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.


  1. You've got some rockin' plants there. I'm going to try bluebells again, thanks to you!

  2. If your Rudbeckia is anything like mine, it will come right back. I love that plant! It is tough and grows pretty much anywhere in my garden.

    I'm curious about your bluebells. I saw them yesterday at Barton Springs Nursery. Are they delicate? Must not be if they bloomed all summer...sun/shade? Curious about the conditions where you have them planted.