The Chroma of the Garden

It has taken awhile, but finally spring flowers have started poking out and blooming in our garden. The only problem is that there just aren’t enough blooms, so a few weekends ago I started more seeds on the side flower beds. In a month or two hopefully there will be a profusion of blooms for late spring. Currently the roadsides here in Texas are jam packed with wildflowers and I’m enjoying them immensely!

Chrysanthemums have always had a special place in my heart. I think I was in middle school and my mom had been sick, so I bought a pot of mums at the grocery store for her. Eventually, when they stopped blooming, she planted them in the ground and they bloomed for many years after. I don’t think they are still around, though.

Snapdragons also remind me of my childhood, running around with my brother in the front yard, picking the flowers and then squeezing them on the side at the hinge, open and shut.

We bought two pots of bluebonnets for one of our plots but also started some from seed. The ones from seed were started much too late for them to bloom this year unless they decide to bloom very late, sometime in the summer. But, I enjoy seeing the proliferation of blooms right now! I’m just now seeing bluebonnets on the roadside.

Part of the community garden also encompasses an orchard in the baby stages, and along the wall of our water well pump is what I think is a climbing rose of some sort. Visit after visit, I drove past the blooms and wondered what they were, finally walking over one day before I left the garden to figure out what exactly it was that was blooming. I was pleasantly surprised!

A few purple coneflowers are blooming alongside one of the tool sheds.

Last weekend we bought four pots of salvia to line the front of a bean bed in order to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. I hope it works!


Dianthus are one of the plants that reminds me of my gardening heritage; they seem like such an old, heirloom type flower to grow and I love having them around.

Tiny as they are, tomato flowers are one of my favorite flowers to see. The tiny yellow blooms turn into the best tasting fruit. I’m much too excited for tomatoes this year!

Chel will get a kick out of these nasturiums. We planted seeds along most of the fronts of the beds and many of them are growing tall, vining, and flowering now. Sometimes I pluck a few nasturium tops to throw in my salads…they are really good and have a spicy kick.

I love seeing a profusion of color in the garden, it adds depth and flavor to the garden. What colors are showing up in your neck of the woods?

Comments 5

  1. Erin wrote:

    Tomato flowers!!! How exciting!

    Posted 19 Mar 2012 at 9:11 am
  2. Mom wrote:

    Everything looks so good!! I want outside!

    Posted 20 Mar 2012 at 3:05 pm
  3. Mom wrote:

    I know how my children feel.

    Posted 20 Mar 2012 at 3:06 pm
  4. chel wrote:

    Sooo beautiful. I love the Nasturtiums 🙂 LOVE them! I really want to become a mad horticulturist and start making my own hybrids. I don’t even know if that’s possible but I will admit to have entertained thoughts of splicing a few seeds together (I’m sure that’s the exact way NOT to do that, but it sounds interesting enough!) I have Salvia, too, and snapdragons which were a surprise (planted something else in that pot but I guess some snapdragon seeds that never did anything decided to finally grow instead…). Imagine my surprise when they climbed tall and then bloomed. It was DEFINITELY a happy surprise! need to get Tom to build me a trellis for right outside the lanai so I can finally get a garden going out there with some other veggies and some butterfly/bird plants. Maybe this summer…

    Posted 21 Mar 2012 at 11:04 am
  5. Elizabeth wrote:

    Beautiful! And you know the little tomato flowers are some of my favorites as well 🙂

    Posted 25 Mar 2012 at 9:56 am

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