It's that time again already. Spurred on by May Dreams Gardens to post about what is blooming in our garden, a typical year would have me saying "not much". But this year in Austin has been anything but typical. This week alone has been more than bizarre. Wearing shorts one morning and having it drop 20 degrees in 2 hours. Cloudy and humid one day, sunny and violently windy another. Right now finds me at my computer with a fire roaring downstairs as the temp is dropping below freezing in the next 24 hours, so plants are covered and sprinkler system is drained. This will be the first freeze I have seen if it comes to be.
As far as blooming, I snuck out today while the baby was sleeping to snap a few pictures. My neighbors, out walking, gave me strange looks as they saw me in my slippers dashing around the house, crouching and snapping pictures. I knew I was on borrowed time, so I couldn't even stop to explain myself.
The first thing that caught my eye today was a camellia on the back porch.
I inherited this potted camellia when I moved into the house and have moved it around quite a bit. I haven't had much luck with the blooms and I think it probably is time to move it from the pot to the ground. But this year, it has buds all over it. Looks like it just made the cutoff for Bloom Day with the petals just showing.
Next up is my yellow climbing rose. Also inherited, this honey of a rose smells beautiful and just does not stop blooming...ever...even in winter...even in summer. Go baby go, is all I have to say.
My eye was caught by a number of white blooms below my yellow rose. An "iceberg" climber I brought from my old house that has never performed well for me. Seems the crazy weather agrees with it.
In fact, what the heck is going on in my garden. Lo and behold, a beautiful gerbera daisy just won't quit.
Don't they know it is winter? I mean, I know the weather is loco but c'mon.
At least the purple coneflower knows when it is time to go to bed. It is just losing the last of it's color, a lone flower that sprouted up after I had cut back some larger blooms.
Vinca, still going strong since the summer, although this should be the night to do them in, so I send them off with this picture
saying "That'll do, pig. That'll do."
My mutabilis rose is the only one with a bloom right now.
You can see the beautiful multi-colored bloom already, even not yet open. As it opens it will be yellow then go to orange and then pink. Truly wonderful to see a profusion of blooms in the kaleidescope of colors. But I love the lone bud as well.
And next...ahhhh...nandina. I hate it, I love it, I hate it. OK, really the one time I don't hate this plant is right now.
It has some beautiful color to it and the berries rock. But otherwise, I hate this invasive SOB with a passion. Can't stop it from spreading and it is a bear to dig up. But look, so pretty in the picture. But...grrr!
As I dashed around my side yard, I was stopped in my tracks. I normally wouldn't look in my septic drain field/wildflower garden. But something was out there.
Scarlet sage, coming up in quite a few spots.
And what is this, something else
Not from my original wildflower mix that I seeded. I'm sorry I didn't get a better picture to study later to ID it, but I was due inside. I think perhaps a type of sunflower that may have gotten there from some seed packets I tossed out there.
Making a quick trip through the front yard, I noticed my verbena and mexican mint marigold still continuing their show from last month.
They make a lovely backdrop for our parade of penguins holiday display.
The beds at the driveway still show some great color.
Buttercream lantana with Gulf Muehly as a backdrop. Man, I love that grass. Then some Mexican bush sage coming back from the cutting I gave it about 6 weeks ago.
and finally mexican oregano, slowly growing and steadily performing with it's lavender cigar-shaped blooms and wonderful smell.
And finally, a dash into the garden showed my peas, finally flowering and loving their trellis home
Lots to see here, but with tonight's freeze, I might be saying "so long and thanks for the joy" to many of them.