|Blue Plumbago defies the heat and starts to bloom!!|
Good thing I didn't bet on it, because in reality the 5% likelihood of not-a-single-drop-of-rain came to pass.
So I trudged out this morning to see what had shriveled up and died overnight. And that's when I saw it.
Direct afternoon sun. Clay soil. Surrounded by wilting zinnias, fading coneflowers and limp-leaved crape myrtles --- the hardy blue plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) had puffed out its metaphorical chest and said, "You feeling a little hot? How about I cool things down with these true-blue flower petals, y'all?"
I love it. I love that with just a bit of supplemental water and a lot of affection, hardy blue plumbago is standing strong and unfurling flower petals in the triple-digits.
And since the last post was a little doom-and-gloomy, how about a few other pics on some other plants that are toughing out the drought (so far):
|Riesentraube cherry tomatoes are ripening up nicely|
|Spanish Musica pole beans are hanging in there, although the leaves are crinkling and beans themselves are curly. We had our first bean harvest last night, sauteed in olive oil. Could this curling be due to the heat?|
|Here's a little bee on a big purple coneflower...|
|And here's a smaller flower with a bigger bee...and a skipper butterfly. I didn't even notice the skipper until after I took this photo. He might have skipped into the picture while I was pushing the shutter button.|
|Who won this staring contest? The skipper! The bee flew off to a different cone flower.|