Monday, April 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers' Tax Day - I mean Bloom Day

Sunday started out like this, on my back patio,
Taxes, boo

and ended like this, on the East Austin Urban Farm Tour.
springdale farm
Springdale Farm

boggy creek farm
Boggy Creek Farm

In between, I caught these pretties blooming in my garden.  It's warming up (high of 87 on Sunday!) after a cool, damp spring, and the tropicals are starting to take off.



sapphire showers duranta

The early-blooming roses are past their peak while the late bloomers have yet to get going.
'Old Blush' rose
'Old Blush'

buff beauty
'Buff Beauty'


Native wildflowers are in full swing -


pink evening primrose
Pink evening primrose

Zexmenia (non-native gopher plant in the foreground)

- as well as some not-so-wildflowers.  Somehow, the birds and squirrels have managed to cultivate sunflowers in the shade.  Come to think of it - that's pretty wild!

shady sunflowers
Shady sunflowers

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day from Austin, Texas!  Visit May Dreams Gardens to see what's springing up in gardens all over the world.

Words and photos © 2009-2013 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. Great to watch your spring flowers in a different climate!

  2. Beauty to soothe the mind after taxes!
    I especially like the Columbine!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  3. At least you found a nice place to do the taxes. Those blooms are summer blooms! Do all those plants usually bloom so early. In my garden plumbago is a fall flower along with those sunflowers. Happy bloom day Caroline.

    1. They don't usually bloom this early, and as cool a spring as we've had I'm surprised to see them. Many years the plumbago does not bloom at all, it must have been that warm spell and the rain a few weeks ago. The duranta is particularly early, it's even beat the native lantana.

  4. What a fabulous end to a day! You have some beautiful blooms there - a couple I have never heard of. The Duranta is stunning! Happy Bloom Day!

  5. Found you thru bloom day. I am in south Texas near Baffin Bay. I used to live in the hill country and found that gardening here is quite different. More challenges now that we have a severe drought. But I still garden every day when I can. Lovely pics you shared here and especially the sunbeam pic.

  6. Its always slightly strange to see gardens that are in different climates to mine flowering away with things I won't see for months yet, but how lovely, too. That pink evening primrose is a delight. Happy GBBD.

  7. What a lovely yard to do your taxes in. I am sighing right now-there's a good reason why it seems there are so many Austin garden blogs. My upstate New York garden is a bit (well, more than a bit) behind yours but we will catch up! By the way - I love your title. Happy GBBD!

  8. What's the blue? Are those the famous Texas bluebonnets with the poppies?

    1. The blue flowers in the third photo are larkspur. Ladybird's bluebonnets are mostly along Texas highways and I've only seen a few this year.

  9. I'm drooling over that wildflower meadow at Boggy Creek. I tried to start my meadow this year. Let's just say it doesn't look like that one. Enjoyed your pics. Happy Bloom Day!

  10. Your mutabalis is smiling):-

  11. You have lots of lovely blooms in your garden. I particularly love your white Plumbago. The blue is such a common plant here. That patch of wildflowers at Boggy Creek Farm is just wonderful.

  12. I love the composition of the sunrays on your Zexmania, the uncommon white plumbago and the wonderful idea of going online on the patio overlooking the beautiful garden.