It's August, it's Bloomday, and the garden is tired. Heck so am I! This summer has been full of sunny warm (hot) days and things are looking a little frazzled around the edges. I am not complaining, waking up to sunshine day after day is a blessing I do not take for granted. So here's my alphabetical Bloomday, and in case you don't know, links to all the blogs participating in this floral celebration can be found here.
Alstroemeria isabellana blooms, with seed pods in the background.
All my Canna's are NOID, I'm lazy that way.
This one does deserve special recognition though. It's blooms are quite lovely and delicate. In prior years it disappeared under the Musa basjoo foliage, however since last year several of my banana stalks bloomed and died the canna is a star again.
Clematis tibetana var. vernayi
I am still completely head over heals in love with this one, it's just so so so good!
Echeveria 'Black Prince', two of the three plants are blooming. The third melted.
Echium russicum, on it's second round of blooms,
Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' the leaves are still upright, but the flower fell over!
Euphorbia 'Excalibur', cut back at the beginning of July there are a few new shoots which are blooming.
Grevillea 'Neil Bell'...just too darn bright to photograph well.
Grevillea juniperina 'Molonglo', after the mass die off (winter cold) of these in the front garden I did go ahead and plant just one new plant in the back garden. Well see if the added protection helps in the future.
Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'
And the star of the Grevillea show, 'Peaches and Cream'...
Hedychium 'Tara' in it's pre-bloom state, which I love.
Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'...covered in blooms this year.
Kniphofia 'Pineapple Popsicle'
Lobelia laxiflora var. angustifolia
Lotus berthelotii, more red than orange. Boo.
The first, and probably last, time I'll look down on Macleaya cordata blooms. Usually they're about 6 ft tall but I just dug these runners and planted them this spring.
Magnolia laevifolia, getting crazy and putting out a second round of flowers!
Paris polyphylla Heronswood form
Rodgersia 'Bronze Peacock', I'm not sure what's come over me this year but I've left these for months. Which I suppose means they're not really blooms anymore...
Salvia clevelandii, almost done.
Have time for a quick story? I planted a Solanum pyracanthum in the front garden in 2006 it bloomed like crazy and even set fruit. Winter came and that was the end of that. So about a month ago I came home to a plant sitting on the kitchen counter. Andrew said the neighbor up the street (about a block and a half) gave it to him to pass on to me. It wasn't doing so good in her garden and she thought I would like it (orange spikes, ya know) and might have better luck with it. I thanked her the next time I saw her and she said "you know it was the oddest thing. I had one just show up one spring a few years ago, I didn't plant it, I kind of always assumed it was the birds dropping seeds. Then this spring this one shows up near where the old one grew." So do you suppose this plant is the grandchild of the one I grew 8 years ago and it came home?
And the August Bloomday finale, Thalia dealbata (hardy water canna) with a water lily in the back ground. Hope you're enjoying your August blooms!
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