Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Thanks to Carol at Maydreams gardens we are able to share our gardens each month. Damianita's sunny blossoms are a sure sign that it is April in Texas. It is one of a few deer resistant flowering plants for outside the walls.

Inside or out the fragrant Trachelospermum jasminoides perfumes the air. Here by the front door it wafts into the house when the door is opened. I have two varieties of this evergreen vine. This one has a yellow tinge to the flower.

In the back garden is the white variety.

Two more yellow blooms showed up this week. Zexmania-

Englemann's daisy, Englemannia pinnatifida.

It was a surprise to see love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascena, in its white form this year as last year they were all blue. After the flowers fade the seed pods make a lovely dried bouquet.

Under the Lady Banks rose, lyre leaf sage, Salvia lyrata, lights up a shady spot. It makes a great ground cover and re seeds easily.

Their leaves are bright green with darker markings.

The first blooms of Lantana horrida.

Scutellaria wrightii.

Such an easy , reliable plant. Gulf coast penstemon, Penstemon tenuis.

It makes me wonder if there will be anything left to bloom in May!


  1. Lancashire Rose -- we have many of the same things blooming. I love your Scutellaria -- did you get that locally? I'm just now discovering other colors and experimenting with purple and yellow varieties. Your vine is amazing! Happy GBBD.

  2. Very nice! What zone are you? We have love in a mist, too, both blue and white. Didn't know it 'changed' colors from season to season!

  3. Okay, so ALL of your posts have beautiful flowers!! Could just look at it over and over.

  4. Jenny,
    Always something new to see in your garden, and a different perspective.
    Isn't the honeymark on that penstemon striking.

  5. Sorry, I mean on the scutellaria.

  6. Damianita is a happy plant in bloom, isn't it? What other flowering plants can you have outside your walls that the deer will leave alone? Salvia and lantana, I'm sure. Iris? Anything else that really works for you?

  7. It looks like a Happy Bloom Day at your garden. I can almost smell the fragrance!

  8. Jenny, your garden is beautiful, as always! I love the way you've shaped your jasmine, too. Linda

  9. Thanks to all who visited my garden on bloom day.
    Diana- The original plants came from the Wildflower center but now they just seed out.
    Muum- Well, I'm supposed to be in zone 8b but I think I am in a zone all of my own! i freeze more often than others in Austin.
    Jo-I have never heard it called a honey mark. Nice term. I always tell my tour groups at the WFC about the marks on the bluebonnet which turn red when fertilized. Bee doesn't go there.
    Pam- I don't really plant much out there but I have Texas sage and Copper Canyon daisy for the fall. lantana and dahlberg daisy in the summer. One interesting thing- my pink poppies have seeded out the back and the deer have not touched them!
    Linda- If I didn't hack it back it would be in the house. It has before now made its way in through a crack in the door.

  10. Wow, your garden is magnificent! I love it. Beautiful Bloom Day post too.

  11. It looks as though you are benefiting from the weather also. Great photos and that vine is lush!

  12. Maybe we're all a little dizzy from stepping out to inhale our Confederate jasmines, Jenny? The yellow tinged variety is quite intriguing!

    All your yellow daisy-type flowers look so cheerful- glad to know at least some of them are inedible. Copper Canyon daisy and salvias were the standbys at our old house, too and the deer usually didn't go after Anisacanthus or Euryops or the trailing lantana. We moved before I got around to trying Damianita - it looks great.

    Happy Blooming Day,

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  13. Jenny, between you and Pam's GBBD posts, I have been convinced that I need some lyre-leaf sage!

    It's also becoming obvious that I'm the only garden blogger in Austin whose jasmine isn't blooming yet. I can smell it just looking at everyone's pictures!

  14. Your white love-in-a-mist is a stunner because it's double. Mine are singles. How odd that yours were blue last year and white this year. I had a single white one last year and made sure I saved its seeds to throw around. So this year I have more white than blue but only because I selected the white ones.

    I didn't realize that there were two different types of Confederate jasmine. I have the white one in two places...I managed to root a new plant off the first one. I never get tired of the scent. It's got a spicyness to it in addition to its heavy sweetness.

  15. Will you have anything left to bloom in May? I'm quite certain you will! And your April blooms are gorgeous as always. Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  16. Sweet Bay and Layanee- Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your visit and your comments.
    Annie- I have tried researching the yellow variety of confederate jasmine and just can't decide what it is. It is the only one I have ever seen.
    Lori- The lyre leaf sage can be quite weedy, but is a nice weed. If you come to the Bloggers tour I will have plenty for you.
    MSS- I am seeing quite a few whites and yes the flower is beautiful. I wonder if there are other shades. So reliable.
    Carol- Thanks for hosting bloom day- it has become a special day of the month. Time for the northern gardens to take over from the south.

  17. Gorgeous bloom day post, Jenny. Love that white Love-in-a-mist. I'm now adding it to my must plant soon list. I have 2 white confederate jasmines and 1 pale yellow. I think I found the yellow jasmine at Lowe's a couple of years ago.

  18. Renee- This is my second year and this is an easy annual, Just came back with no fuss and such lovely dried seed heads. My yellow jasmine is incredibly fragrant. I keep opening the door to get a whiff.

  19. Ooh, Jenny, I can't wait to see all those blooms! Confederate Jasmine is something I keep saying I'm going to plant and haven't yet. Obviously, I need to do it now! And I didn't realize lyre-leaf sage would bloom in the shade - oh the wonderful things I learn from blogs. Awesome post.