In spite of being in desperate need of a good rain, there is no shortage of lovely blooms in the gardens. Some are smaller than normal, or fewer in number, but some years are like that and this is one of them. No matter how much we water with the hose, it's no substitute for good drenching rains at the right times.
It's times like this that make me grateful for drought-tolerant plants and natives that have been through this kind of thing for hundreds of years and keep plugging along. I don't think I'd ever have to water the echinacea, except for 'Sparkler' which is variegated. I've found it can't take the heat very well.
The daisies don't seem to be particularly thirsty either. And the sedums. You've got to love sedums in times like this. Of course, I don't have any pictures right now of the aforementioned. I do have these, though:
Pelargonium peltatum 'Blizzard'
Heliotropium arborescens 'Marine'
Papaver nudicaule 'Flamenco'
Potentilla nepalensis 'Melton Fire'
Centaurea montana 'Gold Bullion'
Red Creeping Thyme
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Sungold'
Iron Cross Oxalis
Rosa 'Nearly Wild'
Spiraea japonica 'Magic Carpet'
There are more things blooming, but these are what I have pictures of at the moment. There are so many that it's hard to keep up!
It's a good thing.