I've learned to count on these sage blooms. We had just over 5" of rain from August 8-9 and ten days on the nose later, they burst into bloom. It happens every time we get rain in late summer. We don't get a lot of rain events so it's easy to predict these blooms. Known as Cenizo or Texas Ranger Sage its botanical name is Leucophyllum frutescans.
It's a stunner running the 100' length of our driveway.
During their full bloom, which lasts just a day or two, I spend a lot of time outside enjoying their mild fragrance and cool deep lavender blooms.
The warm pink autumn sage (Salvia greggii) is also blooming which may not be the best combination, but...
I planted white Salvia greggii to compensate.
See, that helps along with pink muhly grass which is not in bloom but adds another color pink to the mix. When all three pinks are in bloom at once it's quite a cacophony of color.
Then again, just about any color looks good with them like this bright orange and yellow Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) below.
Another after the rain bloomer are Hill Country Rain Lilies (Cooperia pendunculata). When I first saw these huge bright white and fresh lily blooms I thought I must have planted summer bulbs but they are native to my area and simply popped up in several places around the front and back yard. The seeds are large and easily transplanted for more and more plants.
Some insist these sage blooms predict rain because they are also commonly called "barometer bush". So do we have rain in the forecast? Yes, there's a tropical storm headed our way eventually. When these blooms first popped out over the weekend we had a 20% chance of rain today (Tuesday). Then the rain was moved to Wednesday with a 40% chance. Now that chance has evaporated. No rain today and little chance of rain Wednesday with possible rain later in the week. I've heard it said the plant does predict rain as long as you don't specify when, exactly, that rain will arrive. Come to think of it, that does sound like our local TV weather forecast.
Ah, everything looks better after a rain.