>So yes, I missed Bloom Day. But even if I had remembered, I would have boycotted because everything was so, well, crispy. I mean, it was just ridiculous. And there is only so much hand watering I have time or patience for.
And then we had rain. And everything seemed to come alive again. And some newbies popped up that I had forgotten that I had planted.So thank you rain. And thank you flowers, for being so darn tough and waiting things out.
Red Spider Lily. This one is a passalong from my dad, who got it as a passalong from my aunt, who got it as a passalong from someone in South Louisiana.
These are also called Hurricane Lilies or Surprise Lilies because they pop up after the first good rain in late summer/fall during hurricane season. Bare stems emerge with a triploid bloom. Those bloom for a bout a week. In winter, foliage will emerge without blooms.
I love the reds and yellows. And I have just been missing them this summer with all of the drought we have had. I don’t blame them. Who wants to bloom in such a furnace?
Esperenza (Tecoma Stans), or Yellow Bells finally blooms for me. These can grow up to 8′ tall and are supposed to bloom spring through fall. But this is the first show I have had. But it’s also the first year I have had it, so it may be just getting established. Very heat tolerant. I have not seen one day of wilting this summer.
Texas Star Hibiscus. Moved from a pot to the ground this year and much happier. Gorgeous huge blooms about 3-4″ across. Heat tolerant.
Nice to see the hibiscus blooming. It has quite a few buds on it, but I always seem to miss the new blooms, and I caught this one on a great day.
My white garlic. I call it that but I’m not sure what specific type of allium it is. But it is gorgeous in blooms, spreads quickly, never has any diseases or pests, not surprising given it’s fragrance, and never wilts.
Now, if only we could get some more rain. But nothing showing in the forecast for this week.