Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2019
Summertime (almost). The cicadas are serenading and the crape myrtles are in bloom. Here in hot pink.
And here in lavender.
'Cashmere Bouquet' clerodendron.
And potato vine.
'Belinda's Dream' rose.
It doesn't look very red but this is red yucca.
This was my much-appreciated Mother's Day gift from my daughters - a vitex shrub, also called chaste tree.
The blossoms remind one a bit of lilac which we can't grow here. They are much-loved by all pollinators, especially bees.
A Mother's Day gift from a previous year was this hydrangea which has been blooming its heart out this spring.
I do love its big squashy blossoms.
These blossoms are definitely not big and squashy. It's buttonbush (Cephalonthus occidentalis) and you can see how it got its common name. The blossoms do look a bit like buttons. It is a native plant, also much-loved by pollinators.
An oldie but a goodie - 4 o'clock.
This is a newer variety of 4 o'clock, planted last year.
And here's the white variety.
These daylilies have bloomed especially well this spring.
The ubiquitous salvia - autumn sage.
The rather inconspicuous little flowers of the beautyberry eventually develop into the colorful berries that give the plant its name.
'Pride of Barbados' - one of my favorite summer bloomers. Those hot orange and yellow blossoms just seem to say "summer."
Duranta erecta - aka golden dewdrop.
Justicia 'Orange Flame' has been especially floriferous this spring.
The wildflower, purple-head sneezeweed, that I showed you last month is still going strong.
Some of the purple coneflowers are in bloom.
Tropical milkweed. I haven't seen many Monarchs this spring and no caterpillars yet.
This native sunflower doesn't have the big dinner-plate sized individual blooms of the cultivated varieties but it covers itself in these saucer-sized beauties.
Nearby the crocosmia is almost in bloom.
Turk's Cap lit by the setting sun.
The crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' never fails me.
Summer phlox, always a wonderful addition to the summer garden.
And what would the summer garden be without its iconic sound effects? Here's one of those aforementioned serenaders, a cicada, resting on the ground before taking flight.
That's a sample of what's blooming in my southeast Texas garden this June. I hope you and your garden are enjoying this (almost) summer. Thank you for visiting and thank you, Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting.
Happy Bloom Day!