No, these aren't the names of new pets. They would be great names though wouldn't they? Just a couple of new flowers from recent plant shopping.
Lantana 'Lucky Honey Blush' is newly added to the butterfly garden. I've never tried Lantana before, but I just love the colors of this one. They really stand out already and they are just small plants still. They will be annuals here.
Clematis florida 'Peppermint' is a new purchase from yesterday. I've never seen this one before. It's difficult to see how much green is in the flower's coloring. The flowers are about 5 inches across. I hadn't heard of this variety before so I did a little research on it. Apparently it is one that can be grown indoors, but it is hardy in zones 6 - 9. Hopefully it'll be happy growing in the garden. I plan to grow it up a shepherd's hook that holds a bird feeder in the front yard. It's only supposed to get 6 to 8 feet tall.
Here you can see the light reddish veining in the petals.
This is 'Sioux' day 3. It's begun to get more of a yellow/pink tone now and it may not open again tomorrow. The last two posts show how this flower changes day to day. Each flower usually only blooms for about 3 days. There are quite a few others blooming now, so there won't a shortage of blooms.
The weather already feels much cooler today. It was over 90 yesterday and some of the plants are beginning to show how much they didn't like the heat. I can only water so much with the hose, I just don't have the time to spend watering everything. I'm trying to make sure to keep the new magnolia tree watered as well as seedlings and any newly planted plants. It's supposed to be in the mid 70's today, and even cooler tomorrow.