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June 29, 2022

I returned yesterday from the Madison Garden Bloggers Fling, and I’m already missing Wisconsin’s cooler summer climate. But dark clouds greeted me when I got home and then RAIN! An inch fell on my parched and heat-stressed garden, refreshing everything and sparing me from having to do a deep watering of all my new(ish) plants. Yippee!

These pics, however, are not from this morning, or even last week. I took them between mid-May and mid-June, mostly before this year’s early summer had started to feel oppressive. And that’s why everything looks so summery-fresh instead of summery-crisp.

The view of the Circle Garden from the deck, back when the purple coneflowers were still fresh and happy.

And back when all the ‘Bright Edge’ yuccas suddenly burst into coordinated bloom.

I loved this stage of summer.

Annuals ‘Senorita Rosalita’ cleome and ‘Fireworks’ gomphrena were color-echoing the purple coneflower in the Circle Garden.

And bat-face cuphea had started blooming, looking especially vivid against a backdrop of chartreuse ‘Everillo’ sedge.

Austin is Bat City after all.

In the island bed out front, Lindheimer nolina sent up several bloom spikes, now prettily gone to seed. That’s silver Mediterranean fan palm behind it.

But in summer, nighttime is the best time to be in a Texas garden, so landscape lighting is essential.

Japanese maple and giant leopard plant at night

Datura opens its fragrant, white trumpets at twilight, attracting sphinx moths.

And attracting me! I love to come out to enjoy the sweet fragrance of these night-blooming flowers.

My Fling coverage starts with my next post, so stay tuned!

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