Yes, I'm posting early. Garden Blogger's Bloomday isn't until Sunday, the 15th. Then again this isn't just a Bloomday post. When I'm out there taking Bloomday photos I tend to get distracted by many things, so many things! Our first subject; fruit and seedpods, after all they they used to be flowers...
Bumpy canna lily seed pods...
I did not notice my Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa blooming, but it must have, since there are now seeds forming.
A bloom on Quesnelia marmorata 'Tim Plowman' has morphed into this gorgeous thing.
Podophyllum pleianthum and its dangly bits.
Poncirus trifoliata, aka the trifoliate orange.
Oh this poor mahonia! It's a Mahonia nervosa and it's been buried by my Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red' and the poncirus. Still, it bloomed... I didn't see the blooms but now I see the berries...
Next subject: things that are not flowers but my eye sees color and thinks they are, like this extremely bright cryptanthus. Andrew keeps referring to it as a silk flower, that seems about right.
Ditto for these newly formed nepenthes pitchers, that color is so flower-like.
Hmm, next up; the almost flowers. These are all aralias, their flowers never really scream flower, it's hard to tell where on the spectrum they are at any given time, Metapanax delavayi...
So, those are the were, never were, and will be... how about some actual flowers? This NOID cactus came home with me last May, adopted from my friend Lance.
Crocosmia NOID A...
Crocosmia NOID B...
Paris polyphylla 'Heronswood Form'
I managed to capture both the flowers and the incredibly ugly post-flower fluff of Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ in this photo, taken out our bedroom window. Every morning I lay there looking at that beautiful foliage thinking about how much I hate those flowers and the mess they make.
Still looking up towards the sky, Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'.
And Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet', ya... I know. But I could not get the camera to focus on the flowers.
Back down on the ground, Chasmanthium latifolium.
Thalictrum ichangense 'Evening Star' which has been blooming for months.
Such perfect little stars.
That begonia I wrote about last week and said the flowers were lame (Begonia semperflorens ‘Harmony Plus White'), well they're also prolific. I can't keep up with the pinching, and they're starting to grow on me.
Walking out into the front garden, to do a floral inventory, and this petal in the driveway, caught my eye. It looks like a rose petal don't you think? I have no idea where it came from.
Grevillea x gaudichaudii
Calluna vulgaris 'I'm too lazy to try and find the specific name A'
Calluna vulgaris 'I'm too lazy to try and find the specific name B' (which is not to say I don't love them!)
And I'll wrap up this post with the passionflowers. My Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' refused to open any blooms in time to be photographed.
Passiflora 'Snow Queen' however put on a nice little show. I first noticed a bud slowly opening, its petals covered with moisture droplets.
As I walked by it, a time or two, I realized I was seeing something unusual, yellow. I was busy and didn't think too much about it until I walked by again and the yellow was gone.
The anthers flip and the pistils move to face down. Watch this short video...pretty cool eh?
That's my Bloomday "with bonus" post for August. On Sunday the 15th Carol who blogs at May Dreams Gardens will host the round up of all the bloggers playing by the calendar rules and posting flower pictures. Click on over to her blog for the round-up.
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