Friday, June 16, 2023

June blooms, before the gloom

This spring it was all rain all the time, until suddenly it wasn't. If my memory is correct we've had just two rain events in the last 7 weeks, neither of which were substantial. It's been blue skies and warm days, which is very odd for us in May and early June. The gloom is moving back in this weekend however and sticking around into next week. There should be rain. The garden will enjoy the change. So blooms... that's why your here! Here's what I've got...
Aristaloe aristata. The rabbits have done some damage here (4 of 7 stalks taken down), but thankfully they've allowed a few of the blooms to mature.

Here's what the plant looks like.

This is the first time this clump of Yucca filamentosa has been able to send up a bloom spike and not have it be lost in the branches of the Fatsia japonica above.

Just one more thing I am loving about the changes I've made in the front garden (photos soon!).

Volunteer verbascum blooms, I think these are Verbascum olympicum.


Echium russicum bloom down. While it was tall the hummingbirds were all over it.

Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Lemon Queen'

Hard to photograph but I love the soft yellow dots.

My bougainvillea fairy godfather was here last month. He left this...

Amsonia hubrichtii

NOID sedum

Enlarged so you can see the critter I didn't see until I was looking at the photos on my computer screen. My what long antennae you have...and I like your striped socks.

I think this is Callistemon pityoides 'Excellent'.

And this is Callistemon sieberi, unless I've got them switched, because the really are almost identical.

This is my first tomato blossom since 2020. It was a two-year drought with no tomatoes, thank god that's in the past! 

Passiflora 'Aphrodite's Purple Nightie' (WORST NAME EVER!) 

Epipactis gigantea 'Serpentine Night'

Sarracenia flowers.

Callistemon viridiflorus


Paris polyphylla Heronswood form

Lysimachia nummularia

I've been pulling this out by the handfuls, still it's thick.

Saxifraga stolonifera

Rhododendron nakaharai ‘Mariko’. I bought this little plant at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden last year, something has been nibbling on the leaves! This is the first time it's bloomed and I couldn't remember the name, so I went label hunting. "Carmine-colored flowers in mid-summer on this low creeping evergreen azalea. The fuzzy-hairy, deep green glossy leaves densely cover the spreading stems of this tidy bit of rabbit food"... dammit! Rabbits. 

Alchemilla mollis 


A saxifrage I can't remember the name of...

Lonicera crassifolia

Podophyllum  'Spotty Dotty'

Billbergia nutans

Linnaea borealis

And finally, the largest flower of them all, Magnolia macrophylla. This one still on the tree and past it's prime.

This one no longer on the tree (a branch needed to be cut), but down at ground-level where it can be properly admired.

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  1. AnonymousJune 16, 2023

    Photo 5 puzzled me: between the two verbascum blooms there's a third volunteer: it seem to have two kinds of leafs... I don't quite get what's going on there :-)
    Lonicera crassifolia: very sweet. Is it new?
    Rhododendron nakaharai ‘Mariko’: I can't believe the warning came with the label! You are in the market for a cloche!

    1. Good eye, that's a tetrapanax volunteer. We had a cool cloudy morning after I took these photos and I pulled it. I was letting it get large enough to have some good roots hoping to successfully pot it up. Lonicera crassifolia, not new. I've got 5 of these now, such a great plant.

  2. You have a lovely and diverse mix this month, Loree. I adore that Callistemon pityoides/sieberi. I fixated on the Epipactis gigantea 'Serpentine Night' too. I must find that! Calscape claims it likes sandy soil and coastal locations :) Of course, I'm enamored with other plants too, like the Saxifraga and Paris I haven't a prayer of growing in my climate. gloomy and cool as it may be at the moment.

    1. I failed with my previous attempt to grow Epipactis gigantea 'Serpentine Night', this one was a gift from Evan when he moved out of his big garden. So far so good, and there were so many peices in the container that I was able to plant it in two different spots—insurance!

  3. AnonymousJune 16, 2023

    Lovely blooms. So looking forward to the rain coming here to Seattle as well. Do you have a trick to get your passion vines to bloom so early or is it just the difference in weather? Your ‘hard to photograph’ soft yellow blooms of Santolina remind me how every spring I get so frustrated trying to photograph (with my iPhone camera) the very soft pale yellow blooms of Peony Molly the Witch and every year it translates as white. I’m sure there’s a trick to that as well. Does anyone know?

    1. I bought that passionflower on a recent trip to Spokane, it was loaded with buds! Greenhouse grown I imagine.

  4. What a wonderful collection of exotic looking plants, I assume you must be somewhere pretty hot.

    1. Portland, Oregon. Not hot as of late, but we had a warm May.

  5. I, of course, misread it as Aphrodite's Purple Nightmare and was thinking that was a very appropriate name for danger garden.

    1. And that's what it will be called from now on!

  6. Your blooms are lovely, I especially love the Santolina. The rain will be refreshing after a long (for Portland) dry spell!

  7. I agree with you on 'Purple Nightie': gorgeous bloom, terrible name. Lots happening in your garden. Love the Sarracenia flowers. So different. Well done on the close-up of the Bilbergia flowers. Got to be one of the hardest to photograph.

  8. I don't know what happened to my first comment, so here goes again. So many beautiful blooms in your June garden. I especially like the look of Paris polyphylla Heronswood form, although all your plants are beautiful. I had to smile about the hungry rabbits. We welcome rabbits in our garden, although some things must be protected until bigger. Usually there is so much greenery that we seldom notice where the rabbit damage is. That's one of the perks of living here, although the downside is there are plenty of ticks. I hate those pesky things. Here's hoping it continues to rain at least enough to be enough in your area.

  9. I love how you include even the smallest flowers. I tend to ignore them, unjustly.


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