Saturday, June 15, 2013

It’s June, it’s Garden Bloggers Bloomday…life is good!


I think there are two different kind of bloggers when it comes to Garden Bloggers Bloomday; those that record every single bloom in their garden and those that stick with the highlights. I tend to be the first, but inevitably realize (often as I’m writing my post, sometimes the next day) that I missed a few. Such is the case this month, however I think everything I missed was also blooming last month so, such is life, we soldier on. Above and below is Callistemon viridiflorus...

This is Callistemon viridiflorus 'Xera Compact'...a sweet, little callistemon that grows to only 3' tall and 18" wide. As you can see it suffers no lack of blooms due to it's diminutive size.

Callistemon ‘Clemson’

Callistemon ‘Clemson’ and Melianthus major 'Antonow's Blue'

Alchemilla mollis

Ceanothus impressus ‘Victoria’

Dudleya collomae

Sadly I got too close taking the photo and knocked the bloom spike off!

Echium wildpretii...this bloom should be a lot taller and cone shaped but the top rotted away earlier in the spring.

This is the last image you'll see of my amazing Echium x wildpretii 'Rocket'...

Right after I took this picture I cut it down. Harsh? Yes. But I was ready. It had become overwhelming and with Thursdays rain was leaning another foot or so. I was having nightmares of the plants it would take out on its way down. Now I can start my FINAL planting project of this season...thank god!

Eryngium alpinum

Eryngium venustum

Euphorbia 'Excalibur'

Flashbulb Parrot's Beak (Lotus hybrid)

Grevillea ‘Poorinda Leane’

Kniphofia...not sure which one, I can't keep track of these!

Lobelia laxiflora

Lupinus arboreus

Lysimachia nummularia

The Magnolia macrophylla has had more flowers on it this year than ever before. They've also lasted a long long time. Here's a bud...

And a flower...

Even though the bloom means death to the mama plant I am thrilled my Musella lasiocarpa is blooming. It will be a nice feature on the patio and there are smaller pups around it to help fill the container.

Parahebe perfoliata

Rodgersia 'Bronze Peacock'

Sedum i.can't rememberum

Tropaeolum peregrinum

And ending this kinda sorta alphabetic GB Bloomday is Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer'...

As always for the round up of all the bloggers participating in this months Bloomday visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens. The idea lady behind this most popular meme.

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39 comments:

  1. Your not harsh about the Echium at all...sometimes practicality has to win out. I was the same with the Iris this year, as much as I hated to want them blooms to end, I was impatient to move them!

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    1. Thank you, it wasn't until I started sweating while sawing away at the trunk that I started to feel a little guilty.

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  2. All your Callistemons are beautiful. I wonder if I'll have some this year, there is no sign so far that I can see. Love all your other exotic blooms.

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    1. If you aren't seeing the signs now then I'd guess probably not, although I was recently told they sometimes have a fall blooming period too.

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  3. The callistemon are amazing and well ahead of mine this year.

    Loved seeing all the great blooms in your garden.

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    1. I'm in love with the bottle brushes, every one of them!

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  4. Callistemons are one of those plants that I thought I hated (we had a huge ratty one in our backyard that was just covered in bees, growing up) but you have completely changed my mind on them. Those pale yellows are so lovely!

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    1. Perhaps you'll be planting one?

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  5. I knew there was going to be an Echium photo or two, and I should have skipped this post. Makes me sad about mine that were not successfully overwintered. :(

    I guess I can still enjoy the photos of yours though.

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    1. Yesterday afternoon I saw one of the variegated Echium candicans 'Pride of Madeira' was starting to bloom too...

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  6. Lovely as always Ms D. Sorry to hear about your tragic photography accident.

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  7. Lovely dudleya, the flower stems are fragile and very top heavy.

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    1. They do pack quite a heavy group of flowers at the end of a very long stem...it's just asking to be broken!

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  8. What a Bloom Day extravaganza! I'm glad to hear Alison's Callistemons aren't blooming yet either, or I'd be mighty jealous of your C. viridiflorus. I think the mystery kniphofia might be 'Timothy' judging from the flower color, and I'm sure the NOID sedum is 'Cape Blanco': It's one of my favorites because it's so white. Condolences on the unfortunate breaking off of the dudleya bloom. Hope you got to enjoy it for a few days at least.

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    1. Yes indeed, the sedum is 'Cape Blanco'...why can't I remember that? As for K. 'Timothy' I've only got one of those and this is't it. I believe mine came from you at last fall's plant exchange...I am eager to see it bloom, so far no signs though.

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  9. You have such an artist's eye for layering plants, and I always enjoy visiting your blog. Love the callistemons (we just have red in Austin). Felt a little harsh myself cutting a huge specimen artichoke back this week, so I totally get the Echium thing. Good luck with your final planting project!

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    1. Thank you for the nice compliment Amy!

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  10. Fun post. There's no getting everything. Ever. I overlooked a really spectacular Rusellia with little Firecrackers everywhere.

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    1. We could kind of drive ourselves mad trying to capture it all couldn't we?

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  11. That little dwarf-y Echium w. is kind of cute ! Looking forward to seeing you at Fling...I am going to be in garden tour nirvana for days !

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    1. I've said this a million times already but I can't believe the Fling is so close!!!

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  12. Darn, I missed Bloom Day again. One of these months I'll be coordinated enough to write a post for Bamboo, Succulents and More. In the meantime, I have your photos to admire :-).

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    1. We will all be very excited to see your bloomday post too, whenever it happens!

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  13. Cool garden! This is my first visit to your blog. The plants are amazing.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Mario!

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  14. Lovely (and dangerous) plants as always. I have absolutely none of your plants in my garden - unless you count i.can't rememberum. I have many of those.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one with a nice crop of i.can't rememberum!

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  15. For someone who focuses as much attention as you do on foliage, you sure have a lot in bloom - and, as with your foliage posts, it isn't run-of-the-mill spring blooms either! Watch out for that Parrot's Beak - I had to pull mine out because it was seeking to blanket my entire backyard. The Lobelia laxiflora has to be watched too...

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    1. Is the Parrot's Beak hardy for you? Here it will die with the coming of cooler temperatures, but thank you for the warning...I will definitely keep an eye on it. As for the Lobelia laxiflora it was in impulse purchase to fill a small empty spot, I've got no room for it to get out of control so I'll be tough if I need to!

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  16. Echoing Kris' comment above, yes you do have a fine selection of blooms for a mainly foliage gardener :) nice to see the dudleya bloom, albeit snapped, something I don't see very often.

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    1. I have another dudleya in bloom with orange flowers, it's one of the ones I forgot to take a picture of!

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  17. Hello Loree!

    Hope you are well.

    It's great to see all of your blooms looking so good.

    I was down at Cally Gardens yesterday (the nursery with the monster Mahonia gracillepes) and I picked up a Parahebe perfoliata 'dark form' and I noticed that you have in bloom up above.

    I came away with a lot of other plants as well :whistle:

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    1. Hi there Adam...so glad you found some nice plants to add to your collection! This is the first my Parahebe has bloomed, I like it!

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  18. In June I can afford to be choosy about which pictures I show, January is another story. I like the Verbascum and have planted one called 'Banana Custard', which always looks good in the morning, but looks ragged at the end of the day.

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    1. I have not heard of 'Banana Custard' and will need to look it up...why the change as the day goes on? The leaves wilt?

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  19. I can count on it: see a bloom that is new to me, then see it turn up in your next Bloom Day post. Ever the trailblazer, thriving on danger...that's you!

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  20. Your blooms look great, takes me back to that mystical California atmosphere. I'm so intrigued to see your Eryngium alpinum, that's one I'm trying to grow from seed now, but I think it is still chilling in the refrigerator. Love that cool blue featheriness!

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  21. I just bought Callistemon viridiflorus 'Xera Compact' last night and all the pictures of it I can find are from your blog!

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