Once again, I’m joining in Carol’s meme at May Dreams Gardens this month, as she hosts Bloom Day. This is where gardeners from around the world are showcasing what is abloom in their gardens each month. Check it out!
As for me, we just got back from a much needed week away. A nice surprise awaited us – can you believe it – it rained! I expected everything to be parched upon our return, but not so. The photos are from before and after our week away, but other than various stages of maturity, everything looks pretty much the same.
Clematis ‘Henryii’ had its main flush of flowers earlier in the summer, but keeps putting out sporadic blooms, much to my elation.
Clematis ‘Roguchii’ very nearly perished in too much shade, and had a severe case of powdery mildew. I yanked it out of its spot, stuck it in a pot in full sun for a while, until I can think of a spot where it might be happier. It came back in full force. I’m so happy – it is one of my all-time favorite Clematis!
This Clematis ‘Negritjanka’ was just in bud when we left. I had cut it back hard pretty recently, and it rewarded me by blooming when we got home. Love its dark purple blooms. Here it is sharing trellis space with a Moon vine.
More C. ‘Negritjanka.
To finish off the Clematis representation, this dark pink one which is climbing through a false cypress (and whose name I’ve forgotten), is still putting out blooms. I like the seed heads too.
Nearby is this Dracaena, and a Celosia.
‘Anna’s Promise” doing its thing. The color of its buds is a glowing orange, but once it opens up, its color is considerably more mellow. It’s not that I don’t like it, but once open it’s the wrong plant for the spot it’s in. Come fall, it will have to move to a place where it can shine rather than detract. It’s always hard to tell from photos…
The ‘Hot Cocoa’ rose, however is the perfect color for its spot. The outer petals almost verge on black at times, and the rest is a hot, orange-y red, which fades to a dusty pink as it ages.
Funny – but the heat and drought we’ve had this summer seems to have gone over exceptionally well with the few roses I have. The flowers are smaller (which I like) and more abundant than they’ve ever been.
‘Twilight Zone’ is another one with great color, plus good fragrance to boot!
The Fuchsias are covered in blossoms. One of my fave workhorse plants – they go and go and go, until frost does them apart.
Don’t remember the name of this Salvia, but I like its color.
It looks great in front of the Anisacanthus (or Hummingbird bush) which is just starting to bloom.
The Begonias are still on fire – love them!
I got Canna ‘Cleopatra’ because of its two-tone harlequin foliage…
… but the flower is pretty cool too. Had to get on a ladder to take this photo.
It’s seed heads are nice too.
Maybe not enough light, but even a floppy Agastache looks good against Little blue stem grass.
Eryngium venustum is still blooming.
One of my favorite blue foliage plants (wish I could remember its name)…
… has now shot up these bright little yellow flowers.
Smaller than many other varieties, this Liriope is now blooming. I liked it because it was smaller, and its flowers are a comparatively dark purple. I think it’s ‘Royal Purple’, but am not sure.
Wonderful Kniphofia ‘Percy’s Pride’ has bloomed for a long time.
It started out like this back in the latter part of July.
When we came home last night, it looked mostly like this. But, if it’s anything like the other Kniphofias, deadheading will encourage more.
Fuzzy photo as the focus ended up on Carex testacea instead. Oh well, you can see the color. I get such a kick out of the green flowers of Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’.
I’ve been playing with containers this summer. Here is part of one of them, although it’s not quite ready for primetime yet. Even so, I appreciate both the Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Tangerine Gem’, and the Crocosmia. They are currently providing most of the interest as the main feature – a rescued Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’ – is still recuperating, and just starting to fill out. Soon, soon… In the meantime, the fragrance of the Marigold foliage is fabulous! (Sorry for the crappy photo.)
With that I leave you – have a Happy Bloom Day!