It is hard to believe that just like that another month has passed! It has been a somewhat challenging one for the garden, as it has been very hot and very dry, and even with a good hour of nightly watering there is just no replacing rain. Nonetheless, quite a few things are blooming.
To start off with, not really a flower, but just as colorful: Joseph's coat amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor)
Strawflowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum), which rather relish the dry heat
Pink ambrette (Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus)
Threadleaf giant hyssop (Agastache rupestris)
Emilia javanica, which has proven to be surprisingly heat- and drought-tolerant once established
The African marigolds (Tagetes erecta) have all been struggling with some unidentified disease or infestation but luckily so far with plenty of water and fertilizer they seem to keep outgrowing it
Yellow/orange cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus)
The last of a number of 'Hopi Dyeseed' sunflowers
The Iranian heirloom squash putting out plenty of pretty male flowers - unfortunately there are hardly any female buds in sight!
Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata) - unassuming, but deliciously cocoa-scented in the morning
A volunteer garland chrysanthemum (Glebionis coronaria), blooming long after the original batch
Bladder hibiscus (Hibiscus trionum)
'Maid of Orleans' Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac 'Maid of Orleans')
To see what is blooming in many gardens elsewhere, visit May Dreams Gardens!