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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hot days, hot blossoms

The weather is hot and humid and hot colors predominate in the garden.

Hamelia patens is in its glory in the hottest days of summer.

The hot pink of  phlox is a mainstay of the summer garden.

The 'Tropicannas' are blooming and enjoying a brief shower that we got today.

Nearby, the Justicia 'Orange Flame' has got its second wind and is blooming again.

Out by the pond, the red 'Texas Star,' aka swamp hibiscus, is blooming.

In the pond, the water lily blooms offer a cooling note.

For the next several days, with some trepidation, I'm leaving my hot blossoms and the rest of my garden in the care of my non-gardening daughter while my husband and I take to the road. While we are out of town, opportunities to post here may not come up, but I will be returning before the Summer Solstice. In the meantime, happy gardening to you.


  1. I like the swamp hibiscus. The flower makes me think of a flamboyant clematis.

  2. Beautiful blooms! It looks like your garden is ready to show off in all its summer glory!

  3. I just planted a Hamelia patens in the island bed, I hope it does as well as yours Dorothy. Your hot blooms look wonderful. I hope you enjoy your trip and all is well when you get back.