Sorry this is so blurry, but the wind was so fierce when I took this shot a couple of days ago. This is a Floribunda called Eutin. Even in this heatwave, it is putting out blooms!
The Lantana laughs at the 100 degree weather! It is also a butterfly magnet.
I am not sure what this is--I'm thinking a Gerbera. It came off a sale cart at the nursery because it no longer had it's tag. Charlotte wanted to rescue it, so it is officially her plant, which is why it is in a pot. This fall when Charley is no longer attached to it (I hope), I am planning to plant it in the ground.
That pesky wind wouldn't stop long enough to get a good shot of the lantana. As you might have guessed by the earlier shot, I have a lot of it. Another Austin gardener, whose blog I enjoy reading: east-side-patch, hates it. But I figure, go with what grows, and I can always depend on lantana to give me color right up to frost.
Euvolvus, Blue Daze
I just love this flower even though it is an annual, I love the blue blossoms that continue throughout the summer.
I'm not exactly sure what kind of mum this is. I got it on the half off cart at the Round Rock Nursery (I love this local nursery for the variety they stock), and it didn't have it's identification tag any longer.
Plumbago has the most beautiful blue blooms. I have a memory garden in the corner of the garden where I have all the blue flowers I can find. Funny story about Bocephus the Wonder Dog. When I was planting one plumbago, Bo was taking off with the other still in it's nursery pot. He was getting ready to eat it when I caught him and took it away. So far, he has left them alone, and they look beautiful with the Blue Daze and Balloon Flowers I have in the blue garden.
Here is a better shot of another Eutin. I try to buy only antique roses because I think they are hardier and are less prone to diseases and pests. I don't baby them at all. I just throw some compost and mulch on them every spring. I don't water or fertilize, although, I am thinking of giving it a little fish emulsion if the heat doesn't let up soon.
This salvia is huge. When it goes dormant, I am going to have to cut it back this fall. It's threatening to take over the back yard. I have a pretty little Mexican Marigold Mint next to it that is getting crowded out.
Libby has the only sure fire way to keep cool in this heat! Don't you just love her freckles? She and Charlotte have been going to Camp Invention this week and going to the pool in the evenings when the sun is going down.