Agaves with Blue Daze (Evolvulus nuttallianus) and Pink skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens)
Since this is the only time Macro Monday and GBBD both fall on a Monday, I thought it fitting to do a lot of close-up shots.
Purple, blue, and violet/pink are my color mainstays. I mix a few yellows for a nice balance.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens & Lisa at Lisa's Chaos for hosting. Both are on my 44 Fabulous Flora Fanatics Blog Roll. Go visit when you get the chance!
Melochia tomentosa (in the chocolate family)
Setcreasea pallida with green leaf & purple edge.
Young Crepe Myrtle shoot blooms in front of Arkansas yucca. When you cut through a Crepe Myrtle root, the damaged root sends up shoots that are the same mature age as the parent. They can bloom as a one foot sprig! These are a beautiful nusance.
Kaempferia pulchra, also known as Peacock Ginger blooms all summer here.
Lantana trifolia 'Fruity Pebbles'
The unusual Oxalis triangularis grows wild in my zone 9 woodland garden. It needs a dormant period, then suddenly pops up again.
Ruellia nudiflora. I'm convinced there are two wild varieties ~ both a light and dark purple type. Or maybe we have two species growing side by side along the highways.
A new flower (Oxypetalum caeruleum) I'm trying with soft fuzzy leaves and these heavenly blue flowers. It sprawls all over the other plants. A drought tolerant member of the milkweed family.
A bromeliad called Neoregellia 'Midnight'.
Probably native Ruellia humilis (groundcover with hairy leaves and stems)
More purple leaves of Tradescantia.
Angelonia reminds me of tiny orchids. I love this plant!
Wisteria is blooming for a third time this year.
Here's one of the yellows I talked about. This is Mussaenda luteola.
My Blue Agave garden. I want to mention that Houston is now on mandatory lawn watering restrictions(twice weekly). Good-bye green grass. Though small, I have one of the last green lawns on our street. I will still water the flower beds. The 2011 drought is breaking all known records and has now surpassed the drought of 1917 by 5 fewer inches of rainfall at this point in the calendar.
Normal yearly rainfall: 48 inches. So far this year: 10.83 inches.
"The Secret Rooster?"
This week, we've heard a muffled 'ur-ur-ur-ur-errrrrrrrrrrrrr' first thing in the morning and suspect that our Nina is really a NED!
We'll have to give Ned back if those feathers turn into rooster feathers. That leaves us 5 hens...as long as there are no more surprises!