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.


Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom where you are planted.  I’m sure someone came up with this saying after observing plants.  Not all plants feel this way. In particular this violet that is on the rocks.

This Australian Violet (Viola hederacea) had other plans.  It was planted last year in the bed about 4 feet back from the rocks.  Apparently, it was not happy there and spent the year crawling to the rocks where it has made lots of leaves and flowers. How did it know the rocks were there?

The original violet I purchased many years ago has since disappeared, but at the time it was sold with a tag labeled Confederate Violet.  I guess someone thought it was a good way to sell the plant in the South.