Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Blooms of July

I just had to take a stroll this morning and catch the blossoms before they wilt n' melt in the sun!



Crown of thorns.

Not a great shot, I know, but I was trying to get several blooms in one...yellow and orange

pride of Barbados, sunflowers and majestic sage, in the shade.

Up close they look ratty, but from the road, they're cheerful as ever!

Okra! Destined to part of dinner tonight with the last of the tomatoes.

Pigeon berry...spreading from the one that remained after the garden tour 3 years ago. I had planted 6 small 4" pots that I'd found on sale...only to have them trampled by wee ones. Anyway, of the one that made it, several have sprung up!

Inland sea oats...for the birds.

Empty chilli petin caps...burdz done et 'em.

Texas Hibiscus...hummer food!

Passion flower vine...for the Fritillary butterfly.

Butterfly weed... Monarch butterfly food.

This is the Rocket Crape Myrtle that I planted across the street to replace one of the trees that didn't make it. Isn't she a lovely color?

People food...figs, arugula and persimmon...squint hard or enlarge to see.


My first cantaloupe ever!

I was unable to get a great shot of the buddleia or butterfly bush and the Chaste tree with the cantaloupe vine climbing up to the top...but you get the picture. Two truckloads of mulch has really made a difference! I hope you are out in your garden in the wee hours of the morning...the best time of the day! Plus, today I got the extra benefit of watching the purple martins do their acrobatics while petting my sweet orange porch cat Sappho Moon.

Happy Gardening!


Rohrerbot said...

Nice flowers on your plants. What's that blue piece of art in the pic? I really think that's a nice color! Hope your cantaloupe grows big and sweet!

ConsciousGardener said...

That's a ceramic head I did some time ago when I was teaching pottery...it's Vincent :)

David said...

I love the hub cap fence art. I saw a hub cap the other day and thought, "Now what would I do with this?". Too bad, so sad. I should have listened to my inner wheel. LOL
Maybe next time.
Great blooms you've got.
David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston :-)

ConsciousGardener said...

Thanks David! It's my chesshire caterpillar!

Kazul said...

Fun Stuff!!!! I love the passion flower, I think it is (frilly flower). Isn't it funny how some things just don't grow in certain zones? I used to grow all kinds of stuff on the Oregon Coast that I cannot here in EO.

Susan Hanson said...

Wonderful site! I just happened upon your blog, which I found listed on Barton Springs Nursery's site. Serendipity, I guess; the title snagged me.

A question: All of your photos are lovely and inspiring. Do you have photos that show your entire garden or landscape? I'd like to get a sense of how everything fits together.

ConsciousGardener said...

Hi Susan, welcome! There are tons of photos of my garden, I've been blogging for 3 years and documenting the changes and art that go on here at CG...check the archives...and I really need to do a "through the garden door" post...so I'll get on that! Thanks for stopping by!