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Friday, March 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2013/This week in the garden - #55

There are plants waiting to be planted, weeds waiting to be weeded, limbs waiting to be pruned, and rocks waiting to be moved. I need to be out there doing all that, so let's get right to it. Here's what's blooming in the garden in March and what's happening in the garden this week.

I've mentioned my new fountain in posts here a couple of times in the last week. Well, here it is. There's still work to be done around its base and planting to be done, but projects get completed verrrry slowly in my garden. You can see a few azalea blossoms peeking out from behind the fountain.

 In the wildflower bed, the bluebonnets are still blooming.

The yellow cestrum, a butterfly magnet, has begun its months-long bloom cycle. Typically, it is constantly in bloom from now until first frost next December.

 Along the back fence, the wild blackberries are in bloom.

'Mabel Bryan' camellia has several of its luscious deep pink blossoms open.

In the front yard, the viburnums are just beginning their bloom.

This purple verbena has reseeded itself next to the walkway and is sending out its fragile blooms.

Winter-blooming violas are still showing their colors in pots by the patio.

The twelve-month bloomer 'Big Momma' Turk's cap is still full of its uniquely shaped flowers which both butterflies and hummingbirds love.

Another twelve-month bloomer is the variegated potato vine. It carries a few blossoms right through the winter, but now it is full of these pretty white flowers that show its relationship to the nightshade family.

The purple trailing lantana continues to attract butterflies. Here is a Giant Swallowtail feeding from its blossoms this week.

 The white yarrow umbels wave in the spring breezes.

'Old Blush' rose just goes on and on and... It's been in full bloom along the back fence since mid-January.

 Orange bulbine is another faithful bloomer.

 The reseeded 'Laura Bush' petunias have begun their bloom.

 The old 'Ducher' rose continues to send out its pretty white blossoms.

 And the purple oxalis is hanging right in there with its delicate little flowers.

 Even in my little goldfish pond, there's still "blooming" going on! These fish are definitely frisky.

My garden chores await and I'm off to do them. Thank you for stopping by this month and thank you, Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day once again.


  1. I guessed, correctly, Texas! My Laura Bush petunias reseeded into a brand-new bed of their own choosing where flowers have never grown before. Texas favorites do well here in Georgia

    1. The LB petunia is a very hardy plant and shows its "old" petunia genes. I got my start of it several years ago and every year I find that it pops up again, often in the most unexpected places.

  2. I have Turk's Cap, but I did not know there was a "Big Momma" one. I'll have to ask about it here.
    You have a lot of beautiful blooms! I especially like the Purple Oxalis.
    Happy GBBD!
    Lea's Menagerie

    1. 'Big Momma' is the creation of a Texas horticulturalist and it is well-named. It gets very big. It has pretty much taken over the south-facing wall of our home. I have to whack it back occasionally to keep it in check, but it does bloom dependably here twelve months of the year.

  3. Love the new water feature - and the Giant Swallowtail!

    1. Thanks, Jason. I'm enjoying the new fountain. It makes a lovely sound and seems to be attracting the wildlife as well. And, yes, the Giant Swallowtails were evident throughout the garden this week.

  4. Your new water feature is coming along nicely, and you have lots of pretty plants in flower - plants that belongs to summer here in my part of the world. I tried to look for the Turk's cap for sale here in UK, but I can't seem to find it, perhaps it can't be grown here. Shame, because it looks gorgeous.

    1. Malvaviscus drummondi is a native American plant. I don't know its status in other parts of the world, but it grows quite rampantly in my yard, so it is possible that it would be considered an invasive species elsewhere, one that might crowd out native, desirable plants. Here, though, it is quite a useful plant.

  5. All your blooms are a treat for the eyes, Dorothy! Although I do have a few crocuses blooming, it's chilly and gray here; we'll be waiting for true spring for awhile.

    I chuckled at your comment about things getting done very slowly in your garden; since I'm the head gardener, project-completer, etc. at my house, everything is done at a snail's pace here, too:)

    1. That's my job description, too, Rose! And snail's pace just about covers it.