Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, that celebration of all things floral at May Dreams Gardens,
has come and gone for the month of June. But I was traveling, so I'll caboose onto this event a few days late to document the blooms at Longview Ranch this month.
First things first: this monster Salvia, S. desoleana
, is finally blooming with big, wild, flower heads and tiny tongues of pale lavender.
So far, I haven't seen pollinators enjoying the blooms, but wouldn't you think they would make a beeline to them?
is mostly forgiven for its messy, lax leaves (could that be the genesis of the name?) when it blooms with such glorious blue abandon. (Note to self:
relocate this lovely native bulb to a place where its foliage will be hidden by other plants next summer.)
It's lavender time, and several plants added years ago as space fillers still earn their keep when they bloom.
Variety names are long-since forgotten, but their scent lives on.
'Woodlander's Hardy Red' has been putting on a show for several weeks.
brightens up the north end of our lot. It's a welcome hit of orange in that mostly utilitarian part of our backyard. (correction: this is Campsis radicans.
Seems I mixed up my orange-flowered vines.)
Then, when you come around the corner to our back patio, this Clivia miniata
is doing its bit to promote the appreciation of green and orange together.
Out in the sun again, Kniphofia
'Timothy' is just beginning to bloom.
The scent from two plantings of Trachelospermum jasminoides
drifts in through our open windows this time of year.
'Darlow's Enigma' is coming back strong from a major pruning last year.
'Bronze Sword' is loving our early heat.
Feverfew fills in a dry spot under the big Ceanothus.
Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola is still blooming after all the other showier Lewisias have finished.
My former mystery plant, the mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
is blooming way up in and under the Trachycarpus fortunei
I'm sorry to report that Halimium ocymoides
isn't long for this world. Most of the plant died back and has been pruned back, but I had to share and enjoy these last few yellow blossoms before reluctantly giving it the coup de grace
Although I'm late for June's Bloom Day, it is celebrated at May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of each month. Pay Carol a visit
there to find out how to join in.
Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!