>Glad to be back for July Bloom Day. Something kept me from posting last month, but I have no memory whether it was dehydration, hangover or amnesia. Pick your favorite. Anyway, July has things looking, well, tired. We just haven’t had much rain, although a few recent showers have helped. But we’ll be in the 100s all this week with no rain. It was a record 105 degrees on Monday.
I’ve been trying to help plants along with a mid-summer pruning which means a lot of them are recovering and not blooming- like my roses, some salvias and mexican oregano. But here are my July greatest hits.
Those of you who have visited Kiss of Sun recently probably already saw my moonflower in bloom at night. Here is the vine during the day- quite the grower. Flowers are hiding all underneath the foliage, wound up tight during the heat of the day
I know many folks don’t like lantana, and I myself do not like the gold variety. But I do like two varieties I have out at the end of my driveway. First, I have white lantana along a black metal fence
and I have buttercream lantana near the mailbox
One of my favorites during the summer is portulaca. You just can’t go wrong with this plant. Completely drought tolerant-not even a hint of wilting. And blooms like you wouldn’t believe. I have it in containers
and along the pathway
My Texas Sage I blogged about last week is fading, but my Silverado variety is blooming this week, offering cool greys and purples
I love this little zinnia because my son brought it home from school for me as a mother’s day present. One bloom on it then and look at it now. We go and check it out every time we are in the backyard.
Hope your gardens are giving you lots of color and summer joy.