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).
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.