Always a consistent heat-loving bloomer, the Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) is still putting out bright pink blooms.
An aquatic plant that rises out of the pond, the Aztec Arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis) isn't bothered by our ongoing drought and heat. Flower stalks rise up, sprout, then fall away - only to be replaced by another.
Another pond plant, the Water Poppy (Hydrocleys nymphoides) covers the entire pond surface, sporadically producing its three-petaled yellow flowers.
Quite surprising with our drought, but I discovered a single bloom on my scattered Zephyr Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea'). There has certainly been no sudden change in temperature or moisture - nor even a a thickening of cloud cover. So not sure what inspired the bloom, but enjoyed it nonetheless (though would really like to see it after a rain shower!).
Also have one very late 'San Antonio Rose' Amaryllis (Hippeastrum 'San Antonio Rose') producing its two-flowered bloom stalk. Don't believe I've ever had one flower this far into summer.
New Plants in the Garden
This is the first summer for the two Pale Pavonia (Pavonia hastata) in my garden. Winter knocked one back to roots from which it is slowly recovering; while the other was damaged but has been able to produce a few of its white blooms.
It must be happy as the Haworthia attenuata 'variegata' is producing its first bloom stalks. All three are long and sprawling with several white blossoms alternating down their length.
Four of the Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis sp.) are still going strong. The blooms have now lasted into their third month.
Be sure to visit May Dream Gardens and see what is blooming in other gardens.