March is here, blooms are here and Northern Hemisphere gardeners are grateful that winter is (for the most part) taking a hike. Done and done with winter 2014-15! Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting this monthly musing on blooms.
There’s not a lot of flower power wowing my Austin, Texas gardens for this bloom day, but what is blooming is very, very welcome and the yellows currently rule.
Carolina Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens, is a new vine for me and it’s making its presence known.
For now, it’s hiding behind a White Mistflower, Ageratina havanensis, because the vine is small and not yet grown to its height and width.
By this time next year it will crown the Mistflower shrub, full of early spring sunshine-bright blooms as it clings to its trellis.
Golden Groundsel, Packera obovata, is another ray of cheer gracing my March garden.
…is a hybrid of the natives Aquilegia chrysantha and Aquilegia canadensis, both of which grow in my gardens. This lovely displays the blush of pink in the sepals and spurs common to hybrids, rather than the purity of yellow seen in A. chrysantha (Hinckley) or the brick-red and yellow combination of A. canadensis.
For me, the blooming columbines, no matter what their color, herald spring’s arrival.
Coral Honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, is a tough Texas plant with eye-popping blooms.
This vine blossoms for much of the growing season, but March through June it drips with coral-red clusters.
Rosa ‘Martha Gonzales’ Rose, unfolded its first brilliant red-pink bloom this week–there will be plenty more of the same throughout the year.
And the Rosa, ‘Mutabilis’ issued an invitation for pollinators to visit.
I find this rose blooms beautifully throughout spring, sometimes in fall and in mild winters, but not so during our long, hot summer. Year-round though it offers cover and refuge for the various finches and wrens, as well as the Cardinals, so I’m happy to keep it in the back of the garden.
Potato Vine, Solanum laxum, gifts to gardens their sweet, dainty flowers throughout the cool season.
The vine will more than likely wrap up its blooming in the next month or so.
To see other beauteous blooms from all over the world, take a look at May Dreams Gardens and happy blooms to all, whether it’s spring or fall.