Saturday, July 16, 2011

Drought tolerant plants are beautiful summer bloomers...

The scorching heat has the humans in the garden working really hard to keep plants hydrated in this terrible drought. And for the most part, all the extra hand-watering (prompted by water restrictions and astronomical water bills) is paying off.
Yesterday was Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, the monthly communal gathering of garden bloggers around the globe and the brain child of Carol of May Dreams Gardens . To celebrate, there were many happy plants showing off in my garden.

This stunning Blackberry lily above, Belamcanda chinensis, is in full bloom. In spite of its name, it is neither a blackberry or a lily. It's actually in the iris family. It is hardy in zones 5-10 and is a native to Japan and China. This is the first bloom of this plant for me and I'm going to have to have some more. The stalks hold many blooms, and the flowers are about an inch across.

My carefully-planted zinnias did come up - unfortunately they did not come up in the neat little circle of space in which I planted them! They're coming up in the middle of many neat clusters of other, existing plants! It's ok - they make me happy.
The double purple Datura is coming into its own this year for the first time. It's swirling multi-colored blooms look so exotic.
One of our favorite native drought-tolerant plants here in Central Texas, the Blackfoot Daisy, loves the heat and all the abuse we can give it. We're being very giving this year.
The monstrous Coral Trumpet vine is in full bloom. It wants to grow everywhere, and in spite of the fact that I have to prune it as it pops up 100 feet away from the main plant, it's beautiful climbing up the fence.
The cannas are all blooming. The grasshoppers are having lunch on the bottom leaves, but they haven't done too much damage.
This Clematis (I can't remember the variety) with its bell-shaped flowers looks delicate, but in its 2nd year, it's holding its own.
The Moy Grande hibiscus with it's paper-plate-sized blooms has at least a few blooms every day.
The Plumerias in pots on the back patio have been in bloom for a long time. I am actually going to have to water them just a little less. I forget that they can tolerate this heat better than some plants in pots.
This plant - the Medusa hair in my garden statue's head - was give to me by Lancashire Rose of Rock Rose. I can't remember its name, either. Giving it a little spritz of water this week I discovered the sweetest little bloom. What a lovely reward. She looked quite different here in last year's snow.
There are even surprised in the cutting garden. The Larkspur, (seeds given to my by Zanthan Gardens, two years ago) has bloomed profusely for two long springs. And today there is yet another bloom, coming up with the cosmos, just in time to surprise me for bloom day.

Gardening continues, in spite of the heat. Now that my post is up, I can't wait to to see what's blooming in other gardens around the world.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day~

23 comments:

RBell said...

That Blackberry Lily is really nice - love its colors. And I'm gonna have to try some of the native Clematis. Happy GBBD!

Diana said...

RBell - Thanks. And that blackberry lily has tiny black seeds that open up after the bloom - supposed to be cool - can't wait to see it for myself.

getgrounded said...

Wow, your garden is doing much better than mine! That lily is stunning; I must find out where you got it. And my cannas are taking a break from blooming now; your bloom is such a pretty one. And your Zinnias are huge - I planted 6-7 of them and they all just fried to a crisp. Love yours. Great job keeping things alive!

Diana said...

GetGrounded - I'm trying to focus my extra efforts on the new things and plants that are in pots - these are all doing well on their own with water twice a week or every 5 days.

Jayne said...

Your garden is full of lovely blooms. My cannas aren't blooming. They're in containers, which may be the problem, they're too crowded now.
I'm looking for something to cover a vast expanse of ugly cinderblock wall -- that trumpet vine might be just the thing I need!

Christine said...

The Blackberry lily is quite something! Stunning! You have a lot of gorgeous bloom in your show!
Happy GBBD :)

katina said...

I'm jealous of your plumeria blooms (and one of the other people in my neighborhood has an entire bed of 6'-8' tall plumerias that are always covered in blooms). See, I'm jealous because mine has yet to bloom...le sigh

LindaCTG said...

That blackberry lily is gorgeous. If you ever remember the name of that clematis, I'd love to know. Everything looks good in your garden!

Susan said...

Wow! Your garden looks great! Mine is looking so sad. Just too hot & dry. Keep up the good work.

Iris said...

Many of your blooms look so lush and tropical! One would never know those beauties were thriving in Austin in July.

Annie in Austin said...

You are a better gardener than I am, Diana! My plumeria & cannas are alive but have not even a hint of a bloom while yours are gorgeous.

How fun to see Belamcanda again - used to grow well in my Illinois garden - even reseeded there.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Mary said...

Very informative post! I'm always looking for more drought tolerant plants to add to my garden. Glad to know the Blackfoot Daisy is a tough plant. I saw it at Lowes but didn't buy it. Now I'll buy it next time I see it!

Jean said...

Wow, looks great! Is that clematis 'Rooguchi'? Blackfoot daisy is one of my very favorite plants. I've never tried it here because in the past I always thought it would get too much water in LA. But it probably would have done fine here the last few years! See you in cool Seattle soon!

Diana said...

Jayne - Trumpet vine would be a great option for a big cinder block wall. I love how it makes a beautiful sculptural focal point. Mine's coral, I'd rather have a tangerine one - but it was here when we bought the house.

Christine - Thanks. I'm loving that non-lily lily, too.

Katina -- I also have two small ones in little pots that have never bloomed yet. These two are huge and I've had them for ... hmmm.... 8 or 10 years? Just be patient! And I do feel them plumeria food every now and then - maybe 1 or 2 x a year.

Linda-CTG -- Thanks. I bought 3 different clematis that year - I think this one is actually a native one RBell mentions - Clematis Pitcheri.

Susan - Thanks. I am spending all my time watering, that's for sure!

Diana said...

Iris - I love having the tropicals in the back yard with all their hot summer colors.

Annie - Well, if my Belamcanda do well, I'll divide you some!

Mary - the Blackfoot Daisy is among the most drought-tolerant plants for Central Texas. The love crushed granite and sad soil and not much water. I have to be careful to overwater them when they are close to new plants that need a little more water for a while.

Jean -- I think that's a Clematis Pitcheri. I know I bought one, and it's the only one of the three that is doing well, so it must be the native. And I do think Blackfoots would do fine with you - they are so pretty they'd be worth the risk!

Lancashire rose said...

That lily is a winner. Did you get it in Austin? Must have. Also, I am so glad that the huernia is doing well for you but I can't believe it survived outside all winter. I always take mine in. Lots of lovely flowers in your bloom day garden.

SomeLikeItHot said...

Everything looks beautiful. I'm impressed that you have anything flowering in this heat. Thanks for letting us know what we should plant in our gardens this fall :)

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose - Are you kidding? I didn't leave that outside all winter! It came in and basked in the greenhouse all winter, then I replanted it in her head again. Such cute blooms.

Some like it Hot - Or I am showing you how much time you will need to be hauling watering cans and hoses!

kacky said...

Beautiful blooms! Love the Clematis!

Lisa said...

those are a lovely blooms. My favorite is the Coral Trumpet vine.

Lisa from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Pamie G. said...

I love the Blackberry Lily as well! The deer (poor things are so hungry) are for the first time ever eating all the flowers off of my blackfoot daisies and my zinnias...amazing. I just feel so bad know how a hungry tummy must feel in this heat. So in saying that, I don't get angry, I just pray for rain so they can eat all the wonderful rain lilies that come up the next day! Happy Gardening....I love your blog! Pamie G.

Diana said...

Kacky - Isn't that the coolest bloom on that Clematis?

Lisa -- The trumpet vine really is stunning. I'll have to post another picture of it covering the whole fence - you've made me realize I should have shown it all!

Pamie G -- I know what you mean about the animals. I am watering them all - 8 birdbaths or saucers. I've had bunnies, a fox, squirrels, birds, deer and sadly, rats, hanging around because they are starving and thirsty. Can't even be too scared of the rats right now. How bad is that? And boy am I praying for rain. I will probably see some at the Garden Bloggers Fling in Seattle later this week though!

scottweberpdx said...

Love the pink Zinnias coming up in between everything...they are so darling! That little Clematis is so charming...love it!