Here at the tiptop of Central Texas, our winters are a little colder and our rainfall more sparse than most of the beloved tourist area that includes Fredericksburg, Austin, and San Antonio.
Although our winter wasn’t particularly cold this year, there were a few freezes. So everything died back, and the yard has been a drab sight.
The first color that arrived about the middle of January was Texas Flowering Scarlet Quince (Chaenomeles japonica ‘Texas Scarlet’). Except for the brilliant red flowers that last a few months, the plant is not worthy of much attention.
The Daffodils bloomed in mid February. These has been in the ground for years. Such a great return for your money.
New bulbs were planted last fall in a different bed. These were all purchased at a Master Gardeners’ bulb sale in Tyler.
The one with white pedals and yellow cup or corona is Abba (Narcissus tazetta). To their left, yellow pedals with gold cup is Jonquil ‘Golden Dawn’.
On the left, behind the daffodils, is evergreen native Yarrow. A wonderful spreading plant that sports white flowers.
Truthfully, I can’t tell the different in Daffodils, Narcissus, and Jonquils.
Direct from the internet: “In general, “daffodil” refers to the large-flowered varieties, “narcissus” to small-flowered and early-blooming types bearing clusters of blossoms, and “jonquil” denotes N. jonquilla, often with fragrant, yellow flowers.”
Confused? Me, too.
Dutch Hyacinth (Hyancinthus orientalis ‘Blue Festival’) grows low to the ground, about 8 to 10 inches tall.
A pretty little accent, these were purchased six years ago from Old House Gardens.
Great old standby, native Possum Haw produces lots of berries. The birds don’t eat them until just before they’re ready to drop off.
Another great native – Orange Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) . The small cupped orange blossoms stand out against the curly gray foliage.
Pollinators also love this bush.
So happy to see some color and spring just on the horizon.
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Seneca