Summer is in full swing. The heat is oppressive and makes it difficult to do gardening chores. I pity the people who work outside for a living.
Some plants reach their prime in this heat. Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii) is one of them. Guess the word desert makes that obvious.
Naked Ladies (Amaryllis Belladonna) surprise me each year. The dark color below them is the dried flower heads of Gulf Coast Penstemon.
Grape Hyacinth Bean Vines or Purple Hyacinth (Lablab purpureus) are annuals grown from seeds. They do well in pots or in the ground. Just save the seeds in the dried seed pods for next year.
These are great pass-along seeds. But they can be ordered on-line.
Love, love these large Hardy Hibiscus. They die back to the ground in the winter. Their roots survived the extra hard winter in February. They just keep on giving. Such beauties.
Look carefully to see the Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (or maybe a Giant Swallowtail?) on the Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica).
Also, the ever present menace: a grasshopper on a hibiscus petal. Holes they leave can be seen in leaves and petals all over the yard.
Obviously, the heat doesn’t bother the bees and other pollinators.
I’m guilty of pushing my zone when choosing plants. This Pride of Barbados or Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrimais) is listed as Zone 8b. I’m in Zone 8, so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. So far, I’ve grown them in pots to be carried in the winter. Ones that we’ve planted in the ground haven’t made.
But as you can see, this one looks pretty sad. So this fall, we’re going to plant it in a protected area and see what happens.
Still a few gorgeous flowers on the Bubba Desert Willows (Chilopsis linearis). Great ornamental trees.
Thanks for reading my blog. Hope you have a great summer and can enjoy the outside from a cool spot.
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Sam Keen.