And I fear there will be more crazy weeks to come. This incredibly early spring where I prayed every day for the temperature not to go above 70. It took no notice of me, climbing into the 80s on Friday. What happens then. Everything starts blooming. Then that same night the jet stream dipped down into Texas and brought us a chilly cold front. It dipped below 40 last night. Even the plants in the greenhouse were wilting this morning because I failed to put the heater on.
There was horror on my face when I saw the species tulips, Tulipa clusiana, blooming last week. But then I suppose I should be grateful that it is blooming at all this year. Although these tulips are known to grow well without the normal amounts of chilling that other tulips demand, this year they are blooming with less vigor. I suspect that this may be more due to their location where they receive no supplemental watering. Last summer's heat and drought may have taken its toll. I have several daffodils that are just producing leaves this year. They probably prefer a more northerly climate. They were a prize from a photography competition. I have to say admit almost all of the bulbs they sent me failed and I would hope it was because they were not suitable for Texas rather than my gardening skills.
Blackfoot daisies, Melampodium leucanthum, are in bloom. Some of the plants were cut back severely in the fall and are nice mounding shrubs. Others more lanky ones I will cut back after this first flush of bloom.
The Lady Bank's rose, Rosa banksiae 'lutea' has started its spring show by opening a few clusters here and there.
Likewise bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis, here and there.
The trailing purple lantana, Lantana montevidensis, is full of blooms. I suppose I should be cutting it right back before it takes over.
California poppies, Eschscholzia californica, are everywhere.
Lemon trees blooming with still many lemons on their branches.
An unknown Mammillaria cactus joining the early bloom.
The yellow columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha 'hinckleyana' first flowers opened on Friday.
And the lovely peach iris much preferred the sun to the rain. And today is the perfect day we get after a cold front. Clear blue skies and hopefully not much more than 70 today.
Wide Shots - August 2014
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