On the 15th of every month Carol of May Dreams Gardens invites garden bloggers around the world to show what's blooming in their gardens.
I often end up missing GBBD, but as I was browsing blogs this morning, I noticed all the posts, checked my calendar and -- hallelujah! I haven't missed it!
So here's an overview of what is struggling through the drought here in my little patch of Texas.
The daylilies in the front garden are worth their weight in gold. Nothing seems to faze them and, once again, they are delighting me with their vivid, hot colors under the hot summer sun.
Along the wall in the back garden, I have a grouping of containers containing Texas Star Hibiscus, not yet in bloom, Hamelia patens, also not yet in bloom and this lovely little Columbine, which I have never grown before.
This hanging basket is a new acquisition, featuring a Calliope hybrid Geranium and Scaveola "Bombay White". I think I'm probably going to move it from here. It's very lush right now and where it's hanging, if there's the slightest breeze, it's going to get banged against the column. I also don't think it's going to get enough sun here, although the spot does get afternoon sun.
The Vitex, the star of the summer garden, is blooming profusely and is being visited daily by lots of bees, as well as the hummingbirds. I was happy to be able to snap this shot, even though it's not a great photo.
The butteflies are loving it too.
To wrap up today's post, some non-bloom-related photos:
As I was going through some photos, I realized that I had a better photo than one I had posted of the baby wrens that fledged last week, in the crepe myrtle tree. I love his little punk rock hairdo of baby fuzz.
And lastly, this is not something you would normally see in a garden, but this is Texas!
What was he doing in our garden? We assume he was after water. I had used the hose earlier in the day and although I had turned it off, I didn't empty it, so it was dripping a little. In fact I think I must do that a lot because the ground around where the hose pipe is stays a bit damp.
This little guy and his sibling, came for the water, although one of them went on to dig up the flowerbed!
This drought is really affecting everything, not just our gardens but the wildlife too. These two visited two afternoons in a row and then we had a little rainstorm which added water to the local ditches. We haven't seen them since.
I kind of miss them, although not the damage they were doing to the flowerbeds. I appreciated the chanced to get up close and personal with these gentle creatures.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.