Thursday, December 15, 2011

December, 2011 - Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

The 15th of every month garden writers throughout the blogosphere take part in this monthly event originated by May Dreams Gardens. It's an opportunity to observe and comment on what plants/flowers are thriving in gardens throughout the US and the world.

This may seem like a rather "unattractive" post given the incredible images submitted by Garden Bloggers from around the globe. But to me and many gardeners throughout Texas, it's gorgeous. Why you ask?

Leucophyllum frutescens
, also known as Cenizo, Texas sage and most importantly - the "barometer bush" - flowers religiously prior to a rainfall event. We haven't seen many blooms over the last year as our region has endured the worst drought on record.

HOWEVER - these specimens, in front of a local bank, have pretty much been in bloom for the last 3 weeks. That's right - RAIN, glorious rain has finally found its way to Galveston Island and the Texas Upper Gulf Coast. We're not out of the woods by a long shot but these off and on showers have provided a glimmer of hope that, one day soon, things "may" get back to normal.

Be sure to check out May Dreams Gardens for more Bloom Day posts.


scottweberpdx said...

Those are just stunning...and the rain...even better!

Dorothy/Gardening with Nature said...

My cenizo has been in bloom much of the last couple of months, too, though, unfortunately, not today. You're right - its blooms are a beautiful and welcome sight, especially in our current drought-ridden circumstances.

Rosa Morgan Lockwood said...

I think it's a wonderful and useful exercise to note what plants are thriving in our gardens. Thomas Jefferson kept detailed journals listing daily developments of his gardens. He wrote, "Cultivators of the earth are the most virtuous and independent citizens."

Erica Smith said...

Congratulations on the barometer bush and the rain! I know from Texas relatives and friends how important it can be.