Spring Forward

Clocks have been dutifully moved forward and we’re all a bit sleep-deprived.   The great outdoors reveals daily–sometimes hourly–changes as spring happens.  Vibrant green, accompanied by pops of color, appear at every turn as I enjoy a post-sunrise stroll through the garden.

Demanding my eyes turn toward the ground is this blast of sunshine in flower form, Golden groundselPackera obovata, .


Adjacent to the groundsel, one of my two Mountain laurel trees, Sophora secundiflora, calms the groundsel’s screaming yellow with dripping blue-purple clusters.


The other Mountain laurel boasts blooms whose faces reach toward the emerging blue sky, enjoying the warming sun.


Not outdone by either yellow or purple, a CrossvineBignonia capreolata, showcases  belled blossoms for pollinators, though in early morning, no visitors have arrived.


Giant spiderwort, Tradescantia gigantea, currently dominates the floral palette of the back garden.   A passalong plant from years ago, it is a triumphant spreader of royal purple.

This Spiderwort group decorates the front garden; no doubt, it will also seed out, given the work of the bees.


The Spiderwort cluster pairs with two second-year Martha Gonzales roses.


Burgundy in foliage and scarlet in petals, this tough rose is a must-have for my garden.


Planted last autumn after Hurricane Harvey laid waste half of an Arizona Ash tree, the happy-faced, tough-as-nails Blackfoot daisyMelampodium leucanthum,  is open for blooming business and will relish the full sun now available.


An as-yet unfurled Wild red columbineAquilegia canadensis, awaits its flowering turn in the morning sun.

Daily changes of seasonal beauty allow pollinators and gardeners satisfaction with their efforts.  What’s in your spring garden?

33 thoughts on “Spring Forward

  1. Tina her photos are magnificent and all her flowers are beautiful. The golden groundsel with its yellow color looks like a lovely daisy. The mountain laurel tree with purple blue clusters of beautiful flowers is wonderful. Spiderwort with its royal purple color is really beautiful; and more with the bees working. The Martha Gonzales Rosal with its begoña foliage and its beautiful scarlet flowers is gorgeous. Melampodium leucanthum is cute. The Aquilegia canadensis is beautiful still closed. Tina I really like that you can enjoy such a beautiful garden. Here in Spain we continue with cold, rain and a lot of wind. I am in Madrid, but I keep an eye on the weather predictions for my country house, which I hope to go to at the beginning of April, if there is no snow; because another wave of cold comes over us in a couple of days. Tina that enjoy its good temperature and thank you very much for showing us your beautiful flowers. Have a happy week. Greetings from Margarita.


    • Thank you, Margarita. Spring is such a lovely time of year and easy to enjoy the many, many blooms. I hope your weather improves and that you too will enjoy a beautiful spring.


  2. The mountain laurel and crossvine are rad. I discovered the mountain laurel by accident while researching a species of Kalmia, the mountain laurel of Pennsylvania. I liked it enough to purchase seed (which I never do). There were very easy to grow. I met the crossvine growing wild in Oklahoma. Although I did not get any of it, I later acquired a related species. I intend to get the native of Oklahoma eventually.


  3. Sigh…I’m craving this kind of color now, as we are still thawing in the north. I have some Snowdrops blooming, but that is it. Still, your beautiful blooms are so cheery and convincing that spring is just around the corner. Thank you!


  4. I don’t have a spring garden as down here we are just going into autumn. I just discovered your blog and enjoyed seeing your beautiful bright colours.


      • Well, we do, salvias and sedum and so on: plants that can take hot dry weather. We don’t have any autumn colour on our trees yet, the temps haven’t got low enough yet. In fact, although it’s autumn, we have three days of 35 degrees forecast .

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    • Yes it is! Actually, my two Mt. laurels grow in a fair amount of shade (they are understory trees in the wild), but those in full sun? Wowzer! My neighbor across the street has on in full sun and it’s bursting with purple beauty–and fragrance, too. Mt. laurels are well-known for their grape-soda fragrance.


  5. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw your mountain laurel blooms. I swore I wasn’t going to miss photographing those flowers this year, but the bush I want to go back to is in the hill country. I stopped reading and called my friend whose mountain laurel it is, and she said — not even a bud, yet! She says all she has blooming are some iris. I suppose it’s the altitude, for one thing — and perhaps their relative lack of rain. We’ll see. She says the laurels are blooming like crazy in San Antonio. I’d better hit the road soon, I think.

    She has an entire wall covered with crossvine, too, and not a bloom, yet.

    Just as a side note, it’s clear that what I found isn’t your groundsel. The leaves are obviously different. Yea, me, for finally remember to get some photos of stems and leaves!


  6. I love that Sophora – I bet it’s beautiful covered in those purple blooms! I also think I have some of that same Tradescantia – or at least one with similar purple color. Mine is only a few inches above the soil yet, though. No blooms for a while yet.


  7. I’ve seen some incredible blooming on Mt laurels the past couple days in the south Austin area. On my mountain laurel there is only one, pretty small cluster. Last year was much better. Your pictures are gorgeous.


    • Thanks, Sherry! I’ve also seen some gorgeous specimens of this lovely tree. Mine have never bloomed like many do, but I still love both and enjoy them year-round.


  8. My snapdragon opened! I’ve let much of the broccoli go to flower for the bees. They love it and it means I get free seeds for next year. The kids each picked out a pin cushion flower at the local nursery this week, and the spirea is blooming. Which reminds me! I have lady bugs in the fridge to let loose on it…


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