Drought Bloom Day July 2015
I have cut water usage by 57%, and the garden shows that. Still, there are many beauties. Rather than mope, I still get great joy just being out there. Dahlias are always a thrill, though I only have a few.
There are still many flowers--just not as many as there would be after a winter of lavish rain.
Only one pink lily bulb emerged this year. They are short lived in this climate--three years is good, this is the fourth and likely last for this one, and it bid the world a beautiful goodbye
57% less water, and 'Wildfire' rose marches on!
Perhaps next bloom day, the very first Protea flower may be open. This is Protea 'Mini King'. Because a Protea is very special, I think I can get away with showing the bud. The flower will be small for a Protea, only 6" across.
I'm not fond of Agave augustifolia...
...but it is feeding many hummingbirds and bees.
Yet the feeder still manages to be mobbed most of the day. If I fill it at dawn, it's empty at sunset.
Update 7/16/2015: Juvenile Costa's(?) Hummingbird? Note "mutton chop" protruding feather on neck:
Agastache 'Globetrotter', first bloom. Not as impressive as 'Blue Fortune' in vigor and quantity of bloom, but still lovely.
It was getting dark, so that's all for this bloom day here. Visit May Dreams for many more flowers. She got rain!