February 16th, 2013
GBBD 201302: February 2013

Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Mother of Thousands.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens invites us to tell her what’s blooming in our gardens on the 15th of each month.

February 15, 2013

My Austin neighborhood has not had a hard freeze at all this winter. So none except the tenderest plants (like the basil) have died back. The kalanchoe, which won’t survive a freeze, is blooming. I think this is the first time it since 2009. The duranta, Port St. John’s creeper, and the Forsythia sage are still blooming on last year’s growth. I really should cut the old stalks down as new growth is forming around the base. But I’m not disciplined enough to cut down what few flowers remain in the garden.

After a very dry fall 2012, we had a nice rain in January. New larkspur and cilantro sprouts have popped up and the struggling bluebonnets have put out growth. The flowering of the Mexican plums was very poor this year, the trees are leafing out without producing many flowers at all. The redbuds around town began blooming at the first of February. I saw my first Texas mountain laurel in flower (2/16), on the SEU campus.

I thought all the roses were budding out early. Most of them didn’t even lose their leaves. However, looking at my post for last February, these same roses were all blooming. As usual. Memory does not serve.

Complete List for February 2013

The list of all plants flowering today, February 15th 2013, at Zanthan Gardens.

  • Commelinantia anomala
  • Consolida ambigua
  • Coriandrum sativum
  • Duranta erecta
  • Kalanchoe daigremontiana
  • Lantana montevidensis
  • Lavandula heterophylla ‘Goodwin Creek Gray’
  • Leucojum aestivum
  • Lonicera fragrantissima
  • Meyer’s lemon
  • Narcissus tazetta ‘Grand Primo’
  • Podranea ricasoliana
  • Prunus mexicana
  • Rosmarinus officinalis,
  • Salvia madrensis

by M Sinclair Stevens in Austin, Texas

2 Responses to post “GBBD 201302: February 2013”

  1. From Jenny Austin:

    Nice to hear abut your garden M. You are lucky to have those Kalanchoe blooming outside. Mine bloomed for the first time this year but that one was in the greenhouse. The one I forgot to bring in was zapped by frost. I was amazed to see a S. leucantha in full bloom on the bridge over the lake, yesterday. Mine were totally frosted and are just green shoots. I remember how you had cilantro popping up all over your garden. It was the same for me one year but this year nothing. I miss it. I wish it would rain. What we had is not enough for a good spring showing.

  2. From Annie in Austin:

    How did I miss this? Your winter was a little milder than ours, but I also had Mother of Thousands blooming outside, right next to the house wall. Salvia madrensis out in the border was nipped back as usual and the cilantro seeded around.
    Now the bluebonnets that escaped the snails are starting to bloom & it’s only 10 days until Flora Rama. Happy Spring!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose