The posts are a fascinating window on what, say, January 15th looks like in a garden in other parts of the country, ranging from this the snowy to the temperate.
It isn't the 15th, obviously, and I strayed from the "what is in bloom" concept a bit, but I like the idea very much. So here, while I have the chance, is a look at what is going on in a Central Texas yard (Hardiness Zone 8) on Super Bowl Sunday, 2009. I will hope to get my garden's blooms into the mix on the 15th of this month, but we all know about plans and the fools who make them, yeah?
Abutilon Patrick Kirwin
Sperengi Fern with bright winter berries
Broccoli with busy bee
A long shot of our Wildseed Farms Butterfly Mix currently in bloom, including larkspur (delphinium ajacis ranunculaceae)
Various shots of Cape Daisies (also from Wildseed Farms Butterfly Mix)
Ornamental Peppers (supposedly edible, have you tried any?)
Johnny Jump Ups and Yellow Violetta top planted in a pot of Hopley's Oregano
Bluebonnets to be - Lupinus.
A new favorite - Purpley Pink Moroccan Toadflax (Linaria maroccana)
Another view of the Abutilon. It took a year to get tall/established but is a regular contributor to back yard beauty now.
Chinese snow peas - these improve the soil as most pea plants do, so they feed the people and the dirt - great bonus. They also tolerate cool weather and drought. Can't beat that.
Scarlet flax, another new favorite.
Meyer Lemon tree in bloom. Trini Lopez was right, the lemon tree is "very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet".
Mystery plant. Won't call it a weed because I love the color. Do you know what this is?
I do love the lavender.
Fountain grass - always gorgeous when the seed heads are back lit I think.
Mexican wiregrass - a standard bearer for us while we are moving from St Augustine to a more xeriscapic multiculture in the front lawn area.
And there you have it. A detailed look at our all stars for early February in this yard in Central Texas. Hope you'll come back to see what happens as the weather warms and (optimistically speaking) the spring rains finally arrive.