Saturday, April 16, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2011

Here's what's blooming in my Central Texas garden this April. Visit May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming in gardens all over the world.

In the front yard:
'Mealy Blue Sage' (Salvia farinacea), 'Carefree Delight™' rose (Rosa x 'Meipotal' P.P.# 8841), and white autumn sage (Salvia greggii).
Near the front path

'Indigo Spires' salvia, four-nerve daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa), and rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetala).
Front bed

A close-up of the rock rose.
Rock rose

Cedar sage (Salvia roemeriana).
Cedar sage

A singular, spectacular Byzantine glad (Gladiolus byzantinus) from a $13.50 bulb from Old House Gardens.
Byzantine gladiolus

Was she worth it? Every penny.
Byzantine gladiolus

In the back yard:
'Buff Beauty' is putting on her very first spring flush. The old gardener's adage, "First year-sleep; second year-creep; third year-leap" holds true once again.
'Buff Beauty' rose

Always the last to bloom, 'The Fairy' rose is getting started with a few dime- and nickel-sized blooms. (Correction: next to last to bloom; the Chrysler rose has yet to bloom.)
'The Fairy' rose

Pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) is the wildflower of the year in my garden.
Pink evening primrose

A few sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) adorn the chain link fence. This variety is 'Wedding Blush' from Botanical Interests. The aroma is glorious.
Sweet peas

Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). It smells soo good.
Star jasmine

In between, on the shady west side of the house:
'Texas Gold' columbine Aquilegia chrysantha hinckleyana 'Texas Gold'.
'Texas Gold' columbine
(Must have heard me talkin' bad 'bout it, because it just started blooming this week!)

Happy GBBD!

Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. The Buff Beauty is gorgeous. Your garden is coming along beautifully.

  2. Ooh, I've been wanting to order that Byzantine glad for years, but Old House is always sold out when I get around to it. Beautiful. And that Buff Beauty is gorgeous. Love spring in Austin!

  3. Your Indigo Spires look great! Mine are just barely waking up, it seems. Love both your "real" roses, too. I'm still intimidated by them. I'm not usually a big pink fan, but that rock rose is just so dang cheery! Happy GBBD!