Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day: March 2016

My garden’s all over the color spectrum in the craziest “winter that wasn’t.” Here: Freesia laxa bulbs, Billbergia, pink evening primrose, baby blue eyes and Iris nada.
freesia laxa Billbergia and baby blue eyes Central Texas Gardener
Pretty in pink evening primrose can be a thug in garden beds, so I tame this native when it threatens monarchy.
pink evening primrose and firecracker fern Central Texas Gardener
Perennial, re-seeding native spiderwort cross-pollinates its own spectrum: in my garden, shades of lavender and pink. This one vainly reseeded against deep purple oxalis, rightfully so.
native spiderwort Central Texas Gardener
Bee-loving annual self-seeding native baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) sticks to its signature name.
bee on native baby blue eyes Central Texas Gardener
My mountain laurels already dumped flower-making for new leaves. This late bloomer kept up the fragrant hype a little longer.
mountain laurel flower Central Texas Gardener
Right on time, purple bearded iris satisfies my lust for that spectrum.
purple bearded iris and iris nada Central Texas Gardener
As do early bird larkspurs.
larkspur Central Texas Gardener
Prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida) and Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ spill over hot borders.
prairie vebena and Hotlips salvia Central Texas Gardener
Complementary yellow jumps in as Lady Banks rose teases its upcoming flower shower.
Lady Banks rose Central Texas Gardener
Native golden groundsel (Packera obovata) is keeping real bee-sy.
bee on golden groundsel Central Texas Gardener
I adore my vibrant calendulas—as do the bees! I don’t plant many annuals, but these cheerful guys are bookmarked for next fall.
bee on calendula Central Texas Gardener
Tucked under viburnums in a shady alcove, I almost missed gently yellow shrimp plant (Pachstachys lutea).
yellow shrimp plant Central Texas Gardener
‘Scotty’s Surprise’ oxalis (Oxalis pes-capre) is a perennial keeper. Quietly it returns to the earth when heat descends in earnest.
scotty's surprise oxalis Central Texas Gardener
I’m loving daylilies in March, but I sure hope they don’t wear out by May, when I usually expect them.
yellow daylily Central Texas Gardener
My Mexican honeysuckles (Justicia spicigera) are way too leggy, but I can’t deny them (or me) their plucky performance: here with Dietes, Dutch iris, and oxalis.
Mexican honeysuckle Dutch iris part shade Central Texas Gardener
mexican honeysuckle flower Central Texas Gardener
Swinging to red, Salvia greggii pops fireworks.
Salvia greggii and calendula nice duo Central Texas Gardener
As does firecracker fern (Russelia equisetiformis).
firecracker fern and pink evening primrose Central Texas Gardener
‘Rainbow’ shrimp plant needs a good haircut if I want density this summer.
'Rainbow' shrimp plant Central Texas Gardener
Crisp white stands out, especially when a bee dives nose into Iris nada.
bee on Iris nada Central Texas Gardener
Iris nada and bee Central Texas Gardener
Every year I threaten to dig out my old spiraea. But it’s rather sentimental, defies drought, and in spring, does this.
spiraea flowers Central Texas Gardener
And sad to say, arugula is already bolting, thanks to unusually warm temps and 90° already this week. Pollinators cheer!
argula flower Central Texas Gardener
Visit host Carol Michel’s May Dreams Gardens to see what’s blooming all over the world!

By the way, it’s not too late to plant tomatoes and peppers. Check out our interview with Randy Thompson from Sunshine Community Gardens for his top picks.

What’s blooming in your garden? Thanks for stopping by and see you next week! Linda