That's the best thing. The garden does continue its own life in the face of high temperatures and a long season. I've switched into emergency mode for watering, but I notice that most plants are not showing stress as quickly now. They are settling in to their rather hot little home!
In the meantime, it is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day with Carol at May Dreams Gardens so here is a look at what is still blooming. It may be a lean time in the garden here, but there are still some flowers to enjoy.
One of the happiest surprises has been the Gaura.
Tiny "Daniela" has put out any number of blooms over the past weeks. (It gets nearly full shade - as full shade goes here.) Most were single, then there was a beautifully near-perfect blossom, then the blooms burnt again. I can't resist adding this shot from two days ago. I love this little rose!
And now for a few miscellaneous plants.
Sedeveria "Sorrento" is looking good, the only classic succulent to come through summer unfazed... so far. A few creamy blooms still on this very low-growing plant.
In my last post I showed my welcome interloper, the yellow-flowered Chinchweed (Pectis papposa) which I have let grow on under some plants. Here are a few pairings to enjoy because the Chinchweed is certainly in bloom at present! First the plant itself...
...and finally in the Rose Border, where it ought not to be, but I can't resist showing the combination for once...
Moving back to the regular garden selections, there is another very faithful yellow-flowered plant which also deserves more mention that it usually gets. This is Eremophila "Outback Sunrise", growing in the South Border. The blooms are not many at this time of year, but there are nearly always a few peeking out from the dark, glossy foliage.
About the only other plant in bloom in the South Border is my other Crape Myrtle. Lagerstroemia indica "Rhapsody in Pink" is still blossoming in spurts and always has a light crown of this luscious pale pink.
Lastly, a plant not even in the garden itself, simply stuck in a hot spot against a blank west wall. Bougainvillea is an incredible plant, doing this on only a few supplemental waterings this season. It deserves more care than I've been giving it! It was cut clear back by frost last winter and has grown again to a four foot shrub since.
A nice splash of colour for a very hot August day!
So the garden is still alive and well in August. We're just waiting for some cooler weather! Well, most of us are... Some seem to like it this way.
Weather Diary: Sunny and hot; High: 114 F (46 C)/Low: 90 F (32 C)