I’m all out of space on Flutter & Hum, so this Bloom Day contribution will come to you from The Creative Flux – the blog I started a few years before I went off the deep end into my plant- and garden obsession. I suppose I could bite the bullet and upgrade to the next level, but frankly – unless WordPress and Blogger work out their kinks – I don’t really feel like it. Blogging is a social activity, and if I’m going to keep having problems commenting on anything and everything Blogger, it’s not all that fun anymore. So, since a lot of folks read the Bloom Day posts, I will post the question here: Do any of you have issues interacting with one or the other, or is it just me? Would love some input… thanks!
As for the garden, it feels like I’m constantly watering. It’s been a very dry early summer with frequent desiccating winds. Today we will hit 100F. It was nice earlier in the day when I was out snapping pictures, but now it’s hot, hot, hot, so I’m laying low and staying inside.
The earlier part of the month was adorned by these lovely Canadian lilies; Lilium canadense coccineum. I just love them!
The Hot Cocoa roses are through their first flush and working on the second. Love how they go from orange to a smokey pink as they age.
The little butter yellow buttons of Santolina ‘Lemon Queen’ looking good with the stripy leaves of Acorus variegatus in my hellstrip.
They are next to a stand of Leucanthemum ‘Real Galaxy’.
Zooming out a bit here. Crappy shot, but you get the idea. There are some grasses in there as well as a Yucca gloriosa.
A bee coming in for a landing on Verbena bonariensis.
Love the dark stems and purple, pin-pricked flowers of Trachelium caeruleum.
The tag for this Lysimachia atropurpurea explicitly stated that it’s not invasive. Let’s hope that’s true…
From my shady morning coffee spot, I look out at this; Schefflera taiwanense.
Not really hardy here, but don’t you just love those leaves? Westringia, or Coastal Rosemary.
Iris confusa and Sciadopitys verticillata looking good together.
Trying to curb the growth of Salix babylonica by growing it in a large pot and pruning it when needed. Wish me luck – those leaves are so darn cool, it’s worth having!
Senecio greyii (or Brachyglottis), Yucca rostrata, and Callistemon viridiflora combo on the west side – the only real sun I have, if only briefly.
The flowers of Acanthus spinosus have such marvelous texture!
Gladiolus nana ‘Atom makes me happy!
Not exactly sure which one this is, but it is a Fuchsia magellanica. It has sailed through even the worst winters, and blooms its heart out until the first hard frost.
I’ve been on a Fuchsia kick lately, exploring primarily the single ones with white sepals. This is Carmel Blue, which has almost the largest blooms I’ve come across.
I’ll be damned if I can tell them all apart, but this is some kind of Sarracenia flower. Love these!
Abutilons are almost as floriferous as Fuchsias, it seems.
I’m a big fan of the Clematis viticellas – this one is ‘Royal Velours’, snaking itself up a Snowbell tree.
Here is another recent viticella love… ‘Prince Charles’. The flowers are crazy abundant, and small. Only about 3″ across.
This super fragrant rose came with the house, and these flowers are above the gutters of said house – it’s huge! It’s rangy and rather misshapen, but good lord – I don’t have the heart to take it out! That FRAGRANCE……
Forgot the name of this lily. I thought it would be white, but instead it opened this lovely soft yellow, which works great against the stripes of Miscanthus zebrinus.
Forgot the name of this one too, but I like it. Some kind of spider day lily.
This was sold to me as Hemerocallis citrina a long, long time ago, but I really doubt that is truly what it is, as it doesn’t have a fragrance – at least not to my nose.
Gotta love this oddball; Impatiens niamniamensis ‘Congo Cockatoo’ – tons of red and yellow little shrimp like flowers. Not hardy so I suppose one can call it a very cool annual. 🙂
To finish off, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ is about to open. Let’s hope the weather gods see this as a plea for some rain. Not too much of a storm, please – just a pleasant, gentle drizzle would work just fine, thank you!
To see the glory of other summer gardens across our overheating globe, head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens.