Nothing's looking too perky or fresh this August Bloom Day, least of all the gardeners, but we're surviving.
It's good to be a shade plant in a Central Texas summer, like this white Turk's cap.
The flame acanthus is broiling in the very hottest part of the backyard, and blooming away. Hummingbirds love this shrub.
The 'Bright Lights' cosmos is way behind schedule. Not sure what's behind the delay, whether it was our unusually hard freezes this past winter or the the spring rains. Bees and butterflies adore it, so I'm hoping it revs up soon.
I moved this baby esperanza last month from a too-shady spot in the backyard to a very bright spot in the front. I think it appreciated the move.
Butterfly weed is aptly named, although bees like it, too.
The blackfoot daisies are hanging on; the rains have helped keep them going.
The rock rose is rockin' on, too.
Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the 15th of each month. Visit her site and let the world know what's surviving your summer!
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