Clerodendrum bungei is starting to bloom too. This is a thirsty plant and with the imminent heat wave this week, it might falter but for now, it's looking mighty fine.
|Annual Baby's Breath, Gypsophila elegans|
|Eupatorium cannabinum ‘Flore Plenum’|
|Eupatorium dubium ‘Baby Joe’|
Little Joe ain't so little this year. I'm wondering if someone didn't test this guy sufficiently before marketing it. Oh well. I still love him.
|Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’|
All of my Gauras look fabulous this year. I think it might be the additional rain we received in June. It certainly wasn't anything I did, unless they perform better with neglect.
|Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus|
This Verbena is a curiosity. I thought it would be fun to use a few stems in a bouquet. When I brought them indoors to arrange, immediately all of the petals began wiggling like there were tiny bugs burrowing into them and tossing out the petals. Before long, there was a sink full of petals and bare stems. It was very strange. I think I'll just keep this flower outdoors, thank you very much.
|Phlox paniculata 'Starfire'|
|Salvia microphylla ‘La Trinidad Pink’|
The above Salvia is my favorite for obvious reasons. I believe this plant is on its third summer, meaning it's hardy here in my Zone 8 garden.
Who, these days, isn't familiar with Verbena bonariensis? I have a love/hate with this plant. It reseeds with abandon and often gets in the way of other plants, leaning and making a pest of itself. But what can I say, it's too cool not to have in a garden.
|Tetrapanax papyfifera ‘Steroidal Giant’|
And finally on the foliage side of things, just a photo of my Tetrapanax. Actually this photo was taken last year. This year the plant is much taller.
So sorry I've been away from all of your blogs. I am working on getting caught up.