It's Bloomday! And it's not just any old Bloomday, it's May's Bloomday! As you may know, if you follow the Bloomday meme, Carol who authors the blog May Dreams Gardens is our hostess for this monthly floral celebration. May is her namesake month, which in my book makes this month's Bloomday extra special. Thank you for hosting Carol! On with the blooms...
I returned from a long weekend away to discover the buds on my Akebia longeracemosa 'Victor's Secret' were swelling and beginning to open...
I've had this vine for a few years now, these are it's first flowers.
And check out how cute they are!
On to the carnivorous plants, Darlingtonia californica.
Sarracenia purpurea has sent up a super tall bloom, and new growth that's green...I hope that changes.
I haven't kept track of the species names for all of the Sarracenia, but there are lots of blooms...
Iris x robusta ‘Gerald Darby’ is fixin to bloom. I wish the flowers were purple, but they're blue.
Pittosporum illicioides 'Strappy'
Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida’, I went to take a photo and pulled the catkin around so you could better see it, and it fell off in my hand. Oh well...
Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold', with Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’ in the background.
Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' with fallen ceanothus flower dust...
Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby'
This shrub—I have three—is so floriferous this year; the other two, not so much...
Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'
Scadoxus puniceus, I thought the little hot-spell we had last week would push this one forward into bloom time, but no.
The pre-bloom stages are still quite fascinating.
I'm thrilled this Lupinus sericatus over-wintered in a container and is going to bloom. Hopefully there will be seed!
Fertile fronds of Osmunda regalis.
Thalictrum 'Evening Star'
This Saxifraga ‘Primuloides’ represents all the different saxifrage blooming in my garden this month. This post is already long enough without showing 10 different (yet quite similar) little white flowers.
Podophyllum 'Red Panda'
And like the saxifrage this Sedum spathulifolium 'Carnea' represents for all the blooming sedum in the garden.
Some are more floriferous than others...
Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’
The flowers of my Embothrium coccineum are so high in the sky I couldn't get a good photo. Here are bits that fell into the hanging leaf dish.
And there are the flowers, up against a cloudy sky. We've just had our first rain in over three weeks, thank goodness...
Abutilon megapotamicum 'Paisley'
Prostanthera cuneata (and a photobombing abutilon)
The bottle brushes are about to bloom! Callistemon viridiflorus here.
Disporum cantonese ‘Night Heron’
I grow Polygonatum odoratum for the foliage...
The strong scent of the flowers always surprises me. Since they're tucked under the leaves I don't know they're there.
The Grevillea rivularis is very happy this year, it's covered in these freaky purple flowers.
They're so cool.
Grevillea x gaudichaudii is popping out of it's winter funk.
Love them too...
There are three Bukiniczia cabulica blooming in the garden. I grow this plant for the foliage (see pics of the foliage here) and since it's monocarpic this is the end (it will die after blooming). Fingers crossed for seedlings.
Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'
Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Series’ (so many flowers)
A gifted NOID Lewisia
Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow' performs with colorful new foliage and blooms—lots of blooms—both at the same time.
The length of the blooming bits is pretty insane...
I've got a pair of NOID Verbascum getting ready to bloom. They're seedlings from long gone plants that have taken several years (more than the usual two) to get to this point. Hiding below this one is a Genista lydia.
Close up of the genista...
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Zanzibar’
The Corokia cotoneaster was COVERED in yellow starts last week, now just a couple remain.
And lastly Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Hindwarf'. Happy May Bloomday!
Weather Diary, May 14: Hi 62, Low 53/ Precip .11"
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