Friday, August 14, 2009

garden bloggers' bloom day

Astrophytum asterias 'Sand Dollar'

I'm a broken record. Yesterday was Austin's 55th day of triple-digit heat. Starting August 24th, city water use restrictions tighten so that we can only water with sprinklers one day a week between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. I still managed to find a few blooms to share today. Check out other blooms at Carol's May Dreams Gardens blog.

rain lilies (thanks Annie!)


provence lavender

balloon flower (Platycodon 'Sentimental Blue')


lantana that I forgot I planted more than a year ago

blue daze (Evolvulus glomeratus 'Blue Daze')

recent impulse purchase bougainvillea


Nell Jean said...

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.

About the Daturas -- they are easily grown as annuals, often in zone 8 they return for another year or two or three. Seeds are easy to come by. They're very prolific seeders.

vertie said...

That sand dollar is adorable! Where did you get it?

Iris said...

Nell Jean,
Thanks for the info!

Thanks--I love it, too. Got it last week at Shoal Creek Nursery.

lisavollrath said...

I hear ya---it's been a miserable July and August up here in Dallas, too. Thank goodness for the hardy, drought resistant plants! Thanks for sharing, and happy Bloom Day.

Carol said...

"A broken record", but at least one with a few blooms. Thanks for joining in from Austin for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Linda/Central Texas Gardener said...

I just love your garden! I'm impressed that the lavender is blooming. Mine doing great, no blooms, though.

Must have balloon flower! And more rain lilies!

And yes, bougainvillea likes blood meal for the nitrogen. You can use hibiscus food too.

Brad B said...

You have quite a few flowers for not being able to water. Just goes to show that planting drought tolerant stuff will pay off.

I really liked that sanddollar. And I've never seen a bougainvilla like that one.

TexasDeb said...

Inspiring as always. The sand dollar is adorable. If that is our future plantwise, sign me up. My Daturas were munched on big time this year but they are very tolerant of heat and drought left uneaten. I have a couple of lavender plants that are doing well and a couple of a different type (grey leaves? anybody?) that look pretty pis*ed off at the moment. They've got plenty of company, there. Thanks for sharing your bloomers!