Here in Austin, Texas (zone 8b), gardener giddiness is palpable. Gardens and wild spaces are greening up and blossoming out. It’s March! Spring–visual and meteorological–is imminent, and daily garden evolution attests to that reality. The first blooms in my garden have appeared and are set to lead the botanical charge for a new growing season.
Giant spiderwort, Tradescantia gigantea, is a native wildflower and a reliable early bloomer. Individual plants take their turns blooming, feeding pollinators, and setting seeds throughout the spring months. Summer heat renders Spiderwort dormant.
Globe mallow, Spaeralcea ambigua, is not native to Central Texas, but instead, to points west. In full sun and with good drainage, this gorgeous shrub is a cool season bloomer in Central Texas.
A hungry honeybee joined me in admiration of the blooms; I looked and admired, but she has more “wings” in the game.
When she flew off (to one of my backyard hives?), she was covered in pollen!
More blooming goodness is on the way–for honeybees and all other pollinators– awakening from winter and revving their pollinating engines.
Happy March! Happy Spring!