Sunday, July 15, 2012
July 2012, Bloomday!
Summer has finally arrived in Portland, in a big way, and my garden LOVES the sun and heat (and so do I). Breakfast on the patio has me enjoying scenes like the one above, with Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw, sorry I’m not certain which one)…
And my single Eremurus (Fox-tail lily) bloom…
There’s a tiny bloom in one of my Bromeliads…
And a larger ones on the Callistemon 'Woodlanders Hardy Red'
Abutilon hybrid 'Fairy Coral Red'
Sorry this one might blind you… Crocosmia Lucifer.
Lysimachia Paridiformis F. Stenophylla
Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’
Echinops 'arctic glow'
I don’t normally include vegetable blooms…but the lemon cucumber flowers are especially nice this year.
Ligularia ‘ rocket’
The pretty Hosta blooms…
And the ratty ones, since removed.
Even though I cut back the Hydrangea at the same time and in the same way that I have for the last 6 years this year I must have done something “wrong” because the only blooms it’s got are at the top!
Syneilesis (Shredded Umbrella Plant)
I thought my Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’ was blooming again, then I realized it’s decorated with fallen Verbascum olympicum flowers.
Yucca flower spike count this year…a record 22!
All of them are the“garden variety” Yucca (NOID) that you see growing in older parts of town and next to parking lots. These I brought with me from Spokane, they aren’t anything fancy, but they bloom reliably every year, which makes them special to me.
And they smell good too!
The only Opuntia blooming in my garden this summer are the O. humifusa, if you’re not familiar with this plant it gets rather limp and wrinkly over the winter and looks dead. In fact I had a friend laugh and swear that they were…but look at them now!
Beautiful! In fact I took more than a couple of photos.
And even when I was done I had to take another one because all of a sudden this whole plant erupted in bloom!
That's it…Bloomday in my garden, here’s the link to the rest of the floral show over at May Dreams Gardens.