Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What's Blooming?

Spring has finally sprung in earnest on the Prairie. There are no more snow storms in sight. Here is a look at what is blooming in mid-April.

Four Nerve Daisy, Hymenoxys scaposa, and Texas Bluebonnets are blooming in the Little Bluestem Prairie, also known as the front yard. Winecup, Callirhoe involucrata, will add to the display soon.

More Four Nerve Daisy and Blue Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium augustifolium.

The only "snow" on the Prairie this month is the Snowball Viburnum. A couple of days ago, I saw a humming bird sipping nectar from the Autumn Sage, Salvia greggii, at the base of the Viburnum.

This is a blue Columbine that appeared in the rain garden in the backyard prairie. I have yellow, red, maroon and white Columbines. This plant is not near any of the other colors. I do not know where the blue one came from.

This is Golden Groundsel, Packera obovata. Some of the flower stalks were damaged by the last snow storm in March, but it still put on a show. It gets better every year.

The nodding flower on a little Clematis bush.

The bright purple flowers on a Clematis vine. In front of the fountain are flowers on yet-to-be-planted tomato plants.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day occurs on the 15th of each month and was inspired by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Follow the link to view Carol's garden and the gardens of other participants in Bloom Day.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Plant Sales

There are several plant sales coming up for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I don’t necessarily “need” any more plants, but I can’t resist a sale. Sales that focus on native plants are particularly hard to pass up.

There are still so many native plants that are not cultivated for the nursery trade. I always go to sales with the hope of finding something new to try. Who knows, I could find another great plant like Four Nerve Daisy.

 Here is a link to a listing of several upcoming sales. I will be hitting sales in Fort Worth, Denton, and McKinney on Saturday. That should put a couple of miles on the car.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Prairie Resurrection

Just two weeks ago, there was five inches of snow on the Prairie. Now, on this Easter Sunday, new life is rising from the ground.

Bluebonnets and Four-Nerve Daisies pictured above.
Happy Easter!