How did the middle of the month possibly get here so quickly??? Anyway, it’s Bloom Day again – a monthly meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Let’s see if I can shake up anything new in addition to the same old stuff I show every year…
First out must simply be my new Calandrinia spectabilis – a surprise find from Lowe’s of all places! Wow – I really was there for some paver sand, but left with this too. Stunning hot pink flowers on tall stems, hovering over bluish, succulent foliage. Not the best photo, but you get the idea. I fell hard.
Sweet little Sandersonia bells. This plant is dear to me, as it was in my wedding bouquet. My husband and I eloped to New Orleans. Bucking all convention, I had a blue dress, the exact color of my eyes, and stopped briefly at a florist shop to buy some flowers. Went straight to the bucket with the Sandersonias – I had never seen anything like that before. “No,” said the florist, “I think you should have something white, or pink.” “But I like that one” said I, with mounting frustration. In the end I got my way, but sadly not until I had turned a little bit Bridezilla on her. Can you imagine arguing about the Sandersonia – it is ADORABLE!!! Fuming, I turned up at the place of our wedding, toting my hard-won yellow flowers. My husband and our two witnesses got a good chuckle out of it, and soon I laughed at it too. Moral of the story – don’t ever mess with the bride!
Last month’s Melianthus major flower has now turned into an impressive origami-esque seed head.
Lovely flowers of the grass Melica uniflora f. albida holding steady under a Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’ invasion. A blue Veronica I forget the name of, in the background.
Still languishing in a pot (albeit a larger one) this fave of faves is putting out flowers. This year, I swear I will grant him a permanent spot! (See the ant?)
A little floppy, but I love the Eucalyptus-like foliage of Parahebe perfoliata.
The Yucca always delights!
The shiny black berries of Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ looking lovely after the rain.
The soft yellow flowers of Hemerocallis citrina are much more abundant this year than ever before. It got moved when I needed to take a trellis down, and is currently sitting with its rootball above ground. This poor plant! I have almost killed it many times… I imagine the light is better where it is now, but really need to find it a better, more permanent home. It’s a nice yellow!
A new attempt to grow LiIlium columbium, purchased from Nils Sundqvist at Sundqvist Nursery, at this year’s NWFGS. It’s a lily that is native to the Pacific NW. I grew it before, but managed to overwhelm it with my cramscaping tendencies. It is also the flower that is my avatar on my blogs.
A pretty red Abutilon is in full bloom.
The skirt like bud of Clematis durandii, just before it opens.
The deep purple of Clematis ‘Negritjanka’ is pure perfection!
It helps to have something to climb on! Three Clematis grabbing a hold of the Black Lace Elderberry.
A greenish lily made me happy!
An almost unlikely blue color on Eryngium.
The tiny button flowers of Santolina ‘Lemon queen’ make me happy!
Not as tall as its brother, but it packs a punch nonetheless – Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’.
The tall spires of Acanthus spinosa always thrill me.
The Star jasmine growing along the entire length of the garage is responsible for the garden’s perfume this month.
The airy puff balls of Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ look fantastic in the evening light.
So much more, but this will do for now. It is late, and I am sleepy. Good night, All!