Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Please join Carol at Maydreams and gardeners everywhere as they share what is blooming in their gardens in May.

If my garden plants were in the least bit sensitive they would be a little put out by the fact that such a recent newcomer to the garden was being given top billing in the photographs today.  But how could I not. I picked this cactus up, for what I thought was a song, at Lowes yesterday. It is an Echinopsis, Echinopsis subdenudata,' dominoes' and with flower buds it was an easy pick. I had no idea that it was to open this morning. David spotted it when he went outside. We enjoyed its brief bloom on our breakfast table. There are more to come. It's getting very crowded on the cactus and succulent fireplace!

With spring blooms winding down in the pool garden I am out there daily pulling the spent stems. Even so the planting remains quite full as others take their place.

In the sunken garden dahlberg daisy, Thymophylla tenuiloba, and wine cup, Callirhoe involucrata.

And my simply gorgeous, purple skullcaps,  Scutellaria wrightii 

With just  a few statice, Limonium sinuata, blooms remaining the yarrow, Achillea millefolium, along with Coreopsis tinctoria, is blooming alongside the  Berggarten sage. It has a more rounded leaf and low growing compact nature than the culinary sage.

Blackfoot daisies, Melampodium leucanthum, and rock rose,  in the English garden paths.

And a pretty pink yarrow.

Salvia coccinia.

And a mullein peeking through the clusters of daylilies and purple coneflowers.

Flax, Linum lewisii.

Liatris, Liatris spicata with blanket flowers, Gaillardia pulchella.

Bee balm, Monarda fistulosa, 'Peter's purple' given to me by Daphne Richards our Travis County horticulturist to test in the garden. I am thrilled the plant bloomed as promised because I tried for years to grow a bee balm. I had foliage for many years and then one year it flowered and died. Let's hope this one will put on a shoe for many years..

Fragrant mistflower, Eupatorium havanese. This plant usually blooms in the fall but there are many fall bloomers blooming right now in the garden. The plants are having another confused year.

Vitex Agnus Chaste on the driveway.

Pink Skullcap, Scutellaria suffrutescens with Ruby crystal grass, Melinis neviglumis.

Blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum.

Daylilies with Engleman's daisy, Engelmennia peristenia. 

It is a beautiful blooming May in Austin Texas. happy Bloom Day everyone.


  1. Wonderful photographs! Your garden looks lovely! My favorite combination is dahlberg daisy (Thymophylla tenuiloba) and wine cup (Callirhoe involucrate). Just Beautiful! Happy GBBD!

  2. Your garden is looking a picture right now. The Echinopsis is spectacular, and I love the Dahlberg and Wine Cup pairing as well. The pool garden is looking so pretty, despite the fact the spring blooms are winding down.

  3. Each time I visit, I am amazed at the colors of the blooms on your succulents...just beautiful. It is a testament to all the hard work you have put in your garden. And I like that variety of Monarda with the lavender blooms. I have a variety with red blooms, but I wouldn't mind adding your variety to the garden. Happy GBBD!

  4. Everything looks beautiful! Aren't you loving this rain???!!!!! Happy GBBD!

  5. Cactus blooms are so pretty. So delicate looking, against all that prickliness.

    This rain is helping a lot. We're getting a nice one right now, in fact.

    Happy GBBD!

  6. aloha,

    i love your garden, my garden is also mostly rocks with minimal soil...your use of hardscaping, makes your collections really beautiful :)

  7. I was tempted by some echinopsis at recent plant shows too. A gorgeous pale lilac is in bloom in a curbside planting in my mom's neighborhood but I never seem to have my camera handy for it. I can hear the gravel crunching and the insects buzzing in your photos. Oh, to be a lizard for a day in your garden!

  8. Gorgeous mix of colors between the coneflowers, mullein, and daylilies. The pink yarrow is new to me, and beautiful next to the yellow. Purple skullcap, blackfoot daisy spilling over the path...so many delights in your garden!

  9. I'm so happy with the Peter's Purple i got from you, which i guess was in turn from Daphne. It's my new favorite! I hope it's not just all the rain that has made it so successful, and look forward to bigger patches of it next year. thank you!

  10. Jenny, your garden is gorgeous, as always. I love the pic you took with the mullein and coneflowers. And I must get some of that purple skullcap! My Peter's Purple is still but a seedling, I hope it will take off soon after the rains and I'll get to see those pretty purple blooms in my yard. Lovely bloom day.

  11. I clipped the seed heads off the mullien three days ago and now they are sending out new ones. ha. I have seedlings ready to replace the old guys. They (the Mulliens) look like there on steroids.

    Your xeric garden is special Jenny. Very much a pleasure to view.