Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I'm sure everyone is looking forward to a nice long weekend. With the days getting hotter and hotter, we are trying to finish up some planting before Summer officially arrives.

I'm still enjoying my Tiger Eye Rudbeckia. They are one tough and cute plant. The blooms are big, bright and cheerful. Perfect flower for putting in vases around your home. Had I known these guys could survive the heat, I would have planted them years ago.

I'm loving this view from my back porch. Lavender, Knockout Roses, Black and Blue Salvia, Cora Vincas, Tiger Eye Rudbeckia, Damianita and Blackfoot daises are all filling in the large back bed.

This lovely ground cover was a pass along from my Grandmother. It's delicate blooms are so sweet. Wish I had an ID on this plant.

This is the first time I've planted Narrow Leaf Zinnias. After seeing them in Jenny's garden @ Rock Rose, I knew I had to have them!

This might look like the Purple People Eater, however this plant has become my favorite obsession. After seeing pictures of it in so many Austin Garden Blogger's yards and on the  Central Texas Gardener Blog, I was on the hunt for it. It is Beebalm Monarda 'Peter's Purple'.

Lastly, I just added some Peter Pan Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile. Never grown these either, so this is a first.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 7, 2012

May Blooms

 I thought it might be time for a stroll around the garden. Here is what is going on this May.

The Cigar plant is producing tons of cigar shaped blooms.

It is doing well and appears to be establishing a root system.

I recently potted up these succulents.

The Blackfoot Daisy is blooming like crazy.

I planted the Black and Blue Sage next to the Knockout Roses. I like the pink and blue combo. I'm trying to work around the existing landscaping, which means trying to cover up the spindly Nandina stalks. 

The FBA's ( Future Butterflies of America ) are making a meal out of the Passionflower Vine.

There are a lot of chrysalis around. Is it just me or does there appear to be butterfly eggs on the chrysalis? I think they are starting to lay eggs on top of the eggs!

This was a recent purchase. I'm hoping this Rudbeckia Tiger Eye will perform well.

The Coral Vine is starting to put out some blooms.

The two pots in the front yard are doing well. The potato vine is making a come back.

The Firecracker Fern is still going to town.

Wilson is keeping a watchful eye over the garden.