In spite of the muggy heat and excess rain lately, I managed to find a couple of things blooming here and there. Most everything else is buried under vines and weeds, waiting for my return to yard work. I reckon it’ll keep a few more weeks. In the meantime, here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure.
Nothing is more colorful each morning than ruellia (also called Mexican Petunia, though it is neither from Mexico, nor a petunia). While this plant is known to be an invasive species in Florida, please be assured that there is a non-invasive, sterile variety, and I only grow that one in my yard. I will be happy to provide more info on that, if anyone is interested. You can’t grow a tougher, more resilient plant. And they’re pretty, too.
Here is an example of the one of the vines running amok in my garden this summer. This is a volunteer native called Scarlet Morning Glory. The flowers are only about an inch across, very pretty, and attractive to hummingbirds. On the negative side, the vine will cover anything in its path. But on the positive side, sort of, it dies completely every winter after the first heavy frost. However, it seeds like crazy, so you will find yourself pulling babies all spring. My advice is not to plant scarlet morning glory on purpose, but if it volunteers as this one did, and you find it running rampant in the late summer, you may as well enjoy it for awhile. My thryallis peeking out from underneath this one it might disagree with me.
I found one last purslane blooming in a hypertufa bowl. It looks pretty happy, where most of its brothers and sisters have succumbed to way too much rain in recent weeks. They will reseed a bit, here and there, and the parent plants will come back, but they never seem to look as good as the originals purchased from the nursery. At least not in my yard. Other than that, they provide dependable color for a fairly long time before they begin to decline.
What’s blooming in YOUR yard today?