Gerbera Daisies are starting to bloom again.
Lirope is blooming early, I think.
Brenda Beust Smith in the Houston Chronicle 2005 said this:
"Drought-tolerant plants that can't bloom with too-wet roots include antique roses, black-eyed Susans, blue daze, bougainvillea, bulbine, cassia, cestrum, coneflowers, Copper Canyon daisy, coreopsis, coral vine, duranta, gaura, hamelia (hummingbird bush), lantana, fernleaf lavender, oleander, pavonia, pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia), Rangoon creeper, russelia, hardy salvia and thyrallis." -- she gave no source for this information, but I believe it.
We have well-drained loamy sand as soil that had much compost added so that it holds moisture well in droughts. Water drains away after a heavy rain but many of the plants mentioned originate in drier conditions than those we have now. That theory is borne out by the articles that I read, some of which made my head bizzy when they really got down to the cellular level and used bigger scientific words than I know.
Note Sweet Alyssum at lower left in the above pic
and Sweet William in the lower right corner at right.
Sweet William started last fall refuses to bloom and much of it has root rot.
I am expecting late August to be drier and September is almost always a dry month.
Yellow trailing Lantana is starting to bloom. Pipevine
Swallowtails enjoy it.
Another hazard of recent thunderstorms, lightning struck this Live Oak,
stripping bark. Some limbs are already dead. Whether the entire tree dies will
be evident within six months.