July 15th, 2007
GBBD 200707: July 2007

Zanthan Gardens July 15, 2007
2007-07-15. Returning from vacation I find that the grass is about a foot high and the garden is completely overgrown. I’m so happy that the garden got along without me and my hosepipe.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Carol at May Dreams Gardens invites us to tell her what’s blooming in our gardens on the 15th of each month.

July 15, 2007

Got into town late last night after my three weeks in cold, rainy England. At first light this morning, I was exploring the overgrown jungle that is my garden at the moment. (Okay…actually I drenched myself in mosquito repellant and combed over the garden with a flashlight as soon as I had my bags in the door last night.) I heard that Texas had rain in my absence but Good Grief! As a result Zanthan Gardens is much more green and floriferous than usual for July. I see a lot of weeding in my future. It’s good to be home!

  • Abelia grandiflora
  • Antigonon leptopus
  • Asclepias curassavica
  • Canna ‘Bangkok Yellow
  • chili pequin
  • Commelina erecta (day flower) — the weedy perennial. I much prefer its false cousin)
  • Cosmos bipinnatus
  • Cosmos sulphureus–some new life for the summer garden
  • Duranta erecta — finally bloomed this year and looks great
  • Hibiscus syriacus
  • Lagerstroemia indica Finally! They look stunning all over Austin right now.
  • Lantana ‘New Gold’
  • Lantana montevidensis — one white flower
  • Lavandula heterophyla ‘Goodwin Creek Grey
  • Malvaviscus arboreus
  • Mirabilis jalapa pink
  • Mirabilis jalapa RHS red
  • monkey grass
  • Oenothera speciosa (evening primrose)
  • Oxalis triangularis
  • Nerium oleander ‘Turner’s Shari D.’ — full, gorgeous bloom
  • Plumbago auriculata
  • Polanisia dodecandra — still in full bloom
  • rose ‘Blush Noisette‘ — a few flowers still
  • rose ‘Heritage’
  • rose ‘Madame Alfred Carriere
  • rosemary (unusual for summer here)
  • Rudbeckia hirta — fading
  • Ruellia (Mexican petunia)
  • Sedum album (white stonecrop)
  • Tradescantia pallida (purple heart)
  • Tulbaghia violacea (society garlic) Thanks, Pam!
  • Verbena canadensis
  • Vitus agnus-castus — a couple of flowers

I’ve been keeping (rather erratic) records on what blooms in Zanthan Gardens since 1995 in the In Bloom Calendar.

by M Sinclair Stevens

6 Responses to post “GBBD 200707: July 2007”

  1. From Pam/Digging (Austin):

    Welcome back! That’s how I felt when I came home from my trip and found the garden lush and happy looking. “It survived without me! Yea!”

    It’s been a good year so far for new plantings.

  2. From Annie in Austin:

    You know it’s a weird year when Seattle is sunny and warmer than wet Austin. Have your trees gone out of control, M? Canopy creep is everywhere.

    Have fun weeding and looking at all the unexpected blossoms …there are even a few larkspur flowers open here, which is so bizarre.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  3. From Callie (Dallas):

    So glad to know that I’m not the only one under attack from mosquitoes. Gardening in Dallas these days feels like Operation Insect Repellent!

    Callie @ Xylem & Phloem

  4. From Carol (Indiana):

    I like to think of this as the summer Austin stole all the rain. We aren’t getting rain like we usually do, so the hoses and sprinklers are getting a workout.

    Have fun weeding, you’ll probably find all kinds of flowers in your garden that you don’t normally see, due to all the rain!

    Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  5. From Bonnie (Austin):

    Welcome back. Austin has certainly gotten our share of garden growth in your absence. Deep Woods Off is my best friend right now and I can barely take my son out to the veggie garden without having those pesky Asian Tiger mosquitoes all over him. But it’s nice to see such lushness. Your beds look great in the photo.

    Thanks. It’s great to be back. The mosquitoes are vicious and the house smells musty but I’m happy to see that the plants, as well as the weeds, are thriving this year. — mss

  6. From yolanda elizabet:

    Welcome back from your holiday in England. Hope you had a lovely time there eventhough it was cold and rainy (much the same as here in the Netherlands).

    What a lovely long list of blooms and how nice that Texas is greener than it usually is this time of year. With the climate you garden in, I can imagine your garden being a jungle right now. Happy gardening!