Today's pictures are brought to you at great personal risk ... another gullywasher came rolling through the greater Houston area today. The rain started falling about 3:45, catching me just as I was preparing to come inside for the day. Within half an hour, we were being pounded with rain, exacerbated by strong winds and accompanied by lightning and thunder. As of a few minutes ago, over 400 cloud to ground lightning strikes have been recorded. And yet there I was, sheltered under the golf umbrella (metal tipped), to capture a couple of shots through the garden gate ... not even very good ones, at that. That blur of gray-green you see in the long shot is my poor Vitex. A close-up of its wind-whipped branches follows.
Earlier today I went out to Nelson Water Gardens and bought a flat of herbs: golden oregano, golden sage, Archer's Gold Lemon Thyme (sensing a theme?). I bought a flat of annuals, too: Splash coleus, Strawberry Fields Gomphrena, Profusion Orange Zinnias, a sedum & some Pentas. I managed to get all of them except the sedum & Pentas planted out front on the south side. Here's hoping they haven't washed away!
Annie from Austin, of The Transplantable Rose, is joining me today in looking through the garden gate. Welcome, Annie, and thanks for sharing your beautiful views!