As I ventured out to participate in May Dream Gardens' Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, I could think of only two plants blooming in our everlasting heat & drought. But I was surprised to discover a few additional spots of color. Of course, we're not talking a lot here - excluding the Soap Aloe, I could gather all the remain garden's blooms and pile them into one hand.
Showing more blooms than any other non-potted garden plant, my few Liriope (Liriope spicata) add a nice splash of purple.
Having never bloomed before, one of my three Dwarf Mexican Firebush (Hamelia patens 'Compacta') seems to be celebrating the heat by producing some clusters of yellow/red flowers.
Apparently, due to lack of rain, the Pink Rain Lily (Zephyranthes rosea) has lost it's mind. A single pink bloom was found rising up from its grass-like foliage.
I have several Soap Aloes (Aloe maculata) planted in the ground, but the only specimen to produce flowers this year was the one I had in a pot. Its flower stalk developed in a curled, clumped manner (likely due to lack of water) which actually caused the flowers to be clustered more tightly.
The Ground Orchid (Spathoglottis plicata) continues to have a single tall, thin flower stalk rising up, its tip still producing a cluster of magenta blooms.
Aloe 'Doran Black' has again produced a flower stalk that is just now starting to spread and open its flowers. It has been quite reliable this year.
The bright purple berry clusters of the American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) continue to survive amongst the plant's limp foliage.
Be sure to visit May Dream Gardens to see what others have blooming in their gardens.