Monday, July 16, 2012

Blooming Early

It's another hot dry windy sunny day.

We got a tenth of an inch of rain last night.  Pfffft. Not enough.

A cute dwarf sunflower is blooming by the patio wall.

It's too early, but the dwarf Jim Crockett Boltonia is blooming, looking like a little aster.

It's too early for the fall anemones, but silvery buds have formed and there will be flowers well before fall I think.

It's early for the Rose of Sharon too. It's blooming now, in mid July. Many things seem to be way ahead of schedule.

Black eyed susans have opened up, and these are tidier than the former Goldsturm variety that was by the patio wall.  Those were replaced when they got black leaves from a soil bacteria.  I like these (Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida) better even though they have smaller flowers and a more open habit.

The bottlebrush buckeyes are exploding in white flowery rockets. These are right on schedule.

Strange summer.  Hot summer.  Dry summer.