Friday, August 14, 2015

Bloomday for August 2015, a day early...

Wow, look at this...a Bloomday post an entire day early. Am I cheating or what!? Yes, yes I am. But tomorrow is the Green on Green Tour and I'll (hopefully) be up to my eyeballs in garden guests. No time to be online. So, here are my August blooms...hope you enjoy and wish you all could be here in my garden tomorrow...

Canna 'Durban', I love that orange flower...

A Canna NOID, this one has the most elegant simple flower...unfortunately caught up in an unfurling leaf.

Liatris spicata, a victim of my cramscaping ways. The poor thing is blooming away back there behind a Callistemon.

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart', just keeps on blooming and blooming.

Ditto for Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'.

Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare' paused for a bit, but is back at it.

That fuzzy little guy was amazingly patient while I moved a leaf out of the way to get a better shot.

Echevaria nodulosa, almost in bloom.

Looks like once it gets going it's going to last awhile.

Abutilon Nuabtang has had blooms going all summer (if this is sounding like a justification for why my Bloomday posts are all so similar, perhaps it is)....

Colutea x media, or is it Colutea arborescens (?)...

The blooms on Thalia geniculata Ruminoides are so tall it's impossible to get a good photo, well, without getting a ladder.

Slightly better (I pulled the stalk down a little closer).

This is the plant producing the tall spike.

My one and only Eucomis bloom this year, and on a plant that has never bloomed before.

Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'

Alstroemeria isabellana continues to send up blooms, I appreciate it's longevity.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red'

Nymphaea 'Marliacea Chromatella'

I will never tire of this flower...

I bought one Ricinus communis this year, naturally it's way ahead of my seedlings...

Grevillea 'Neil Bell'...I wonder if there will every be a Bloomday without this shrub blooming its heart out?

Just when I think the Moluccella laevis is done it sends out a new bunch of flowers. Seeds have been dropping too, hopefully this means more next year.

Crocosmia 'Orangeade', with crispy foliage.

I let the Acanthus mollis bloom-spikes stick around long after they've stopped being blooms. I like the dried, papery look of them.

Chasmanthium latifolium

Schefflera brevipedunculata

Did you notice this little guy down in the left-hand corner? He looked so photogenic sitting there.

Schefflera delavayi

Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow' is a new addition to the front garden, from a recent visit to Cistus Nursery.

The last of the Sempervivum to bloom...

And I'll end with Eryngium maritimum, another repeat but wow...it's so cool! As you probably know Bloomday is a monthly meme hosted by May Dreams Gardens...click on that link to see all the flowers others are sharing from their gardens.

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40 comments:

  1. Oh, I need to find that 'Neil Bell' Grevillea somewhere! You have so many fabulous and interesting blooms. The Thalia reminds me of a Strelitzia. Good luck on Saturday, can't wait to see your wonderful garden!

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    1. For that Grevillea try Xera or The Desert NW. I look forward to your being here, I hope the tour goers don't descend all at once, that won't be any fun for anyone.

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  2. I love that Knophofia 'Mango Popsicle and the Crocosmia 'Orangeade'! And I have the same issue with crispy foliage. Did you know the photogenic little guy on the Schefflera brevipedunculata is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug? They are bad for gardens, especially vegetables - watch out!

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    1. Yes, I thought that's what he was, based on others I've seen...although there was something just a little bit different about this guy, maybe a juvenile?

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  3. You always have such interesting and beautiful things in bloom! Hope you enjoy tomorrow & wish I could be there! Do the open garden participants get to pre tour each others' gardens?

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    1. It would be lovely to see you tomorrow! No, no pre-tour. They decided to scrap it this year, I'm king of bummed. There are volunteers here to take the tickets so theoretically I could skip out for a bit to see another garden or two, but I would hate to miss anyone I knew that stopped by.

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  4. I fall in love with that Alstroemeria again every time I see it (which is never in my local nurseries). Have a great tour tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks Kris, wish you could stop by!

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  5. All so interesting, Loree. I'll have to get tips on Grevilleas from you and getting them to bloom. Love the yellow Hesperaloe, too. Wow. Have fun tomorrow !! I wish I could be there!

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    1. I wish I had tips to share, I've just lucked out I guess. Wish you could stop by tomorrow too...

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  6. So much to see! I can't believe how many grevilleas you have. Are they all hardy (minus 'Superb', which I know isn't)?

    Love your yellow hesperaloe. My yellow one bloomed in January (!) and has steadfastly refused to bloom again. Crazy.

    I've got to find an Eryngium maritimum!

    Good luck tomorrow. I wish I could be thereo. Do take pictures of the crowds.

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    1. Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare' is not hardy either, it's in a container that gets pulled come winter. Thanks for the reminder about taking a couple photos, I'll have to get Andrew on that!

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  7. Is it your tour time already? I know you'll be blushing from all the compliments. I need to check your posts again this fall to remember to order that alstro and the crambe. I'm getting that the crambe likes a lot of air circulation and obviously loves your pebble mulch.

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    1. Already! (I wonder if my plants no the generous watering they've been getting is about to stop?) I hope people enjoy it, I've created such a personal space that I always wonder if others will appreciate it.

      Crambe? You mean the Eryngium maritimum? I've come close to purchasing a Crambe but haven't taken the plunge yet.

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    2. yes, I meant the eryngo! I have the crambe, wilting at this moment in full sun.

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  8. I wish I could join the tour this weekend to see you and all these beautiful flowers. Sadly, I'll be stuck helping the family with a yard sale. I like the picture of the liatris through the callistemon foliage. I found a source for Eryngium maritimum seed. Hopefully by spring I'll have some nice happy seedlings to plant out. I've fallen hard for that plant.

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    1. I'll be interested to see how your E. maritimum cultivation goes. I've had other Eryngium seedlings pop up but never that one. Maybe this is the year!

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  9. Wonderful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea

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  10. Love the Canna and Hibiscus - and the Alstroemeria. Only thing about Canna is that you wait forever for the flowers and then they're gone in a flash, at least around here.

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    1. Funny you say that, while I've grown to enjoy the Canna flowers there was a time when they annoyed me, and I even cut them off. It's all about the foliage, or it used to be.

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  11. Wonderful as usual! Would have loved to take part in the garden tour today, but need a day to wind down/prepare as life starts up as usual again tomorrow. Neil Bell makes me skip a beat every time I see him, and the same with that Alstromeria. Did you know that a Swede - Claes Alströmer - was a student of Carl von Linnaeus? He sent seeds back to Linnaeus from South America, who in turn named the Alstromeria after him. As an additional note of interest; Claes's father Jonas Alströmer was the one who taught Swedes to grow and eat potatoes. How's that for Saturday morning trivia? Have a great time with your open garden. Distraught about missing it...

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    1. Love the Saturday morning trivia! And you're smart to take a day to "reintegrate" vacation whiplash is a hard thing to recover from.

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  12. Have fun with your tour, wish I could be there to experience some PNW gardens again.

    Pretty excellent variety of flowers for a foliage garden!

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    1. Ah, I wish you could have been here too...although it was a busy busy day. Not as hot as when you were here last year though.

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  13. I love the bright flowers and also fantastic leaves of the Canna, I'm still waiting on mine. That Grevillea Neil Bell is the brightest red one I've seen, and floriferous too! The water lily is such a bright luminous yellow. And the Eryngium maritimum is silverly impressive, it looks really prickly too. I hope the tour is lots of fun for you.

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    1. Thanks Hannah, it was fun...and exhausting!

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  14. I must, must have the yellow Hesperaloe ! Happy tour day and bloom day !

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    1. And you should! I think I might have grabbed the last one at Cistus but I bet you'll be able to round one up in your neck of the woods.

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  15. You are brave to open your garden to tours! Once again, you have some incredible plants blooming. And often the buds are more fascinating than the blooms--like that Echevaria. Lovely! I hope the garden open house went well. :)

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    1. It did go well PP, lots of people came through and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Only one broken container and it's easily replaceable.

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  16. I know it's not the focus here, but I looove the foliage on the Eryngium maritimum.

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    1. Foliage is always in focus in my garden! And I agree, that one is spectacular.

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  17. I'm impressed that you got around to this post at all, with the big day coming up...but very glad you did. Your blooms are always an inspiration.

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    1. Thanks ricki, and I couldn't ruin my perfect Bloomday record!

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  18. Gardener's around here have just about given up on cannas due to the canna leaf roller, a nasty little caterpillar that wrecks havoc with the foliage. I hope your tour went well.

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    1. Yikes, keep that caterpillar on your side of the country will you?

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  19. I need that Alstromeria in my life.
    I seriously wish I could dig my Red Heart out and donate it to someone who would love it. Alas, it's a gigantic tree. Everyone is always swooning over it and I'm constantly agro over the mess.

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    1. Yes you do (Far Reaches Farm), and seriously? How big is it?

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    2. Big. It's our parking strip shade tree. I took pics today and will include them in my next post.

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