Here in Portland we had a brief period last weekend where moisture actually fell from the sky. This moisture, some may call it rain, is expected to fall here any day between November 1st and say mid June. However outside of that date range it is extremely rare. So very rare that I had to get out and take my Bloomday photos on Sunday, just so I'd be photographing under that cloudy sky and with raindrops on the blooms...
The garden smelled amazing, and I'm not talking about that petrichor scent of the rain so much as the scent of the foliage and flowers.
But enough about the weather. How about some plant names! My Bougainvillea × buttiana 'Barbara Karst' is still blooming its heart out, because that's what Bougainvillea do.
I planted a couple of Gaura lindheimeri early in July, they're still going strong.
As are the Indigofera amblyantha.
The Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen' no longer qualify as flowers, but I'm keeping them because they remind me of mini Chrysanthemums.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Zanzibar' has put on a second round of flowers. Much lighter (in color and quantity) than what I originally got in May.
Just for the record I'm grateful, not complaining.
A NOID Sempervivum.
I shared many photos of my Zinnia as cut flowers on yesterday's blog post, but after cutting that they're already re-blooming.
I'm growing Zinnia elegans 'Envy', 'Queen Lime Blush' and 'Queen Red Lime'.
Crocosmia 'can't find the tag'
A impulse purchase at the "everything" supermarket.
Also from the everything market came these Canna lilies. They were labeled as 'Cleopatra' but that's not the case. Not even close. Luckily I knew what I was getting when I bought them and was not disappointed.
Nicotiana (not) 'Hot Chocolate' (they were bought 'Hot Chocolate', which would have been a lovely brown color)
Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart', being oh so very florific!
Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’
Abutilon Nuabyell, back to blooming after being cut to the ground last winter.
Ditto for the Bomarea sp. (those are Rhododendron sinogrande leaves).
Anigozanthos, aka kangaroo paw.
Another kangaroo paw, this one Anigozanthos flavidus.
The Moon Cactus has produced! Blooms for days. Unfortunately for Bloomday they closed up. Check out my Instagram feed for flower photos.
Billbergia, possibly B. vittata (thanks to a friend's ID on Instagram).
Another Bromeliad (probably Vriesea ospinae var. gruberi) that's sending up a bloom. I was told this one was rather unimpressive. We'll see.
Kniphofia, one of the 'popsicle' series.
Paris polyphylla - Heronswood form, still going strong.
Metapanax delavayi, in a tangle with Clematis tibetana var. vernayi, which I never got around to cutting back...
And this, blooming just in time! The stinky carrion flower of a Stapelia.
By afternoon it had already started to fold back its petals to further expose the pollen in the center — in hopes of attracting flies. And even though it's facing the wall (silly flower), it was successful. I took a peek the next day and could already see eggs. There will be maggots, aren't you jealous?
For more flower fun, without maggots, click on over to our hostess for Bloomday, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
Weather Diary, Aug 14: Hi 75, Low 52/ Precip 0
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