Thursday, July 15, 2021

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - July 2021. Now, with pollinators!

After incinerating us in late June, Portland weather has settled down to pleasant 70-80 degree highs for a few weeks. It makes for nice gardening, but there are multiple plants in my garden that would like more than cloudy mornings and gently warming days. Some like it hot - me among them! But since we're already halfway through summer (nooooo!) I do have some summer flowers, and a few of their pollinator friends, to share today.

Here's Echinacea 'Sombrero Salsa Red'.

These Echinacea, from around a 'Rainbow Marcella" plant, attract major numbers of Bombus to their blooms.


Another pollinator attractor is Helenium puberulum, with its odd little button flowers. To the left of it are the fading flowers of Salvia desoleana.

Once the individual florets on Echinops ritro open, they'll be covered with bees.


Eryngium agavifolium seems to attract flies. I can't detect any kind of foul odor but there must be something there...  The flower heads are cool, regardless.

The flowers in the top image, a newer Hesperaloe parviflora plant, are a softer pink and paler on the inside than the ones on my five-year-old plant. This one came from our spring bloggers swap, and I'm delighted it settled in happily enough to bloom this summer. The older plant is below, with a happy bee explorer.

Cypella herbertii keeps pumping out blooms.

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy', a reliable summer bloomer.

While looking out for pollinators today, I noticed the tiny blooms of Origanum vulgarum.


Catananche caerulea is a nice hit of blue to lead into all my orange flowers coming up.

Agastache 'Acapulco Orange' finally doing it's thing. It wants more sun, but I love it right here near the patio.

Agastache rupestris.

Agastache aurantiaca 'Tango', I believe.

A late-blooming milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa. The earlier blooming plants had their flowers cooked, so there were no milkweed pods. I hope this one will make seed after it opens.


Lastly, Crocosmia 'Corona'. I grow just a few crocosmia these days, due to their thuggish ways. This one may not last much longer in the garden (I say that every year) but until I evict it, I'll enjoy its pretty, bi-colored flowers.


I'm joining Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, to celebrate the flowers blooming in our gardens on the 15th of each month.

Happy Bloom Day, all!



  1. You have a few of my favorite plants and some others that I know nothing about, but all are beautiful!

  2. I now have to be on the lookout for 'Sombrero Salsa Red!' I tried to grow cupid's dart from seed, didn't work for me. It's the gorgeous color of chicory.

  3. Your 'Sombrero' Echinacea, wow! It's glorious. Don't you love this time of year?

  4. That echinacea in the first shot is nothing short of fabulous! I can totally see why you opted for the red sphere. (Looks awesome, by the way!) I too have that sweet oddity Helenium pubelurum in my community garden. Had forgotten the name of it, so thanks for the reminder. All I recall is that it came from Susan at one of our plant swaps. Happy Midsummer, Jane!

  5. "Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy', a reliable summer bloomer".... ha, for you! Mine is in too much shade now I guess. I just get foliage. Your blooms are fab!

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  7. A wonderful garden of blooms with lots of bees. I love the red wire ball in the background of one of your photos.


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