It's the North's turn to steal the show this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Here in South Texas, blooms are not abundant, but I have a small and steady supply.
The liriope just started blooming a few days ago.
About a year after we sowed the seeds, the Pride of Barbados is in bloom. In a normal summer, it would be surrounded by a bed of gold and red lantana, but the lantana has been unusually absent in this drought.
What I do have blooming beneath the Pride of Barbados are dwarf blue plumbago. They aren't a show stopper, but they've been steady bloomers and the blue is vivid enough to catch a passerby's eye. (Can you see the speckled lantana leaves in the mix? It's lace bug damage, I think.)
Despite being weakened by mealy bugs and spider mites, the turk's cap still looks good.
Nothing bothers the esperenza. It's grown about 9 feet since the spring and hasn't had any problems to speak of.
The roses are putting on a profusion of blooms. The flowers last only a day before the petals dry up, but with 102° days, you take what you can get.
Garlic chives started blooming just a few weeks ago. They're the closest thing this San Antonio gardener will ever get to the alliums in the other parts of the country.
I counted five blooms on the blue pea vine. I was surprised to see so many considering that about every fourth day, the bottom-most leaves yellow with thirst.
Has-been blooms from echinacea.
and her cousin, narrow leaf zinnia, both new additions. (I know, in August! What am I thinking?) They were half price with an August-only coupon so we'll see how they fair. For a better Bloom Day show, be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens.