Monday, September 15, 2008

Bloom day...

Hard to believe it's the middle of September -- and Bloom Day again. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for inviting us all to join her Bloom Day party!

I think these are my new favorite flowers.  

They are Blackfoot Daisies, native to Texas and they love the hot sun and dry summers we have here.

And they aren't picky about their soil, either.  They grow in rocks and crevices and my beds!

They are perennials for the most part -- I only lost a few from last year.  And the new ones I put in this Spring are spreading like wildfire.  

These are the newest bloomers almost in the garden -- they are Totally Tempted Cuphea -- and I've never seen any like this.  Instead of the traditional purple and red little bat-like faced blooms, they are all hot pink.  Don't even look like bat faces at all without the bi-color.  But they have a profusion of blooms and will love the hot spot I want to plant them in.
Mealy Blue Sage
Society Garlics all in a row.
Cypress Vine taking over again!
Coral Trumpet Vine
Duranta Sapphire
American Beautyberry
Turks Cap
One lonely little winecup growing up from the grass that isn't supposed to be here!
Indigo Spires
Sweet alyssum
Moss Rose
Crape Myrtle
Little Katie Ruellia

Wave petunia

Hyacinth Bean Vine
Candlestick Tree
Blue Daze
Can you believe -- this is a huge primrose jasmine that normally blooms in February!  We had a cool spell last night - it must have gotten excited about the promise of better weather.
Trailing Lantana
Black and Blue Salvia
Lantana horrida
Four nerve daisy

Confetti Lantana
Texas Gold Lantana
Mexican Bush Sage
Morning Glory

Thanks for taking the tour!


Carol said...

Gosh you have a lot of blooms! Seems like your garden came through the summer in pretty good shape. I do like those blackfoot daisies, they look like just the kind of flower to fill in all over the garden.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Pam/Digging said...

So many flowers, Diana. It's nice to have this cool front, isn't it? The garden is looking happier for it too.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I keep meaning to get a black foot daisy. I think they smell like wild honey.

getgrounded said...

What a prolific garden! Your yard must be huge...we need to get together - I'll email you offline. Gorgeous pics, Diana, good job.

dinzie said...

Wow!great plant collection;o} great photos too ...

Diana said...

Carol - I do have lots of blooms, but most of them have been around all summer long -- not much new here right now. I can't wait to see something for the Fall.

Pam - I love this weather. I could live without yesterday's wind, but the cooler temps are great.

Debbi - I never smelled my blackfoot daisy - I'm gonna head outside right now and stick my nose in them!

Robin -- that sounds great. It'll give me a reason to pull some weeds!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You have a profusion of blooms Diana. I love those cuphreas but they are annuals for me as well as several others you mentioned. My cypress vine was ripped out of the ground by Ike winds. I don't know if it will be able to live to set seed for next year. I will have to wait to see.

Diana said...

Lisa - as invasive as those Cypress vines are here, I'd know they'd be back. I've been picking those little suckers out of the ground since May trying to keep them from getting a foothold yards away from where I planted them last year!!!

Annie in Austin said...

What a variety of colors and flowers you have, Diana - both native and garden plants. And you manage to get plants to bloom that died under my care! The local nurseries must love you LOL.

Have fun with the new plants,

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Thanks Dinzie - I have a great weed collection, too!

Annie - My aching back and I are just coming in from planting those little Cupheas and from pulling weeds and pruning. So many weeds, so little time!!!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Great parade of blooms! I see you also have Callicarpa. I think I'm in love. I also really like the Senna. It's uncommon, but such a pure color.

Diana said...

MMD - I like the Senna, too. Unfortunately, my tree is very sad on one side. I'm waiting till next year to see if it's serious or just the heat of the summer. Cross your fingers for me!