WARNING: an excessive amount of flower pictures follow.
Since we had a mild start to our summer temperatures and a lot of early summer rainfall, the June blooms were fabulous.
One of my favorites for the month were the sunflowers.
I love how bright and cheerful they are.
The bees certainly loved their pollen.
Some of the sunflowers were planted on purpose, like these along the fenceline.
Some were volunteers from fallen birdseed...like these ones. I love how their faces follow the sun.
The echinacea or purple corn flowers were out in full force.
Daylilies were finishing up with their late spring-time blossoms.
The antique roses went through a bloom cycle, including the Heritage (David Austin) and
Mrs. B. R. Cant (Cant & Sons).
The butterflies were loving the Black Knight butterfly bush,
as well as the Texas lilac vitex, which is a Texas Superstar.
My orange canna lilies had a great mid-summer season, after I divided them and spaced them out last fall.
The nectar of the zinnias spread around the garden are a favorite treat of the hummingbirds, whether they are purple,
The shasta daisy seeds that I spread around last fall finally blossomed and made great cut flowers.
And to finish up the June 2015 blooms, here is a petite little blossom of my ice plant, which I had gotten several cuttings from my neighbor last fall - gotta love free pass-along plants!
My favorite blossom of July had to have been my deep purple morning glories. Such a vibrant color greets me every morning!
The roses continued their summertime showcase, including Abraham Darby (David Austin),
Heritage (David Austin),
Mrs. B. R. Cant (Cant & Sons),
Madame Joseph Schwartz (Earthkind),
and Graham Thomas (David Austin).
The orange canna lilies continued going strong, with a nice magenta backdrop of my neighbor's crepe myrtles.
July finally got hot enough for the blue plumbago to come out to play,
as well as the shade-loving Turk's cap in pink,
and normal red varieties.
While hanging out in the shade, I saw that the giant liriope grasses were also blooming with their delicate spires of purple flowers.
Other July blooms included the garden phlox,
and trailing lantana.
The veggie garden was even putting on a show, with beautiful okra blooms,
as well as cucumbers.
Finally onto my few August blooms...there are the reliable, heat-loving annual zinnias - here in a giant purple variety.
The bougainvillea has started to bloom, but I just clipped back the branches today to encourage even more blooms in a couple weeks.
The bright orange of the cosmos help lighten the drab appearance of the sun-scorched garden.
As well as the pass-along Mexican petunias, which are keeping cool in the shade.
If you've made it this far, thanks for checking out all my summertime blooms in my Central Texas zone 8b garden. I can't wait to show you next month's blooms, when we really start getting into the most colorful time of the year for our area!