To those who would tell me *"It's not the heat, it's the humidity" , come on down here to my corner of Katy and let's spend a couple of hours outside, pulling weeds and spreading mulch. You will doubtless understand why I disagree most vehemently with that statement. IT'S BOTH and no one can convince me otherwise. I am unanimous in this.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
So the 15th has rolled around as it does every month (at least until the Mayan calendar runs out at the end of this year) and Carol of May Dreams Gardens invites bloggers around the world to share what's blooming in their gardens today. Despite my predictable whinging about the heat and drought on my corner of Katy, the Head Gardener has been humming that old standby "More Than You Know"* to remind me that we are still fortunate in the number of blooms to be found here at Wit's End. Let's take a stroll around the gardens, shall we?
One last picture before I wrap this up ...
|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?
Monday, August 13, 2012
|Clematis unknownus (Ramona, is that you?)|
|Gulf Fritillary nectaring on Verbena bonariensis|
|The centerpiece of this planting is Brazilian Buttonbush. That's ONE plant, y'all. ONE.|
|The Coral Vine is using a Mexican Buckeye tree for support. The bees LOVE the blooms.|
|'Caldwell Pink', a found rose, is rarely out of bloom.|