Thanks to Carol at http://www.maydreamsgardens.com for hosting Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. My natives have enjoyed the rain with many blooms:
Purple and white coneflowers in the dry back
My standing cypress and common sunflowers are taller than I am! Each year I plan to weed out some of the sunflowers since they take up so much room but they are so cheerful and easy that I always end up leaving them.
Butterfly weed hoping to attract monarchs!
Volunteer passionflower vines that popped up near a convenient trellis (a handrail for my steps!). The vines are covered in Gulf Frittillary caterpillars in various stages- it is fun to watch the "nursery" in action.
Coral honeysuckle coming back after its huge spring bloom. I watched a hummingbird happily flit from this to my Peter's Purple Monarda multiple times this afternoon.
Society garlic- protected from the chickens (they think it's tasty..).
A Pride of Barbados bloom in the front. They are not native to Texas but they perform beautifully in dry sunny conditions.
Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day!