Sonny and Cher’s “The beat goes on, the beat goes on, Drums keep pounding A rhythm to the brain” resonates as the sun beats down without relief and the heat goes on.
Thankfully, some plants thrive in the heat. Henry Duelberg Salvia (Salvia farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’) is one of those exceptional plants for sun, heat, drought, and poor soil that are reliable, once established.
The black and orange caterpillar of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly feeds on Passion Flower leaves. Sometimes they eat so many that the plant dies back. Last year the vine did not return, so I thought it was gone. Strangely, I rarely see any of that particular butterfly in the yard.
This year the vine came back and has flowered again. So I guess the root system was well established.
Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata) has a strong sweet vanilla scent. Sight alone doesn’t let you truly experience this vine. The smell and the buzzing sounds envelope you as you draw close to it. Some people don’t like the smell, but I love it.
The name Autumn Clematis is a misnomer because they start blooming in the hottest part of the summer during the middle or last of August. By any cooler temperatures that we have in October, the flowers are all gone.
But it is pretty much evergreen through the winter. That actually makes it harder to cut it back. I have tried not cutting it back. It just becomes so thick that the inner branches die.
Flowers that bloom in our hot, dry climate are a blessing that I truly appreciate.
“Don’t worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.” Anonymous