The weather turned evil earlier than usual this summer and we had August in July, with daytime temperatures in the high 90s and nights in the high 70s. A 2+ inch rainstorm on July 4th was the last time my corner of Katy received any significant rain. The gardens still require my attention, though, so I do my best to make my outside several days a week and spend some time attempting some degree of control over the chaos. The sun's glare is so fierce that I only managed to take 3 pictures throughout the month of July, which I had intended to post for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. I probably took a cool shower and a nap instead.
|Clematis 'Romantika' and 'Comtesse de Bouchard' from
Silver Star Vinery bloomed all month long. The Comtesse
only had a handful of blooms but to manage any at all in
such infelicitous weather is admirable.
|I think this is Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love'
but the bloom is larger than I expected. So maybe
it's another variety whose name I don't remember.
That happens on occasion.