OK - I'll admit it, I usually miss it completely - either that or I have nothing in bloom to show off!
But today I remember, and today also, I have a pleasant number of blooms in the garden, in spite of the slow start we got this year, with our unusually cold winter for this area.
So, without further ado, let's take a tour of the back garden.
As you enter the back garden along the path at the side of the house, a lovely light pink fuschia hangs in a container, tucked in to the Star Jasmine. I just picked this up last weekend at Wally World. My mum (who lives in England) always has such lovely fuschias in the garden that when I saw this one, I couldn't resist it!
Here's a view of the aforementioned Star Jasmine (taken before I hung up the fuschia) and an invitation to garden visitors to make themselves at home (and useful!)
The Star Jasmine itself is covered in buds, but if you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that this is the amazing scentless Star Jasmine. We have another right next to it which is only a 10th of the size of this one (and only a year younger) but it's scented enough for the two of them, so our garden will soon be filled with the delicious aroma :-)
In the back corner by the birdbath, this dianthus is blooming well. I thought it might not make it through winter, but it shrugged off the cold like it was nothing.
I've been threatening to rip the Lonicera sempevirens, Native honeysuckle "Major Wheeler" out of the ground because it just wasn't doing anything. It's still very scrawny. but it does have a few blooms on it, much to the delight of our visiting hummingbird(s). I still don't know if I will let it stay, but I'll see how it does this season.
On the other side of the garden, by the utility boxes, the Homestead verbena is growing and spreading like wildfire. This is good, I can't get anything else to grow in this spot, so I'll be happy if this takes over this little area for the summer.
Next to the Homestead verbena, tucked in under the Vitex tree, this patch of Achillea millefolium was unfazed by the freezing winter. Amazing really, when you look at how delicate and feathery this is.
Five years ago when I moved in here, I planted one Achillea plant here - now look at it :-)
In the island bed, this blanket flower has been blooming for a while. I forget the name of this particular variety.
It's got a lot more flowers on the way too.
The pansies I planted in the island bed at Thanksgiving are still blooming. They probably will be finished in a month or so, but I certainly got my money's worth! I have purple, yellow and white ones and they have filled the garden with virtual sunshine, through even the most bitter cold days.
And finally, in the new island bed, around the new waterfall we installed, I planted some bluebonnets I found at H.E.B grocery store. They are doing nicely too. I'm looking forward to collecting some seeds. I'd like to have bluebonnets in the front garden somewhere.
So that's about it for this Garden Blogger's Bloom day. All the action is in the back garden at the moment.
Overgrown shrubs in the front border don't leave much room for flowers there - something I will have to tackle. But there *are* some tropical milkweeds coming up, and one is even blooming!
Don't forget to head over to visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens and see what else is going on for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.