Monday, August 15, 2016

August Bloomday blooms

Another 15th of the month, another Garden Bloggers Bloomday. I tried to not be repetitive this month. For example Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red' is here to let you know that all the Abutilons I shared last month are still blooming their hearts out.

Ditto for the Kangaroo Paw — Anigozanthos 'Amber Velvet' is here to represent.

Yes I've shared my Zinnea ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’ previously, but darn it this particular bloom was the image of perfection, thus here it is...

Last month this hybrid Neoregelia cultivar was just starting to bloom, this month there are actually little flowers in there.

I keep hoping I'll spot a frog too, it happens!

Canna 'Cleopatra' isn't currently sporting any of her blooms that are split into two different colors, but at least there are yellow and red both...just to show you the possibilities.

Canna 'Durban' is my favorite bloom color.

But Canna ‘Australia’ has got that fabulous foliage!

Clematis tibetana var. vernayi is starting to bloom. I swear it's coming out this winter...

Whenever the Dyckia choristaminea 'Frazzle Dazzle' decides to put up blooms they always look crispy and dead. Not the case! They will erupt in yellow flower soon.

These Grevillea 'Ivanhoe' flowers are much better than the last round, which were a sickly powder-puff pink.

Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' (so pretty!)

Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream' (ditto)

Hedychium coccineum 'Tara' — the groundcover version...

Seriously though...my Grevillea ‘Poorinda Leane’ just up and died (that's the second summer with a sudden Grevillea death, last year it was G. 'Neil Bell') and when I cut it out I realized (too late) it was supporting this ginger stalk. Oh well, at least this way the flowers are easy to see...

Leonotis leonurus just starting to open. I am expecting (hoping for) great things from this plant.

Magnolia laevifolia — not a flower — but wow! The seeds on this guy are so decorative.

Mahonia gracilipes, I failed to get a good close up.

Melianthus major 'Antonow's Blue' — also past it's floral stage but still intriguing.

Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ — I am praying this guy seeds himself (herself?) around.

NOID Kniphofia, this plant a division from a great performer in my mom's garden. After several years her plant failed to return this spring. I was able to give her a piece from my plant to replace it. The circle of gardening complete.

Passiflora incarnata past it's prime.

Passiflora incarnata, the next stage.

Salvia discolor

Over in the Aralia-lands....Schefflera brevipedunculata

Schefflera delavayi

Metapanax delavayi

Just a couple more...

I picked up this annual because the arrangement of it's purple (yes, they are purple — not blue) flowers was quite lovely. Of course I can't remember it's name. UPDATE: Scaevola cv. (fan flower) (thanks to Mr. S)

Nymphaea 'Joey Tomocik'

And to wrap it all up Hesperaloe parviflora. Thanks for the Bloomday inspiration every 15th of the month Carol! (May Dreams Gardens)

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39 comments:

  1. I picked up this annual because the arrangement of it's purple (yes, they are purple — not blue) flowers was quite lovely. Of course I can't remember it's name.

    Scaevola cv. (fan flower)

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    1. Thanks, as always, Mr. S -- you rock!

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  2. I think my Hibiscus is more suited to your garden with its size and flash but it is definitely the wrong color for you! Or maybe not, now that I see that little annual you've added.

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    1. Actually I like my blue/purple in small doses so I think I'll stick with my Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'.

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  3. I'm wondering why I can't grow Dyckia. It looks so similar to the standard low desert fare: the aloes, the agaves, the haworthias... but it rebels and ghosts on me every time I try it.

    Sigh. Yours looks GREAT!

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    1. Makes no sense to me, they should be VERY happy in your garden.

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    2. Dyckia species are more water loving and need more root room than one might expect, to have them thrive. In habitat most all Dyckia species would get periodic summer rain, and only a few species are really xerophytic in truly hot summer climates.

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  4. The green zinnia's are amazing. I have a small patch of mulch-colored zinnia's blooming and I want more. I think that is really cool that you were able to gift the Kniphofia back to your mom. The heat this weekend should give you a zap of summer heat :) Meanwhile I'll be bemoaning it at my house. Cheers :)

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    1. Oh Jenni is that a typo? "Mulch-colored" (multi colored?) Cause if not I want some of those mulch colored Zinnia!!!

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  5. You show more restraint with your posts than I do with mine - I started out intending to show just new stuff but rapidly got carried away (again). I love those cannas - I may try growing one, even if they are water guzzlers. I'm impressed by Grevillea 'Ivanhoe' (one I don't have!) and your post just reminded me that I missed out on a pic of my own Scaevola and the Hesperaloe too. Happy GBBD, Loree!

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    1. You need G. 'Ivanhoe' - that foliage is fabulous and would look oh so wonderful in your vase posts! And then there's the flowers...

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  6. Okay just rub it in, Loree. Damn, your flowering plants are so much fun this year! The white flag has been raised in my yard for 2016, I need to be taken away from my misery!

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    1. Has it been a hard summer weather-wise? I am so sorry!

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  7. Very nice. I'm crazy for the color of the Canna 'Durban' flowers, as well as the Leonotis and Hedychium. I hope you find a little frog in your bromeliad - of course it won't be a tropical poison-arrow frog like the link, but so what? All I find in my bromeliads-on-holiday are mosquito larvae. I actually did my Master's thesis on breeding a species of poison arrow frog....but I digress.

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    1. Of course I just linked to the first frog-in-a-Bromeliad photo I found, not paying any attention to the actual frog BUT...since there was a bearded dragon in my front garden last summer I'd say anything is possible!

      (we found out later one of our neighbor's sons got tired of carrying for him and just set him free...idiot)

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  8. I cut all my canna flowers off. Aren't I awful? I cut my Hosta flowers too so maybe I'm just weird. That Abutilon flower is to die for. I love it. I cut my Melianthus flowers off several weeks ago. After seeing your seed pods developing, I am regretting that decision. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a frog. That Bromeliad is the perfect spot.

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    1. Nope, I've done that too. For some reason a couple of years ago I decided I like them. As for the Melianthus flowers I cut mine off the last time it bloomed and then regretted it when I saw the great seed pods in Patricia's garden. Live and learn!

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  9. So much restraint for a bloom day post! I'm afraid I couldn't manage the same. The Passiflora past its prime really looks like it's about to eat someone. I have a Neoregelia blooming right now, too, but I missed the first open flowers and I'm waiting for another good group to open.

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    1. Ha! You're right (the passion flower).

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  10. That Hedychium is to die for ! And poor C.tibetana...I murdered one a few years ago. Not up to your expectations?

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    1. Too successful actually. It needs to be hacked back almost daily. I do love it, but it's stay is over.

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  11. i am growing my first ever canna flowers this year and cut off the faded blooms. Do they make an interesting seed pod? your garden is amazing.

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    1. Some do! I wish I was smart enough to know which ones and why...

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  12. You have so many amazing plants in bloom currently! Sorry about that Grevillea. Darn, that's a bummer. I had a few no-shows this year, too, but I guess that's permission to get new plants. ;-)

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    1. Or in my case the plants around the now gone Grevillea just breath a sigh of relief and spread out a bit.

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  13. 'Ned Kelly' inspires me to give Grevillea another try.

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  14. You have identified my mystery plant (Leonotus). Mine is just starting to bloom and I forgot what it was. I love the red abutilon and the gingers are gorgeous too.

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    1. Did you buy it Phillip? Or inherit it? What a fabulous plant to inherit if that's the case.

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  15. If I had room for a C. tibetana, I would beg you to pass it on to me when you decided to take it out. I have lusted for it ever since I first saw it in one of your posts about it a long time ago. It's such a cool plant! Ricki turned me onto green Zinnias a few years ago, but I STILL have yet to grow any of my own. I just might have to give it a shot. Seeing yours makes me turn a little green myself. Same for the Nicotiana - I just love green flowers! As for my G. Ivanhoe (which incidentally was in a planter with green Echinaceas), it crossed over the rainbow this winter. I think I just didn't have enough sun to make either of them happy.

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    1. If I thought I could get the Clematis out without destroying it I would be forcing it upon you. Sadly it's in such a tight spot I fear I'll be chopping it to pieces to get it out. As for your Grevillea maybe it was just the cold. In a planter it might have been too exposed, since it's technically not hardy here.

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  16. A metapanax needs to try out life in my garden. Seriously. That is so cool that you and your mom have each other's back with plants.

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  17. This is the time of year when we're grateful for those plants that just keep on blooming like there's no tomorrow as there aren't many new blooms to look forward to. Can you believe how quickly summer is flying by?

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    1. No I cannot. I do not like it...summer should last forever!

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  18. I'm not familiar with Grevillea, but wow, what stunning blooms! I hope your Nicotania self-seeds the way you hope. I planted some white Nicotania several years ago and have had a bumper crop every succeeding year without planting another single seed:) I think your circle of plant-sharing with your mother is pretty neat.

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  19. Some great blooms. Love your Cannas and the Grevillia.

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