Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Every day since we got home I have been out in the garden for the only 2 hours it is possible; 7-9am. The sun just wakes up every morning, bless 'im, and that makes it impossible to stay out there any longer. Of course there are others out there with me. If you look closely you can spot 2 hummingbirds seriously annoyed with me because I was out there in their garden with their Texas sunflowers. What was that I said about not allowing those plants in the garden this year.

They are there anyway and in the end I will let most of them stay. Mostly because there is little else doing as well as they are and the hummingbirds and goldfinches love them.

My vegetable beds are known for having plants other than vegetables in them. These zinnias self seeded in here and took advantage of the water that was meant for the tomato plant. They are doing a whole lot better than the tomato.

It seems zinnias steal the show right now although I normally have lots of these growing in between the pavers this year there is only this one clump.

But right now my absolute favorite is the Gomphrena 'fireworks' It is sure to be in next years garden.


  1. Oh, I LOVE the Gomphrena! I've been staring at that in the Park seed catalog for the past year, debating whether or not to try it. You really can't tell from a close up of one bloom-but it looks marvelous in your garden. I guess that answered the question I had about if it could handle DRY and hot. If it lives in your garden , it would have to. Thank you!
    And the rest of the flowers-beautiful!

  2. At least there is still life in your garden. The pink flower is so beautiful. I will have to remember the name of it.

  3. Isn't that a great gomphrena? Mine has overwintered and is just getting going now in late August, so it's nothing like yours in bloom yet.

  4. I'm still amazed at how much you have blooming. That drip irrigation is working wonders in your garden.
    I noticed the Gomphrena in your post the other day. It does look pretty.
    Stay cool...

  5. I'm gonna have to add some sunflowers next year so I have something to take pictures of in August! Your garden still looks charming, despite this wicked heat.

  6. Tell us the story about the 'Fireworks' gomphrena, please.

  7. What strikes me about the 2nd photo in this post is the distant vista and sky looks like what we see in the desert...not the softer sky I am used to in more humid country like yours'.

    But not shabby in spite of your Phoenix-like temps.

    May your region get long, gentle, soaking rains as payback for this past year.

    I'll be out in early October...