Thursday, April 15, 2010

Flower Power

Woohoo!  It's my first chance to participate in Garden Blogger's Bloom Day (GBBD) - I was around for last month's, but didn't even know what GBBD was until it arrived and departed.  And I'm not too sure I had any blooms at that time anyway.  So here's April's shady blossoms:

Plants that were present last year (and happily returned this year):

Old-fashioned Rose (potted; variety unknown; blossoms about the size of a quarter)

Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana)

Strawberry Geranium (Saxifraga stolonifera)

Soap Aloe (Aloe maculata)

Chrysanthemum (potted)

Texas Betony (Stachys coccinea)

Banana Shrub (Michelia figo)

Raspberry Ice Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Raspberry Ice')

Gulf Coast Penstemon (Penstemon tenuis)

Plants new to the garden this year (and one hopes to see them next year):

Pink Shamrock (Oxalis crassipes 'Rosea')

White Shamrock (Oxalis crassipes 'Alba')

Variegated Abutilon (Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii')


  1. Welcome to Bloom Day! I've never seen a strawberry geranium before. What an unusual-looking flower!

  2. You have a great collection of flowers this Bloom Day. I'm curious as to where you found the variegated abutilon.

  3. Gorgeous flowers, some of which I have never heard of; strawberry geranium. Such a delicate flower. Welcome to bloom day.

  4. Pam: I got the variegated abutilon at Barton Creek Nursery. They had several in the 4" pot size inside the covered area. They were only labeled Abutilon but I'm pretty confident (especially after seeing the flower) that they are the Thompsonii variety (or a close relative).

    The strawberry geranium is also called the strawberry begonia (I bounce back & forth between the names), though it is neither a geranium or begonia (or strawberry for that matter). The blossoms are about the size of a dime.

  5. Rosa Bonica ...maybe ? Beautiful anyhow : )