However, last Friday there was a very special burst of bloom in the border. I knew it would be quite brief so I took some pictures to save for today.
It blooms through the year in response to rainfall or increased humidity (it was the latter in this case). We haven't had much of either this year so it was a treat to see it suddenly burst into flower. Any particular flowering is very brief, lasting perhaps three days between the opening of the blooms and a purple carpet under a green shrub.
Commonly known as Texas Ranger, it is a native of the higher altitude Chihuahuan Desert region, but it is also an ironclad for low desert growing, surviving here on minimal supplemental watering and taking the heat and sun in stride. And periodically putting out its masses of blue to lavender flowers.
Meantime, a new planting project arrived last night.
Thanks to Cathy of Words and Herbs for hosting this weekly look at a single spot in the garden!