These spiky leaves belong to either Fascicularia bicolor or Fascicularia pitcairnifolia, I've lost track. Either way it's a hardy bromeliad that can be grown semi-epiphytically, as mine is—tucked into the trunk of one of my palms—with a little soil in a moss ball.
While it's obviously not yet a flower it is about the brightest thing I've got going in my garden this month! The leaves turn bright red when the center of the plant is about to push out a bloom.
That white center will soon turn bright blue with yellow bits, something like what you see here.
Moving on, Paris polyphylla 'Heronswood Form' is still looking good.
There are still several blooms on the Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'. Thirteen years after I planted it this one has achieved it's promised 12ft tall, 8 ft wide... and then some.
For me Passiflora lutea is all about the foliage, if there are flowers they're usually so high up (the vine climbs my tallest palm, a Trachycarpus fortunei) that I can't see them. Especially since the flowers are about a half an inch wide! Here however is one I spotted in time for this Bloomday post.
And the foliage...
Blooms developing on the Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'.
This orange crocosmia wasn't yet in bloom last Bloomday and is just a little past its prime this month. It's still a bright spot in the garden...
This is the only shot I have of the flowers looking good, and it's not a great photo.
Vic! The the blooms on my Agave victoriae-reginae spike started to open last week. It's pretty exciting stuff...
For those unaware of the spectacle here's the plant, growing in a large container.
It's tall bloom-spike started to grow back in early July, now it's over 8ft tall...
A bit of quick research tells me that the flowers are pollinated by bats* and hummingbirds. I've seen several hummingbirds flitting about, and I know we have bats nearby. Fingers crossed they take care of business. (*I've been corrected, see the first comment below, evidently our bats regionally are insectivores, not pollinators)
NOID on the plant, which is living tucked into this large bowl.
Passiflora 'Snow Queen'
Another flower just opening, before the anthers flip downward facing.
Canna 'I can't remember'
I took a video of the bees swarming around the Metapanax delavayi flowers and posted it on Instagram, they're working it!
Schefflera delavayi bloom.
A flash of white caught my eye...
What do you know!? The first flower of the season on Cyclamen hederifolium 'Xera's Sterling'.
There are a few more fat buds on the cup and saucer vine, Cobea scandens. I'm looking forward to more of those big colorful flowers opening.
Hesperantha coccinea 'Oregon Sunset'
A late couple of blooms on a Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red' has the ants excited.
And while I wish I'd have captured this Salvia clevelandii flower when it was covered with more blue "trumpets"—c'est la vie... it is still quite fabulous at this stage, don't you think?
As always Carol at May Dreams Gardens is the host of Bloomday. Thank you Carol!
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