Glad to be back for July Bloom Day. Something kept me from posting last month, but I have no memory whether it was dehydration, hangover or amnesia. Pick your favorite. Anyway, July has things looking, well, tired. We just haven't had much rain, although a few recent showers have helped. But we'll be in the 100s all this week with no rain. It was a record 105 degrees on Monday.
I've been trying to help plants along with a mid-summer pruning which means a lot of them are recovering and not blooming- like my roses, some salvias and mexican oregano. But here are my July greatest hits.
Upon returning home from a business trip, I was happy to be greeted for the first tme by a blooming white spider lily, a passalong from my father. They smell great and are so dramatic.
Here they are with canna in the back and zinnias around
Purple coneflower has sprung up under my palm.
My coleus seem to have held on and continue to add color to my shade area around the bird bath. I mixed up three of four and love the textures.
Those of you who have visited Kiss of Sun recently probably already saw my moonflower in bloom at night. Here is the vine during the day- quite the grower. Flowers are hiding all underneath the foliage, wound up tight during the heat of the day
Lamb's ear and Dallas Red lantana are getting cozy in my drought-tolerant bed.
Across the path from those lovebirds is society garlic, with her violet crown
I know many folks don't like lantana, and I myself do not like the gold variety. But I do like two varieties I have out at the end of my driveway. First, I have white lantana along a black metal fence
and I have buttercream lantana near the mailbox
One of my favorites during the summer is portulaca. You just can't go wrong with this plant. Completely drought tolerant-not even a hint of wilting. And blooms like you wouldn't believe. I have it in containers
and along the pathway
This is the time in Texas for crape myrtles. Mine are in full bloom-talk about adding color!
My Texas Sage I blogged about last week is fading, but my Silverado variety is blooming this week, offering cool greys and purples
I love this little zinnia because my son brought it home from school for me as a mother's day present. One bloom on it then and look at it now. We go and check it out every time we are in the backyard.
Main attraction in the wildflower meadow right now is (I hope I identify this correctly) Mealy Blue Sage.
And finally Salvia Greggii, recovered from her haircut last month to encourage more blooming, is giving it her all
Hope your gardens are giving you lots of color and summer joy.