For places up north, August may mark the end of the summer, but here in South Florida, we still have several months more of hot and humid summer weather agead.
Agapanthus africanus, or Lily of the Nile is almost coming to the end of the season. Bees love buzzing around its beautiful blue flower cluster.
Just like this skipper can not have enough of the blue Porterweed...
My rose corner has been looking sad under the south Florida's summer heat. Occasionally they also bloom, but the buds are smaller than what they are in cooler weather, and quickly wilted even before fulling opening. I am very happy to see some of flowers actually open to a good size, and stay there for a couple of days recently. Thanks for the recent rainy days that brought the heat down a little bit.
Three different colors of Siam Tulip or Summer Tulip (Curcuma alismatifolia) were purchased right after I came back from China. How delighted I was when I saw they were sold at the big box store since I have been looking for this for a while! I currently put them in an almost full sun area. I just read on the Internet that if they are planted in a partial shaded area, the flower could hold up to three months! Sounds like I should move them soon!
This Datura metel (Devil's trumpet) has been flowering one after another in my newly opened side flower bed.
This Variegated Canna Lily 'Pretoria' has grown taller than me, and the new flower spike keeps shooting from the center of green/cream stripped leaves.
This milkweed still blooms beautifully even its leaves are the constant Monarch caterpillars' favorite food.
More flowers are thriving under Florida Sun... This dwarf Allamanda is almost growing like weed that I have to keep trimming all those branches that go over the boundary.
Vincas (or periwinkle) is another plant that don't mind Florida Heat.
So are these zinnias... Zinnia is such an easy summer plant. Even it is considered as annual plant, but it self sows easily and the seedlings come back every year. Except the first one that was given by my younger son this year, all others are coming from last year's volunteers.
Oh, take a look at this! Looks like we will have some papayas ready to harvest soon! This tree's leaves all became crispy brown after our January freeze, now it not only bounces back, and also bears the fruit. How wonderful the nature is!
Summer is a wonderful season for the plants. even this gardener may prefer the cool weather. I still enjoy what summer has to offer to bring the different colors to my garden.