These are the early bloomers. First is my gorgeous jasmine. It has recovered very nicely from a major pruning. A few years ago it was trained up a light pole along the edge of the deck and patio. I had to remove that light and pole and have a junction box buried there, so the jasmine had to be cut right down to the ground and then relocated a few inches. I purchased a 4 foot tall domed conical metal trellis, pushed its legs into the ground straddling the jasmine root ball, and hoped for the best. It came back last year, but didn't bloom. I knew it had experienced quite a shock. This year it has gone all-out crazy and is loaded with blooms.
|Photo taken in mid-March; absolutely loaded with flower buds|
|Another view of the jasmine bush in mid March|
|Jasmine, photo taken mid-March. Lots of buds, a few blooms open|
|Photo taken the end of March. Absolutely stunning|
and full of blooms. The heady fragrance follows me
into the house when ever I walk past it.
|The first clematis blooms of the season|
Another faithful plant, put along the edge of the patio when we first moved in, is Indian Hawthorn. No-maintenance, slow growing, and blooms every single spring without fail.
|Indian Hawthorn, along the edge of the patio|
|Yarrow, white variety|
My "can't kill" succulent. I have yet to remember what this is called, but it is evergreen, spreads if I let it, and roots easily from cuttings. I have planted several cuttings along a back bed and these are clumping very nicely and starting to fill in along the front of the bed.
The ever ubiquitous azalea...a staple here in the South. These have been blooming on and off all winter, but the dark pink one has many buds so it may give me one good show before the hot weather sets in:
This pink variety of Indian Hawthorn has been struggling in the back bed, competing with a large crape myrtle for light, but now that I've had the crape myrtle pruned to remove the lower limbs, this little Hawthorn is starting to look healthier and just may grow into a nice specimen. But it blooms every year without fail!
|Indian Hawthorn, pink var.|
|Pomegranate bloom and buds|
|rose bush cuttings|
And then there's this...a pecan buried and forgotten in my garden by a fox squirrel with amnesia. Or just a glut of winter stash. Lots of acorn and pecan trees in my neighborhood so the squirrels are big and fat and very well-fed. Unfortunately for this little pecan sprout, it was in the wrong place with no good place to go.
Yep, spring has come to South Texas!!