>July Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

>Wow, what an incredible time to be in Austin. We have had such an unusual summer, with such a bounty of rain, that the garden is just overflowing at a time when we are normally being water rationed and feeling all crispy and dried-out. But today, as the children took their naps, I snuck outside. Yes, humid as can be. But the moisture was a signal I would find quite a bit to list here for July Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Thanks Carol!

First, something that doesn’t need water at all, a hardy native, Lantana grows all around our property. I love it because of it’s multicolored flowers. We also have white lined up along our fence. In drought conditions, this is often one of the only blooms we would see at this time of the year.

Marigold- I have planted around my property specifically around some flowers that deer find tasty. The smell of the marigolds seems to fool the deer into thinking “yuck!” and walking away. I also have them in my veggie gardens, thinking it might turn off some pests as well.

Butterfly iris I have planted at my front door and I have been waiting for a sign that it mikes the spot. The first blooms appeared just in time for this entry.

Pink skullcap, love the name, love the tough-as-nails flower that is drought tolerant and is great to plant in tough areas like along a road where dogs pee on it.

Salvia, a beautiful deep shade of red, in my front bed under a cedar and next to Mexican Marigold.

Creme Brulee Coreopsis, bought it because it is my favorite dessert and I figured anything named that must be lovely. And it is a lovely shade of buttery yellow planted next to the drive where my husbands truck is parked.

Bulbine- never fails, always lovely and unusual to have around. Spreads gloriously but not in an invasive way, just nice and slow.

Zinnias just keep flowering again and again in lovely colors.

And the crape myrtles are just blooming, this one in the back a gorgeous fuschia and bowing down from the weight.

My Texas hibiscus, can easily be mistaken for a marijuana plant without the flower. But comes back every year in a pot (ha, ha, pot…get it) and has dozens of blooms in this gorgeous red.

Variety of roses from the Rose Emporium including Mutabilis.

And my wildflowers in the septic field. We just mowed the field to avoid rampant burrs that stick to the dogs but left some patches of flowers to enjoy.
Also, just found this one. What the heck is it?

(** Added later by author: Thanks to Annie for identifiying my mystery flower as Spotted Bee Balm, Monarda punctata. )

And finally, here is my bizarro artichoke flower.


12 thoughts on “>July Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

  1. >All your flowers are pretty, but I’m drawn to that crape myrtle, probably because I can’t grow it in my zone 5 garden. I have no idea what your mystery flower is but I bet one of those other Austin bloggers will know.Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  2. >Your flowers look lovely and I particularly like the dainty iris. Very pretty. You are lucky that deer don’t like your marigolds – they just eat ours and everything around them. Texas deer must be different!The salvia, zinnias, and rose are also very nice to see.Thank you,Alyssa

  3. >It’s the middle of July and time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. You have lots of beautiful blooms in your garden. Lots is happening in My Canadian Garden … hope you can stop by for a visit.

  4. >Beautiful! I envy the lantana… have tried many times to grow it with not much luck. Also loved the red Salvia. Thanks for visitng my blog.

  5. >Hi Bonnie,We seem to have a lot of flowers in common, but that’s not too surprising, is it! The Butterfly iris is really pretty – and had good timing.I looked in Enquist’s “Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country” and think your mystery might be Monarda punctata, aka Spotted Beebalm. If not that one – bet it’s some relative. Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  6. >Oh wow… what a beautiful garden you have, Bonnie! I love that Texas hibiscus, and the red salvia is absolutely luscious.I’m so happy for the tip about the scuttelaria being able to stand up to dog marking because I just found one at High Country Gardens that is supposed to be hardy in my zone. And now I know just where I can use it in my garden.Those roses are beautiful, too. What is the last one, the buff-colored rose? It’s what I would hope “Buff Beauty” would look like for me in a few years, but I have a feeling the rose shape isn’t quite right for it to be that.

  7. >Kim-The last blush colored roise is called Lady Hillingdon. It has a wonderful fragrance. I got it last fall at Rose Emporium outside of Austin and its been doing well since planting in early Dec.

  8. >All of you Austin folks must be so thrilled with your gardens this year. Do you have photos from last year at this time? Are they very, very different? Your lantana looks a bit like milkweed, or hoya plant. Is it waxy, and does it have a strong smell? So beautiful.I just love the butterfly iris. Such delicate colors.The myrtles and the hibiscus are lovely. I’ve only read the names in books and it’s nice to see the real things!The artichoke flower is fantastic! I love the flowers alongside children’s toys. A beautful combination, truly.

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