An inch of rain earlier in the month and a good mulching shortly after has brought forth purple, blue, yellow and pink blooms in time for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Normally I would have cut back the salvias in late summer to stimulate blooming, but held off as the plants were under severe drought stress. Turns out there was no need to prune.
In front of the house:
'Ruby Crystals' grass (Melinis nerviglumis) and 'Violet Velvet' salvia (S. greggi 'Violet Velvet')
'Mealy Blue Sage' (Salvia farinacea)
Lantana montevidensis, a non-native variety
Winter daffodil or Southern Fall Crocus (Sternbergia lutea), an heirloom bulb from 1596.
In the back yard:
My Barbados cherry is blooming for the first time.
Close-up of a Barbados cherry blossom
Duranta repens 'Sapphire Showers'
A passalong buddleja from my mother-in-law in Virginia
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