Monday, July 16, 2018

July 2018 Bloomday, tardy

It's July! It's Hot! It's Bloomday! Or rather it was, yesterday, the 15th. But I was watering...and just didn't get around to posting photos of what's blooming in my garden, so I'm filing my report a day late.

Let's start in the hellstrip and work our way through the front garden and around to the back. This Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ represents all the tall Yucca's blooming in the garden. This one's not so tall though, why? Because someone broke it off back when it first started to emerge. Wasn't that nice?

There are a lot of Sempervivum blooming, I only managed to take a photo of this one.

The Eryngium proteiflorum bloom is still shining bright.

Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen'

It wins the prize for stinky.

Cleome 'Violet Queen'

Which is to the point now where it's producing long seed pods. They're fabulous.

NOID Sedum

Callistemon ‘Woodlander's Hardy Red’

Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal

Moving around to the driveway Lilium tigrinum 'Splendens' fills one of the stock-tanks.

Along with a few seed-grown Moluccella laevis. Do the Bells of Ireland spikes you purchase in the flower market have those side-leaves removed? Or do the commercial growers just somehow grow cleaner spikes?

Stepping into the back garden, Schefflera brevipedunculata.

Arthropodium candidum 'Maculatum'

I appreciate the Agapanthus blooms finding other foliage to keep them company.

The flowers are so pretty, but the Agapanthus foliage always looks a little haggard.

I thought the heat would bust open the Crocosmia flowers in time for Bloomday.

But no...

Abutilon hybrida 'Nuabyell'

Abutilon hybrida 'Nuabtang'

Lilium 'Conca d Or'

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart', the first of many (MANY) blooms on the shrub.

Eryngium agavifolium, which is a pollinator hot-spot, despite it's thimble-like flowers.

I like these small Canna flowers much better than the big flouncy ones.

Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’

Dianthus barbatus 'Green Tick'

A few of which have been cut and put on the bathroom shelf.

Opuntia NOID...

Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla

Bougainvillea, the real flowers making an appearance within the colorful bracts.

A sampling of Sarracenia blooms...

Nymphaea 'Almost Black' — which took awhile to get going but is now pumping out bloom after bloom.

Echeveria 'Blue Atoll'

The plant from which that bloom spike came, along with the white flowers of Oxalis triangularis behind it.

Lilium ‘Kaveri’

Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel', which is actually much "purpler" than the blue you see here.

And we'll wrap with Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' — be sure to visit May Dreams Gardens for links to all the Bloomday blooms!

Weather Diary, July 15: Hi 100, Low 66/ Precip 0

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    1. I think you've told me that before. Why can't I remember?

  2. Beautiful! Wonderful variety of colors.
    As I was scrolling down the thing that stood out to me was all the spikey, pointy shapes, like they were all just bursting with energy. Reminded me of fireworks!
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. You always have great plants for GBBD but most of them are not hardy here, so I enjoy them and pass by. But that Cleome! I am going to have to see if that is hardy here and where I can find one. What a dramatic color to go with its dramatic shape. It would look great with my orange lilies that are about to open along with the Thalictrums.

    1. I have a second one that's about to bust open, from the same batch of seeds. I hope its the same color and this wasn't just a one off.

  4. Late or not, you've got a wonderful Bloom Day going on. From the Cleome (why haven't I ever planted that?!) to the 'Green Tick' Dianthus (why can't I find that here?), there's a lot to envy. I was impressed by the bloom on your Echeveria 'Blue Atoll' too - that's my favorite Echeveria but none of mine have yet produced a single bloom.

    1. It took forever for 'Green Tick' to be available here. Little Prince was offering it this spring. Hopefully it's moving to a nursery near you!

  5. What a wonderful lineup, but the deep red color of that waterlily really speaks to me. I love the Dianthus in the bathroom, it looks like a feather duster. Was the lineup of the Echevaria photo with its bloom deliberate? They flow right into each other.

    1. Not only was it not deliberate but I didn't notice it until you pointed it out. Total accident.

  6. Purty! My favorite is Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer.' Love that foliage/flower color combination. Sarracenia blooms always make me smile! Happy belated GBBD!

    1. I have Alison to thank for that one, she brought it to me at the last swap.

  7. Your garden is looking great! I can't believe that someone broke off you yucca bloom spike. People can be so inconsiderate. Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, tardy.

    1. There's a lot of walking traffic that goes by, headed to the park at the end of the street. It's not the first time it's happened...

  8. AnonymousJuly 16, 2018

    Ms. Danger, it's looking splendid there. I guess all that hot weather in your are loves your garden. Here, it's been rainy, but now we're going to hit the 100s. Oh goody. I don't know the answer to your bells of Ireland question. I can't get them to grow here. ~~Dee

  9. So much in bloom! You've grown cleome before I presume? If not, those seed pods will soon turn into a decade of volunteers, so hope you like it. :)

    1. I have not grown Cleome before. I'm curious if there will be any volunteers. NOTHING ever volunteers in my front garden. Not Eryngium giganteum, not Stipa tenuissima, not Echium wildpretti. I think the gravel is too deep and the water too scarce.

  10. You're a better person than me. I took some pictures but never got around to posting them. Glad to see a another Cleome lover. Sure, they seed around but are easy enough to edit. Happy GBBD!

    1. That's what I figured (first time grower), if there are babies they'll be easy to dispatch if I have to many. Thanks for the reassurance!

  11. Lilies and Cleome ? You aren't getting soft on us are you ??? I'm so jealous of your Sarracenia blooms.

  12. 2 vignettes appeal to me in particular: the (stinky!) Santolina with Rainbow Euphorbia, and Cleome 'Violet Queen' against the steely blue something the background: stunning. I adore the spicy scent of Dianthus, and I wonder if that green fuzz Green Tick has the same scent.

    1. The blue is Dasylirion wheeleri and sadly, no scent....


  13. A lot of beautiful and interesting to see.
    I loved it.

  14. So many beautiful blooms which are new to me. It would be hard to choose a favorite but if I had to, it would be Lilium, "kaveri". Yep, that one wins today.


  15. I agree with you about the smaller Canna flowers. And I'm jealous of your Bougainvillea


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