It was a dark and stormy week, I took dark and stormy Bloomday photographs. With sickness in the house (first my husband, and now me) I am looking longingly at the sun and warm temperatures forecast for the end of the week. With a serious windstorm predicted for later today I suspect most of the dainty flowering trees around town will be wiped clean, hopefully my flowers are made of sturdier stuff and will stick around to see the sun...
Speaking of sun let's start with the Euphorbia, they're bright and cheerful even on a grey day. This one is Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'. From what I've seen it's going to stay a manageable size – these are not garden thugs.
Unlike Euphorbia characias ssp. Wulfenii which would take over if given the chance. This is a seedling that popped up from plants I removed in 2012, the "hail" is actually fallen blooms from the Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths' behind it.
Considering all but one of these plants self-sowed I suppose Euphorbia rigida is also a bit of a thug...but a pretty one!
And unwanted babies are easily spotted and removed.
New to me (this year): Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Ruby Glow’ – I'll be looking to add a couple more.
Sick sticky eyes make for unfocused photos, still the beauty of Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' shines through.
The tiny Azara microphylla flowers pack a powerful chocolate scent.
The blooms on Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' are fading to ugly and leaves are starting to appear.
Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ – these lack the full rounded shape of the 'Nanjing Gold' flowers, but the color more than makes up for it.
Grevillea ‘Poorinda Leane’
Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen'
Grevillea australis, tiny flowers just about to open.
Correa backhouseana (crappy photo but I wanted it for documentation)...
Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’
Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths'
Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger'
I don't know if these little buds on the Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow' are going to be flowers or new leaves...
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf', beaten down by the rain.
Rhododendron stenopetalum 'Linearifolium', aka Spider Azalea. I avoided this plant for years because of the flowers. Now that I have it – they're not so bad.
We'll end this post with two blue flowers. Rosemary...
And Ceanothus 'Dark Star' – which is just getting started on a very big blooming season. I hope your garden is full of your favorite spring flowers, and be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens for links to all the bloggers sharing their blooms today.
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