Searching for Flowers

It was a hard winter here on the Gulf Coast and one bad freeze froze most of my plants to the roots. A few are starting to come back and I set out to search the garden beds for some blooms. The Cramoisi Superieur lost all of its leaves but made a big comeback with all new leaves and a few red roses.

The Japanese Jack-in-the-Pulpit shot up with vigor, many more stems, and has already made some of its green flowers.

The purple and white Oxalis Triangularis is in full flower and so are the invasive pink ones.

I have seen photos of snowdrops from bloggers up north and my Texas-sized snowflakes are now blooming clumps.

Because the weather has been so crazy and not long after the freeze, temperatures reached the 70s and 80s, the azaleas bloomed nearly a month early.

I love this little Snow Poppy or Eomecon Chionantha. While trying to find its proper name, I saw it listed as a weed. It is doing really well and reproducing. They all die back in the summer.

I have a couple of potted plants in bloom. The Kalanchoe was a gift from my kids many years ago. I stick any broken stems back into the pot and it doesn’t take long for them to root.

The Billbergia nutans have such unusual colors. It is from South America and blooms in the winter here.

I don’t have the usual amount of flowers, but I’m seeing many plants finally starting to grow with this recent heat wave.

At Last

At last, I am getting some blooms in the garden. The Azaleas and Bluebonnets are nearly a month late. These two are our iconic spring flowers.

The Snow Poppies, Eomecon Chionantha, have been reliable and are multiplying. I have enough now to move some to another bed and see how they do there.

The Nasturtiums were to be a fall display on my patio. They finally decided to bloom this spring.

These are the Dianthus I had planted for my cool weather annuals in front of the house. The blankity-blank deer kept coming into the yard and pulling them up. The plants survived but didn’t thrive. Finally, after staying in the soil for a few months they are growing and blooming.

Salvia coccinea is a reliable stable in the garden, but after being frozen back several times this winter only a few stems are currently blooming. The season has been out of sync this year. The bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds have arrived and hardly any flowers are blooming. Fortunately, the temperatures are rising, it rained a few times and the plants are starting to grow and set buds.

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.