Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2016
Our temperature got up to 90 degrees F yesterday and is expected to flirt with 90 over the next few days. Last week we got seven inches of rain over a three day period. The air is yellow with pine and oak pollen. Welcome to the Ides of March in Southeast Texas.
|And if it is March in Texas, there must be bluebonnets blooming.
|This wild allium seeded itself in one of my flower beds a few years ago. I liked it so much I kept it and propagated it. Now it blooms for me every March.
|Some of the citrus trees are in bloom. This is a Mandarin orange tree, covered in blossoms.
|The wild oxalis that infests many of my flower beds is in bloom. It'll soon be disappearing now that the temperatures are heating up.
|The purple oxalis that I planted on purpose is also in bloom.
|Indian hawthorn ('Clara') is a staple in gardens hereabouts.
|Violas are still blooming.
|I do love their sweet little blossoms.
|The Copper Canyon daisy that in a normal winter would have long been dormant is still blooming, also.
|The purple trailing lantana reaches it peak of flowering in late spring and then rests during the summer months.
|Esperanza, or yellowbells as it is called here, would normally have gone dormant in the winter, but we haven't really had winter this year. Temperatures never got below freezing here.
|This Encore azalea blooms sporadically throughout the year.
|This old Kurume azalea blooms only in spring. But what a show it makes!
|Salvia greggii is called autumn sage but it flowers throughout the year.
|This is another variety of Salvia greggii - 'Hot Lips.'
|The oleanders have begun to bloom.
|The crossvine 'Tangerine Dream.'
|From its pot on the patio, the firecracker fern is shooting off its fireworks.
|The butterfly iris that I told you about last week is still putting out a few blooms.
|No snow for us this winter but we did have a few snowdrops - Leucojum vernum.
|A close-up look at loropetalum's blossoms reveals its kinship with native witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana).
|The yellow lantana has just begun to bloom.
|And red kalanchoe is just at the end of its bloom cycle.
|Yellow cestrum has bloomed all winter.
|My old camellia still has some of these luscious flowers.
|Most of the redbuds in my neighborhood have already completed their flowering, but the one in my backyard ('Forest pansy') blooms later and just this week is reaching its peak.
|It is attracting the attention of butterflies like this Monarch.
|Most of the day its blossoms are full of native bees like this large carpenter bee.
|Convolvulus 'Blue Daze' is just starting to bloom.
|The 'Peggy Martin' rose has been in flower for several weeks.
|As has the 'Old Blush' rose.
|But my first amaryllis blossom of the year didn't quite make it in time for Bloom Day. Maybe tomorrow.