Identified – Snow Poppy

A great big thank you goes out to The Shrub Queen for identifying my poppy from the March 11th post.  It is a Snow Poppy, which makes a lot of sense as it is white and blooms at the end of winter.  Its proper name is Eomecon chionantha and its family is Papveraceae.

It is from zone 6-9 moist forests of eastern China, which is why it loves it in the moist forest of this part of Texas.

It comes up from rhizomes (maybe that why I was told it was a ground poppy) and can spread from seeds.  I believe mine are reseeding which explains why they come up here and there around the bed.

I am very excited to have this mystery straighten out by the amazing Shrub Queen.

Azalea Time

I usually make a post on Azaleas every year.  The reason being is that my most popular post is Azaleas, which leads me to believe people really like looking at them.  Check out the post and keep it at the top of my most viewed.

The Azalea buds are just about as pretty as an open flower.

This year a long stem wrapped around a pine tree for a nice contrast.

My nearly 20 year old bush has grown to 6 feet tall and it always puts on a great show.


Green for St. Pat’s Day

I was checking out all the new growth on my fern and spotted a Green Anole Lizard hanging out on a frond.  Can you find it?

Spring is Here

The trees have leafed out, the sun is shining and the garden is calling. The house dust will have to wait.

Sweet and Petite

Early Springs brings very sweet and petite flowers that are one time bloomers.  The Purple Oxalis has been joined by a white one that is sold here as Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day.

Violets bring back childhood memories of my siblings and me picking as many of them as we could from the yard before it was time to mow the grass.

This Ageratum doesn’t seem to mind the cold and has been growing new leaves and buds through the winter.

The Crocosmia took a rest last year and did not make any flowers.  This year a few are coming.

This darling little white flower is a bit of a mystery.  I must have gotten it at a plant exchange and was told it was a ground poppy.  I cannot find any information on it and maybe someone will recognize it.  The leaves emerge in late winter and the plant has multiplied, but seems to move all over the bed.  When the summer heats up, the plant disappears.  None the less, it is a welcome sign of Spring.

If anyone wants to try to identify this, here is a photo with the leaves.

Just Miserable

It has been just miserable the last few weeks.  The wetness on the porch is from humidity, not rain, and the green powder is pine pollen.  On top of that we have had days of misty rain, which the local meteorologists have said it is more like Seattle than Houston.  We are hoping for a strong thunderstorm to wash it all away.

Stuck in the Garage

During the Cedar Waxwing feeding frenzy from the previous post, one of the birds took a detour into the open garage and became stuck.  It is perched on top of the light.

I am very strict with my family and don’t allow them to leave the doors open, but today it was me doing gardening chores and being too lazy to walk around to the small door.

Waxwings, like most birds, only think about flying up to escape.  After chasing this bird around for awhile, I had to come up with another plan.  I cut a branch of holly berries and situated it near the open door and left for a while.  (I did saturate this photo to show the berries.)  Later when I came back, I saw my plan worked and the Waxwing was free.

The next day I went out to run errands and was puzzled for a moment as to why there were red bird droppings on my windshield.  Of course, it was from the Cedar Waxwing that was stuck in the garage the day before.