It’s Beginning to Look Like Spring

I found it surprising that Spring seems to be on the way.  Maybe it is because I have not done my Fall clean-up.  The first two photos are two different salivias that are holding on to old growth while the new stems are already quite tall.  The other photo is rosettes of the cardinal flower well under way.

It has been an unusually warm winter and the cannas, gingers and drimiopsis seems to be coming up too early.

The native onion grass is popping up in the leaves along with corocosmia and snowflakes.

Even the Rose of Sharon seems to have had a short rest.  As always, there is good and bad with all this growth.  The good part is looking forward to a wonderful early blooming spring, but winter is not over and a hard freeze will knock all this new growth back to start over again.


Spring Has Begun Part I

 

Spring has started here along the Gulf Coast area.  Snowflakes or leucojums are some of the first to bloom.

Wendy’s Wish Salvia has made a comeback from flooding rain and freezes.  It didn’t bloom at all last year.

Paperwhites bloom along with Snowflakes.  Both are bulbs that can survive our climate.

Fire Spike, Odontonema strictum begins its blooming in late winter.  It is a hummingbird favorite.  Most Fire Spikes are red like fire, but somehow I have pinkish purple one.

Violets, of course, are early bloomers and this Australian violet, Viola hederacea, is growing happily on rocks and the patio after relocating itself more than 5 feet from where it was originally planted. The first time I bought this plant, it was called Confederate Violet.

Mixed in with it, is what I have always called Mexican Knot Weed.  As it turns out, the plant is from China not Mexico.  Its proper name is Polygonum capitatum and its common names are Pink Button, Pink Knotweed, Pink Fleece, Pinkhead, Smartweed, Pink Clover and Punching Balls.  I could not find the name Mexican Knot Weed, except on the single pot I bought over 20 years ago.  This little plant came along when I moved by hitchhiking with another plant and it has popped up here and there all over the yard.  In China it is used to cure many aliments.

Part II coming.