Bloom Day – June 2016

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. I fell hard.

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 yellow flowers. My husband  and our witnesses got a good chuckle out of it, and soon I laughed at it too. Don't ever mess with the bride!

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 seed head.

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.

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!

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 perfoliate. The flowers are nice too.

A little floppy, but I love the Eucalyptus-like foliage of Parahebe perfoliata.

The Yucca always delights!

The Yucca always delights!

The shiny black berries of Sambucus 'Black Lace' looking lovely in the rain.

The shiny black berries of Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ looking lovely after the rain.

The soft yellow flowers of Hemerocallis citrine 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. 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!

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 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.

A pretty red Abutilon is in full bloom.

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The skirt like bud of Clematis durandii, just before it opens.

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The deep purple of Clematis ‘Negritjanka’ is pure perfection!

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It helps to have something to climb on! Three Clematis grabbing a hold of the Black Lace Elderberry.

A greenish lily made me happy!

A greenish lily made me happy!

An almost unlikely blue color on Eryngium.

An almost unlikely blue color on Eryngium.

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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'.

Not as tall as its brother, but it packs a punch nonetheless – Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’.

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The tall spires of Acanthus spinosa always thrill me.

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So pretty…

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The Star jasmine growing along the entire length of the garage is responsible for the garden’s perfume this month.

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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!

 

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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33 Responses to Bloom Day – June 2016

  1. They will do nicely, Anna. You made it

  2. Mark and Gaz says:

    Nice selection you have, a background story with the Sandersonia!

  3. rusty duck says:

    Stunning shots Anna, the steely blue of the eryngium does it for me. Do you know which variety it is?

  4. Patsi says:

    Great photography ! And oh my …what a selection of plants you have. Wonderful !

  5. Pauline says:

    Stunning photos of your beautiful flowers, you have an amazing variety!

  6. Oh your Acanthus flowers!!! They’re gorgeous, I’m missing mine this year – don’t know why they decided not to bloom. Hey…if you get in any Canna Cleopatra at the nursery could you let me know? (if you think of it) I regret not high-tailing it over there last year to grab a couple.

  7. Alison says:

    Acanthus blooms always impress me. Some day I’ll have some here. Happy GBBD!

    • annamadeit says:

      Be careful what you wish for, Alison! When you plant some – be sure you put them in the right place, because you will never ever not have them again! (Not that I mind… 🙂 )

  8. rickii says:

    I’m unduly fond of Acanthus, so am completely blown away by your stunning photos of it.

  9. Jenni says:

    I have my first blooms (ever) on my Acanthus spinosa. I’m nearly giddy about it. Loving the artistic photo’s, you are such a multifaceted artist!

    • annamadeit says:

      Aw wow, Jeni – that is such a nice thing to say..! Yeah those flowers are the best – and they last such an amazingly long time. I love them too! 🙂

  10. The yucca is like an old aging rock star with shaggy hair! Love it!

  11. Evan says:

    Great selection! The photo of the Sambucus berries is simply gorgeous. I don’t think that florist had any business telling a bride what she should have at her own wedding. During my time in the south, I found many of the people there had an annoying propensity for forcing their opinions on others. I’ve decided I definitely need some of that Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’. I love the texture.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Evan! Yeah, that florist… wtf! As for the Fen’s Ruby, you may have as much as you like, so come get it… We need to take cuttings of that red, everblooming, fragrant rose too, so I can take it out. 🙂 I think it’s an Etoile de Hollande.

  12. The seedpod of the Melianthus is fascinating! It looks as though its been quilted together. All your Bloom Day photos are wonderful (and I enjoyed the wedding story).

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris! Yeah, this is the first time it has ever bloomed. I’m watching it in wonder… I enjoyed remembering the wedding bouquet flower debacle too. The best thing about it is that I learned about cute little Sandersonias! Planted two more the other day… 🙂

  13. Andrea says:

    Oh you have a lot of blooms, i can’t choose my favorite. But most blues are surely favorite for me because we lack them, very seldom found in the hot tropics. Those blue spikes you forgot the name i think are very beautiful, looks like but thinner than the lupines which has been a favorite since i first saw them in temperate climes. That which you call eryngium is so awesome too!

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    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Andrea! I was so sleepy when I put together the post, I couldn’t remember much. Doing a bit better today… The blue spikes are a Veronica ‘Royal Candles’ and the Eryngium is called ‘Sapphire blue’. I bet you can grow a lot of tropical wonders that make me drool too! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Chloris says:

    Lovely blooms and the photos are superb. I love the sandersonia and story about your wedding bouquet.

  15. Vicki Green says:

    I could almost smell the fragrance of the jasmine. I would love to have one, but don’t think it would survive the cold winters in my area.

  16. hb says:

    Marvelous photos of marvelous flowers.

  17. Rose says:

    I chuckled at your wedding story–who said all brides must carry roses or even white/pink flowers:) So many gorgeous blooms, but I’m especially struck by the eryngyium. I’ve tried several times to grow it here with no luck; yours are perfect!

    • annamadeit says:

      I know.. .right??? I’m surprised you haven’t had much luck with Eryngiums… I would have thought the hot midwest summers would be right up its alley. Wonder if maybe it’s too humid…?

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