Thursday, July 15, 2021

Bloomday, July 2021

It's Garden Blogger's Bloomday! And.... this post is completely backwards from how I wanted to share it. I forgot to start with the Blogger Secret Code Words (stupid glitch on the Blogger software) before I uploaded my photos, thus they're all backwards. We were supposed to start the tour out on the front sidewalk, instead we start at the back of the garage, next to the shade pavilion and then walk backwards through the garden. C'est la vie!

Clematis repens 'Bells of Emei Shan', it's been putting out bloom after bloom. For those of you wondering (Kris) this plant was long thought to be an epiphyte, it's not your normal clematis.

Acanthus mollis, I think it's in too much shade to have the purple bits.

Rhipsalis some something. Photo credit to my fabulous garden help Tiffany, as I could not get close enough—via my knee scooter with a broken ankle—to  take a photo, there were several of these little guys on the plant.

This sweet little orange flower belongs to Dyckia 'Nickel Silver'...

Here's the entire spike and it's plant.

Persicaria runcinata 'Purple Majesty', on top of variegated daphniphyllum leaves

Sarracenia bloom.

This canna! I can't remember if it came with a specific species name, probably. I bought it at Hughes Water Gardens as a short-term substitute for the papyrus I really wanted to use as a feature in the stock tank pond. I planned to go back in June and pick up a papyrus. Ya, joke's on me. Broken ankle meant I went nowhere, but this canna has surpassed my wildest expectations. Look at those bright red seed pods, and the dark red stem...

The flowers are pretty fabulous too, although they're so tall they're tangled up in the Stachyurus salicifolius foliage.

This cute little cactus has been a great bloomer for me.

Sadly I cannot remember it's name It's Mammillaria ‘Red-Headed Irishman’, thanks Nancy! I picked it up at one of our Blogger's Plant Swaps from Alison. I miss Alison.

Aloiampelos striatula, formerly Aloe striatula. As with everything here in NE Portland, there are ants.

An ant-free shot, pulled back, a wider view...

Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla

Paris polyphylla 'Heronswood Form'

Black mondo grass blooms, Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

Abutilon 'Nuabtang' 

My brief flirtation with lilies a few years back has left me with one returning stem of Lilium 'Conca d'Or'. I'll take it, I mean it's gorgeous...

But I wish there were more, and I don't understand why the first bloom to open had to be facing away from the garden.

I almost missed the blooms of Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum', hidden as they are.

Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' 

My Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' has been such an aphid-fest this year that I ended up cutting off all the lower blooms, it was nice to see these way up in the branches of the Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'.

And speaking of (Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate'), it's blooming as well. There are some flowers way up high...

And here's a pair that fell onto a branch of my Callistemon 'Viridiflorus'.

It's agapanthus time! I took this photo concerned that I wouldn't be back outside to get an actual flower photo before Bloomday—cause these days I can't just walk out there whenever I please (yes, you guessed, ankle).

But then this happened!

I know, this poor plant is dirt common to many of you, but I still love it.

There's a yellow canna nearby...

And a white passion flower—Passiflora 'Snow Queen'.

The green-blooming cholla is in a pot in the driveway.

Also in the driveway, these Aristaloe aristata, that I didn't get planted before the ankle incident.

This one however, happily blooming in the ground.

Knautia macedonica, another Alison plant that's doing very well in my garden.

It loves my Agave 'Baccarat'...

And the pollinators love it.

Super close-up of a sempervivum bloom cluster.

Pulled back a bit...

Grevillea x gaudichaudii

Indigofera amblyantha

Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen'

Finally we end up where I meant to start, with the Yucca filamentosa, a close-up....

And a slightly less close-up. If you're in the mood for more flowers check out May Dreams Gardens and links to all the bloggers who are posting photos of their blooms this July 15th.

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  1. The cactus is Mammillaria ‘Red-Headed Irishman’. I love seeing so many interesting flowers, Loree!

    1. Yes! I knew "red headed" was in the name but no matter how many different searched I did it wouldn't come up. Thank you!

  2. So I immediately began an online search for that Clematis, finding links to 2 Oregon gardens but neither appears to actually have the Clematis for sale at present. I understand that it's a relatively recent introduction from Dan Hinkley so I shall wait patiently...You did well with your one-legged photo session. I loved the Agave-Knautia mashup. Your Agapanthus looks lovely - I spent an hour this morning culling my shaggy specimens from the herd this morning, leaving only a handful or two of presentable flowers. It seems way too early for their departure but then it's very dry here.

    1. I bought mine from the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Hortlandia. I hope you're able to track one down.

  3. Always a pleasure to see what unusual plants are blooming in your garden, Loree. Hope the ankle is improving. Lack of mobility is not fun!

  4. I miss Alison, and Peter, too.

  5. All are so amazing, as usual! I have that knautia, and love it, as do the bees. I've already cut one back, its descendants are a bit later in blooming. I've notice with mine the flowers get smaller and smaller as the season progresses.

    1. I thought the knautia was an annual, so surprised when it stuck around!

  6. Beautiful blooms!
    I have a 'Red Heart' Hibiscus syriacus but it is not blooming yet.
    I think that when they came out with the 'new and improved' version of Blogger, they made it more difficult to use!

    1. I feel like the blogger software update was just for people micro blogging from their phones and the rest of us they didn't care about.

  7. It's just as lovely to end with the Yucca blooms as it would have been to start with. Mine bloom on the parking strip: it's a crowd pleaser. I appreciate your dedication to the GBBD, it sounds like you and Tiffany worked as a team and went to great lengths.
    My Acanthus grows in shade under a birch and the blooms still have the purply bit... although it doesn't bloom every year. It's fun to recall old friends through plants from the exchange.

    1. Well shade was my excuse for why no purple, hmmm. As I recall it's done this before as well. Maybe there just is no purple!

  8. You did well on your knee scooter! I have that same Mamillaria though it's never bloomed for me. That and my Pelargonium sidoides from Alison always make me think of her.Time for a garden visit!

    1. Just think.... August's Bloomday photos will be on foot!

  9. How did I miss that Dyckia bloom??

    1. Luckily for you it will still be here next week!

  10. Agapanthus may be common in some areas, but I have yet to see one in person in the north of northeast, and think they are beautiful

  11. So many beautiful blooms that I have never seen before. I've been trying to get ride of my yucca for years. It torments me with its torturous habit of sending out runners that never give up the fight. Lovely gardens.


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