Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Texas may not be having its best wildflower season this year because of drought, but where plants receive a little extra water its business as usual.

It is bluebonnet time and there is no parking in the granite parking area during spring.

Amsonia ciliata, var Texana, sometimes called bluestar

Blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum, Chocolate flower, Berlandiera lyrata. Love my chocolate in the mornings.

Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha var. Hinckleyana. Visitors include the sphinx moth.

Blanket flower, Gaillardia pulchella.

Damianita Chrysactinia mexicana.
It is a special time for us all as winter sheds her cloak and the fields and roadsides begin to bloom with native species. Do you invite native species into your garden?


  1. Love natives, even those that are native elsewhere, like California poppies for my Georgia Garden. Unfortunately, bluebonnets require Texas soil or at least alkaline. I leave every blue wildflower that does grow here: toadflax, harebells, even spiderwort is allowed to seed all around and then cut to the ground after its early spring blooms.

  2. I do! And your blog has been one of my biggest inspirations! I haven't ever commented before, but couldn't help myself after I saw this amazing post! I have literally scrolled through almost everyone of your posts since I have found your blog and am in love with your garden! True inspiration! I have been planting gulf coast muhly, indigo spires, blackfoot daisies, four nerve, damianita, coneflowers, black eyed susans, copper canyon, mexican mint, "saving" spring in Austin!! Can't wait to see more posts and thanks for inspiring all of us!

  3. Gorgeous! The wildflowers look just right in your garden.

    I invite as many as possible and am enjoying them this year. Prairie verbena arrived on its own and damianita is blooming nicely this year for the first time. Chocolate daisy took a hit from the deer and had to be moved behind the fence so haven't seen any blooms.

  4. Why, yes, I do! I love your bluebonnet parking area, Jenny. So very Texan!

  5. Your garden looks so lovely with all the wildflowers blooming. You inspired me to add the chocolate flower and a yellow columbine to my garden. My hubby wanted to know why I was on my hands and knees smelling the flowers on the chocolate daisy. They really do smell like chocolate. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    PS I'm trying to hunt down the Native Red variety columbine in the San Antonio / Austin area. Have you seen it anywhere? I might have to hit some Native plant sales.