June 16, 2010

Bloom Day - Shades of Purple

Apparently, in garden blogging culture, the 15th of every month is Bloom Day, when bloggers share photos of flowers in bloom. For my first Bloom Day, I chose the theme "shades of purple."

Oxalis Regnellii
This Purple Shamrock or Oxalis Regnelli is a pass along plant from MomMom. I love the texture that you can see on the leaves. If you have flickr, it's worth the extra click to view the enlarged photo.
Black and Blue SalviaDSC_0068
Black and Blue Salvia (the most striking bloomer in my garden right now) and Catmint. It's hard to see the individual Catmint flowers, but their shape echos the salvia's (a good principle of garden design). Both of these plants are in my backyard border.

I planted this Larkspur from seed. It's well past its peak, but it still has a few blooms. I haven't pulled it up yet because I am waiting for all of the seed pods to spill their contents. The seedlings that sprout in the winter will be the reward for my patience now.

Dwarf Plumbago
And finally, Dwarf Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides).
Happy Bloom Day!


  1. I love that Oxalis, it's a great plant & the blooms are pretty too. 'Black & Blue' Salvia is so striking, I wish it wasn't an annual here in Chicagoland.

  2. Thanks for being the first ever commenter on my blog. I just got started blogging and it's exciting to connect with gardeners in other climates. I'm looking forward to following your posts.

  3. Welcome to GBBD fellow Texas gardener. I'm pretty new to the blogging world too. I just found out about larkspur, I think I'll plant some next year.

  4. Thanks for checking out my blooms Houston Garden Girl. My grandparents live in Houston and are always giving me pass along plants. For the most they work out. Our cold hardiness zones similar, but you guys can grow some beautiful acid loving plants that just don't like our limestone soils. This was my first year with Larkspur. It came up from seed very easily. I love the height it adds and it blooms best when everything else is still thawing out from winter.

  5. I have the Balck and Blue Salvia and Catmint too. They are both great plants. I haven't tried the Larkspur, but it is pretty too.

  6. Thanks for checking out my purple blooms Melody. You have a degree and landscape design? I would love to take those courses and the master gardener ones too. Enjoyed the lush foliage pictures.