Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, June 2011

June is bringing forth her flowers in masses! Just look at Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Victoria'.

The bees are very proprietary about it, especially the large orange-haunched bumble bees who make it a challenge to photograph.

With Helianthemum 'Henfield Brilliant' at its feet it's not a shy, retiring color combo.

It's been such a cool, wet spring, it's hard to believe the Summer Solstice is next week - it still feels very spring-like here in Portland. The cool weather doesn't seem to be holding back flowering any longer, though.

I'm absolutely delighted the Trachycarpus fortunei palm is blooming for the first time - hard to photograph since the tree is still fairly short, but a great sign that it's happy.

Lewisia cotyledons have been blooming most of the month.

As have the Calla lilies. They are turning out to be a little on the thuggish side.

Tiny Lewisia rediviva has a bloom that overpowers its foliage.

It's in a trough with an equally minute no-name Dianthus. I love the Dianthus's ragged little petals.

Sedums are blooming nicely. This is Sedum spathufolium 'Cape Blanco', one of my favorites whether it's blooming or not.

I think this is Sedum kamtschaticum 'Variegatum'. The whole plant is the size of a dinner plate.

Another tiny gem, Geranium subcaulescens.

Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost'. This one sailed through winter.

Cistus x. obtusifolius.

On a suggestion from Grace of Gardening with Grace, I planted Nepeta x faasenii 'Walker's Low' instead of Agastache.  (Thank you, Grace and Scott, for supplying the correct name, validated by my finding the plant tag!)

Then I hedged my bets and ordered Agastache 'Acapulco Orange' from High Country Gardens, to replace the dead plant Grace so wisely mentioned didn't last long. I enjoyed my first 'Acapulco Orange' for three years -  the new one is still very small but it is blooming.

 In the Northwest Territory, the native Junegrass, Koeleria macrantha is making beautiful seedheads...

The streambank Lupine, Lupinus rivularis, is blooming...

And a volunteer foxglove is making a statement.

 Lilium columbianum is blooming, too. I love our native Tiger Lily.

And last, a sweet little (overdue - my fault for planting it late) Pagoda primrose, Primula vialii.

Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Click over there for a look at what's blooming this beautiful June 15th in gardens across the nation and around the world.