Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where I Come From on Bloom Day

I was reminded of a country song about 'Where I Come From' when I read Lady Bird Johnson's quote, "Wherever I go in America, I like it when the land speaks its own language in its own regional accent." I grow a mix of natives and old favorites under and around oaks, pines and pecan trees.

It's the time of year here when native Hydrangea quercifolia is starting to fade.
Mophead hydrangeas are not native but are a staple in the southern garden,
blue where the soil is acid. Daylilies bring daily surprises as later cultivars
open. True lilies are just beginning. Crinum lilies have no buds so far.

'Lullabye Baby' and Oakleaf Hydrangea which
has turned from white to a delicate pink as
blossoms fade. Regal lily foliage seen.

'Byron Paul' daylily in front of Larkspur.

Larkspur was not as plentiful this spring, maybe because
of the mild winter. I know some poppies perished in early
heat. California poppies persist, not native here but they
seem to make themselves at home.

 Persian Shield, Mophead Hydrangea and native Stokesia
for a range of blues and purples with a spot of
dappled sunlight.

Pipevine Swallowtail on Lantana montevidensis
We are seeing more and more butterflies, including Tigers and Zebras.
You might read about them in the previous post.

This view has been a long-lasting one with Echinacea and 'Salmon Sheen' daylilies. Salvia farinacea  behind not quite visible. Vitex at right starting to bloom as 'Carefree Delight' rose goes out of bloom.

Bi-tone seedling daylily with Yellow lantana, another butterfly fav.

Gardenias are blooming. I wish you could catch the fragrance.

Pentas and Daylilies in this bed are joined by
Laura Bush petunias for a rose-colored medley.

Hibiscus syriacus, which we call Altheas, between Gardenia bushes.
Hummingbirds visit Altheas. This is the only color I grow.
They come in lovely pinks, lavenders and whites. Some
have single blossoms.

It was hard to keep images under my self-imposed limit of fewer than a dozen.
Many thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day.
Be sure to visit, add your blog and leave a comment.

Happy Bloom Day!


  1. I have the same problem of trying to limit the images...just too difficult sometimes. I am glad you shared all of your blooms. They are just beautiful. Great shot of the butterfly.

  2. Where you come from is beautiful.
    I love the butterfly shot, too.

  3. Beautiful!! I love the color of your double Althea, I posted a single purple...I noticed my double purple is blooming too.

  4. Limiting the number is hard. And you have so much in bloom! I love the colors - reds, yellows, oranges, and blues. The bed with the daylilies and coneflowers is gorgeous.

  5. my limit is 10, that's why I often cheat with collages ;~)

  6. Such fabulous blooms today. The Hibiscus is just beautiful, and I love the Daylily / Lantana mix. My favourite combination today though is definitely 'Lullabye Baby' and the pretty Hydrangea. The view in your top photo is just fantastic too.

  7. Beautiful blooms; and I love the new header picture. My kind of flower bed...mixed.

    The gardenias make me think of porcelain. I grew them one time only in a pot and they did well and I can remember the fragrance.

  8. Nell, I'm just getting caught up with your blog, and the sentiment of this post really spoke to me. I, too, love to include lots of native plants and regional favorites in my garden. I always chafe at those "50 plants that every gardener should grow" books because I think they completely misunderstand what gardening is all about -- the importance of a garden that links humans to a specific landscape and ecosystem. I love all your blooms -- some that I would never see in my garden and others that I'll have blooming in a couple of months. -Jean


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