These are plants that are doing well for me. Despite our heat and what seems like a revolving drought. Some years are just normal which is not much rain others are severe drought. I don't think I can ever remember having a year in all the years I have lived here where there was to much rain. Oh sure we might have had a couple weeks in a year here or there where we got more than what was normal but a whole year that I could say boy such and such year was sure a water logged year here in Texas... nope can't think of one LOL
Oddly enough Hydrangea, yes they like their water but I don't really water mine that often. I have them in early morning sun then shade. I have a couple that are getting a tad more sun than I would like and the leaves burn on them once we hit our heat, but they live despite that. I am working on getting more shade on those. But for the most part this plant that is known as a water hog seems to do well for me even here, and without tons of water. I do have it mulched about 6" deep with mulch though, that helps a lot. Its in a raised bed as well.
The fall blooms look so different from the spring ones.
My Kumquat has a lot on it again this year! They are not ripe yet.
New to me Crape Myrtle... A Black Crape Myrtle. The leaves on it are almost black and then its gets hot pink blooms, talk about a show stopper. I put in three so should be a pretty display when they are grown. These I purchased as well when I was down at Mrs Laughing Ducks this last time for bee class... Ya we did a little plant shopping.... We would be so dangerous to the budgets if we lived in the same town!!! We both love the same things, gardening, canning and sewing. etc. Speaking of bee class we have another one coming up. So far those have been very informative.