Monday, June 30, 2008

Rain!

So we finally had some rain at our house last night. Right around midnight a thunderstorm rolled in and dumped about a half an inch of rain. Woo-Hoo! My plants were getting REALLY crispy and I was just about to give in and water the hell strip. This June has now officially gone down in the record books as the hottest on record in Austin, and they have been keeping records for a little over 150 years! Here are the stats for June 2008 according to KVUE weather news:

87.4 degree avg temperature - this is an average of BOTH the morning AND evening highs and lows.

99.4 degree avg HIGH temperature

20 days at or above 100 degrees (the average number of 100 degree days for Austin for the entire year is 11)

And Summer just began! Gah. Y'all laugh at me about the name of my blog, but I swear the sun is trying to kill me!

Well, thank goodness for the rain last night, it seems to have perked up my garden a bit.

The rain caused the rain lilies to start blooming. Here is yellow rain lily Zephyranthes citrina :



The first Cantaloupe is starting to swell up:



The Ginormous Turks Cap has begun blooming. This is ONE plant and it will easily be double this size by the end of the summer and reach up above the fence. You can see the scratches on the fence it leaves from the branches blowing in the wind near the end of the summer:



Native Sunflowers (I just LOVE sunflowers):



Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on Pride of Barbados (can you spot him? He is kinda camouflaged):



Leadwort Plumbago:



The Guara has been flowering throughout all the heat and dry conditions although it seemed to be more floriferous today after the rains (and notice the green grass in the background that gets watered by the neighbor's sprinkler - the rest of my grass is turning a nice shade of brown):



Sweet Potato Vine in flower after the rains:

9 comments:

Rachel said...

Sweet potato vine flowers?! I had no idea. I have the sense that there are two kinds of sweet potato vine: one grown from actual sweet potatoes and one grown from fake sweet potatoes. I know actual sweet potatoes are related to morning glory, and that flower sure does look like a morning glory!

Rachel @ in bloom said...

P.S. That's me - Rachel at "in bloom."

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Annie in Austin said...

I'd been looking at the hellstrip, too, Lee, trying to decide which was worse, watering it or letting it die and planting something else. I hate to work where people walk their dogs so I'm glad it rained - we got about an inch.

Last summer I was surprised by flowers on my ornamental sweet potato vine, too, Lee. I think both the edible sweet potatoes and our fancy chartreuse and purple leaves are forms of Ipomoea batata.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Lori said...

Oh, I love that picture of the butterfly matching the Pride of Barbados! I was so relieved to get a little bit of rain, too, even though it wasn't much at all. Any excuse to avoid hand-watering all of my new plants at 6:30 in the morning!

Lee17 said...

Rachel,

I know, right?!? I planted them for the foliage and then they surprise me with flowers - and pretty ones, too ;)

Lee17 said...

Meadowview,

Thanks, And thanks for the tag ;)

Lee17 said...

Annie,

Yeah, I was just gonna break down and water the hellstrip - I already had to replace plants that were drowned in the deluge last year and I didn't want to have to replace them again because it is now too dry! Thank goodness for the rain!

Lee17 said...

Lori,

Thanks! And I too have had to hand-water all the new plants every morning and evening - It was getting tiresome. YAY for rain!