Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August's Bloomday, for 2018

The West is on fire and our skies are thick with smoke haze. I got out and took these photos early in the morning, the sun wasn't too high and the haze not too thick. My timing was just right, it got much worse as the day went on. Of course using the smoky haze for photos is make lemonade. I'd rather have blue sky and no fires, no death, no loss of homes, no animals dying...and it not hurting to go outside! (our air quality is in the unhealthy category)

Once again this month my photo order is not based on what might be visually appealing, or where the blooms are located in the garden, but rather the fact I name my photos and thus they upload in alpha order. I hope you won'd find any of these combo's visually alarming.

Abutilon Nuabyell ('Nuabtang' is also blooming, but I neglected to take a photo)...

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer', this plant has been pushing out one bloom after another, I am in love.

Anigozanthos 'Bush Ranger' — dumb name, great flower.

Bougainvillea, I know...the bracts not the flowers, but they're the colorful part!

Canna, with seed pods. Love the seed pods.

Canna, also with seed pods, if you look close.

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca', cones count as flowers, right?

Cleome 'Violet Queen'

'Green Trick' Dianthus barbatus

Echeveria 'Blue Atoll'

Gaura lindheimeri, I had two of these plants in the front garden but pulled them both about this time last summer (they annoyed me). I'm not sure if this is a seedling or something come back from a bit of root.

The grafted cactus are such reliable bloomers it's crazy. Of course catching them at this stage is easy, anything beyond is difficult as it's a fleeting moment.

Grevillea rivularis, blooming for months, as happy Grevillea seem to do.

Grevillea x gaudichaudii, LOVE this plant!

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'

A NOID Bromeliad

Indigofera amblyantha

Metapanax delavayi

Moluccella laevis

They're starting to make seed, there's no reason why I can't save the seeds and plant them next spring, right?

Look! A pair of Nymphaea blooms this month. I'd begun to think my yellow flowering waterlilies weren't ever going to bloom.

Nymphaea Perry’s Almost Black

I think this is Nymphaea 'Joey Tomocik' although it could be Nymphaea 'Marliacea Chromatella', I've got both and lost track of which is which.

Paris polyphylla - Heronswood form

Passiflora 'Snow Queen' (no flowers currently on Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel')

Rubus — Baby Cakes™ Blackberry, re-blooming after a spring round. Yay for that.

The Salvia apiana sent up two VERY tall bloom spikes, which the pollinators and hummingbirds (when the flowers are open) are loving. The top...

The spikes...

The plant...

The flowers of Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen' are all done, but I can't bring myself to cut them off.

Schefflera brevipedunculata

Schefflera delavayi

Verbascum (volunteer seedling, not sure of ID)

Plantago major 'Rubrifolia' — yes like the weed, only not — check out that dark foliage! It keeps sending up blooms which I keep pinching off. I am tempted to let just one stay, then again, it's a weed! Anyway, here ends my Bloomday line-up. Remember to visit May Dreams Gardens for links to all the bloggers sharing their blooms today.

Weather Diary, Aug 14: Hi 95, Low 62/ Precip 0

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29 comments:

  1. A wonderful assortment blooms! Love the waterlilies.
    Cleome 'Violet Queen' is the most beautiful color!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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    1. I am so lucky that a blogger friend shared that Cleome with me!

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  2. What a garden! And what photos. Everything is so beautiful, I'd have trouble choosing a favorite! Happy GBBDay

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    1. Oh you never have to chose a favorite!

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  3. Happy GBBD! Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' - sigh. Love that one! Hooray for water lily blooms! Your grafted cactus are doing really well. I've heard that the dark color has enough chlorophyll to allow those to live longer while the fluorescent-colored ones are short lived.

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    1. Interesting news on the grafted cactus. I've grown to love them so I'm happy they'll be around for awhile.

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  4. Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'is a lot happier in your garden than it is in mine! Mine went underground when the nuclear heatwave hit in July and I've seen hardly a sign of it since. The water lilies and passionflower engender pure unadulterated envy. I have to look into Rubus - that's a new one for me.

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    1. Alison gifted me that Alstroemeria at our swap in late May, since it was too late to put it in the ground it's in a container. That's probably part of it's happiness level, it's getting plenty of water.

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  5. Those 'Bush Ranger' kangaroo paws are gorgeous. My guess is the name comes from these uniforms: https://www.esperanceshs.wa.edu.au/bush-rangers-cadets

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    1. How do you know these things? Fabulous, thank you.

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  6. Your Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' is so striking. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden and Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Rebecca.

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  7. Violet Queen looks very regal in your garden! Seeing your Bells of Ireland has me wondering ...what happened to mine , probably under the Zinnas.

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    1. Wow those are some healthy Zinnia to hide your bells! Thanks again for the Cleome!

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  8. Just gorgeous, esp. the deep red Bromeliad and water lily. So very rich and sophisticated looking.

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    1. Just like me! Hahaha, sorry, I had to.

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  9. Amongst all that Danger so many beautiful blooms. Happy GBBD.

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    1. Flowers and spikes, they're a good combination.

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  10. As always, your blooms are absolutely stunning but I agree, I wish there were less fires. I do hope you are safe.

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

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    1. Thanks Jeannie, and yes, the fires are far enough away it's just the smoke that's a problem.

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  11. Passiflora 'Snow Queen' almost looks like it's the Dyckia's bloom, a very nice vignette.
    I don't remember you showing a conifer before... beautiful blue needles with a baby cone in the middle; what not to love.

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    1. I am not a fan of most conifers, but I went through a serious period of Blue Atlas Cedar love.

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  12. Congrats on the waterlily blooms! They are precious. I didn't realize you had conifers in the garden :) I think cones should count as blooms. Happy Bloom Day ~ Stay Cool!

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    1. Just a couple special conifers!

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  13. I'm so glad that Alstroemeria is thriving for you! You should definitely save your Molucella seeds, and sow them again next year. I was tempted the other day to get a white passionflower, but I really want a purple one. According to someone Nigel works with, there is an Air Quality Index that says the air in the Pacific Northwest right now is worse than in China.

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    1. Ya, our air is horrible. I miss what August used to be, now it seems it's just miserable.

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  14. Lots of great blooms! I love the Alstroemeria and the cannas. I thought about going out to take photos, but it was just too smoky to spend long out there.

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  15. so many unusual succulents blooms they are marvelous ,Thanks for sharing .

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  16. Lovely late blooming plant there!
    This year I have been growing a lot of bromeliads they are my new plant addiction. There much easier to grow than I thought they would be and most are drought tolerant. Love the red one you have!

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