For me, spring is a time to welcome back old friends – reliable perennials, that is. It might be a bulb or a bush that blooms or trees leafing out. Or it might be a flower that seems magically to grow a stem, leaves, and then flowers. Ain’t it grand.
We have weeded this bed since this picture was taken. This year the strong winds have forced me to take pictures whenever I can.
Goldenball Leadtree (Leucaena retusa) is a small ornamental tree that grows to a height of 12 feet. The multiple trunks have branches growing almost to the ground. Last year we trimmed the lower branches off to making mowing around it easier. Plus, I like the airy look.
Hollyhocks are not for formal gardens, but they always remind me of the gardeners who struggled through the depression and WWII. They’re cheerful plants that don’t require much water and little attention.
They can develop rust, but that happens only in really wet years.
Henry Duelburg (purple) and Augusta Duelburg (white) Salvias (Salvia farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’) that are a form of Mealy Cup Sage and may be sold under that name. These Texas natives thrive in South and Central Texas.
In spite of their hardiness, the flowers have a sweet daintiness look.
“Both politicians and diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason.” Ronald Reagan