Many tropical and desert plants are blooming. A very unusual thunderstorm graced the garden this month, as well as an intense heat wave.

Chinese St. John’s Wort (Hypericum monogynum) – Near The Nest

Hypericum monogynum

Upright prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) – Backyard Exploration Garden

Ratibida columnifera

Baja spurge (Euphorbia xanti) – Desert Garden

Euphorbia xanti

Common myrtle (Myrtus communis) – Near Bromeliads

Myrtus communis

Climbing Lily (Gloriosa modesta) – Lily Garden

Gloriosa modesta

Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) – The Stream

Alpinia zerumbet

Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) – Desert Garden

Chilopsis linearis

Coast Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus viridescens) – Desert Garden

Ferocactus viridescens

Brazilian Orchid tree (Bauhinia forficata) – Pavilion Garden

Bauhinia forficata

African Lily (Agapanthus africanus) – The Stream

Agapanthus africanus