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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 2, 2016 9:47 PM CST
Anyone else afraid they will not have any blooms this summer. My early spring stuff is fading already and I have summer bloomers that are already opening. I noticed my crepe myrtle has already opened a few buds today. At this rate I will not anything going on by the end of next month. I am not sure I like getting started with spring in February. Of course I was not complaining then. Can crepes be cut back after blooming for a repeat show? It is still only about seven feet tall.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 3, 2016 1:04 AM CST
Well, there's a little bit of bloom started on one White Mistflower, which is more of a fall blooming plant, occasionally blooms in summer.
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froggardener
May 3, 2016 7:00 AM CST
Once my crepe myrtles start blooming its till frost
All of the salvias are blooming away and some shrimps, some cannas are going to bloom soon
The lantanas, mist flowers, lambs ears(butterfly and bee fave here)haven't bloomed yet
Coral vine and some passies are
I had a brightly colored floral scarf on my head when it was so hot last week and a hummer was hovering around my head while I was directing some of the coral vine
So cool, wish someone had been videoing it 😊

I lied the lambs ear and the Gregg's mistflower are blooming, 😊
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Name: Sandi
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May 3, 2016 10:16 AM CST

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Most of my salvias are blooming. When they get leggy, I cut them way back and they start right up blooming again. Takes about three weeks to bounce back. Out front, the beds are too full. I need to slash a lot of salvias. Just haven't had time. I cut the seed heads off the crepes (that I can reach) and they bloom again in fall.
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 3, 2016 1:08 PM CST
My citrus trees are in a second round of blooming. That means more fruit and space between ripening time. Euyops has been going non stop. Cannas are blooming in the pond. All kinds if Irises are popping up color here and there. Daylilies are putting on a show. Crinum were late with their surprises while one plumeria has inflo early. Easter lilies are blooming way late. Asiatic lilies cant be too far behind? IDK if this odd blooming cycle will affect fall blooms especially if La Niña returns?
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 3, 2016 2:23 PM CST

I would be really sad to see my mist flowers blooming already. They are such a pleasure in oct/nov usually. I love my salvias that go strong at different times depending on the bush all summer after cutting back. It just seems really early for that. I guess I better get to it on the ones that are about done. I already did half of them about a month ago.

My lantanas never froze and neither did the esperanza so they are already large and blooming their hearts out. I was lazy this winter and had not cut things like that to the ground like I normally do. They started sprouting new leaves in February so I left them as an experiment. The humming birds have increased in such dramatic numbers over the past few years I want to make sure there is something for them later. We even had one with an orange belly over winter here. I had never seen that one before. She was feeding on the tobacco trees.

My plumerias are doing their normal infuriatingly slow pace to do much of anything. They never really look full and lush until mid May sometimes June. I am considering selling my really huge ones. They are just a lot of work for looking like ugly sticks seven months out of the year. I say that every year. Then they leaf out and bloom and I love 'em again.
Name: Jolana
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froggardener
May 3, 2016 5:53 PM CST
There is an Allen's, rufus and a calliope hummer with buff or orangish bellies, those are all I can think of

Do you have the Gregg's mistflower Audrey? That is one of mine and it blooms all through fall
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 3, 2016 9:49 PM CST
froggardener said:There is an Allen's, rufus and a calliope hummer with buff or orangish bellies, those are all I can think of

Do you have the Gregg's mistflower Audrey? That is one of mine and it blooms all through fall


I know it is not the calliope. This one almost looked like it was pregnant and was a very large size for a hummer. My bird book got wet and some of the pages are ruined Thumbs down

I picked up one small 4" pot of greggs a few weeks ago. I should get some more. They never reseed for me. I see them do that in other gardens I have worked on, but not in this garden that I have had to buy a few every year as an annual. I do have a lot of the native white ones though.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 3, 2016 11:36 PM CST
The Rufus is usually the kind that spends the winter in the Hill Country.
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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
May 4, 2016 6:26 PM CST
Audrey mine spread underground but they REALLY spread. You should just get them from me every year, Thumbs up

Linda, how lucky you are!! I have only seen them w and nw of Texas
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 4, 2016 9:24 PM CST
I got a pic of this Rufous last year, but only had any during the winter months for just a few years.
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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JamesAcclaims
May 4, 2016 9:36 PM CST
We get them here when they migrate back and forth from Mexico for winter. They don't stay long, but we do enjoy them while they're here! We have the annual HummerBird Celebration every September in Rockport. Mainly they're the Ruby-Throated. We are blessed to have multitudes of birds on our shores and in the grasslands every year. In the mild winters some of them do not ever go further south from here.
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 5, 2016 12:15 PM CST
Linda, that is the one! Nice picture. Our hummer stuck around all winter and was the only one here until the end of February. It was such a mild winter maybe she was lazy and figured she would just save herself a trip on the way back north. Hilarious!

Jolana, I will take you up on that offer. Like I said before, in other gardens they have always come back for me. I am not sure why they will not take here.
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 5, 2016 5:05 PM CST
Speaking of critters I do not see often. I was out taking pictures of some stuff I am going to sell today and happened to see this little cutie. I only heard one male last year. They have a very distinct call. This year I have heard three males at once in different locations. Last year was the first time I had ever seen one. I had no idea we had tree frogs here. It is exciting to see the population growing.

Here is the one I saw today

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Here is the one I saw last year

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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
May 5, 2016 6:03 PM CST
How sweet, I love frogs! I believe that might be Cope's gray froggies
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GrammaChar
May 5, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Adorable! Lovey dubby your little froggie.
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 6, 2016 9:39 PM CST
How cute!!!
Shrimp plant blooming here too. Usually takes all summer to look like this.
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I must have the same mist flower here...spreads alot! I would think if it is blooming now, cutting it back will help it bloom again

Name: Jolana
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froggardener
May 6, 2016 10:44 PM CST
Yes, cutting it back does make it rebloom. The blooms last forever tho
Look at this sweet lil peek a boo passie

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Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
May 11, 2016 6:01 PM CST
More tree frogs!!! Go bug eaters go! Look how green it is.

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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
May 11, 2016 7:19 PM CST
So cute! Pretty pot arrangement too!
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