Wow, what an incredible time to be in Austin. We have had such an unusual summer, with such a bounty of rain, that the garden is just overflowing at a time when we are normally being water rationed and feeling all crispy and dried-out. But today, as the children took their naps, I snuck outside. Yes, humid as can be. But the moisture was a signal I would find quite a bit to list here for July Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Thanks Carol!
First, something that doesn't need water at all, a hardy native, Lantana grows all around our property. I love it because of it's multicolored flowers. We also have white lined up along our fence. In drought conditions, this is often one of the only blooms we would see at this time of the year.
Marigold- I have planted around my property specifically around some flowers that deer find tasty. The smell of the marigolds seems to fool the deer into thinking "yuck!" and walking away. I also have them in my veggie gardens, thinking it might turn off some pests as well.
Butterfly iris I have planted at my front door and I have been waiting for a sign that it mikes the spot. The first blooms appeared just in time for this entry.
Pink skullcap, love the name, love the tough-as-nails flower that is drought tolerant and is great to plant in tough areas like along a road where dogs pee on it.
Salvia, a beautiful deep shade of red, in my front bed under a cedar and next to Mexican Marigold.
Creme Brulee Coreopsis, bought it because it is my favorite dessert and I figured anything named that must be lovely. And it is a lovely shade of buttery yellow planted next to the drive where my husbands truck is parked.
Bulbine- never fails, always lovely and unusual to have around. Spreads gloriously but not in an invasive way, just nice and slow.
Zinnias just keep flowering again and again in lovely colors.
And the crape myrtles are just blooming, this one in the back a gorgeous fuschia and bowing down from the weight.
My Texas hibiscus, can easily be mistaken for a marijuana plant without the flower. But comes back every year in a pot (ha, ha, pot...get it) and has dozens of blooms in this gorgeous red.
Variety of roses from the Rose Emporium including Mutabilis.
And my wildflowers in the septic field. We just mowed the field to avoid rampant burrs that stick to the dogs but left some patches of flowers to enjoy.
Also, just found this one. What the heck is it?
(** Added later by author: Thanks to Annie for identifiying my mystery flower as Spotted Bee Balm, Monarda punctata. )
And finally, here is my bizarro artichoke flower.