Having missed June's Bloom Day because I was on vacation, I want to make sure that I get in on the fun this month!
Here is some of what's blooming in my zone 9a garden just outside of Houston in Southeast Texas.
|Datura, aka "devil's trumpet."|
|Cosmos. I love these bright blossoms.|
|The bumblebees love them, too!|
|'Katie' ruellia is one of the better-mannered ruellias.|
|Blue plumbago is one of my most dependable summer bloomers, beloved by butterflies.|
|Hamelia patens, aka "hummingbird bush," has begun its bloom which will last for four to five months until our first frost.|
|Echinacea purpurea, the purple coneflower, has also begun to bloom.|
|While in another part of the garden, other echinaceas continue their bloom.|
|The humble marigold gets in on the act.|
|'Black and Blue' salvia.|
|The ground cover wedelia sports its daisy-like yellow blossoms.|
|The weird and wonderful bloom of the Dutchman's pipe-vine.|
|Another weird blossom - the porterweed.|
|'Ellen Bosanquet' crinum.|
|The firecracker plant, Russelia equisetiformis, is just beginning to bloom.|
|But yellow cestrum has been blooming for months.|
|Anisacanthus shows why its common name is "flame acanthus."|
|These old-fashioned petunias are another long-term bloomer. They've been in bloom since spring.|
|Likewise, the 'Tangerine Beauty' crossvine gives its big flush of bloom in spring but continues to put out a few blooms right through summer and fall.|
|'Dortmund' rose - a simple, single blossom.|
|'Pride of Barbados' attracts butterflies like this Sulphur.|
|And on these hot days, the little fountain in my backyard garden attracts birds wanting to cool off, like this Northern Mockingbird.|
Luckily, we have continued to have regular rain showers this summer which has kept the garden looking lush and has helped with the blooms, so color abounds in the July garden.
I hope your garden is looking lush and healthy this Bloom Day. Thank you for visiting, and, as always, thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day.