When we first moved here to Texas, our house had a couple sage green shrubs that would bloom purple. We learned they were called the Silverado Sage. It's an attractive decorative shrub, and the local bee population seems to love them when in bloom.
What we later learned, either through a friend, or simple experience, is that when you see them bloom like this--
Then it is bound to rain, usually within 3 days. It's been more accurate in our experience, than the local weather guessers, at least in regards to rainfall. All these pictures were taken this week, here in DFW. The top two were taken by DH at a jobsite. The bottom two are here at the Casa. The little one, in its first planted blooming, is the replacement shrub given us by the man who ran over the other shrub (a shrub I did not care for anyway). We were just glad he did not hit our house, the oak tree or DH's Honda in the driveway!
We like these bushes enough that we will likely cut out the hedge of photinia on the side of the house. We have enough trouble keeping the photinia below the roofline even with hacking it back 2x a year. The Silverado Sage is a lot more attractive, with a slower growth rate, so maybe we can keep it trimmed to chest height so it looks decent.
But did it lie, I hear you say? Well, NO! It rained here Wednesday, and also today. Well over an inch today according to the gauges I can find online, though we got more rain Wednesday than the weather stations are showing, at least here at the Casa anyway. I would guess we got a good 2" or more total this week. It was quite welcome too.