Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August 2016
Our two month long dry spell was broken over the weekend with a considerable amount of rain. We've gotten over six inches of rain so far and it is continuing.
The rain was welcomed by the thirsty garden and the gardener. It came too late for a few of my plants, which are going to have to be replaced, but it gives a second lease on life to many others.
And then there are the tough plants that just keep on keeping on, rain or shine. Those are the plants I love.
|Texas sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) has blooms that are triggered by rainfall. My plant is in full bloom now.
|The 'Graham Thomas' rose is at its best in the autumn and it is getting a head start on the season.
|Blue plumbago just never quits.
|All the beautyberries are sporting a bumper crop of berries this late summer, including the white variety...
|...and the purple variety.
|The 'Pride of Barbados' (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) continues its long season of bloom.
|As do all the crape myrtles.
|Duranta erecta 'Golden dewdrop.'
|Joe Pye weed.
|African blue basil. I grow it for the butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, all of which love it. It's not so great for culinary use.
|Anisacanthus wrightii is coming into its own now.
|And, of course, I couldn't do an August post without including the Hamelia patens (hummingbird bush or Mexican firebush) which is a staple of my late summer and fall garden.
Happy Bloom Day to all and thank you, Carol of May Dreams Gardens, for hosting us each month.