It's Garden Bloggers Bloomday "Toxic Air Edition"—I took these photos on Friday afternoon, being cooped up inside the house for 4 days was driving me mad, now it's been a week. Good thing I ventured out when I did, as even though the fires aren't advancing any closer to Portland, the air quality steadily got worse over the weekend.
It's so interesting to see how the thick smoke played with the color of this month's floral offerings. I've never been able to get my camera to focus on the small white flowers of this HOT pink bougainvillea, well, until now.
Nope, not flowers. I'm just so pleased with my seed-grown basil that I had to share. This is from seed-swag attendees received on the tour of Botanical Interests during the 2019 Garden Blogger's Fling.
Grevillea x gaudichaudii
Rosemary, next to a pot covered with moss that's gone dormant.
Also not a flower, but rather a furry plant-eater that's taken up residence in my front garden.
Entering the back garden now, here's some strange smoke discoloration on the aralia. Looking at the flowers, working from the top down: Metapanax delavayi, Schefflera delavayi and Schefflera brevipedunculata.
Passiflora 'Snow Queen'
Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet'
Datura meteloides 'Double Lavender', side view...
And front view...
Leonotis leonurus, with canna lily seed pods that have burst open.
This is the first time a lion's tail has overwintered for me, and it does always take this late into the season to bloom.
The garden is still trashed from the high winds last week (the air has been so bad I haven't spent anytime cleaning up) hence, lots of leaf debris here in addition to a blooming Aristaloe aristata...
There were no completely open Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' blooms to share this month, just a could of partially open ones.
Here's an image of the same flowers but with the camera turned up at the smoky sky.
Finally, Nidularium procerum cv. Stripes—and with this photo it was time for me to quit playing and get back indoors. For more blooms (some of them probably equally smoky, since the west coast is still on fire) visit May Dreams Gardens.
Weather Diary, Sept 14: Hi 74, Low 55/ Precip 0 (current Air Quality Index 453)
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