I don't want to jinx anything, but we've had some surprisingly nice weather for summer in Texas. Was able to spend a good three hours working in the garden this morning; big puffy clouds provided shade and there was a cool breeze? What?
I certainly wasn't expecting an afternoon rain shower!
An echeveria reflecting evening light. After three days and two inches of rain, we are experiencing some surprisingly cool weather. I'm sitting on the patio enjoying a cool breeze. Back into the 100's next week.
"No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see." Taoist proverb.
Enjoying early morning shade before the heat of a mid-summer day. Purple heart is filling in nicely under the birdbath.
Uncovered delightful surprise after pulling some overgrown weeds...this plant, of which I can't recall the name a verbena. I didn't expect much after planting it in the spring; it became sad and limp. After being neglected and stifled by weeds for two months, this plant seems to be doing great. From my bedroom window, it looks like a blanket of purple velvet in the garden.
I'm lucky enough to have a small covered back patio that gets the right kind of light for growing succulents. With a few exceptions, I can't grow them in other parts of garden because direct Texas summer sunlight is too intense. I thought my nice big planter in the rose garden would be ok but the succulents wilted under the exposure to sun and wind. A few small specimens survived and I've transplanted them to the back.
Even though this echeverias survived the 2012 summer, you can see where it got a "sunburn". I'm not sure echerverias is a correct plant classification. "Sempervivums are sometimes confused with echeverias because plants in both genera are rosette shaped and may form ever-enlarging clumps," from Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin. But Baldwin also explains that echeverias have "plumper" leaves.
Senecio radicans 'Fish Hooks'
A new plantlet is forming on this Graptoveria 'Fred Ives'.
I'm experimenting with a heart leaf ice plant in the full shade of my front door.
A couple of prehistoric turtles have found a new home. The airplane plant should make for a nice "jungle" once it fills in the container. These funky garden objects were found at Wildseed Farms on a weekend trip to Fredericksburg with the hubby, about 3 year ago.
Trying a "new trick" of planting herbs in containers that are buried in the garden bed. I've planted Dichondra argentea (Silver Ponyfoot) to grow around prostrate rosemary for a nice presentation. Fingers crossed I've amendment the clay soil enough (expanded shale and compost) to provide adequate drainage for this lovely groundcover.