On a complete side note before we get to the flowers, today is also Independence Day here in India. My balcony garden here in Delhi does not have much new going on, in part due to a somewhat lackluster monsoon. Even with daily attentive watering, there is a notable explosion of growth and flowering within a couple of days after every good day of rain we get. Conversely, whenever it has not rained for a week many plants begin to notably decline. We are now in one of those dry spells, and with it has not only come drought but also temperatures rising from day to day. Even so, here are a few things that are blooming these days:
Double butterfly peas (Clitoria ternatea)
Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), very much the star of the show right now
A coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) grown from a wilted torn branch I found on the street one day
A new addition - the deliciously fragrant mālatī (Aganosma heynei), a native vine that is undeservedly rare in gardens
My two heirloom roses continue to bloom, though in the heat flowers rarely last more than a day, especially if it is sunny; this one seems to be a Bourbon of some kind, the other is 'Gruß an Teplitz'
Hopefully there will be more rain for us in the near future. Meanwhile, see what others have blooming today at May Dreams Gardens.