Bloom Day – July 2015 – the day I bought myself a virgin

All cards on the table – most of these photos are from this past week – not fresh from today. I was gone for a few days, and just got home. Still though, most are still looking good, so here goes:

You may recall this 'Scarlet sprite' Grevillea from this past winter, when it was putting out tons of blooms. This past week, it surprised me by putting out more blooms. Not many - just a couple - but still... They are welcome whenever they decide to share their beauty!

You may recall this ‘Scarlet sprite’ Grevillea from this past winter, when it was putting out tons of blooms. This past week, it surprised me by putting out more blooms. Not many – just a couple – but still… They are welcome whenever they decide to share their beauty!

A red Salvia is sporadically blooming. The light isn't the best on this side of the house, but I took a chance, and it's humoring me. At least it's blooming a little bit.

A red Salvia is sporadically blooming. The light isn’t the best on this side of the house, but I took a chance, and it’s humoring me. At least it’s blooming a little bit.

This Agastache is on the same side of the house as the Salvia in the previous photo. It's a little floppy, but putting on quite the show despite of it. I'm grateful!

This Agastache is on the same side of the house as the Salvia in the previous photo. It’s a little floppy, but putting on quite the show despite of it. I’m grateful!

Eryngium venustum with Stachys 'Bello Grigio' glowing white on the left.

Eryngium venustum in front of a Myrtle, with Stachys ‘Bello Grigio’ glowing white on the left.

This Kniphofia was labeled 'Mango popsicle' but somehow I'm not sure that's right. Wrong kind of yellow, but I still like it. :)

This Kniphofia was labeled ‘Mango popsicle’ but somehow I’m not sure that’s right. Wrong kind of yellow, but I still like it. 🙂

I have no recollection of having planted this, but I guess I must have - it's there, and I love it!

I have no recollection of having planted this Conca d’Or, but I guess I must have – it’s there, and I love it!

This little guy got in front of my lens.

This little guy got in front of my lens.

It seems to me it got less purple with its second bloom, but perhaps I'm imagining it. Rosa 'Twilight Zone'.

It seems to me it got less purple with its second bloom, but perhaps I’m imagining it. Rosa ‘Twilight Zone’.

My fave combo of the garden right now is Oreganum 'Kent's beauty' mixed in with ever-spreading Euphorbia 'Fen's Ruby'.

My fave combo of the garden right now is Oreganum ‘Kent’s beauty’ mixed in with ever-spreading Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’.

These past two days, Gina and I were privileged enough to visit 11 different nurseries on the Kitsap peninsula in WA (Tacoma area) for work. Well, of course neither of us could control ourselves, but brought some things home.

Here is our combined stash. She showed better restraint than I did - as usual - but the one thing we both pounced on was the white Veronicastrum. Do you have any idea how hard those are to find around here? Anyway, they are supposedly a key tall feature i a white garden. It will be interesting to see if I can give it enough light to stay upright...

Here is our combined stash. She showed better restraint than I did – as usual – but the one thing we both pounced on was the white Veronicastrum. Do you have any idea how hard those are to find around here? Anyway, they are supposedly a key tall feature i a white garden. It will be interesting to see if I can give it enough light to stay upright…

The other lovelies in my stash included Seseli gummiferum (or Moon carrot), a Euphorbia ‘Glacier Blue’, a Salvia discolor, Oreganum ‘Amethyst Falls’…

An Echinops (I have wanted one for years). This photo was from earlier today, but it's not the one I bought - it is not blooming yet. But I liked the bee portrait, so I thought I'd include it.

and an Echinops (I have wanted one for years). This photo was from earlier today, but it’s not the one I bought – it is not blooming quite yet. But I liked the bee portrait, so I thought I’d include it.

I've always liked the black Scabiosas, so this mini-version came home with me.

I’ve always liked the black Scabiosas, so this mini-version (S. ‘Black Pompom’) came home with me.

And, finally, my Echinacea 'Virgin'. This one is in full bloom. I'm totally in love with those green centers.

And, finally, my Echinacea ‘Virgin’. This one is in full bloom. I’m totally in love with those green centers!

Happy Bloom day, All! Click over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what’s abloom in the rest of the world. 🙂

 

 

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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22 Responses to Bloom Day – July 2015 – the day I bought myself a virgin

  1. mattb325 says:

    The blooms are spectacular – I really like the grevillea and agastache – and your purchases are fantastic. Come to think of it, I have seen veronicastrum here either!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Matt! I saw them on another blog and fell in love. They are so stately en masse. Had no idea the white ones were so hard to find. Will collect seeds for sure…

  2. Mark and Gaz says:

    Nice photos and that scabiosa looks so cute!

  3. Rose says:

    Love your ‘Virgin’ coneflower! I’ve been trying to add some white coneflowers to my garden, because I have so many pink Echinacea purpurea already, but I think there’s been some mixed breeding here. I hate to think of my pinks taking advantage of such an innocent young flower like Virgin:) I am growing some of the ‘Kent’s Beauty’ oregano for the first time this year, too; love those blooms. Lots of lovely blooms, Anna!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Rose! You just made me laugh – those purpurea ones are so viril! I have a White Swan as well, but this one with the green centers reduced my will power to zero. You will love Kent’s Beauty’ – it is so pretty!

  4. FlowerAlley says:

    Dreamy as usual. I wrote down more names on my wishlist. Wonderful photos.

  5. rickii says:

    Fen’s Ruby is galavanting through a sunny bed (thanks to Patricia). I’m sure he would enjoy the companionship of that oregano…great combo. Nice to be welcomed home by all those beautiful blooms.

    • annamadeit says:

      Galavanting is right! Such a vigorous plant, but I really don’t mind it at all. I think I got mine from Patricia too. And yes – it was nice to come home. 🙂

  6. Lea says:

    Lots of beauty there!
    The close-up of the white lily is great!
    I love your blog name – it just can’t get any better than Flutter and Hum!

  7. Kris P says:

    Despite the heat you’ve had up that way, your garden is speaking well for itself! I love your new acquisitions too, especially that coneflower.

  8. Evan says:

    I pretty much always include photos of things that have bloomed in the first half of the month. It makes a better record of what’s blooming. Your blooms are all lovely, but I have to admit my attention was drawn to the foliage in the background, particularly the parahebe that popped up in a couple photos and the grey-leaved Helleborus (x sternii?). I love your new additions. I’ve added Seseli gummiferum to my wishlist. So cool! I love the combo of ‘Kent’s Beauty’ and ‘Fens Ruby’. I have so much of that oregano, I should try a similar pairing, though the vigorous spreading of that euphorbia might be too rambunctious for me.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Evan! I have to admit, I often spread the photo-ops out too. That Parahebe is cool, isn’t it? I don’t remember the name of the Hellebore, but you’re probably right. It came from Xera. Although I still love it, you are right about that thuggish little Euphorbia. It does spread its wings – and fast! Kind of wish Kent’s Beauty would do the same… 🙂

  9. Hey, I planted Conca D’Or last fall, and it just started to bloom today! It’s really fabulous, you can smell that fragrance a good 10′ away. That black Scabiosa is pretty cool.

  10. rusty duck says:

    I want a Virgin. Not that it will do me the slightest bit of good.. the slugs will have it. Just like they have every other echinacea I ever bought. Sigh.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, I’m sorry, Jessica. Actually, I don’t have much better luck with them – most of my garden is shady. It will have to share what little sun I have with MANY other plants – on a very small footprint. Never kept me from trying, though… Fingers crossed!

  11. rindymae says:

    Your photos are so beautiful, Anna!

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