Summertime’s heat and strong sun has taken a toll on plants. It’s hard to keep everything watered.
However, these climbing rose bushes are hardy.
This one with pale pink flowers is an old fashioned or antique rose.
Crinums are some hardy bulbs. They thrive in the southern part of the US.
Ellen Bosanquet Crinum Lilies grow from large bulbs that multiply freely. Their deep, rich color is spectacular. No care needed. Just a little water, but bulbs have survived for years in abandoned home sites.
Perennial Dianthus ‘Raspberry Surprise’ is a joy to see each spring. They also bloom all summer but do better in partial shade.
Even though this is a Texas Purple Sage, the flowers look more pink than purple to me. It’s also called Texas Barometer Bush and Texas Silverleaf (Leucophyllum frutescens). Some bushes do have a true purple color flower.
This sage can survive dry desert conditions, but It only blooms after a rain shower. We had a quick one a few weeks ago.
When plants come up that I don’t recognize, it’s a mystery. Maybe it’s my memory, but sometimes I’m sure that I did not plant that particular plant.
For instance, this flower growing close to the ground. For weeks, I watched the deep dark purple foliage trying to guess what it was. Then, voila, one morning this gorgeous flower appeared.
Certainly, it was a nice surprise but I like to put a name with a plant. It certainly looks like a Rose Mallow. An internet search makes me think that it’s a Hibiscus ‘Dark Mystery’ rose mallow.
Another surprise in this same flowerbed. To the left are leaves from a Amaryllis. At first I thought that’s what this was, but it’s definitely too hot for that, and there’s no foliage.
So I think it’s a Naked Lady. A little research showed it to be a Naked Lady or Surprise Lily (Amaryllis Belladonna). Aptly named. The foliage dies and then the stem grows. They bloom in the summer. Mystery solved. Since it’s a bulb, I guess I did plant it. Crazy.
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” unknown