June 15th, 2007
GBBD 200706: June 2007

Nerium Oleander Shari D
By far the most dramatic plant in the garden this time of year is the oleander. And to think, when I was growing up in Las Vegas where they’re planted in highway landscaping, I used to hate them.

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

June 15, 2007

Last night we had a surprise rain. Quite a relief after a fortnight of temperatures in the low 90s. It has been very humid and the air is thick with mosquitoes. So my gardening season is mostly over until fall. Don’t be mislead by the length of the list. Some plants have only a flower or two left. However, the heat means some of the summer flowers that have been slow to bloom this year (with our lovely cool, rainy spring) are finally coming into full bloom. Yep. Summer has hit Austin. Dammit.

  • Abelia grandiflora
  • Antigonon leptopus
  • Asclepias curassavica
  • Canna ‘Bangkok Yellow
  • Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Magic‘ — all but faded but maybe the rain will revive them)
  • chili pequin
  • Commelina erecta (day flower) — the weedy perennial. I much prefer its false cousin)
  • Commelinantia anomala (false day flower) — a couple a last flowers
  • Consolida ambigua (larkspur)
  • Cosmos bipinnatus–one self-sown flower
  • Engelmann daisy
  • Eschscholzia californica ‘Mikado
  • Hibiscus syriacus
  • Lagerstroemia indica
  • Lantana ‘New Gold’
  • Lantana montevidensis — one white flower
  • Lavandula heterophyla ‘Goodwin Creek Grey
  • Malvaviscus arboreus
  • Mirabilis jalapa pink
  • Mirabilis jalapa RHS red
  • Oenothera speciosa (evening primrose)
  • Oxalis triangularis
  • Nerium oleander ‘Turner’s Shari D.’ — full, gorgeous bloom
  • Pavonia hastata — one flower
  • Plumbago auriculata
  • Polanisia dodecandra — full bloom
  • rose ‘Blush Noisette‘ — a second flush from my best heat-loving rose
  • rose ‘Ducher’ — one bud just opening
  • rose ‘Red Cascade’ — one flower
  • rose ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison”
  • Rudbeckia hirta — full bloom
  • Ruellia (Mexican petunia)
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Indigo Spires’
  • Sedum album (white stonecrop)
  • tomato–we’ve eaten cherry tomatoes this week
  • Tradescantia pallida (purple heart)
  • Tulbaghia violacea (society garlic) Thanks, Pam!
  • Verbena canadensis
  • Vitus agnus-castus

by M Sinclair Stevens

10 Responses to post “GBBD 200706: June 2007”

  1. From Angelina (Oregon):

    It’s always interesting to me to hear about the different climates people garden in. We are enjoying more cool June weather and a little bit of rain. Last year the heat hit at the end of June and remained scorching and dry for two and a half months afterwards. So I’m bracing myself for the heat soon to come.

    The picture of your California poppy is gorgeous. I’ve got some volunteering in my vegetable garden and I love the bright splash of color they make. More poppies for next year I think.

  2. From Steve Mudge (Fort Worth):

    We’ve almost got tomatoes up here and the surprise highest/fastest grower at 7 feet tall as I write is–‘Marianna’s Peace’, although the fruiting is still sparse. Took a chance on it(well, the seed company included a free pack of them) despite your so-so review a while back.

    A great flower this year has been Prairie Phlox(Phlox pilosa); Began in March and still a few stragglers here in June. Nice looking foliage too.

  3. From Carol (Indiana):

    I feel like we are having an “Austin-like” summer here in Indianapolis. So hot, so dry. I long for “normal” days again. I do recognize a lot of flowers on your list that also grow in my garden, but with much later bloom times.

    Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again.

  4. From entangled:

    We got a break from the heat here in the East over the last couple of days. It’s actually been downright chilly.

    I was wondering, is Lantana perennial in Austin?

    Yes, it is. It will die down to the roots in a hard freeze but it comes back eery year. In fact, it’s almost unkillable. — mss

  5. From Yolanda Elizabet:

    That is quite an impressive list of blooms in June. In the Netherlands it is not so hot, we have temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees C at the moment. It’s a bit humid though because we had some showers this week. Everything is looking very lush and green.

  6. From Dawn (Austin):

    You’ve got a Whole Lotta Bloomin’ Goin’ on dear lady! 🙂 That’s quite a list. Your garden continues to impress.



    We’ve been lucky to keep getting rain. — mss

  7. From Pam:

    I fear that summer has hit us too, although we have the hydrangeas to keep us going for awhile. We’re horribly dry – not our typical dry (moderate drought status now) and the garden is definitely suffering. Going through your list, I was reminded of how nice the blush noisettes are – that was one of the roses on my ‘wish list’. Also, I’ve tried California poppies (I would love those to reseed too!) but I have never had any luck. How nice would that be. Oh well, hang in there until fall!

  8. From Gloria:

    I just love oleander. Such a beautiful blooming shrub. It was everywhere in Las Vegas where the sister in law lived.

    You are the only other person I have ever seen list Day flower as a bloom. Never heard of false dayflower but I looked it up and it does not have the same cute face with little sparkle eyes. Check out my Blooms day post, the bottom picture is of a Day flower.

    I think that false dayflowers have a very cute “face”, indeed. They are my best filler plant for early spring. I’m surprised any are still blooming. But it’s been cool and wet. — mss

  9. From Kati I Saarinen:

    What a lovely list of bloom. I had a lot of fun imagining it all. In comparison I have a list of weeds in the veggie garden…

  10. From Garden Tractor Man:

    Yep. I really can’t imagine it! Sounds amazing. Well done!

    Thanks for stopping by. It’s really nothing like the lovely gardens in the UK. I’m so envious of y’all. — mss