Although the heat of summer is upon us and we have not been blessed with any rain for weeks, a few plants struggle to keep up with the conditions while others make their debut.
The Echinopsis is blooming for the third time this year and there are still more blooms appearing on the plant. They have been coming in two by two. They open during the night and are gone by lunch time but this one opened this week and deserved to be on bloom day.
I am lucky that these three blooms opened yesterday. They are a little tougher than the echinopsis and remain open for three days. I am not sure of the name so if anyone knows please share.
For the hardy water lilies, Nymphaea 'Colorado' heat means nothing as they bathe all day long. They are morning bloomers.
The skullcaps have been blooming all summer. Some have already been cut back to bring them back into bloom for the fall. Others will get a trim at the end of the month.
I cut back the chocolate daisy, Berlandiera lyrata, a few weeks ago and it is back in bloom. Another morning bloomer.
I have no idea why this has been such a good year for the Texas clematis. The blooms may be tinier but they keep on coming.
Zinnias are popping up everywhere. One of my favorites is the spider zinnia, Zinnia tenuifolia 'Red Spider' It's seeds survive in the ground through the winter but they don't germinate until the ground has really warmed up.
The pale blue Plumbago auriculata, just now beginning to bloom. It will bloom until frost.
Of course Morning Glory always finds a place to grow. This one round by the water barrels.
And Blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum with its faintly almond fragrance.
Gaura still struggling to put out tiny blooms.
Finally the ever returning Ruellia pop up wherever a spot of color is needed.
I hope you are having a wonderful bloom day and if you are stop by Maydreams to share your blooms.