Welcome to my zone 9a habitat garden near Houston, Texas.

Friday, July 27, 2012

This week in the garden - #24

This week in the garden, the midseason daylilies are starting their bloom.

A sunshine yellow hibiscus is brightening things up in its corner of the garden.

Every day it seems that a different crinum opens its blooms.

This datura has already bloomed and is now growing its interesting seed pods.

The mixed sunflowers are still showing various kinds of blossoms, including this attractive dark maroon one.

The white yarrow is showing a few midsummer blooms.

A few annuals, like these marigolds, are adding some color to the garden.

And Aunt Marcelle's old abelia is blooming, drawing in the pollinators like this native bee, a large carpenter bee.

Also blooming in the garden this week has been a new hatch of mosquitoes which has made life fairly miserable for anyone trying to spend any time out there. Ah, well, more food for the frogs and birds.

I hope your week in your garden has been a happy one.


  1. Your garden is a delight! I enjoyed seeing all your blooms.
    We have had 60 days now of drought...with temps into the 100's most of my gardens are dried up. Thank goodness for the annuals...zinnias and marigolds are providing food for the butterflies.
    My birds also love pokeberry and beauty berry!
    Have a wonderful end of July.
    Sherry, who dances with butterflies

    1. Ah, Sherry, I do so feel your pain. Our last two years, last two summers especially have been filled with drought and last August was the worst - 30 out of 31 days with temperatures above 100, often well above 100. We have been so fortunate this year to start receiving some rain again. I hope it comes your way soon.

  2. It's looking lovely Dorothy. I love that dark sunflower - I've never seen one that color before.

    1. It is unusual, isn't it, Jayne? I like it very much, too.