As temperatures heat up, I appreciate those flowering plants that can survive. The high so far has been 99 which means we haven’t gotten into the crazy time, yet.
This Pink Guara (Onagraceae Gaura lindheimeri) has gotten out of hand. It is spreading rapidly now. It was well behaved for about six years. But it still looks so pretty swaying in the wind. It will bloom continuously until the first freeze.
The Crinums from the Amaryllidaceae family are blooming now but won’t last long. They probably should be divided. However, the bulbs are huge. So I’m not quite sure how to accomplish that in the heavy clay without tearing them up.
Very few Gladiolas have bloomed this year. The bulbs have been in the ground for years. I divided a few in the spring, which is the wrong time of the year for that and too late for them to bloom this year.
For years, we’ve had Barn Swallows nesting on a small ledge around both the front and back porches. They make a horrible mess on the furniture and the front wooden floor and back concrete. So this year, we paid a hefty fee to have the HardiPlank extended to eliminate the ledge edge.
The creative Swallows, who normally build mud nests on the ledge, made an entirely different kind of nest out of mud.
Everyone who sees them at this stage are fascinated by their form.
This year I discovered Soprano Lilac Spoon Daisies (Osteospermum ‘Osjaseclipur’). It is a hybrid from the Osteospermum family that includes asters and daisies.It’s easy to see how it got the spoon name.
Hope your summer is enhanced by flowers.
“Have the maturity to know that sometimes silence is more powerful than having the last word.” Thema Davis