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Behind on Bloom day!

Hard to believe it’s Bloom Day again!

And while I’m late today with my post, I wouldn’t miss out on the invitation extended to all garden bloggers by Carol of May Dreams Gardens to post photos of our garden blooms.

We’ve had a little fall here in Central Texas, and while the nights are cooler – high 50’s, the days are still upper 70’s and 80, even.

Many summer perennials and annuals are still blooming, but I’m starting to see a real change in the garden.

Leaves are turning yellow, blooms are slowing, and many plants are setting seed as most prepare to go dormant.

This huge Duranta is still full of blooms, but there are also many little yellow seeds along the blooms.
This Cassia is still standing tall, but the blooms are a much smaller portion of the bloom stalk than they used to be.
The Alyssum loves the cooler weather, though. No slowing down here.
The Marigolds in the garden are still hard at work, keeping the evil insects from the tomatoes!

The roses have been loving these warm days and cool nights. Maggie has lovely blooms like this all over.

And the Hibiscus in this big pot can seem to stop blooming. Was she doing that when we had company out here? No…. she waits until there isn’t anyone to see her! So she had to go in my post.
The Texas Betony in the back shade bed is growing like a weed all of a sudden.
This little corner off the back patio is blooming – lantana, Euryops, Loropetalum, and some cannas.
My bougainvillea, a passalong from Robin of Getting Grounded, likes the night air.
The front bed, with many of the same plants as the photo above, including Salvia and Cuphea, hasn’t slowed a bit.
The vines on the fence and the Mexican Mint Marigold are putting on a show.
My little mums just started blooming.
I found this Mexican birdbath last week and had to bring it home. She how nice it looks with the transplanted Agapanthus around it? And the Agapanthus says, ‘thanks for rescuing us from that evil Dakota-dog-girl!’
And the Turk’s Cap in the woods is quite happy. The Turk’s Cap in my garden bed is turning yellow and losing leaves rapidly. It’s been too wet for it as we’ve gotten some regular rains.

It’s interesting to note the change of seasons in the garden. Next week we are forecast to get down to 39 one night. Yikes! That will change things around here for sure!

Happy Earth Day!

Oh, it’s a glorious Earth Day here in Austin. The sun finally decided to make an appearance and it’s 86 degrees.

After visiting a sick friend, I came home through a neighboring community and stopped at a local nursery. Beautiful stuff. I bought this bougainvilla for the corner of the day lily bed. I plan to train it up a small trellis so that it has some height for the corner.

And after enticing you with the beautiful blooms, here are two sad sights, but with the full promise of the future. This is a volunteer white Crape Myrtle that I dug up and replanted in a sunny spot along the fence in the woods. I lovingly trudge over there every few days to water it with a watering can. (wonder how long THAT will last?!)

And this is a mystery sage, left by the previous owner. It’s tall – 3-4 feet, and has beautiful light blue blooms. But it didn’t belong next to our front pathway. I pulled it all out 3 years ago, but it came back this spring, so I decided to try transplanting most of the shoots to a place where they can be as tall and invasive as they like. If they grow all along the fence, that’d be fine with me.
And now I’m off to mess with the chicken wire to keep out the bunnies. So, I hope you have enjoyed your Earth Day and got to spend some time in your garden or connecting with the Earth.