Monday, September 6, 2010

Summer Blooms

Where did the summer go?

While my blog posts may have disappeared, the garden churned out blooms all summer long. It has been a joy to see plants survive and even thrive (I'm talking about you lantana, yellow bells) during the high temperatures and not too frequent rain.

Stars and stripes crinum - The blooms, which missed the 4th of July by only one week, were spectacular, but only lived a day or so. I was thrilled to see this one bloom since I planted the bulb in May of this year.

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm') - These were great little plants that recently dried up and almost completely disappeared. I'm not sure if I neglected them, but I hope they come back next year.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

'Homestead Purple' Verbena

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Little Business') - I love the name of this daylily as well as the brilliant colors of my alma mater (go Texas State!).

Nacogdoches Rose - the yellow rose of Texas

Bluebell (Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum) - It seems like the blubells bloomed all summer and they're still going strong. They grew much taller than I expected and leaned quite a bit. After their inital blooms were finished, I cut them down and they re-bloomed at a much more reasonable height.