Monday, June 15, 2020

June's Bloomday...

Here we are, the 15th of June, the fourth Garden Bloggers Bloomday I've been living this shut in lifestyle, the same for you? I don't know about you but I'm really missing time with my family and friends—ha, nothing like stating the obvious, right?

I'd decided to start this post with the fabulous flowers of Aloe striatula—which now goes by tongue twister Aloiampelos striatula—when I realized just how fitting it was, as these were sent to me by a friend, Joseph Tychonievich. So many plants in my garden have come from friends.

Joseph grew these plants from seed, seriously! I should have got an overall shot of the plant, but I'll do another post sometime soon that shows the succulent leaves. In the meantime I've never noticed that white border and slight green shading around the tip of the flowers on other Aloiampelos striatula blooms. I've always thought they were just yellow. Perhaps these are special in more ways than one?

These two flowers represent multiple sarracenia blooms in the garden this month. I didn't want to bore you with too many photos.

Ha! Who am I kidding, there are 34 photos in this post. It's gonna be a long one! Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel'...

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'

Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star'

Unlabeled bromeliad, the bright flower belongs to the yellow and green leaves.

Clifford, our big leaved Magnolia macrophylla has been blooming for a few weeks...

I've been waiting for this flower to open, since it's the only one that's low enough on the tree that I could easily snap a photo.

Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet'

Abutilon 'Nuabtang' aka  'Lucky Lantern Tangerine'

Lomatia tinctoria—I'd previously said I thought my pruning of this plant and cut off all the chances of it flowering but, I was wrong!

The last Echium wildpretii blooms of the year.

Callistemon viridiflorus, which I must say looks awfully good with that Agave americana 'Variegata'.

Passiflora 'Snow Queen'

That's it for the back garden, now we're in the driveway. This stock tank was supposed to be the cutting garden. That mass of bright green foliage is Moluccella laevis, Bells-of-Ireland.

Sadly I must have got a dud batch of seeds as they're all foliage and very little bells.

Also in the tank, Nigella, love-in-a-mist.

I've cut a few of these for a vase, but I'm trying to leave the flowers alone, as it's the seed heads I really want.

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Paisley', which overwintered in a container and has already put out a few flowers.

My gifted bougainvillea, which is rebelling against our lack of sun with a reduced amount of flowers.

This poor Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen' is all bent over because the little bunny that has been visiting our front garden likes to hang out here. He's also been snacking on black mondo grass and Berkheya purpurea, I am not amused.

Here's another, upright, as it should be.

Grevillea rivularis

Amsonia hubrichtii

Grevillea x gaudichaudii

Echium russicum

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Parahebe perfoliata

Callistemon sieberi

Callistemon viridiflorus 'Xera Compact'

And finally, a nod to the Yucca filamentosa that will probably be bloomed out by July's Bloomday.

There are 18 bloom-spikes across the front garden, that's gonna be spectacular!

As always, I thank our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for logging links to all the blogs participating in this monthly celebration of blooms.

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  1. I immediately noticed how fabulous the blooms are on the Aloiampelos striatula as they appear to be glowing. WOW!
    I giggled at the photo titled Parahebe perfoliate (and said to myself: where?)... most prominently featuring a flawless agave. Because there's always an agave :-D

    1. There is, if you look hard enough. Luckily you don't have to look very hard in that photo...

  2. I have wondered before about the right time to switch from calling it Aloe striatula. The answer for me is not yet. I had to go outside to have a look at the blooms on mine here. Yours are different. They look less like a Kniphofia than the ones here.

    1. Thanks for the bloom comparison. Hopefully if you wait long enough to adopt the name change you won't have to...because they will have changed it back.

  3. So much cool stuff! I must say that black Mondo grass makes a great backdrop for photos!

    Bells of Ireland: Never heard of that one. First I thought it was a type of parsley :-).

    1. I've grown them for a few years now (the bells), they make the best cut flowers!

  4. The Aloe/Alioampelos is fantastic - and one I've ever seen before but now will be looking for. I'm also in love with the Grevillea rivularis but then I suspect I've said that before.

    1. That Aloe/Alioampelos is one of only two that I can grow in the ground with any hope of them overwintering.

  5. That Aloe (or whatever) is just fantastic ! That foliage thing with the Bells of Ireland is pretty strange. But I'm glad you posted-I used to grow these every year for cutting and I always forget about them -I put a note in my garden to-do list. And if I lived in PDX I'd be more than happy to drop a box of about a million Nigella seedheads on your front porch. I love to use them in arrangements but I can't keep up with the inventory !

    1. Well, the next time you end up road tripping up this way, bring that box!

  6. So many great blooms this month - my favorites are the fancy-named Aloe, mega Magnolia blossom and the gorgeous white Passion flower. Nice set!

  7. Nice aloe bloom! I have had Aloiampelos striatula for at least five years and something has to give; there's no growth and certainly no flowers in all that time. Plus how come you have all those blooms on the black mondo grass and mine are just sitting like bumps on logs. Love the red of your Echium russicum; mine are very pinky-purple. Happy Bloom Day!

    1. No growth on your Aloiampelos striatula? Wow. I had to finally cut back mine that grows in a container because it was out of control. The black mondo in the back garden don't have any blooms to speak of. I think it's the fact the ones out front (blooming) are in a sunny location.

  8. You always have such an interesting assortment of plants several of which are new to me. June is such a great time in the garden.

    1. June is a great time! Although I'm looking forward to things drying out a bit, it's been so wet.

  9. I always wait for Your blooms day post every month as it is always filled with unique incredible blooms.Happy blooms day.

  10. So much drama and beauty at once. Love your photo of Dotty's flowers. I have three floral clumps this year but have not been able to get a good photo. One of my two Evening Star Thalictrums made it through our mild winter. But no blooms yet. Mine garden has few flowers at the moment. My big stand of peach Martagon lilies got blasted by the late frost. Glad I don't have the Flingers coming this weekend !

    1. I would have been glued to social media watching what everyone was posting from the Fling and jealous they were all there. Maybe I'll be able to come next year!

  11. Your post did not have too many blooms - it's not possible. That is why we all love June.

    I tried to pick out a favorite, but I couldn't. I like them all.



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