Given the wailing, moaning and gnashing of teeth over the positively horrendous heat here in the ATX (myself included), I thought I'd try to cheer everyone up by posting some pictures of plants that are blooming their bloomin' heads off, despite 107 degree temperatures and an Exceptional Drought. (Oddly, lantana isn't among them. Boy, when it's too hot for lantana, it's HOT, I guarantee.)
First, in the front yard:
Salvia longespicata x farinacea ('Indigo Spires' sage).
Thymophylla tenuiloba (Dahlberg daisy).
Melampodium leucanthum (Blackfoot daisy).
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Mayfield Giant'.
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (Purple fountain grass).
Asclepias curassavica (Orange milkweed, Butterflyweed).
And in the backyard:
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii (Flame Acanthus). Can you spot the bee?
Echinacea purpurea (Purple coneflower).
Ruellia. Not native, not sure of the variety.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), plus a black swallowtail caterpillar. (She laid eggs and they hatched; now the fennel is covered with baby caterpillars (larva to you lepidopterologist types).
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (Turk's cap). Do you see the hummingbird?
The cosmos are coming up, but no pics yet. Trust me, there's time. Hmm, I think I'll plant zinnias this weekend. Plant flowers? From seeds? In a 107 degree drought? Watch me.