Thursday, May 03, 2007


The early spring rush of blooms has finished, so now I'm waiting for my hot-weather plants to bloom. The magnolia seems to have buds, and my native hibiscus are leafing out. The weather we've had over the last week hasn't exactly encouraged me to get out and garden... It's either humid and hot or stormy. Since the temperatures have been higher (in the mid 80's), I probably won't do much more planting this season.

A close-up of blooms on a ball cactus. They almost look like plastic.


Anonymous M Sinclair Stevens (Austin) said...

This is a very transitional time in my garden, too. Spring flowers are going to seed (although the cool weather and rain has kept them going longer than usual). And no new flowers are blooming yet.

May 03, 2007 11:11 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

And just as you are winding down this spring, up north here we are starting up in earnest!

May 03, 2007 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

What does the nonflowering part of the ball cactus look like? The flowers are certainly pretty.

May 03, 2007 10:00 PM  
Blogger r sorrell said...

Pam: It's a little ball cactus, less than 5 inches tall.

Carol: I'm always so jealous of northern gardeners! I've always wanted beds and beds full of dutch tulips and daffodils and hyacinths and hosta... but I'll live. Unless the heat kills me.

m sinclair stevens: Then only "new" thing I have blooming is that cactus, but it's not doing so well in this rain and humidity.

May 04, 2007 7:29 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Great photo of your cactus flowers. Incredible that it's only 5 inches tall with all those blooms!

BTW, am I taking a huge risk by planting here this time of year?

May 04, 2007 8:55 AM  
Blogger r sorrell said...

It depends on what you're planting. Last year, we lost LOTS of great trees and roses that we planted in late spring because of our hot, dry summer.

May 04, 2007 9:59 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thank you for warning me. It would be a bummer to lose so many plants; especially expensive trees. I was just about to order a rose, today. Do you think if I water it really well throughout the hot season it would be okay?


May 04, 2007 2:42 PM  
Blogger earthgirl said...

I am so impressed with your garden. I learned of Austin Gardening Blogging earlier today from the article in the Statesman. I am a beginning gardener and have a two year oleander that looks like it needs help. How can I send a photo of it so someone may know what it is asking for?

May 05, 2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger r sorrell said...

Earthgirl: Thanks for stopping by! I'm actually not sure how you'd go about posting a picture in a blog comment, but you could attach one to an email and send it directly to the blog author. I, for one, have a few Oleander that were planted last year, but haven't had the best luck with them.

May 09, 2007 9:58 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

A cactus flower, even a tiny one, is pretty cool, R. But I hope you get some bigger flowers soon!

John Dromgoole mentioned Oleander on the radio show recently, and said there's a bad bacterial disease called Oleander blight which is knocking these shrubs off in many areas of the country. It's especially bad where they're planted as hedges, so the disease gets spread from one to the other, and also gets passed from contaminated tools.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

May 11, 2007 10:16 AM  

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