The other day it was GBBD (Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day), so thanks the the meme that Carol at May Dreams Gardens started a while back, I get to see what's blooming in so many other gardens. I didn't participate this month because I only had a couple of things blooming, or so I thought.

It turns out that although my garden is dominated by foliage, I've got a nice selection of flowers too -- despite the heat and drought.


So here's a quiet look at most of them. No guarantees that I didn't miss a few. (That's a lantana in the first photo)

Canna 'Paton'

Canna (normal green-leaved)

Datura inoxia




Datura inoxia

Verbena bonariensis

Echinops banaticus 'Blue Glow'

Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing'

Echinacea purpurea


Spent Shasta daisy bloom

Echinacea 'White Swan'

Shasta daisy (one of the last blooms)

Ratibida columnifera

Canna 'Tropicana' flower spike, ready to open

Coreopsis tinctoria

Mexican petunia (Ruellia brittoniana)


Good thing I didn't have anything blooming, right?

Other good news: we got a bit more rain last night, the first in about 10 days. I watched a storm form on radar about 5 miles south of us and move directly away. Then a second one formed just a mile or so south of us... and moved away. One finally formed on the "right" side of us, so we got about 0.75". Hooray! These were intense but small storms, so most of the St. Louis area didn't get any rain.


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scottweberpdx  – (July 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM)  

I'm so jealous of your Echinops...mine must be a different variety, it never gets that intense blue coloring...mine are more gray-blue, nice, but nowhere nearly as lovely as yours :-)

outlawgardener  – (July 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM)  

Wow! Lots of beautiful blooms in your garden! Hooray for rain!

Poet Whale Studio  – (July 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM)  

Love the spent shasta daisy portrait

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (July 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM)  

I missed Bloom Day again. But I'm glad you didn't :-).

Snow Removal Calgary  – (July 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM)  

That oleander is one of the prettiest blossoms I've ever seen. Well done. :)

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