Monday, March 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 15, 2010


 In other parts of the country people celebrate the change of seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.  

In the Texas Hill Country, we celebrate June for the start of River-Tubing Season and September as the beginning of Football Season.  We endure Cedar Fever Season starting in December.  And welcome March for Wildflower Season.

This year promises the most extravagant wildflower display in decades. Drought-dormant seeds are springing to life from the bountiful rains of the past six months.  My pictures today are the early arrivers at the party.  Enjoy the promise and come back next month for the parade.

To peek into the season in gardens around the country, follow this link to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by May Dreams Gardens. 

This is our fourth spring in our Texas home, and the first time we've seen and smelled the blooms of Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata).  Imagine a musk of clove and cinnamon mingled in roses and sandalwood; the satiation of water in the desert.  

My young Redbud trees (Cercis canadensis var texensis) made it through the drought, worse for the wear.  As they stood leafless, I wondered what spring would bring.  Blooms, my trees answered.  Juniper hairstreak enjoying the conversation.

Mounds of Prairie Verbena (Glandularlia bipinnatifida var bipinnatifida) have risen.   The Eastern Phoebe who frequents our yard will welcome the beetle.

Blooms on the Mexican Plum trees (Prunus mexicana) promise fruit this year for the birds.  The foxes would enjoy fruit too if I didn't have to fence the trees because of the deer.


But fox will have his fill of Southern Dewberries (Rubus trivialis) from the wild vines in the woodland out back.  One bloom now, thousands of buds waiting.






And the native Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is primed for spring hummingbird migration.  We'll see the first bird on March 15th if the past foretells the future.


Wherever you are, whatever your weather, I hope you're enjoying the lengthening daylight and promise of the season.



Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.

13 comments :

noel said...

aloha,

you have alot of beautiful blooms coming from your garden today and it looks like alot of sweet smelling blooms also...thanks for sharing...i love the mahonia blossums especially

Me said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! I can't wait to see the 'parade!'

Ms. Moon said...

You are just one step ahead of us here in North Florida. Isn't it glorious?

Patchwork said...

You have a lot more going on there, than we do here. Maybe we'll do better next year.

This weather has been wonderful!!

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Lovely spring-time photos, Kathleen. They cheered me. Thank you.

You are a dear lady.

SB

Iris said...

I can smell your agarita from your great description! I like your description of our seasons in Central Texas, too. My verbena's starting to bloom, too, which seems a little weird. Isn't this a little early for it?

Jo said...

Such beautiful blooms! A sight for sore eyes indeed!

Melody said...

Beautiful blooms. Mine are just getting started here. The Carolina Jessamne just started blooming and the Dogwoods are about to burst into bloom.

Martha/Gulf Coast Greenie said...

What a wonderful collection. I can't wait to see more of your wildflowers. Do you think the dewberries will have fruit by next bloom day?

Birdwoman said...

I love that agarita, something I would like to add to my garden. Your coral honeysuckle reminds me that mine is almost ready to bloom. Wonderful plant! And I hope you got your hummingbird. I saw my first one of the year yesterday, which was the earliest I had ever recorded such a sighting.

N2 said...

Wow, gorgeous photos of the blooms so far, Kathleen. You are ahead of us, but we got a couple of sunny days here in NorCal with more on the way, I hear. I'll keep you up to date on all our Spring developments.
x0 N2

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I think the Texas hill country is one the most beautiful places on God's earth. Thank you for showing it to us. Love the wildflowers and the first photo is awesome.~~Dee

deb said...

Oh, these just have me right back in Cuba.
We are still in the just peeking out stage here,
but it's all good.