The nicest bed is one which is partially shaded in the afternoon and is also protected from the wind by its proximity to the house and a tall shrub on the west side.
Some flowering plants laughed at the heatwave, figuratively speaking.
|Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher' is blooming right on schedule, although it undoubtedly benefited from the shade of 2 large trees overhead|
|Achillea 'Moonshine's' first flush of blooms are fading but that has nothing to do with the heat. With deadheading, they'll continue to produce new, albeit smaller, blooms for awhile yet.|
|Grevilleas 'Ned Kelly' (left) and 'Superb' (right) literally never stop blooming|
|Succulent Oscularia deltoides is in its glory at this time of year|
|I noticed flowers on Leonotis leonurus for the first time this season as the heat abated. Could this have been prompted by the temperature spike?|
|Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy) didn't appear to even register summer's shift into high gear|
Other plants were affected by the heat but still have blooms.
|The appearance of the Agapanthus flowers certainly wasn't improved by the high temperatures and dry wind conditions but at least they didn't burn|
|All the Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' blooms dropped their petals but, as soon as they were deadheaded, new blooms appeared. However, the foliage has been scorched.|
Still other plants are just getting into their summer stride.
|I was late in getting all my Dahlia tubers planted this year. 'Otto's Thrill', purchased in a pot with buds, is the only plant I currently have in bloom but others are showing buds at last.|
|I thought my Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus) were slow to get going this year but, looking back at last year's July post, it seems they're right on schedule; however, the recent heat did scorch some plants, which may affect future blooms|
|Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' appears to be blooming later but even better than it did last year|
The daylilies fizzled out a little early but a few varieties produced flowers even during the heatwave.
The rest of the flowers in the garden are scant but I'll share them in the form of color collages as I usually do.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Catananche caerulea, Duranta erecta 'Sapphire Showers', noID Lavandula, Trichostema 'Midnight Magic', Osteospermum 'Violet Ice', Polygala fruticosa 'Petite Butterfly', and, in the center, Melaleuca thymifolia|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Gaura lindheimeri (shown with Myrtus communis 'Compacta'), Leucanthemum x superbum, Scaevola 'Surdiva White', noID Osteospermum, and Pandorea jasminoides 'Alba'|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Calendula 'Zeolights' grown from seed, Crassula pubescens ssp radicans, Euryops 'Sonnenschein', Hunnemannia fumariifolia (Mexican Tulip Poppy, a plant that keeps on giving), and Santolina virens 'Lemon Fizz'|
That's it for my Bloom Day round-up. For more Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts, visit our host, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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