It’s been so hot here that getting out to the garden to take pics let alone do any chores is exhausting. I get up early and do all the necessary things like watering, weeding etc. Then I escape back inside to the a/c. However inspite of the august like temps the garden is still pumping out the blooms like crazy. Some of my favorites this week are starting to bloom like the Hemerocallis and the Echinacea which is really putting on a show. These Impatiens are in the red washtub, the pansies finally pooped out earlier this month. They couldn’t take the heat either. 😉 Anyhow, I got these on the clearance rack at Lowes about a week ago in 3″ pots for .15 cents each. There was nothing wrong with them either, in fact they were starting to bud up and weren’t root bound yet. I also got two large pots of Angelina in mixed shades of pink, purple and white for less than $5.00 a pot. They had racks of great deals too, and most of the plants were still in great shape. In the past the clearance rack was were the half-dead plants were placed so I was surprised. Another new plant blooming in my garden this week is ‘Dark-eyed Helen’ or Helenium fleximosum. It’s new to the garden this season, I picked it up at the Native Plant Sale in May. I was a bit surprised to see the Asters blooming since they didn’t bloom till fall last year, but not complaining either. Hopefully they’ll put on a repeat performance in late September when the summer perennials start to fade. To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in today please stop by and visit our host Jean @ Ms Greenthumb.