First off - WOW! What a storm we had last night! Some parts of Austin got pummeled, while others just got skirted by the winds. We were under a Tornado Warning with a storm bearing down on our house that had already produced a funnel cloud or two. We dragged everything that wasn't tied down into the garage and waited for the storm to hit. 80-100 mile an hour straight line winds they said. We were all ready to run into the center hall closet and hunker down in there. The sky was alive with lightning and there was so much thunder, I thought for sure the Gods were in the midst of a championship bowling tournament!
When the storm did hit - almost NO wind! Crazy I tell you. We did get torrential rains and hail however. See, that is how it works - take the time to prepare and nothing bad happens - don't lift a finger, and your house has its roof torn off. I guess the winds just skirted us - what a break! Later on overnight and into the morning we did get some pretty crazy winds and more torrential rains, though nothing like some parts of Austin that had old oak trees torn in half and thrown about. I saw some of that damage on my way into work this morning. I always feel bad for the trees - must be that Northwest tree-hugger in me.
Anyway...on to the blooms!
Salvia guaranitica - Black and Blue:
Buddleia Black Knight:
Dwarf Yellow Canna:
Coreopsis and Passionflower:
Cuphea Ignea and Mexican Petunia:
A collection of hummingbird favorites:
Blackfoot daisy and Pink Skullcap:
Blue Mistflower and Lantana:
And here is my Fuchsia 'Angels Earrings Snowfire' still blooming and undaunted by the heat and humidity. I am starting to really love this fuchsia!: