Aaaahhh – how does anyone keep up with anything this time of year? It’s a quarter to ten on Bloom Day, which, I guess, makes it Bloom Night. Bloom Day is a meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden – click over there to see what gardeners all over the world have in their gardens today.
In the blue light of evening, Eryngium ‘Sapphire biue’ looks magnificently blue.
So does Hydrangea ‘Tricolor’ with white edges glowing in the shade under the Big Magnolia.
The Big Magnolia is also in full bloom. Creamy white, bowl-sized flowers that smell like a citrusy vanilla. Mmmm…
Here is what passersby, walking down our street see when they pass by us – a riot of mostly red and green.
Here is another shot, capturing more of the street, including the first Hebe I ever planted. It is covered in its little white blossoms now. My dear, supportive husband says my plantings are in violation of city codes as they encroach on the sidewalk space so that people in wheelchairs can’t get by. He’s probably right – I have yet to see a person in a wheelchair try.
Hot Cocoa rose.
The corner by our driveway is occupied by red lilies this time of year. They work splendidly with the Hot Cocoa roses in the previous shot, and are prevented from flopping over by being ensnared in (read; supported by) the red Barberry.
Last shot from the front yard – I promise. This shows the required foot of space in front of the “containing wall” I built – the one where all that other stuff in the previous photos grow. Cram-scaping rules, my friends. Or, perhaps it is the path of least resistance – I could be more diligent in weeding out volunteer Swordferns, expanding Carex, and the Rush that suddenly appeared – but I’m not.
In a manner similar to my wheelchair obstructions in the front, the Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ adjusts the posture of anyone over 4′ tall, at the entrance to the backyard. I should have pruned it, but I didn’t. And now it is too pretty… Who has the heart…?
Towering over the back fence is this Clematis – a misbehaving mass of purple that entangled in passionate love-making with a nearby Dawn Viburnum. This was not part of the plan, as now, the two effectively shade a baby Tetrapanax, which is struggling to get its head above the Edgeworthia in the front. I will likely let it finish blooming, and then cut it back to release said encaged baby.
Here is a shot from a different angle. See that burgundy clematis beyond the purple monster? It has proven much better behaved. The mask between the two was made by a student at one of my kid’s school. I think I need to move it out where I can get to it without the use of a machete.
A glance into the space behind our garage reveals that the Foxtail lilies (Eremurus) are in full bloom. The nursery pots you can see all around, are holding treasures that still need to find a home. Pretty sure my family is gearing up for an intervention of sorts…
The Asiatics are much appreciated wherever they pop up.
A partial view of a planter I just planted, containing Canna ‘Cleopatra’, Nandina filamentosa, a Black cordyline, a red Begonia, and a few other things. I can’t wait for it to fill out!
Another Eryngium in bloom, with an Agastache blooming in the background.
Quite possibly the loveliest Hellebore I have in terms of foliage, with the trusty Nasturtium that someone planted long before we bought this house. They come back every year, and I can’t say I really mind. 🙂
I have a soft spot for Santolina’s little yellow button flowers…
… and the red bells of the Abutilon make me so very happy!
The most interesting octopus foliage of my most recent acquisition – a Crinum bulbispermum. Can’t wait to see what its flowers will look like!
Finally , Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’ scrambling up our wall, at dusk. By now, quite literally, in moonlight. Goodnight!