Sunday, August 15, 2010

garden bloggers' bloom day

blackfoot daisies and silver ponyfoot
Last year at this time, we'd had 50-something days of triple-digit heat and exceptional drought. I'm thrilled that this summer we've only had a handful of triple-digit days, plus we got some decent rain. But let's face it, 101 is still miserable. See Carol's and other bloggers' blooms at May Dreams Gardens.

pink rain lilies (Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea') from Annie in Austin
plumbago
bougainvillea
I like this white ruellia a little better than the purple varieties

rock rose (Pavonia laiopetala)
Also blooming today are Turk's cap, torenia, pentas, society garlic, gaura, leadwort plumbago, and purple ruellia.

12 comments:

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Love all daisies, but those cute little blackfoot daisies are adorable. Look good in the pot also.

LindaCTG said...

Oh, what a lovely bloom day! Wish my rain lilies would get busy again.

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, you have a lot blooming for GBBD. Have a wonderful week and take care.

Iris said...

gardenwalkgardentalk--Thanks! Love blackfoot daisies, too.

Linda--I was somewhat shocked that the rain lilies showed up yesterday. Must have been combo of Wednesday's rain & my watering the nearby veg seedlings?

AGardenofThreads--Thanks! I am grateful for the hardy things that are blooming.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

I salute you for making an effort to take photos and write a post in this heat. You're a more dedicated gardener than I am.

Iris said...

mss--Thank you! I think I may be a sort of a fits-and-starts gardener, so I'm not sure that equals dedicated. But I'll certainly accept the description.

TexasDeb said...

Wait a second - you liking white better than purple? I can barely believe my eyes...

There is something about white flowers though - they seem more cooling somehow? Definitely a plus in the current heat.

I am blown away by your rain lilies. They are so gorgeous. I think I appreciate them even more for being so "now you see them now you don't".

Iris said...

Deb--Well, as far as ruellia goes, I prefer the white. And I think I may be leaning towards more white flowers, period. In addition to blue/purples, of course.

But on today, the hottest day of the year, the white ruellia definitely has a more cooling effect!

You're absolutely right about those rain lilies. I never know when they're going to appear or for how long.

Kathleen Scott said...

Lovely, especially the combination of daisies and ponyfoot.

Isn't this year a relief after last year? I can handle one month of August.

Iris said...

Kathleen--I really like the blackfoot/ponyfoot combo, too! Thanks for the nice painting comment on the CTG blog, too.

TexasDeb said...

That reminds me - when we will see some of your paintings HERE? You have so many talents - no wonder your color choices in the garden are so painterly....

Iris said...

Deb--Thank you! You're making me blush. I'll post some paintings as soon as I've created a few more. At the moment, I'm working on one to donate to Green Corn Project's October fundraiser!