night.
Enjoy

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2013
7:18 AM

Post #9488389

Columbine is doing great this year ... so tall ...

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2013
7:22 AM

Post #9488393

Sheila, there were some eggs in that fennel as well, so you might end up with more!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2013
11:37 AM

Post #9488653

Yes, I have seen a couple since for sure.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 18, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9488767

Garden pics. from last evening. I haven't been home to see what the wind did to everything yet. Not sure the rain was an issue for these plants.
C
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 18, 2013
1:40 PM

Post #9488770

oops

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9488773

Just beautiful Cheryl!

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2013
2:37 PM

Post #9488811

Beautiful! I would spend a lot of time in those chairs, just looking and enjoying. :-)

Carla
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 18, 2013
3:52 PM

Post #9488888

Thats what I do. The whole area is planted with those two humble chairs in mind.
C

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2013
5:16 PM

Post #9488990

Very lovely Cheryl, looks like those natives are friendly and are treating you well.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 18, 2013
5:37 PM

Post #9489018

I'd have to say mostly natives Josephine, there are a lot of others mixed in.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 19, 2013
6:19 AM

Post #9489386

Lovely garden Cheryl!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 19, 2013
6:34 AM

Post #9489409

So nice ... it is amazing that we live in the same area and our gardens look all so different from each others. Well done !

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9490490

Clematis explosion ...

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9490495

and more Clematis

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
5:35 AM

Post #9490502

Artichokes

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
7:06 AM

Post #9490602

All beauties drthor!

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2013
8:23 AM

Post #9490694

My garden is in a horrible state this spring due to my shoulder injury but I am still getting to enjoy some of my old standbys.
Blanket flowers in all color combinations are springing up in the grasses. My Maggie rose is solid blooms and smells great from far away.
I don't know what this lovely flower is, I have several bunches of them any one know?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
9:24 AM

Post #9490755

Joy, your last flower id Blue Eyed Grass.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2013
3:20 PM

Post #9491022

Wow, thanks Josephine, it is such a happy flower.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
4:07 PM

Post #9491081

The poppies are starting to bloom! Funny thing is, I didn't sow any last year. All the poppies from this year are self-sown.

Granite spiderwort

Unknown rose that blooms faithfully every spring and fall with no attention from me.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
7:17 PM

Post #9491328

Even my poppies haven't started to bloom. I can see the plant but no blooms, it was a beautiful day tho. My larkspur are about 6' tall. These beds are usually packed with flowers, we've had rain the only thing I can think of is the crazy temps!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
8:05 PM

Post #9491401

If we can string together a couple weeks of sunny days...look out!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 20, 2013
8:15 PM

Post #9491407

Mine have no blooms either. I planted them kind of late so I thought that was the issue.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2013
10:43 PM

Post #9491468

I direct sow all my flowers. I just toss them or they reseed. I put a lot of seeds out this year, in the fall and winter. But all I see is dirt. Lol

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2013
7:10 AM

Post #9491703

I have some poppies growing in my backyard flower garden that have been planted by the birds or blew on the wind because I've never tossed seeds out back there. Go figure!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2013
3:54 PM

Post #9492224

They may be from plants I shared with you as I sprinkled poppy seed everywhere last fall. LOL!
Pictures were taken last week when the wind was up so look tattered.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2013
4:03 PM

Post #9492239

Beautiful, Sheila!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2013
8:24 PM

Post #9492602

That foliage looks very familiar...I seem to remember those flowers. Lol

It's so strange, there are less bugs ATM then normal for his time of year and I still haven't seen any hummers. My wisteria is finally starting to bloom.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2013
6:23 AM

Post #9492888

I also have free Poppies every year ... they flew in the back garden too ... I love Poppies. They remind me of the summers in Italy.
Columbine is very tall this year and Morning Glory is already blooming.

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2013
2:41 AM

Post #9494071

words can't express the joy i see in everyone's blooms and gardens (wow, Cheryl! beautiful!)
as you say, drthor... we're relatively close yet have such diverse gardens!
very nice... gives me such a smile seeing all these gorgeous blooms.
i haven't captured all mine, but here are a few...

a) unknown Iris
b) purple heart tradescantia (growing in the shade)
c) hummingbird sage
d) just some pretty petunias
e) oxalis 'atropurpurea'

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 23, 2013
6:48 AM

Post #9494230

Beautiful color on that iris! I see you like bunnies too.

Cajun2

Cajun2
(Carole) Cleveland, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2013
12:23 PM

Post #9494543

Yep! Sure do, Sheila! I've got them all over. If I had my way I'd have turtles, flamingos, bunnies and dragonflies all over. I'd drive DH crazy tho, and he supports my gardening efforts, so I need to behave a little anyway lol
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 26, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9498403

Flowers just keep coming this spring.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 26, 2013
6:19 PM

Post #9498407

Stunning!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 26, 2013
6:20 PM

Post #9498410

For some reason the bees dont like this sedum much. The others I have are covered in bees when they bloom.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 26, 2013
6:22 PM

Post #9498411

I love blood red flowers.
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 27, 2013
11:02 AM

Post #9499049

Sorry, I have never figured out how to upright the photos I post to DG! They're upright on my computer.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 27, 2013
2:54 PM

Post #9499198

Ok trying to load more than one pic but no luck. Forgive all the entries.
globe mallow and ice plant
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 27, 2013
2:58 PM

Post #9499199

C. texensis bud
apricot colored cactus (no tags and I can't remember who is who)
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 27, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9499203

peggy martin rose (I think)
volunteers
covenantgarden
(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2013
5:54 PM

Post #9499303

Dr. Huey roses are going crazy. Also Angel Face, Heirloom, Paradise and Mutabilis.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 27, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9499313

I like that red rose, does it smell as lovely as it looks?
covenantgarden
(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2013
7:42 PM

Post #9499367

Yes, it does smell lovely. I open my front door and smell roses. Love it!
Cheryl, your flowers are so beautiful! What are the leaves in the pic with your sedum? I got some sedum from Dennis at the round-up and can't decide where to put it. Yours looks very happy.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2013
8:06 PM

Post #9499379

I'm happy to report I have 1 Red Shirley poppy that is finally blooming, there are more to follow. It's hard to believe they have just started to bloom but maybe this cooler weather will keep them around longer. These are self sowed as I didn't put any here this year.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 27, 2013
9:08 PM

Post #9499399

A bulb that didn't bloom. Not sure which one, perhaps paperwhites. I have 4 types of sedum and all but one is very happy here. I pull up buckets full each year.
C

This message was edited Apr 27, 2013 10:09 PM

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 28, 2013
6:20 PM

Post #9500427

Spiderwort in full bloom.

Prairie Verbena in the late afternoon sun.

The dainty huechera in bloom. Hard to get a good pic of those tiny blooms.

Mealy blue sage
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 28, 2013
7:13 PM

Post #9500478

I think your second pic is phlox pilosa, not prairie verbena?
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9500491

My columbine, Hinckleyana, bloomed today. My camera battery was dead when I went to get the photo but I put it to charge and then forgot. I'll get it tomorrow. Ive never grown a columbine before and these were looking really healthy but no blooms. I guess they needed the rain.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2013
9:58 AM

Post #9501210

Here's my columbine and some others. I have a lot blooming now but most of it Ive already posted.
2. dianthus, 3. my "hats" 4. giant turks cap 5. Gaura.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2013
4:18 PM

Post #9501712

Thanks for the correction, Cheryl. You are correct!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 29, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9501828

It's pretty regardless...

dfwdennis

dfwdennis
Grapevine, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
10:54 AM

Post #9502816

Indian pink, Texas clematis, and a combination of coreopsis, skullcap, and fleabane.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 30, 2013
11:54 AM

Post #9502855

Indian pink is lovely and I love the fleabane. Which kind of fleabane is it?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
12:12 PM

Post #9502873

Dennis, where did you find the Indian Pink? http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SPMA3
I have been wanting it for a long time. You and Cheryl somehow find all those unusual natives.

dfwdennis

dfwdennis
Grapevine, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
12:36 PM

Post #9502921

I'm not sure what kind of fleabane it is. I will dig around underneath and see if the tag is still there. :)

I got the Indian Pink on Nearly Native Nursery, one of my favorite online nurseries. If it ever spreads then I will bring you one, Josephine.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
12:49 PM

Post #9502940

Thank you Dennis, I will see what I can do.

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 30, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9502942

Dug these up while performing at the Houston Celtic Festival. What is it?
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 30, 2013
3:04 PM

Post #9503107

A plant I have been lusting after for a while. Tried them from seed twice but no luck. The name escapes my tortured mind ATM but Josephine knows it well.
C

This message was edited Apr 30, 2013 5:24 PM

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
4:22 PM

Post #9503191

That Indian Pink is cool!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 30, 2013
4:24 PM

Post #9503195

I tried to order it but they were out at my usual places LOL.
C

dfwdennis

dfwdennis
Grapevine, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
6:06 PM

Post #9503322

It took a couple of years for the Indian Pink to take off and start blooming.

Is rouxcrew's flower Herbertia Lahue? I also tried to grow it from seed with no luck.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2013
6:28 PM

Post #9503354

It is Prairie Nymph, Herbertia lahue a very lovely wildflower http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=HELA6
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 30, 2013
6:33 PM

Post #9503362

Prairie Nymph, I forgot its name. I can't find a plant and the seed just doesn't want to germinate. I do think its pretty though.
C

rouxcrew

rouxcrew
(Joy) Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 30, 2013
7:18 PM

Post #9503441

Thanks. Hopefully I can grow this, Cheryl, and if I can I will be happy to share some with you next year. It is a very sweet little plant and has been happy in my bucket since Sunday. Wish you were closer.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 30, 2013
7:21 PM

Post #9503445

I hope it grows for you too.
C

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