Remember the little twigs I planted in the front yard this spring? (click on the link for a reminder)
Here's what they're looking like, four months later. Despite the drought, they've all gotten a lot bigger. And once the rains and cooler weather came, they sprung back to life with new blossoms, to the delight of the bees. (Cutting them back a bit in early August helped them rebound, I think.)
Here are some of my favorites, starting with "Indigo Spires" salvia.
"Coral Nymph" salvia.
Blackfoot daisies and trailing lantana.
Dahlberg daisies and sedum ("Red Carpet").
In the back yard, the zinnias are fading.
But the Bright Lights cosmos are getting ready to explode, the roses are putting on new growth, the melon plants have blossoms (poor things, they think it's spring), the horseherb is reseeding along the shady west side of the house, and there's just the barest hint of an amaryllis leaf poking through the dirt in this neglected pot.
This is what I would have posted on Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, if I hadn't had a previous engagement at the endodontist's office for a repeat root canal. Forgive my tardiness?