Zanthan Gardens July 15, 2007
2007-07-15. Returning from vacation I find that the grass is about a foot high and the garden is completely overgrown. I’m so happy that the garden got along without me and my hosepipe.

July 15th, 2007
GBBD 200707: July 2007

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

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

July 15, 2007

Got into town late last night after my three weeks in cold, rainy England. At first light this morning, I was exploring the overgrown jungle that is my garden at the moment. (Okay…actually I drenched myself in mosquito repellant and combed over the garden with a flashlight as soon as I had my bags in the door last night.) I heard that Texas had rain in my absence but Good Grief! As a result Zanthan Gardens is much more green and floriferous than usual for July. I see a lot of weeding in my future. It’s good to be home!

  • Abelia grandiflora
  • Antigonon leptopus
  • Asclepias curassavica
  • Canna ‘Bangkok Yellow
  • chili pequin
  • Commelina erecta (day flower) — the weedy perennial. I much prefer its false cousin)
  • Cosmos bipinnatus
  • Cosmos sulphureus–some new life for the summer garden
  • Duranta erecta — finally bloomed this year and looks great
  • Hibiscus syriacus
  • Lagerstroemia indica Finally! They look stunning all over Austin right now.
  • Lantana ‘New Gold’
  • Lantana montevidensis — one white flower
  • Lavandula heterophyla ‘Goodwin Creek Grey
  • Malvaviscus arboreus
  • Mirabilis jalapa pink
  • Mirabilis jalapa RHS red
  • monkey grass
  • Oenothera speciosa (evening primrose)
  • Oxalis triangularis
  • Nerium oleander ‘Turner’s Shari D.’ — full, gorgeous bloom
  • Plumbago auriculata
  • Polanisia dodecandra — still in full bloom
  • rose ‘Blush Noisette‘ — a few flowers still
  • rose ‘Heritage’
  • rose ‘Madame Alfred Carriere
  • rosemary (unusual for summer here)
  • Rudbeckia hirta — fading
  • Ruellia (Mexican petunia)
  • Sedum album (white stonecrop)
  • Tradescantia pallida (purple heart)
  • Tulbaghia violacea (society garlic) Thanks, Pam!
  • Verbena canadensis
  • Vitus agnus-castus — a couple of flowers

I’ve been keeping (rather erratic) records on what blooms in Zanthan Gardens since 1995 in the In Bloom Calendar.

Nerium Oleander Shari D
By far the most dramatic plant in the garden this time of year is the oleander. And to think, when I was growing up in Las Vegas where they’re planted in highway landscaping, I used to hate them.

June 15th, 2007
GBBD 200706: June 2007

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

June 15, 2007

Last night we had a surprise rain. Quite a relief after a fortnight of temperatures in the low 90s. It has been very humid and the air is thick with mosquitoes. So my gardening season is mostly over until fall. Don’t be mislead by the length of the list. Some plants have only a flower or two left. However, the heat means some of the summer flowers that have been slow to bloom this year (with our lovely cool, rainy spring) are finally coming into full bloom. Yep. Summer has hit Austin. Dammit.

  • Abelia grandiflora
  • Antigonon leptopus
  • Asclepias curassavica
  • Canna ‘Bangkok Yellow
  • Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Magic‘ — all but faded but maybe the rain will revive them)
  • chili pequin
  • Commelina erecta (day flower) — the weedy perennial. I much prefer its false cousin)
  • Commelinantia anomala (false day flower) — a couple a last flowers
  • Consolida ambigua (larkspur)
  • Cosmos bipinnatus–one self-sown flower
  • Engelmann daisy
  • Eschscholzia californica ‘Mikado
  • Hibiscus syriacus
  • Lagerstroemia indica
  • Lantana ‘New Gold’
  • Lantana montevidensis — one white flower
  • Lavandula heterophyla ‘Goodwin Creek Grey
  • Malvaviscus arboreus
  • Mirabilis jalapa pink
  • Mirabilis jalapa RHS red
  • Oenothera speciosa (evening primrose)
  • Oxalis triangularis
  • Nerium oleander ‘Turner’s Shari D.’ — full, gorgeous bloom
  • Pavonia hastata — one flower
  • Plumbago auriculata
  • Polanisia dodecandra — full bloom
  • rose ‘Blush Noisette‘ — a second flush from my best heat-loving rose
  • rose ‘Ducher’ — one bud just opening
  • rose ‘Red Cascade’ — one flower
  • rose ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison”
  • Rudbeckia hirta — full bloom
  • Ruellia (Mexican petunia)
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Indigo Spires’
  • Sedum album (white stonecrop)
  • tomato–we’ve eaten cherry tomatoes this week
  • Tradescantia pallida (purple heart)
  • Tulbaghia violacea (society garlic) Thanks, Pam!
  • Verbena canadensis
  • Vitus agnus-castus

Zanthan Gardens
Larkspur in May at Zanthan Gardens.

May 15th, 2007
GBBD 200705: May 2007

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

Despite the list of flowers, the garden is mostly green this time of year. A lot less is flowering than in April. The only flowers in any number today are the rose ‘Red Cascade’, two different four o’clocks, batchelor buttons, clammy weed and some larkspur. Everything else has just a flower or two, fading under the last few day’s 90 degree temperatures. All I’m doing in the garden now is pulling out spent flowers and digging up bulbs.

May 15, 2007

This is the fourth day of temperatures hitting 90 degrees–and the spring flowers are drying up and falling over.

  • Asclepias curassavica
  • Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Magic
  • chili pequin
  • Commelinantia anomala (false day flower)
  • Consolida ambigua (larkspur)
  • Coriandrum sativum (cilantro/coriander)
  • crinum
  • Engelmann daisy
  • Hibiscus syriacus
  • Lathyrus odoratus ‘Regal Robe’ (sweet pea)
  • Lathyrus odoratus ‘Velvet Elegance’ (sweet pea)
  • Lavandula heterophyla ‘Goodwin Creek Grey
  • Lilium LA Hybrid ‘Spirit’ (one flower)
  • Lupinus texensis (a couple of faded flowers)
  • Meyer lemon (rebloom)
  • Mirabilis jalapa pink
  • Mirabilis jalapa RHS red
  • nandina
  • Nemophila insignis (mostly gone to seed)
  • Nigella damascena (one flower)
  • Oenothera speciosa (evening primrose)
  • Oxalis crassipes
  • Oxalis triangularis
  • Polanisia dodecandra (full bloom)
  • Pyrrhopappus multicaulis Texas dandelion
  • rose ‘Blush Noisette
  • rose ‘Red Cascade’
  • rose ‘Scott’s Ruston’
  • rose ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison”
  • rose ‘Mermaid’
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Indigo spires’
  • Salvia greggii ‘Raspberry’ (one flower)
  • Sedum album (white stonecrop)
  • tomato
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides (Confederate jasmine)
  • Tradescantia pallida (purple heart)
  • Verbena canadensis
  • viola

I’ve been keeping (rather erratic) records on what blooms in Zanthan Gardens since 1995 in the In Bloom Calendar.