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Garden stroll…

It has been a while since I have looked at my garden…I mean really looked at it and soaked it all in.  Today was the day to take a break from our Canadian company and bond with my garden again…I missed it!creeping germander flowerinMy creeping germander (Teucrium crossonii) is still flowering ….despite all the c-c-c-COLD nights!  The tight silvery carpet is so sparkly.'Hill Hardy' R. officinalis How cute are these dainty soft lavender/blue’ish flowers on my R. officinalis ‘Hill Hardy’?  This is the first time they have bloomed since I planted them last January and I am elated.purple lantana fighting the coldDespite most of my purple lantana being frozen back, I still have quite a few flowers.  I kind of like the dark purple color of the cold damaged foliage too.  It fits right in with my front purple/silver garden. Andean Silver-Leaf Sage (Salvia discolor) Salvia discolor (Andean silver-leaf sage)is blooming with wild abandon.  This plant has gone through an incredible growth spurt the last 2 months. I moved it this fall from full sun to a location under the Mountain Laurel where it gets afternoon relief.  It is so much happier.  I am learning more and more that just because a plant is a full sun plant it does not necessarily mean it can take FULL TEXAS SUN in your garden. love those purply black flowers!  I can’t decide which I love more…the incredibly silver, almost white foliage…or those purply-black blooms!  Mexican Bush sage stragler bloomsI have a few Salvia Leucantha straggler blooms…Salvia greggii 'purple'as well as a few Salvia greggi ‘purple’ flowers (which is more of a pink if you ask me).2013-01-14_09-25-46I have saved the best for last!2013-01-14_09-26-36This sage…which I think is Salvia greggii ‘Navajo Dark Purple’, blooms more and more the colder it gets.  Interesting since my Salvia greggii ‘ Purple’  has pretty much finished its fall bloom. 2013-01-14_09-27-14_1Look at all the buds still waiting to open…this plant is a powerhouse and appears to be a must for winter color as well as nectar/food for wildlife.  I thought it bloomed well a couple months ago, but then it got cold and frosty and just look at it!

For more beautiful blooms head over to see Carol at May Dreams Gardens

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6 Comments

  1. You’ve got a lot of things blooming in the middle of winter. LOVE the Salvia greggii ‘Navajo Dark Purple. What a scene stealer! I have one female Rufous hummingbird that is visiting my feeder. Bet she would love this salvia. I need to plant some:)

    • I have seen both butterflies and hummingbirds on this plant a lot lately. I am happy to have it for them. If you ever want some I’d be happy to share (just tell me how to collect seeds or divide it if you know and I will). You are in SA right? -xericstyle

  2. I absolutely agree that plants described in some books as requiring full sun (most probably a UK written book) actually often need part shade here in Italy and the same with you in Texas. Salvias especially seem to need more water than you are told. I love your creeping Teucrium, I must try to find one for here. Christina

    • SOOOOOOOOOoooooo much to learn from books and online…yet possibly even more to learn by trial and error I am finding too. It never stops, eh? :) – xericstyle

  3. Nell Jean

    Lingering blooms into the winter are often the prettiest.

    • Thanks for stopping by Nell Jean :) I totally agree! We appreciate those blooms that much more… -xericstyle

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