At best, I’m fashionably late–at worst, tacky. It’s the fifteenth of the month–the day, hosted by May Dream Gardens, that bloggers from everywhere post about what is blooming in their gardens. I’m sure more experienced bloggers are ready for this day at sunrise–photos, text and all. This is my first time to post and I’m a little tardy.
As it is raining today (the third substantial rain since June), and dark and wet outside, the photos were taken in the last few days. The rain won’t change the dynamics of the drought, but it’s desperately needed and most welcome in parched Central Texas.
Even with the drought, there are still plenty of blooms–a sampling:
A group of Cuphea ‘David Verity’– I planted these almost two years ago. They didn’t bloom much this year until the past two months. Generally, this hybrid is considered one of the longer-blooming of the cuphea plants.
A fragrant White Mistflower (Ageratina havanensis) is still being enjoyed by the honeybees. Peeking from behind the White Mistflower, is a Goldeneye (Viguiera dentata) bloom, not usually so shy.
The Salvia farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’ became one of my absolute favorite plants in the past two years. I planted one at Shay’s Green Garden and was hooked. Rich, blue flowers, a long blooming time (spring to frost) and heat and drought tolerant–what’s not to love about this plant? I now have four of them, scattered about in my personal gardens.
We haven’t had many butterflies this year due to the exceptional drought, but I observed this little Red Admiral a few days ago. A fast flier, he was hard to catch, but he stopped for the Yellow Bells (Tacoma stans)–several times.
A new addition to my garden’s blooms is a variation of the red Turk’s Cap (Malvavicus arboreus),called Pam’s Pink Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus drummondii ‘Pam Puryear’).
Another new plant for me is the Wooly Butterfly Bush (Buddleja marrubiifolia). Fuzzy, silver-gray leaves and tiny orange flowers encased in a ball–very 1960s. It is native west of Austin and in higher elevations. It’s planted in Shay’s Green Garden, has done well there and I’m hoping it won’t be offended by my rather heavy soil.
And, still in bloom, the lovely Coral Vine ((Antigonon leptopus).
A couple of my adored Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pupurea) continue their display,
as does the ever-hardy and beloved Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus). It’s blooming–a little odd for November.
Finally, the Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) and the Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum) just will not stop.
And that’s fine by me. How ’bout you?
No worries about being tardy for GBBD – I slid in under the gate right after you!
Whew!! I’m so relieved!
You made it! Congrats on great blooms for your first GBBD.
Serious plant envy over that Pink Turk’s Cap. I just missed getting one at the nursery last week, but I’ll find one eventually.
It’s taken a while for me to warm up to the Pink, but where I have it, I think it’s going to work. Barton Springs Nursery (in Austin) seems to always have them, but I don’t know about San Antonio.
Well Tina, I am even more tardy than you but I enjoyed seeing your late fall bloomers anyway! So many of the plants were new to me and I am intrigued by the Coral Vine. I will have to see if it will grow in my zone 9 garden. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you. I’ll bet the Coral Vine would work for you–zones 8-12. It’s an easy plant to grow so I hope you’ll try it.
You have a lot of blooms~ no wonder you’ve been in a mood to enjoy rather than work in the garden – good thinking.
I took photos for bloom day on Monday…then didn’t get my post up…..so way to go…and I’m going to post one anyway.
Been considering adding Pam’s Pink Turk’s Cap into my shade garden (though presently scared to add anything!). Your garden is looking good.
Thanks! I’m glad that I chose the Pam’s Pink. I’m looking forward to observing their growth in the next few years, but I certainly understand your hesitation to plant, considering our drought.