Lanai 'Bright Pink' verbena
This morning, before my coffee and my usual watering and Sunday garden clean-up, I half-heartedly brought my camera outside in the hopes that there would be at least one nice looking bloom for this Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. This long-lasting heat, humidity and droughty weather has tired out both the garden and the gardener. So imagine how surprised I was to find many blooms; it wasn't like late spring or early summer mind you, but still, a very pleasant surprise. Almost a miracle, actually.
'Autumn Joy' sedum
Because I have more photos than normal, I'll spare you much narrative.
Knock Out rose, not a pink one, just lighter than normal for some reason
Painted Lady butterfly on buddleia (the blooms are smaller this time of year)
Blooms from some type of purple basil (lost the tag); I let this bloom for the bees
'Calliope' eggplant with the ubiquitous flea beetle in front of the bloom!
'Sun Gold' tomato blooms, revived by some rain; this should bloom & produce through fall
Flame acanthus, Anisicanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Flame acanthus plant
I put this second photo of flame acanthus in this post so you can see that the plant isn't really totally covered in blooms. At least mine has never been that way. Maybe that's because it gets a little more shade than I know it could take. Although it sprawls quite a bit in this area, I keep it because the hummingbirds are so fond of it. And speaking of hummers...
Hummingbird at 'Black and Blue' salvia
My 'Black and Blue' salvia, Salvia guaranitica, is looking pretty bedraggled right now, but then it always does by this time of year. I've had this plant for four years now and am thinking I'll replace it with a fresh one when I find another. The hummingbirds really love this plant as well. Yesterday I saw a hummer chase off a swallowtail butterfly from it!
Unknown variety of crapemyrtle
'Zagreb' coreopsis; are you tired of seeing this nonstop bloomer yet? I'm not!
I've done a little research on this particular abutilon on the Internet and just had to laugh at what I saw. The only references I could find for it came from Austin garden bloggers. And Austin is where I bought this one. I think it really needs to move beyond there as it's so dependable. So I'm doing my part to get it beyond central Texas!
Cicada shell on 'Patrick's' abutilon
Last of the black-eyed Susans ('Goldsturm' variety)
'Lemon Spreader' lantana in front of 'Rainbow Bush', Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’
Closeup of 'Lemon Spreader'