Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring has sprung!

Here's what's going gangbusters in my garden.

Coreopsis grandiflora 'Mayfield Giant' has returned with a vengeance. Its blossoms are larger than a half-dollar.
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Mayfield Giant'

Melinis nerviglumis 'Ruby Crystals' is a new addition this spring.
Melinis nerviglumis 'Ruby Crystals'

Salvia nemorosa 'Mainacht' is back. She's a passalong plant from my mother-in-law in Virginia.
Salvia nemorosa 'Mainacht'

This melampodium leucanthum 'Blackfoot Daisy' is blooming its little blackfoots off. I'm happy it's come back so strong; the one in the backyard didn't survive last summer's drought.
Melampodium leucanthum 'Blackfoot Daisy'

Lonicera sempervirens 'Coral Honeysuckle' is back; I planted it last spring. It's a hummingbird's paradise! [Correction: I believe this vine has been in the ground at least two years, maybe three, but definitely not one!]
Lonicera sempervirens 'Coral Honeysuckle'

Tetraneuris scaposa 'Four-Nerve Daisy' is a non-stop bloomer: winter, spring, summer and fall. It's reseeding like crazy.
Tetraneuris scaposa  'Four-Nerve Daisy'

Salvia greggii 'Autumn Sage' is evergreen and blooms spring, summer and fall.
Salvia greggii 'Autumn Sage'

Stachys byzantina 'Lamb's Ear' looked to be on death's door after our hard freezes. It's bounced right back this spring. (Another passalong plant from my mother-in-law)
Stachys byzantina 'Lamb's Ear'

Nassella tenuissima seedlings are popping up everywhere. I've passed along a few.
Nassella tenuissima seedling

The sedums I planted last summer are starting to look like their labeled species.

Sedum mexicanum 'Gold Carpet'.
Sedum mexicanum 'Gold Carpet'

Sedum spurium, labeled 'Red Carpet'. It turned bright red this winter; now it's reverting back to green.
Sedum spurium

Sedum 'Salsa Verde' (S. makinoi) & 'Baby Tears' (S. desyphyllum).
Sedum 'Salsa Verde' (S. makinoi) & 'Baby Tears' (S. desyphyllum)

Sedum hispanicum.
Sedum hispanicum

What's sprung in your spring garden?

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  1. You're way ahead of me in your stunning garden! Lovely post and photos.

  2. Daffodils and forsythia, ho hum, but I just found the leaves of my precious trilliums unfurled: somebody loved the torrential rains:) Love your mother-in-law's plants, and that salvia gregii!

  3. Like your coreopsis all the flowers and leaves in my garden seem gigantic compared with what they are normally. This tell me that although many plants are drought tolerant it means they can survive on less water. To thrive they enjoy more. Will I lavish water on them in the next dry year? I'll want to but probably not. So I'm trying to enjoy them now.

  4. Your gardens are looking great...love Sedums. I have a Coral Reef Sedum that turns reddish in the fall and green in the spring, looks a lot like yours here.

  5. I love your collection of sedums. Your stachy's is greener than mine. It's not up yet. I just have spring bulbs poking up here and there where the snow has melted, no flowers yet.

  6. We have a lot of the same stuff going on. I love all your blackfoot daisies. I have a little patch of them.

  7. Thanks for posting this, gave me inspiration to try again with Blackfoot daisy. Mine perished in the drought... And I think I'll try the Four Nerve Daisy too. That's the fun of sharing.

    The hummingbirds are flocking our coral honeysuckle, salvia greggii and Texas betony. The Mexican Buckeye is blooming and dewberry and prairie verbena. Here and there, a bluebonnet peaks out. This is going to be a lovely year.

  8. looks like your garden is well on its way, caroline! i have a couple of the same plants i'll be putting in beds (hopefully, this weekend). the four nerve daisies are really pretty - and i'm excited that they're such long bloomers!

  9. What a few warm days will do. Your garden is way ahead of mine with the flowering of coreopsis, blackfoot and salvia- but just give it another few days of 80degrees and it will catch up quickly.

  10. Caroline, your garden is lush and gorgeous! Way ahead of mine, as well. You must get a lot of sun in early spring. Let's all cross our fingers that the rains continue weekly to let our plants actually grow and thrive this year.

  11. oh, and I love that Salvia nemorosa 'Mainacht'. Never seen that one before, the spiky bloom is fab.

  12. ditto on being ahead. But just wait until next year... All you austin gardeners are giving me so many ideas...