Tuesday, July 22, 2014
July 2014 Bloomday, plus 7...
It's true, I did an actual Bloomday post (of sorts) a week ago. But since I've posted for every Bloomday since April of 2009 I was feeling a little odd about essentially skipping one. There are cool things blooming that I want to share! So here's my Bloomday plus 7 post, a week after the fact.
Canna 'Australia' and the foamy blooms of Macleaya cordata...
My only eucomis bloom this year, and oddly this particular plant hasn't ever bloomed before. It's probably Eucomis 'Oakhurst'...
Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' close-up
And the whole 9-yards (I'm thrilled this plant is finally taller than me!)...
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'...usually my hosta blooms are quickly cut off, these were spared only because they're at the back of the shade pavilion and easily missed. They won't last long (snip snip)...
Liatris, which I swear has come back from the dead. This plant came with me from Spokane, oh 10 years ago. I haven't seen it for ages and I was very surprised it showed up this year and is blooming!
A couple of those sneaky Brachyglottis greyi flowers managed to bloom while my head was turned.
Kniphofia, one of the "popsicle series" from Terra Nova.
Persicaria runcinata 'Purple Majesty'
Grevillea 'Neil Bell'
Abutilon 'Red Tiger', not quite open yet...
This Passiflora 'Sunburst' bloom has a lot to do with why I'm doing a second Bloomday post. I had pretty much resigned myself to skipping until I saw this...
How could I not share this crazy bloom? Only hardy to USDA Zone 11 I'm going to have a hard time letting this parish come fall...
Clematis tibetana var. vernayi, it's first lemon peel bloom of the season.
Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream'
An orange crocosmia that I got from Scott at our Garden Bloggers plant swap last fall.
This is now my very favorite crocosmia...
I stupidly pulled my Lobelia laxiflora this spring thinking it was dead. Duh, no it wasn't. So glad it's rebounded with lots of growth and flowers.
Finally we go inside the house for the last two photos for this Bloomday. This beauty is my birthday lily, planted by a previous gardener to whom I am very grateful. Every year it blooms on my birthday (the 20th) and every year I cut it to bring it inside. I know I should leave it in the garden but inside its scent fills the house and takes me back years, to a time when I was roommates with a good friend whose birthday is the day before mine. We always had 'stargazer' lilies in our apartment, Happy Birthday Sonny.
And this charming bouquet was a birthday gift from my husband, Andrew. And with that I wrap up this late edition of Garden Bloggers Bloomday.
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