Every month, on the 15th, Carol over at May Dreams Gardens hosts an international flower fest. This month, Bloom Day caught me unawares, but I managed to go out there and snap some pictures. There isn’t a whole lot that you haven’t seen before, but here goes:
Bluer than blue – the Plumbago ground cover shows its pretty blue flowers.
Miscanthus zebrinus is blooming…
… as is the Hakonechloa.
Euphorbia millii – Crown of Thorns – has such a pretty red color.
Not exactly flowers, but still… The berries of Sambucus nigra ‘Black lace’ are highly decorative this time of year.
Love the dark stems of Liriope ‘Royal Purple’. The corky bark of a dwarf Elm in the background.
A lovely red Abutilon just blooms and blooms.
Canna ‘Cleopatra’ keeps sending them up. I still like the foliage better than the flowers. Sunburnt, moisture-starved bamboo in the background. I think I’m going to take it out this winter – it is never happy, or watered enough.
A pretty dark Sedum I forget the name of. It is being usurped by a Himalayan blackberry that has its roots protected by a fence. I keep cutting it back, it keeps returning.
A rescue Mandevilla rewards me with a bloom or two. Funny – I thought it would be red. Instead, it turned out to be pink.
I’m slowly learning to not write off entire genus of plants, as I find that as soon as I do, I find one that I like. This is one of those cases – a Petunia I fell for this spring. Is it ‘Cafe au Lait’? ‘Cappuccino’? Don’t remember exactly, other than its name has something to do with coffee.
The one and only Hydrangea left in my garden – ‘Little Lime’. The green flowers are now fading to pink.
I have NO idea what this is. I think it’s a weed, except I really like it! Ideas any one – should I take it out?
Clematis durandii. Such a pretty Clematis! It suffered for too long in a nursery pot, but is now rewarding me for its release.
Can’t get over the fabulous colors of Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’. Just wow…
Can’t remember exactly which Zauschneria this is, but I love its silvery leaves.
Rosa ‘Hot cocoa’ showing of its color transition.
You can really see how close to black parts of it can get, when you look at its buds.
A true flowering work horse – Fuchsia magellanica. When people ask you for something that blooms for a long, long, long time – this is a good answer.
This potted, dwarfed little Eryngium made me smile. Poor thing – next year, I WILL give it a home in the ground.
One of those pretty Heathers that I always fall for, this time of year.
A promise of things to come – Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’. Come winter, I will know why this native shrub is commonly called Silver tassel bush. 🙂
Another Zauschneria. This one is a lot taller and has thready leaves.
These are so pretty, but I’d better cut them back before they go to seed – Bronze Fennel.
My Calico Aster is covered in tiny blossoms.
More Asters to come – pretty, puffy, purple ones, that I thought were annuals, have come back for several years now.
Even the unplanted is producing flowers. Here is pretty Oreganum ‘Kent’s beauty’
Lastly – returned from the near dead. A rescued Lobelia cardinalis has the most lovely bud. This one deserves another chance at life!