I'm afraid there is going to be a huge crowd and I may have to limit the numbers.
One I won't be limiting this year is our native bluebonnet. The garden is usually overwhelmed with them, but not this year. Many germinated in the fall but whether it was lack of rain or days of low temperatures they are only sending a small group to the party. The best ones are growing in the gravel in the English garden.
Lamb's ears never seem to mind the cold. I will likely move them in with some of the other volunteers who prefer not to have their leaves covered with water.
I'll be hoping for the larkspur to show their true colors. I would really like a large contingent of the blues, purples and whites.
And the love in a mist. I never know which colors will show up.
Not to be confused with lamb's ear, rose campion showed up in two colors last year. All the original seeds were magenta, so I don't know where the white one came from.
Sometimes the volunteers jockey for space. Here the blue eyed grass and the California poppy.
The corn poppies are always the last of the poppies to germinate but the warm weather this past few days has brought everything on.
This California poppy likes to have a spot all to itself.
Many years ago I moved a daisy fleabane plant into the garden. Now I can rely on them to come to the party every year.
The same is true of one of my favorite attendees, the native purple skullcap.
For the last two years there have been so many wine cups I have to pull them out. If only they would stay in a nice clump like this young one.
I am hoping that this year the frilled blanket flower will show up again. I'll just have to wait until bloom time.
In a pot hundreds of viola seedlings and a dahlberg daisy survived the winter. I 'd better be moving a few of them around.
What can I say- there are always a few disrupters. Not that I don't like them, but heart leaf skull cap wouldn't leave a spot in the garden for any other plants if I didn't control it.
Right now it has driven out the Hinkley's yellow columbine to the point that this plant had to settle for a hole in a rock. It seems quite comfortable there.
Gulf coast penstemon has now made a home for itself along one of the raised beds in the vegetable garden.
I'm so happy to see this tiny plant. It is blue flax seeded in the cracks in the sunken garden. It is not where I want it but I may just have to leave it there.
I potted up some asparagus ferns that were growing at the foot of the steps, where the seeds had landed.
There are just too many volunteers to mention but my final one is a clump of the native verbena, sheltered alongside a vegetable bed. It is already in flower. Yes, it's going to be one big colorful party by the time May rolls round.