A very special macro Bloom Day

It’s July, and quite frankly I did not predict the dearth of flowers here. In the spirit of full disclosure, all the closeups are because the flowers are few and far between. But let’s make the best of what we’ve got! [If you want to see flowers, head to Bloom Day host May Dreams Gardens for July in Zone 5.Β  *SIGH*]

My desert willow, Chilopsis linearis, that I received when I joined TreeFolks was kind enough to bloom despite being left in its pot for now. It will replace the dead pine that was just removed from the front yard. I was surprised at how dark the flowers are, but I guess some of the plants just produce dark flowers. I love these trees, they are really beautiful.

My geraniums bloomed, probably to thank me for finally feeding them.

And this iris that was here when we moved in is blooming. Does anyone know its name? It just looks like huge liriope when it’s not blooming, but the blooms are really pretty. The center is kind of pale lavender. [Thanks to Iris at Society Garlic! This is a bicolor iris/African iris/ fortnight lily aka Dietes iridioides.]

And the Turk’s cap tried, but didn’t quite make it for today.

I thought about going to Natural Gardener for the sale, but I figure I’ll pay regular price to have experts care for the plants til October when they can go in the ground, instead of making the poor plants suffer in pots here for that long. I have really been wanting a bougainvillea though, they make the summer heat feel exotic instead of oppressive.


  1. Iris

    July 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I’m pretty sure your iris is a bi-color iris. I have several. I’ll be posting my tardy GBBD later today. I agree with you and took all closeups, too.

  2. mss @ Zanthan Gardens

    July 17, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I did the same thing with my post…focus in on the flowers because there are so few of them. When I say something is blooming, most of the time there is just one pathetic small shriveled flower on it.

    We just have to get through another 8 weeks now and it will be fall.

  3. Carol, May Dreams Gardens

    July 18, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Even your few flowers look great. I know it has been hot and dry in Austin this summer, but soon enough it will be fall and we northerners will be shutting down our gardens while you will be gearing up again for a whole new season.

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day.

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