Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Flowers

Happy Monday!

It's a tough job being a flower in Texas this time of year.  I wouldn't want to spend all day out in the hot sun.

I thought I'd take this opportunity to thank a few summer flowers that are managing to bloom in our backyard in spite of the temperature.

I took this picture while planting begonias around the cherub.  The tall flowering plants are cannas. They come back each year.

These hardy hibiscus were planted on the east side of our house by the prior homeowners.  Each winter they die back when it freezes, but after being cut down, they grow back quickly for the summer. The "Flare" flowers are huge (up to 12 inches) and really beautiful.  They continue to bloom all summer. I'm delighted to share them with you, because no one really sees them where they are planted.

I love this mandevilla vine which tolerates a hot corner of our patio pretty well.  I have had it for a couple of years, since I can bring the pot inside during winter.  (This one actually did get a touch of frost when the weather man was wrong one night.  It looked sad for a while, but bounced back.)

A few weeks ago, I bought these annual vincas from the almost dead sale rack at Walmart.  I think they are a lot happier in this flower box under our patio roof.  I know they make me happy.

Thank you summer blooms.

I shared more of our backyard in a previous post HERE .



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  1. Thank you summer blooms, indeed. It's so crazy here....too much rain for weeks and then complete and utter oven temperatures. I love seeing your hardy hibiscus. We've never had one of those and I think it needs to go on my list. :)

    Happy Gardening Sweet Friend.

  2. Eilis, all of your flowers are so pretty! Our vincas came back from last year, along with our geraniums. I guess our winter was so mild that they survived.Your hibiscus is beautiful, as well! Love the color.

  3. How wonderful you were able to bring those lovely vincas back to life!

  4. I've never grown hardy hibiscus, but I've seen their beauty. I did have a mandevilla last year, but unlike you, I didn't get mine inside in time. I love your pretty Trust in the Lord plaque, and your angel amongst the begonias.

  5. Blooming beauty in every single corner, thank you very much for sharing this with us today at the garden party.

  6. Eilis,
    Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comments. Have a great week!

  7. Eilis, you still have some beautiful blooms amongst your Texas heat. It's hot here lately as well. Going to be 104 tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a bit cooler temps. so happy that on Sat. or our wedding it cooled down into the 80's. It was ideal weather! I love hibiscus. I have a couple, but not blooming yet. Vinca is a great plant that can take the heat. Thanks for sharing with the garden party.

  8. Ellis, thank you for sharing the blooms! You do have a green thumb...the vincas look beautiful!

  9. You have some beautiful flowers around your home. I also couldn't help but notice your gorgeous pool too! I love those trimmed in stone like that! I think you need one if you live in the south (especially Texas).

  10. Beautiful flowers surviving the heat! Love the rock edged pool! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

  11. Your blooms are beautiful!!! It has been hot and dry here.....I hope we get a little rain soon?!?!


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