Summer has arrived: sun, perspiration; heat, perspiration; gardening, perspiration–you get the drift. It’s July in Central Texas and that means heat, but it also means blooms, and plenty of them. Today is also Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and I’m thanking Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly tribute to blooms in the garden.
The pond cools my gardens and it’s at its best during the summer months. This native Pickerel Rush, Pontederia cordata, spikes purple flowers, each lasting for days.
A variety of pollinators feed on the blooms and the spikes are favorites of dragonflies and damselflies–during the blooming,
…and afterwards. Pickerel Rush likes shallow water and this one is planted in the bog section of my pond.
This Claude Ikins water-lily graces the pond with cheery yellow flowers. When I’m standing in the water for some sort of pond maintenance, I stick my nose into one of these sunny blooms and I’m rewarded with a fresh and fruity fragrance.
There are usually several flowers blooming at any given time during our long growing season.
Ruby Red Runner, an Alternanthera hybrid, functions as a filter plant for the waterfall. The flower is a small inflorescence situated at the leaf axil,
…and is cute, but it’s not what attracts the eye to this plant. That’s reserved for the beautiful foliage.
What’s blooming in your garden this GBBD? Enjoy, share, and check out May Dreams Gardens to see July lovelies from other gardens!