Friday, August 15, 2008

Bloom Day!

It's hot and steamy in Austin, Texas this Garden Blogger's Bloom Day when Carol from May Dreams Gardens brings bloggers around the world together to share a peek into their gardens.

We had RAIN today at our house!!!! We got a quarter of an inch in a very short time and it was a blessing. I'm not commenting on the fact that the downpour happened exactly when I walked out of the grocery sstore with a cart full of food. I just smiled and let it plaster my hair to my head, being mindful of how much we need it and how long I've been hoping for it.

We're supposed to get more tomorrow, and on through the next week, and I say, bring it on!


So here is a glimpse into some of the plants that I
am enjoying in my garden today.

I won't post them all, these are the nicest right now
...

Cape Honeysuckle loves a big, long drink and rewards
me with vivid,over-the-top orange flowers.
They aren't blooms but they are beautiful!I love these
Caladiums that add texture and color and interest to my shady garden bed.
These zippy Zinnias are a rush of color in the middle of my rock pathway.
More splashes of sunshine in my pathway -- here a Purslane
and a Moss Rose make friends!
And a yellow Purslane is their neighbor in the pathway.
The Turk's Cap in the dappled shade bed
is blooming all over,
and doesn't seem to mind the heat.

Tall and flowing Esperanza -- it peeks over the
Day Lily fenceand I get glimpses of it from the other side!
Happy Rosemary, reveling in these arid conditions!
Regal Purple Duranta draping gracefully.
Perky variegated red Hibiscus waves at the plants all around her!

9 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

I love all your hot colors to go with the hot weather, especially the moss rose, duranta, and cape honeysuckle.

I'm happy to hear you got rain today. Still nothing up here in north-central Austin, but I'm starting to get my hopes up. Oh, please don't let them be dashed yet again!

Diana said...

Thanks, Pam. I really do favor the hot colors. Sorry you didn't get rain. It poured here, for a very short time. I'm hoping for more tomorrow -- maybe it will blanket the whole town and all the garden bloggers will get some!

Gail said...

Hip hip hooray for the rain! The flowers are fabulous and I am glad you have such lovely ones, the duranta is gorgeous and a new flower for me! Were you tempted to just show photos of the rain! I made a video of our last rain...about 5 weeks ago!

May it rain all week!

Gail

Diana said...

Gail - that's too funny that you made a video of the rain! I'll bet it sounds good to listen to it on a hot, dry day. We've had big , grey clouds through here all afternoon and even heard rumblings of thunder - but none of the wet stuff yet.

Carol said...

Happy to hear you got some rain. Bloom Day brings good things to your garden, right? You have many nice blooms going, in spite of the heat and lack of rain. Must be your good gardening!

Thanks for joining in for bloom day,

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Those colors are deliscious. The hibiscus is a show stopper. Enjoyed visting your GBBD post.
--Curmudgeon

Annie in Austin said...

The esperanzas and durantas are flowers that I admire but have little luck in growing - your bloom day is a very cheerful one, Diana!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Carol - thanks, and thanks for hosting! With lots of hand watering, we do have great blooms in spite of the heat and drought. This weekend's rains have been a blessing and everything looks so much better than with city water!

WWW -- Thanks - glad you came to visit. Even though I usually can't overwinter them, I love hibiscus and their reliable blooms, bright colors and butterfly and hummingbird food!

Diana said...

Annie - I think those hot summer colors are cheery. Sure hope you are getting some rain now. We've had almost 1/2 inch between yesterday and this morning. Of course our trip to Sea World is planned for tomorrow with 50% chance of rain ... but I will NOT complain!!!