Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Barely in time bloom day!

The blooms were all out there, waiting for their photo session...each of them thinking, pick me, pick me!

And there were so many of them from which to choose, each one eager to join in Carol of May Dreams Gardens' Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

But it's June here in Central Texas, and if I brought all the pretty girls to the dance I would have had to spend all day posting, instead of squeezing in quickly right under the wire tonight like I am!
So I decided today to only invite the newest or most interesting blooms. (Shhh - don't tell them, but if you want to see the rest you can just look at June 1999!)

So, I lead with my White Echinacea, which just started blooming. I love its structure -- it's less formal-looking that the standard pink, rather ecclectic, don't you think?

And no one can hold a candle to the Moy Grande Hibiscus. She bloomed on the 14th, but I'm sneaking her in anyway. This was her first bloom of the year. But there are many more to come soon.
To give you a sense of scale, the whole Hibiscus plant is 5 feet tall, so you can see how enormous this bloom really is.
The two Plumerias are happy as can be out on the back porch. And the Dessert Willow on the ground below them has just started to bloom, as well.
This little vignette by the cutting garden is so delicate-looking. The Crape Myrtle just started blooming, the Katy Road Rose is on bloom #2 and the Lambs Ears blooms are just finishing and peeking in from the bottom of the photo.
I think instead of Autumn Joy, this Sedum is Year-round Joy!
My new plantings in the giant pots by the pool are getting lush. In here I have Sapphire Showers Duranta, Silver Pony Foot, Bandana Cherry Lantana and Sharskin Agave. I know this will require pruning, but I was so enamored with the idea of these plants together that I decided I was willing to work at it. (Remind me of this in August, will you?!) P.S. See the dog tails in the background? Thought I'd throw in a hidden picture game along with the blooms!
This is the right side of the pool, with the lovely new Pindo Palm, flanked my Esperanza and white Datura.
The is the left side of the pool, with the other Pindo, a cluster of Echinacea, Taro Elephant Ears that are so relieved to have some shade so they will thrive this year, and in the foreground, some Tropicana Cannas (otherwise known as caterpillar food.)
The Plumeria blooms up close and personal. Wish you could smell their lemony goodness!
My replacement Bottle Brush tree seems to be thriving and is showing it with lots of wispy, yet spiky blooms.
Below the Bottle Brush, the cluster of Mai Nacht Salvia are looking particularly blue -- and that's a good thing!

Happy Garden Bloggers Blue-m Day. (I know, I know -- it's late & I'm punchy. But it's only 10:330 p.m. CST, so it's still bloom day and I made it!)


getgrounded said...

Wow! Love that mai nacht salvia - a new one for me, don't know it. Your planters and palms have just taken off - I might have to venture over one day and look at it all. Can't believe your Esperanza is already blooming, too. And wasn't it just so lovely and warm today? (kidding, of course)

Annie in Austin said...

You beat me by a few minutes and I'm punchy, too Diana, but not too punchy to admire the Salvia, the plumeria and the new palms!

I need a plumeria tutorial - mine nearly died over winter & are not happy now but you have the magic touch ;-]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

'Moy Grande' hogs the spotlight, but I also like your containers - the plantings and the vessels.

Patchwork said...

Your blooms all look good.

I like the Duranta in the container. Mine is not doing much. I think it needs more sun.

And, the plumeria. I think I need one of those.

Happy Bloomday.


Diana said...

GetGrounded - Everyone seems happy right now -- some water, some sun, not the death star yet...enjoying the lush plants while I can. Come on over any time -- Seems like I am always here!

Annie -- If your plumerias were sad this winter, I'm sure they are just slow coming back. They do make tropical/Plumeria food, I haven't fed mine this year, but did last year and it seemed to help.

MMD -- Moy Grande always outshines everyone else! I like the containers, too, until about August!

Patchwork -- My Sapphire showers duranta like full sun. My white one needs a little shade to be happy. You'd love having a Plumeria - they smell so amazing! But the deer will eat them - it would need protecting for sure!

Jan (VA Zone 7A) said...

It's all gorgeous, Diana;-)

Leslie said...

Wow ...that hibiscus is really impressive! I love your containers also...the containers themselves and the way you have planted them.

Melody said...

The planter is pretty now and will be spectacular as it fills in. I thin the Silver Pony Foot is neat, but I can't find it around here.

LindaCTG said...

Wow, as always, you have so much going on. And it all fits in so well together, too. Good eye you have there. Mmm, can smell that plumeria from here!