|This one's for Gail of Clay and Limestone, who's a tireless champion for our pollinators! |
The bees really are going bonkers over the Frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora). It's also a nectar source for butterflies and a larval food source for Phaon Crescentspot, Buckeye and White Peacock butterflies.
|'Coral Nymph' in the rose bed ... there's a Madame Antoine Mari rose behind that plant,|
believe it or not! I do like how it pairs with catmint.
|I cut back the various winecups that grow in the rose bed since they get|
pretty leggy by August. One of them produced the blooms above and below
that are so lovely, they make my heart smile.
|I wonder if it would come true from seed? I'll save this one and see.|
Winecups are Callirhoe involucrata.
|One hot daylily for one hot month ... I defy anyone to ignore this gaudy beauty!|
It's one of those whose name has been lost to time.
|Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpeta jamaicensis) blooms|
in sun or shade here on my corner of Katy.
|The delicate pink racemes of Indigofera (I. spp.) dangle above pigeonberry (Rivina humilis).|
|I beg to differ with the 'Rio Bravo' Texas Sage (Leucophyllum|
langmanniae), which thinks it's received rain recently.
|Carmencita with 'Ruby Ribbons' Panicum. Double click to enlarge|
so you can see the beautiful blooms on this ornamental grass.
|Sundrops (Calylophus drummondii), Yellow Bulbine and Gaillardia hiding|
in the grass.
|Engelmann's Daisy (Engelmannii peristenia)|
|Another unidentified daylily defies the heat and drought!|
|Cuphea ignea 'David Verity' behind the Agave|
|Hamelia, Firespike (Odontonema strictum), Chile Pequin & Shrimp Plant|
|Pinecone Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana)|
|One of many Hamelias scattered about my corner of Katy|
|Okra Mallow (Abelmoschus esculentus) is stunning close-up.|
|Monarch on milkweed|
|The Bauhinia galpinii on the south side of the front gardens|
is affectionately known as Cher. Tina Turner reigns supreme
in the corner bed.
|OK, not in my garden but right next door ... my neighbor's Crape Myrtle is red hot!|
|Susan with cicada shell|
|Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on native Turk's cap (Malvaviscus drummondii)|
|Gulf Fritillary again|
|This Aloe bloom is the color of orange sherbet.|
|A closeup of the firespike bloom with Hamelia behind it and the|
red umbrella in the courtyard echoing their color
|'Lemon Sorbet' or 'Fruit Cocktail'? It does look good enough to eat!|
|The Jimson Weed is absolutely loaded with buds but it refused to bloom|
in time. I've cut this plant back at least twice already but it
continues to scoff at my efforts to contain it!
|The Head Gardener forbids me to make any off color comments about|
the seedpods on the Jimson Weed.
|Duranta, sometimes called Golden Dewdrops or Blue Skyflower,|
is a reliable bloomer that's drought tolerant AND highly attractive to butterflies.
|Australian Violet is a charming ground cover.|
|Clerodendrum buchannii var. fallax, Pagoda Flower would probably|
bloom more profusely if I let it out of the pot and into the ground.
Given their tendency to run, I believe I'll sacrifice a few blooms.
|Bauhinia mexicana is one of my favorite small trees. The glaring orange|
flag below serves as a reminder that I planted something that
needs extra attention while it's settling in, usually in the form of water.
|This Vernonia came from Mouse Creek Nursery in Tennessee, a favorite haunt of|
Frances of Faire Garden. I wasn't sure how it would do in my gardens but
I'm delighted to see that it's going to bloom soon!
|Gaura lindheimeri is one of the most drought tolerant plants|
I grow. It reseeds with abandon so I'm never without its blooms.
That's one of last year's Serenity Mix verbenas below.
|Vernonia lettermanii, Ironweed,a 2009 purchase from Plant Delights Nursery, I think?|
I'm always tickled when I see this blooming because I worry every year
that I've lost it.
|This is one of the native Ruellias but I'm still not sure which. Maybe R.|
caroliniensis? It's a prolific little bugger, like so many of its family.
|Lantana spp. 'Fruity Pebbles' or 'Lavender Popcorn'|
|Freddie Mercury was relocated this week with assistance|
from my neighbor Brian. He doesn't look quite as evil now, does he?