I must preface this post by saying that my pictures for February's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day are cheating a bit, since most of my flower pictures are of brand spankin' new plants that I just spent far too much money on at Barton Springs Nursery. You see, if I subtract the two P's-- new purchases and pansies-- I'm left with the gloriousness that is...
WHOOHOO, the verbena is blooming!
So, yeah, I'm thinking that I'll pad this post out a bit.
I just got some perennial dianthus and some more verbena. I hear that this particular dianthus smells like cloves when it blooms:
Winter-blooming germander from BSN. I've been admiring some blooming almost constantly in a limestone retaining wall by Town Lake, but the guy I talked to at BSN said that they need excellent drainage and tend to up and die suddenly, so I'm crossing my fingers and trying it anyway since it's one of the few things that blooms all winter in Austin. I worked a lot of rose soil into the hole before planting to make sure the drainage would be decent, since the rose soil I had on hand has decomposed granite in it to aid drainage.
Since the weather's been really warm all week, the pansies are going to seed:
Alyssum in a pot. It smells sunny and sweet.
The coralberry is leafing out again. Time to cut it back, I'm thinking.
And in conclusion, the lovely watercolor blue of a pansy: