Here's what's blooming in my garden this GBBD. Except for a gullywasher on May 12, spring in Central Texas has been as dry as a longhorn skull in the middle of the desert, but oddly, temperatures have been cooler than normal. These plants seem to like it cool and dry.
In the backyard garden:
This is the first year I've had a decent number of sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus). The fragrance is intoxicating. These are "Wedding Blush" from Botanical Interests, in pastel shades of pink, yellow and purple, and the blooms have been very long-lasting. They're starting to go to seed.
I decided to plant brightly colored single-petaled portulaca in the cinder block-edged bed around the round ball squash plants. Both are blooming.
The red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) is still blooming and starting to form seed pods.
The purple blossoms of Mexican oregano (Poliomintha longiflora) brighten the herb garden.
In the garden in front of the house:
Gregg's mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) is blooming near the Whale's Tongue agave (A. ovatifolia). Yes, I've gone back to referring to this agave as a Whale's Tongue. I had my doubts when it offset a pup shortly after I planted it. But today I read on the Yucca Do website that A. ovatifolia offsets "rarely or not at all." I'm thinking one pup in two years qualifies as "rarely", and the older this agave gets, the more it looks like A. ovatifolia.
White autumn sage (S. greggii), mealy blue sage (S. farinacea) and esperanza (Tecoma stans) make a colorful trio. The few larkspur that flowered are going to seed.
A close-up of 'Mealy Blue Sage':
Another colorful trio: 'Indigo Spires' salvia (S. farinacea x longispicata 'Indigo Spires'), four-nerve daisies (Tetraneuris scaposa) and rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetala).
Pink gaura (Gaura lindheimeri), a passalong plant from Annie at The Transplantable Rose.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Visit her site to see flowers bloomin' their heads off, all over the globe.
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