I just read an article stating that Seattle has broken a record for the longest dry spell between May 20 to July 19. The last time there was this much dry weather was back in 1891. We had a very light sprinkling of rain on Saturday night, but that's it for rain. It hit at least 90 again yesterday. Many of us in this area hate to complain too much because we can have some cool and rainy summers, but the watering part is getting a little old. About once a week I take a "watering day off" where I figure the flowers can fend for themselves. So far, they've been fine.
These flowers seem to be enjoying every degree of heat they get and are blooming their heads off.
Zinnia 'California Giants Mix' that the littlest gardener planted. They've just started to bloom.
Here are the Zinnias with Echinacea 'Magnus' and Larkspur 'Shades of Blue'.
Cosmos 'Sensation Mix' another we started from seed. I love this dark pink, I think it's my favorite color so far.
Oriental Lily 'Tom Pouce' has pretty pink stripes on the edges which are a little difficult to see in the picture.
Agastache 'Pink Panther' was planted about a month ago and growing like a weed.
Echinacea 'Double Decker' isn't looking double again this year.
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia alternifolia) grows much more like a giant shrub than the B. davidii. It smells so good and attracts hummingbirds.
Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) and their chocolatey centers. I always crave chocolate after I look at these, maybe it's just me.
Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) 'Goldplate and Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam' blooming together. This Yarrow does not spread or reseed.
Even warmer weather is predicted this week, and no rain in the foreseeable future. Now to decide which day will be my "watering day off".