Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, August 2009

The drought here is getting worse and worse. The river authority just closed the last public boat ramp on Lake Travis. In 8 days we will step up to Stage 2 water restrictions, with residential customers only being able to use a sprinkler once a week. Every time the sky darkens just a bit, you see everyone looking up at the sky frequently, hoping for a drop or two or an inch would be nice. Earlier this week we had thunder but just a few little drops. It was frustrating.

Texas drought

On that note, a few of the flowers around her are managing to bloom for Bloom Day. The rock rose is looking gorgeous in the morning, and keeping the bees busy.

rock rose

Some volunteer sunflowers sprung up in the back flowerbed and I left them alone. Our neighborhood has a lot of sunflowers, and I like that.


Other blooms right now (sparse!):

Yellow bells/ Esperanza
Flame acanthus
Salvia greggii

See what is blooming all over the country at May Dreams Gardens, the host of GBBD.


  1. Nell Jean

    August 16, 2009 at 9:03 am

    First time I’d seen how bad it was, so graphically. I hope TS Ana will send some moisture your way, and not be hard on us.

    Esperanza is one of my fav things for the garden since someone from Texas sent me a start. In the droughts of 2007-08 here, Esperanza fared very well. This year, with ample rain, it is spectacular.

  2. Janie

    August 16, 2009 at 9:22 am

    We too are suffering from the effects of the drought. I posted pictures of what it looks like in our part of Texas on my blog.

    We are still able to water, at least for now. County Commissioners have asked that citizens be cautious about water use, but no water restrictions yet. They will come if we get no rain.

    We did get about 1.75″ of rain on 8/13, and I just did the happy dance in my back yard. It was not enough, but my plants did love it.

    I have beautiful plumbago, lantana, and esperanza blooms here. I don’t know what it would take to keep them from gracing us with their beautiful color! They are TOUGH! I am thankful for them!

  3. Carol, May Dreams Gardens

    August 16, 2009 at 11:00 am

    That drought seems almost unbelievable to those of us who are seeing it just through pictures. But a few flowers still bloom!

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

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