For the first time in many years, I missed posting for last month's Bloom Day. Surprisingly (at least to me) there were more May flowers in my garden than there are now in June. Let's see what's still happening out there this month in a color survey of Longview Ranch, starting with white.
'Bright Edge' has two lovely flower stalks.
Usually, these bloom out very quickly, but with our cooler weather, they
have lasted for weeks and look good to continue for a while.
Yesterday, I was astounded to see that Lagerstroemia
'Natchez' has begun to flower. I hope it saves a little excitement for the rest of summer.
In other white-flowered news, Daphne transatlantica
'Eternal Fragrance' continues its non-stop bloom. I don't understand it, but I'm not complaining.
The first flowers on a pure white Salvia
, Heatwave Series 'Glimmer' from Heather at Just a Girl with a Hammer
. Thank you, Heather - I'm loving it!
volunteered in the garden years ago, and looks great in the "Northwest Territory" of Longview Ranch. Digitalis isn't native to the PNW, but it's been naturalized here for so long, many people assume it is.
I grow this Syneilesis
hybrid for its fascinating "shredded' leaves, but I don't have the heart to cut off the odd blooms when I have so little else yet in the new bed it occupies.
'Confederate Cream' creates privacy for our back garden and looks pretty nice doing it, too.
'Bronze Sword'. These little flowers are a sweet, crisp contrast to the gold-tinged blades.
After almost dying out, some small clumps of pale yellow Sisyrinchium striatum
are now thriving in the garden.
Moving into bright yellow, all the Sedum rupestre
are getting into the blooming act.
has such tidy little button flowers.
'Amber Velvet' is an annual, but the color is perfect.
'True Dwarf'' hasn't quite hit its stride yet. I expect this and many more of its orange flowers to open as summer heats up.
lounges comfortably in the back of a bed.
'Tangerine' survived last winter planted out in the garden. That tells you how mild it was.
My neighbor's Bignonia
creates a delightful borrowed view.
'Newleaze Coral' is blissful in a south-facing bed. The blossoms open wide in the sun, but not so much today.
Because I favor orangy-red, Callistemon
'Woodlanders Hardy Red' is the bluest red I grow. Those happy bottlebrush flowers have just kept on blooming this year.
Moving into the pink range, Hesperaloe parviflora
loves life on the edge - my parking strip, to be exact.
'Acapulco Orange' is this year's replacement plant for the ones I have loved and lost over the years. They may not be long lived, but I keep putting them in because I adore the color.
'Sunset Series' is putting on a second bloom. What a nice surprise!
More NW Territory Digitalis
, now in pinky-purple.
The lilac coloring of Erigeron glaucus,
Beach Daisy, leads us into purple.
dominates this bed.
The bees and hummingbirds have been enjoying this native Penstemon
(possibly P. subserratus
I love the deep, rich blue of Triteleia laxa
The foliage of Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' has long since reverted from its varied coloration, but it blooms reliably each year with metallic blue flowers. For now, it's still green and it rounds out our color exploration.
Bloom Day is hosted monthly at May Dreams Gardens
, where you can see flowers from all over.
Happy Bloom Day!