Monday, March 29, 2010

Bridal Wreath Spireas

Bridal Wreath Spirea is another one of our spring blooming plants. In some years, they buds get froze a time or two before they bloom out. Although this was a very cold winter, it did not happen this year. When they finally budded, they were able to bloom. I first noticed Bridal Wreath Spireas over 35 years ago when a female classmate I knew then lived in a house with some of those planted there.

I was surprised to find them growing so well in Florida, and now had space to grow them, so I now have several Bridal Wreath Spireas. I love them.

Blue Eyed Grass

This may sound crazy to some, but I love Blue-Eyed-Grass. Its small blue blooms in the spring are so nice, like a way of saying that spring has finally come. When I lived in Kentucky, I had a little bit of Blue-Eyed-Grass there, but it did not bloom as long or spread near as much as here in Florida. This is a native wildflower. Intentionally let it grow within the flower beds as well as in the turf.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

As promised, a couple more pictures. Shown here is a closeup of blooms on Walter's Viburnum tree form and Chickasaw Plum. Both are native to this area. A few other flowers are starting to bloom out which may be shown later. The season here is running near a month behind average but that may start to equalize with the onset of warmer weather. Last year I had the first Daylily bloom on March 29. Today is March 27 and I still have not found a scape.

While my mother was ill, things sort of got out of hand, but I am in the process now of re-doing the garden. Some areas that are harder to maintain I will allow to go to grass. I can mow in between some Crinum clumps easier than I can hand weed. The flowers that need more tending will be concentrated around the house.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Signs of Spring

Although the temperature here is still running somewhat below the long term average, it is warmer than it had been and signs of spring are starting to show up. In this entry, I am showing a Redbud in bloom, and a flower on a Spiderwort. I will be posting more Spring soon.