I was afraid I couldn't find a bloom for Bloom Day if the heat persisted without rain. It remains dry with thunder in the distance most every afternoon but few rain showers. I'm making notes of what best takes drought.
The yellow rose bed boasts an occasional daylily and a gladiolus along with scattered yellow roses. Nearby beds have yellow lantana in bloom. Also tolerant of drought is 'Moonbeam' coreopsis.
Meadow builders take note: Laura Bush Petunias appeared from seed in the new bed where everything failed except crab grass. These LB Petunias are in planned areas with Melampodium which also laughs at drought but does not attract butterflies.
Butterflies are attracted to Tithonia and Croscosmia. Both of these are glorious thugs, crowding their companions and easily planting themselves. Notice the crocosmia sports 2 dogface sulphurs. I'll give the dogfaces a post of their own soon, I managed a rare accidental pic of one with wings spread.
Other butterfly favorites blooming now are Verbena on a Stick, Zinnias, Pentas and Porterweed.
Purples! Purple Alternanthera has insignificant tiny clover-like blooms. It is grown for the foliage. Purple Heart has little pink blooms, shown here with Lantana montevidensis. Persian Shield blooms in the greenhouse in the winter, but rarely in the garden. I planted licorice plant not shown here, to bring out the silver in the leaves. Licorice plant tolerates drought very well, but Persian Shield wants water.
Brazilian Ruellia doesn't mind that it is hot and dry. Neither does Madagascar periwinkle, here in a pale pink that is my favorite.
Among the best tropicals in bloom: Shrimp Plant and two colors of Crinum. Crinums really prefer oceans of water. Pride of Barbados remains in bloom and is putting on seed pods, but I'm not showing P of B as they were not at their best. Yesterday was the first glorious bloom of Tecoma stans, which I'll leave for next month when they're plentiful.
Roses are not the show that they were back in April, but blooms are still appearing. Here: Climbing Peace, Red Cascade and Gene Boerner floribunda.
More roses. The picture of Purple Alternanthera in an earlier pic is viewed from the end of the Rose Rose Bed. Here's a closer look. We are fast approaching the time when rose bushes need an August haircut. Knockout roses are touted as not needing deadheading, but they look better when they get attention. Bottom right is Gene Boerner again, a pink favorite. Top right is Reine des Violettes.
Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean at http://www.seedscatterer.blogspot.com/ in the hot, humid depths of Southwest Georgia USA where rose fragrance is noticed along with the fragrance of phlox and an occasional Magnolia blossom. Join us in a glass of iced Ruby Tea, dark and barely sweet.
Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her site for links to other Bloom Day Gardens and to link your own.