Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Bloomday! June 2011
Finally it looks like spring in my Pacific Northwest garden and I’ve got a few happy blooms to share! Above and below is Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo,’ it took them forever to bloom but now that they are it is a big floppy fun show! Kniphofia…these first two pictures are of the same plant. The color is yellow/green depending on the age of the bloom (not the washed out white they appear to be in the second shot). This Kniphofia flip flops back and forth. The first bloom of the season was yellow/green. This one looks to be more on the orange side. Kniphofia hirsuta Fire Dance can’t wait to bloom, barely out of the base and already coloring up. The Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle) isn’t quite at its blooming best yet…but getting close. Euphorbia Excalibur This is really a wonderful Euphorbia (but then aren’t they all?). I love the leaves with their stripe of white and this one blooms after the rest of the Euphorbia have faded. Genista Lydia, not a particularly glamorous plant but I love it. Scotch moss flowers. Halimium x pauanum, this plant has been flowering for weeks and shows no signs of slowing down. Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’ Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicas)…the smell when standing under these trees is just heavenly! (even if the buzzing of the bees is a little frightening) The Gunnera is blooming… Inherited Peony…both colors are on the same plant! Echium russicum, I’m hoping this one produces lots of little babies (which I resist the temptation to pull up thinking they may be weeds). Sempervivum arachnoideum Lewisia Echium pininana This bloom spike is almost 6ft tall! Ceanothus Impress ‘Victoria’ Yucca recurvifolia 'margarita' Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Willmott's Ghost,’ I planted several plants this spring and only this one is showing signs of blooming (so far?). And to wrap up this Bloomday post here is my "blooming" Astelia nervosa 'Westland' or perhaps it’s actually done blooming? Who can tell as these are not your typical pretty flowers! As usual visit our Bloomday hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for links to blooms all over the world this June 15th.