Joining garden bloggers from around the world, here are my picks for Bloom Day, April 2014 from Austin, Texas. The Hill Country Penstemon (Penstemon triflorus), thrust upward its bloom stalks during January, but waited until March to unfurl its fuchsia beauty.
My Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis) has bloomed this past month and shows no signs of slowing down, much to the delight of the honeybees.
The ‘Brazos’ Blackberry is in full flower now, with berries to follow. I can’t wait to eat the berries from the vine in May and June.
A beautiful cool season bloomer here in Austin is the Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua).
And there are lots of Columbine this spring. The Hinckley (or Yellow) Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana) is in full glory.
Blooming alongside another native Columbine, the Wild Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis),
these two will rampantly hybridize to create lovely variations of themselves over several seasons.
Lastly, the Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) blooms are opening daily.
And thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.