Everything looks better after a rain, except, for sopping wet dogs and cats. But the blessed rains of this week have put new life in all the vegetation here. Even beyond the much needed moisture, the overcast skies and lower temperatures were extra bonuses. The lowest recorded temperature in July and the lowest high recorded in July both happened this past week. What a fabulous week.
The Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriaacus) loves a little extra drink. They are all covered with flowers. One of them is shown behind the Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) and Lil Miss Lantana (Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff’) in this picture.
The desert Purple Sage, Cenizo (Scrophulariaceae Leucophyllum frutescens) blooms burst out after a rain. Every time I see one of these bushes, childhood memories of the West come to mind. Although I haven’t read Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage, the whole western book and movie genre is very familiar.
I’m also reminded of the Sons of the Pioneers’ song “Cool Water”. Those songs were a favorite of my Dad, and every Saturday morning the radio was tuned to a country music station. Although, country-western is not my own personal preferred music style, it brings back good thoughts about my youth.
Blue Mist is blooming enough to draw Viceroy butterflies. As more flowers open up, there will be tons more butterflies. I’m not sure if this is a Conoclinium coelestinum or a Conoclinium greggii (dissectum) because the difference between the two is slight to untrained eyes.
This week has brought blessings of full water tanks or ponds, drainage into lakes, green fields and grasses, and a wonderful respite to a hot summertime.
“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer