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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!
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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...
Cajun2 wrote: 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!
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!
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.
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!
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, 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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Not sure why my pc is not letting me do multiple posts but here are a few from today around my yard.
yellow columbine (from last years RU)
first drummond phlox bloom
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
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?
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!
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.
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'
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
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.
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.
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.
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.