Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - June 2016

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.

Yucca filamentosa '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!
Digitalis 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.
Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Confederate Cream' creates privacy for our back garden and looks pretty nice doing it, too.

Libertia peregrinans '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.
Helichrysum angustifolium has such tidy little button flowers.
Anigozanthos 'Amber Velvet' is an annual, but the color is perfect.
Punica granatum '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.
Abutilon megapotamicum lounges comfortably in the back of a bed.
Abutilon '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.

Sphearalcea '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.

Agastache '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.

Lewisia cotyledon '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.

 Acanthus spinosus 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 'Corinna'.
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!


  1. The Lewisia flowers are so sweet, and I also love the colors in Agastache 'Acapulco Orange'. Enjoyed your post, thanks!

  2. Looks like equal opportunity for all colors in your garden but I find orange under-represented. Aren't you a fellow orange-lover?

  3. Love seeing the wider shot of the parkway. So many fine plants, Jane. That 'Newleaze' Coral' is such a great plant, if a bit large for my tiny garden. And I completely agree that when a daphne blooms, don't ask questions!

  4. So many beauties. Some I can grow in the Sacramento Valley, others I can't. I wish Lewisias liked my garden. They're so cool.

  5. The Beach Daisy is new to me this year and I'm loving it.
    I think I got a piece of that same Salvia last year as well, but mine didn't make it. :(

  6. I love the white thing Jane, I am planting more white in my garden this year; it's such a nice focal point-and soothing !

  7. I'm getting a second round of bloom on my Lewisia too. Those massive Acanthus flowers are impressive. I enjoyed this tour around the color wheel.

  8. Oh I hope my little lewisia give me a second bloom too! If June is a mellower bloom month in your garden than must be a knockout show because you have an impressive display of color in your garden currently.

  9. I love the yucca (and everything else!) - I sometimes think I am the only person who likes that plant. I have only seen it a few times here.

  10. It all looks smashing, Jane, and the overall shot is fabulous! What a beautiful rostrata...

  11. I love that native blue Penstemon. I have the white P. digitalis.


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