Cat (and Dog) Days of Summer

Cat (and Dog) Days of Summer

When it’s 105 degrees, the only thing I’m doin’ in the garden is sweatin’.
We did manage to get a rain shower yesterday mornin’ and I was able to get a picture of my rain barrel in action.  So thankful for the rain!

Rain chain in action
I like to walk around my gardens in the mornin’ and evenin’ with camera in hand.  Usually my entourage consists of the cats, Daisy and Magnum P.I.,  and the dog, Sweet Annie.  I promise to show pictures of my flowers, but those darn animals wanted some camera time first.
This is Daisy
Aren’t I pretty?
and you’ve met Magnum P.I.
Don’t blow my cover
and this is Sweet Annie
Watching the sunrise
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Ok,  here are a few things bloomin’ in spite of the heat.
                       
I call this shrub a Moonflower although it is botanically known as Datura The flowers of this plant only open at dusk and smell heavenly.  This strong scent will bring in a host of moths and nighttime pollinators.   Although this bloom will only last one day, there are usually several flowers set to open the next day.  Each night around 8:30, the flowers start to slowly open and within 30 min. or so they are completely open.  This is one of my favorite smellin’ flowers of summer.
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My next favorite flower of summer is Angelonia.  This is so underused and is a heat and drought warrior all summer for me.  It literally laughs in the wake of all the heat and humidity and blooms it’s ever lovin’ heart out.   It is an annual but so worth it.  Put this on your list of plants to have next year.

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Another champ in the garden is Asclepias tuberosaIt’s long taproot makes it very drought tolerant so it’s not beggin’ for a drink every day.  The long taproot also makes it hard to move so plant this one where you want it.  It is a perennial and grows about 2 ft. tall and up to 2′ wide in full sun or afternoon shade.   Not only does it bloom for several months, it attracts butterflies like crazy.  It is also the ONLY species of plant that the monarch butterfly will lay her eggs on and the ONLY species of plant that monarch caterpillars will eat.  So, if you want to impress and amaze your friends by raisin’ monarchs, this is the plant to be plantin’.
Asclepias tuberosa
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And, if your wonderin’, it’s perfectly acceptable to leave the g’s off your participles when it’s 105 degrees.
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I will post more flower pics soon.  Right now I think Annie has the right idea.
Taking full advantage of the cool floor