Garden Bloggers Bloom Day from Linda’s east Austin garden!

This week, CTG joins fellow gardeners from around the world for May Dreams’ Garden Bloom Day! Here’s a mere sample of what’s blooming after two years of torture-by-weather in my east Austin garden.  With our recent rain salvation, this poppy (Papaver orientale) cupped its petals in gratitude.

Red poppy (Papaver orientale) (c) Linda Lehmusvirta
Some early bird daylilies are so thankful that they couldn’t wait to blossom.

Yellow daylily (c}Linda Lehmusvirta
Maybe they just wanted to join the not so mellow yellows of columbine (Aguilegia chrysantha).

Columbine Aguilegia chrysantha (c) Linda Lehmusvirta
Tiny species tulip ‘Tinka’ is indeed mellow, a subtle one that naturalizes for us.

'Tinka' tulip (c) Linda Lehmusvirta

I love the balloons of annual snapdragons.
Yellow snapdragon (c) Linda Lehmusvirta

Native golden groundsel (Packera obovata) pops up from ground-hugging rosettes to join oxalis (Oxalis crassipes).

Golden groundsel (Packera obovata) (c) Linda Lehmusvirta Golden groundsel and Oxalis crassipes (c) Linda Lehmusvirta

Fluffy spiraea stands tall against even taller and fluffier Lady Banks rose.

Spiraea and Lady Banks rose (c) Linda Lehmusvirta
Self-seeded larkspur decided the yellows needed a touch of purple. Oh yes!

Purple larkspur and yellow columbine (c) Linda Lehmusvirta
But I planted the Dutch iris, since I love purple. These return every year, flood, freeze, or drought.

Purple Dutch iris (c) Linda Lehmusvirta
Without a hard freeze this year, trailing lavender lantana (Lantana montevidensis) feeds overwintering butterflies like crazy on warm days.

Lantana montividensis (c) Linda Lehmusvirta

Young Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) dots it up with some complementary orange.

Mexican honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) (c) Linda Lehmusvirta
‘Patrick’ abutilon drips little lanterns of teamwork orange and yellow.

'Patrick abutilon' (c) Linda Lehmusvirta

Native Texas blue grass (Poa arachnifera) adds a seed head texture to Bloom Day, along with the foliage of Arum italicum that returns every winter in the shady spot under a mountain laurel.

Texas blue grass (Poa arachnifera)and Arum italicum (c)Linda Lehmusvirta
Happy bloom day to you! Linda