Despite this summer's near-drought conditions, some of the foliage in our yard continues to flourish. And yes, our water bill has been larger than our electric bill for a couple of months, even though we take certain water conservation measures. Houston is a difficult summer gardening locale and I am always looking for plants that thrive in spite of our heat and humidity. Here are some photos of the happiest plants that produced the large water bills. Not shown -- brown grass and the bare spots where the tomatoes used to be.....
1. Last of the sunflowers, in front of a jicama vine growing towards the roof.
2. Unknown hanging plant that grows strangely embryonic looking flower heads.
3. Coneflowers (Echinacea) -- largely dependable, and the flowers last a long time.
4. Blanketflowers (Gaillardia).
5. Two tiny Meyer lemons (hope you can see them) on a miniature tree the Friends of West University Library gave me a couple of years ago.
6. Hibiscus growing in a planter on the patio -- they come and go in the space of one day.
Photos by KAO