It's 100°F every day and there has been only a splash of rain in my neighborhood. The mosquitoes are horrid. The salvias are sulking. Barely a leaf can be found whole, due to outrageous numbers of caterpillars and other leaf-eating insects. My main goal is to run out, cut back, deadhead, mow, water enough to keep the garden alive and run back in until fall. August is a good month for genealogy inside.
But it's still better than August 2009, such a depressing month that I skipped GBBD altogether, and later regretted having that gap in my records. Carol of May Dreams Gardens, founder of GBBD, had a good idea, to keep track of what happens each month, no matter what the weather!
Some plants have died, some are doing fine and one new flower opened. A few stalwart plants keep chugging along through heat with no rain - others are in part shade and are watered regularly. Here is the list with botanical names and a few photos.
Abelia chinensis/Abelia, four white shrubs light bloom
Abelia chinensis two unnamed pink shrubs light bloom
Abelia chinensis 'Edward Goucher' smaller pink shrub in some shade - pretty good bloom
Abutilon hybridum 'Patrick's' - in a container in the Secret Garden. The flowers are small & hang down...they are not showy - but when the sun comes through it's easy to see why so many Austin gardeners are falling for Parlour Maples.
Allium tuberosum, Garlic chives has buds but not flowers
Amarcrinum ‘Fred Howard’ The bulb that flowered for July's bloom day is in a very sunny hot place with reflected sun... that plant looks terrible! The bulb that is blooming today, seen below, is in part shade in the pink garden. Even with some shade the flowers don't last long in this heat.
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii, Flame acanthus from Pam/Digging doing really well
Asclepias curassavica, tropical milkweed, couple of plants with lots of flowers. They seeded themselves right next to the sidewalk, blocking traffic but looking colorful.
Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Gold' gold cultivar of tropical milkweed in light bloom
Buddleja lindleyana/ Weeping butterfly bush, some flowers remaining on branch tips
Calibrachoa hybrids, two surviving plants - just a couple of flowers
Canna americanallis 'Bengal Tiger' syn 'Praetoria' two flower stalks
Capsicum annuum – garden peppers - a few flowers and some hot peppers
Catharanthus roseus - annual vinca- one surviving plant.
Castilleja indivisa, Texas paintbrush, grown as annual - one flower hanging on
Clerodendrum ugandense – Blue butterfly flower. Original plant is finally thinking about making buds. The one in a patio container, bought in June from It's About Thyme is enormous & in constant bloom
Clitoria ternatea- the annual Blue Butterfly Pea, flowering on the obelisk
Conoclinium greggii, Gregg’s Mistflower - Just a few flowers, because I haven't watered it enough
Cosmos sulphureus flowers, many buds and seedheads attracting birds
Cuphea ignea, orange Cigar flower, a fair amount of small orange flowers
Cuphea llavea – small pink & lavender form -a few flowers
Cuphea llavea –red & purple ‘Batfaced’- two plants blooming just fine
Datura unkn sp - seeded in patio container - a bud and seedheads
Dicliptera suberecta Uraguayan firecracker plant - new small plant with some flowers
Echinacea purpurea ‘Purple Stars - one remaining flower - many seedheads. Leaves awful.
Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' two plants in flower.
Evolvulus glomeratus, Blue Daze, one survivor in a patio container
Gaura lindheimerii, unknown tall rose-pink variety (‘Pink Cloud’?), just a few flowers but there are none on the white gaura, usually quite tough
Hedychium coronarium/ Hawaiian White Ginger - there were a few flowers last week -that's when I took the photo below. Now there are no flowers but a few buds are swelling
Helianthus, three tall annual sunflowers, looking like some species of bizarre leafless tree since the Bordered Patch caterpillars devoured the leaves. At the ends of the bare branches flowers, buds and seed heads attract so many birds that when I look out the window the 10-foot plants appear to be dipping and waving as the birds land and depart. This photo was taken by my son
Hemerocallis fulva – Ditch daylily from Lori one bud left to open
Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Blue River II’, a few huge white flowers each day
Hibiscus syriacus/Rose of Sharon, a few flowers every day
Impatiens walleriana, bedding impatiens. couple of plants in container are blooming
Indigofera amblyantha? /pink false indigo - has a few wands of pink flowers
Ipomoea alba, Moon flower vine, just starting to make buds
Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress vine, reseeding annual many flowers
Jasminium sambac, Sambac jasmine non-stop
Justicia spicigera/ Mexican Honeysuckle some flowers
Lagerstroemia indica, hot pink crepe myrtles (5 trees), still some flowers
Lagerstroemia x hybrida ‘Acoma’ white crepe myrtles (2 trees); still some flowers
Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba', in container, reddish-purple flowers, still some flowers
Lantana, unknown varieties upright lavender and trailing white
Lavandula intermedia 'Provence', fragrant,in clay container - keeps blooming as long as watered and deadheaded
Liriope muscari/Lilyturf, in long lines all over the place, flowering lightly
Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle (just a few flowers)
Lycopersicon lycopersicum, tomatoes mostly the Sun gold, but a few on Solar fire
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii/Turkscap or Red Wax Mallow (two plants), loaded with blooms.
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii, white form of Turkscap/Wax Mallow (two plants in secret garden), sprawling and covered in flowers.
Melampodium leucanthum / Blackfoot daisy - many plants - floppy and flowering - sweet fragrance in heat
Oxalis regnellii 'Atropurpurea' (dotted around and in containers), blooming some places- crispy in others
Pavonia lasiopetala, pink rock rose, opens flowers but they fry quickly
Pelargonium hybrid, 'Fantasia Salmon', zonal geranium in breakfast room window
Pentas lanceolata - Egyptian stars a few flower heads
Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage (two beds), floppy but holding onto flower heads
Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick' - new plant - very pretty flowers and some buds
Physostegia virginiana, Obedient plant - stressed but has a few flowers that caught my son's eye - he took this photo
Piper auritum/Hoja Santa or Rootbeer Plant - two plants in shade have odd wand-shaped white flowers
Platycodon 'Miss Tilly' (3 plants), a few fading flowers
Plumbago auriculata (two shrubs), going nuts and covered in pale blue flowers- have to keep cutting it back
Plumeria unknown species/Frangipani, creamy yellow one bud stalk not open yet
Poliomintha bustamanta, Mexican oregano (3 plants), all blooming but looking ratty & stressed
Portulaca - reseeded & purchased Moss Roses and Flowering Purslanes - all have flowers
Punica granatum 'Nana'/ dwarf pomegranate - couple of buds
Rosa 'Mutabilis' (two good-sized plants) just a few flowers on front plant
Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker plant 2 plants in bloom
Salvia farinacea, Mealy Blue sage, wandlike flowers opening but do not last
Salvia greggii, one cherry color, one white, one purple have flowers - dozen others are either resting or dropping branches.
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' only a few flowers on back plant... other one spindly and not blooming
Salvia vanhoutii SYN Salvia splendens var 'Van Houttei' does not make a lot of bloom, but a few at a time for hummingbirds
Scutellaria indica 'Dorota Blue' Blue evergreen hybrid skullcap, in container, part-shade & watered. Just started flowering
Scutellaria suffrutescens, pink skullcap, two plants in Pink Entrance Garden - light bloom
Scutellaria unlabeled blue-violet skullcap blooming in hellstrip
Scutellaria unlabled - flower pink but different from suffrutescens, blooming in hellstrip
Tetraneuris scaposa, four nerve daisy Hymenoxys - a couple of flowers
Verbena bonariensis – a few stragglers - most done
Vitex agnus-castus / Chaste tree this year is looking pretty good!
Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea', Pink rainlily - in this bunch open today today the focus is on the seeds. I scattered them along the edges of a border.
Zinnia linearis/ syn Zinnia angustifolia, several plants, abundant white flowers.
Happy GBBD - thanks again, Carol!
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