It’s 104° in the shade! What’s blooming?

It's 104° in the shade!

With the daily temperatures running 104°, as you see, up to 106°, what could possibly be blooming???? Well, actually quite a number of things. Rose of Sharon, roses, PeeGee hydrangeas, ‘Tardiva’ hydrangea, Rose hibiscus, Joe Pye Weed (a butterfly banquet), crepe myrtles, ‘Lime Light’ hydrangea, crinum lily ‘Ellen Bosanquet’, dahlias, native honeysuckle, garden phlox, Cardinal flower, reblooming iris, and rose verbena.  One new little bird, a face only a mother could love, baby cardinal in the Japanese golden cedar. Enjoy the blooms below, some are what I call, flying flowers (Giant Skipper, Buckeye and Black Swallowtail).

The baby cardinal, in the Japanese Cedar tree, has a face only a mother could love.

Cardinal Flower blooming in the bog area.

Joe Pye blooms are butterflies' banquet.

Blood-red dahlia contrasts well with boulder and crow.

Crinum lily 'Ellen Bosanquet' is about to open.

Reblooming iris looks delicate despite sweltering temperatures.

'Ellen Bosanquet' open, a fountain of big, messy foliage and stems 4-5" tall.

'Tardiva' Hydrangea paniculata

All flowers are refreshing in this heat. 'Lime Light' looks as fresh as a daisy!

Daylilies shine when temperatures climb.

Daylilies are favorites of mine because, even in hot weather, they bloom faithfully. I have about 130 named daylilies and some of my own hybrid seedlings. As a plant collector, daylilies are definitely addictive. They are so easy to grow and come in just about every shape and color imaginable, except blue, but that color is close to becoming a reality. Several daylilies have blue throats or rings now. I’m including pictures of some that have bloomed recently.

Mary's Gold

Carolina Ruffles

one of my seedlings

Persian Pattern

Priscilla's Rainbow

Daring Dilemma