The blooms are few and far between in my Arizona yard, but since we've had good rain lately, most all the plants are looking refreshed and I see buds starting to form again. The picture of the half flower is the last flower from the Rudbekia or Black Eyed Susan that showed up by surprise a few weeks ago. I thought the way only half of the flower developed, was rather interesting. All four flowers this one plant produced are still in bloom which is pretty amazing considering the heat here. Four flowers on one plant, at one time, is really pretty amazing for my garden!
The little purple flowers are Lantana, the Purple Trailing (Lantana montevidensis) variety that I am trying to get going to provide some ground cover where I have only dirt and weeds now- This plant seems to grow like a weed down here so I hope it covers the dirt quickly! I kept it out of the flower beds though, as I don't want it to spread there.
The white and red flowering plant is a "Bleeding Heart", (Clerodendrum thomsoniae) that I have planted in the shady bed right outside my front windows. I have trouble getting anything to really grow in this shady area, and this is a fairly new plant, so although the blooms are pretty now, I hope it continues to do well. I recently removed all but 2 plants from this area, and planted them in sunnier areas of my yard, leaving quite a bit of empty space to try something else.
The last picture is my lone pepper plant with the lone pepper on it! I don't have much for veggies in my yard, but my son brought home this pepper plant and it has been fun watching the pepper grow and mature- I thought it was a Banana Pepper until it started turning red?
Happy Bloomin' Tuesday everyone!
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