A few bright spots in this blistering heat
This has been the hottest and driest summer on record here in Central Texas, and that's saying something. Lawn is scorched because I refuse to waste too much water on it, and even my hardy natives like sage are struggling with the drought, so it was nice to see a couple of things blooming in spite of the blaze of August, with very little extra water from me:
A crazy unknown cattleya orchid that opened up on the record hottest day EVER (113 degree high, 81 degree low)
One of my unknown crinums/cape lilies that struggled to put out this inflo
Here is a Vera Cruz Rose seedling with lovely pink stems and pale green leaves
It has some kind of splitting on two sides of the trunk
And for those interested in seedlings, here is a display of the big range of size of same-age seedlings
They are amazing in how much diversity they're already showing--lots of fun!
And one more from a (very slightly) cooler time, just for the heck of it, Giant Aussie Orange
Looking more "sunburst" than "orange" but, hey, I'll take it!