September 15th. I just don't know how this happens. Just. Don't. Know. Summer slipping through my gardening gloves...
So...what's blooming? Well I've got to start off with this beauty, in case this is the only time it ever blooms. Clematis florida var. sieboldiana...
Bought in bloom, bought despite it's reputation for being a "challenge." My fellow blogger Grace also bought one from the same source (Rogerson Clematis Collection), so we're both giving it a go. Wish us luck and tell us if you've got any secrets for success.
I also scored this Clematis 'Arctic Queen'...cool right?
And the one Clematis actually in the soil in my garden, C. tibetana var. vernayi...
Some of it's older blooms are already doing the fuzzy thing.
It's a banner year for the Schefflera delavayi blooms. There are four crazy, wavy, wands working their way around in the air above the plants.
They make me think of sparklers, maybe because of the patterns they leave when you twirl them around?
Also blooming in "Schefflera-land" is the Metapanax delavayi.
And continuing the theme, Aralia cordata 'Sun King'...
The Abutilon keep on keeping on, this one is A. 'Nuabyell'.
And Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red'...
The orange Anigozanthos is slowing down, but the yellow one is still going strong. I wonder what this winter holds? Will I be able to over-winter them in the shade-pavilion greenhouse again?
The grocery-store Portulaca has emerged from an ugly phase with a fresh flush of flowers.
Just in time to keep it from being tossed!
Leonotis leonurus is growing at the center of a bed, and I didn't feel like climbing in there for a close-up. Besides the Leptospermum lanigerum 'Silver Form' looks so good lit-up next to it.
From a different angle.
Dicliptera suberecta against a very yellow Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' leaf.
Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’
Grevillea 'Ned Kelly'
And not blooming but COVERED in buds, Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen'
Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ has been blooming all summer.
Neoregelia cultivar, just had to share for personal reference.
This pot normally hangs on the front of the garage, but since Andrew is mid paint-project it's hanging (not) out on the patio. I kind of hate that I'm missing watching the blooms open, as I would normally see this plant from the bedroom window and every time I come and go.
Passiflora 'Aphrodites Purple Nightie'
I couldn't decided which photo to use, this you get both!
The blooms on this one are fading as the summer progresses. They started out opening a much darker color.
Finally, Zinnea ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’
Truly giant! And making their last Bloomday appearance I believe. It's time to cut a big bouquet and get rid of the plants — the foliage is dying off at the bottom and they're starting to look a little ratty. It's been a nice long run!
That's my Bloomday report, as always check the links on May Dreams Gardens to see what flowers other bloggers from around the world are sharing today...
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