Thursday, June 18, 2015

Belated Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2015

The 15th of each month is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. You’d think I’d have committed this date to memory by now, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’m late once again, but at least I have some nice flowers to show.

Friday’s official high of 108°F (42°C) here in Davis was an outlier. While it’s been hot (in the 90s), we haven’t had any triple digit temperatures since then. Nobody likes them, not even the plants in my garden. I’m hoping that we’ll stay away from the century mark so the flowers that are in bloom right now will continue to look good for a while yet.

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Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High’

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Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’

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Athanasia pinnata, first flower ever

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Athanasia pinnata, another bud close to opening

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Pink rain lilies (Zephyranthes grandiflora). A bit of a misnomer since they flower here almost all summer (they do get some overspray from the lawn).

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Gazania ‘Sunbathers Totonaca’

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Gazania ‘Sunbathers Tikal’

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‘Limelight’ sage (Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’)

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Bog sage (Salvia uliginosa)

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Globe mallow (Sphaeralcea ‘Newleaze Coral’)

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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

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Not a flower, but the next stage in the flowering cycle of my Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’: These are bulbils, i.e. tiny agave babies. I will leave them on the flower stalk until they’re big enough to be potted up.

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‘Desert Museum’ palo verde (Parkinsonia ‘Desert Museum’). Flower production is finally slowing down after six weeks of non-stop flower power.

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Rock purslane (Cistanthe grandiflora) behind the ‘Desert Museum’ palo verde

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Echeveria ‘After Glow’ getting ready to flower

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Mexican tulip poppy (Hunnemannia fumariifolia)

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Arctotis ‘Wine’, looking more like pinot grigio right now than rosé.

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Arctotis ‘Wine’

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Grevillea ‘Superb’, first flower of the year

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Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream’, blooming for the second time this year

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‘Grosso’ lavender (Lavandula × intermedia ‘Grosso’)

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‘Edelweiss’ lavender (Lavandula × intermedia ‘Edelweiss’)

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‘Edelweiss’ lavender (Lavandula × intermedia ‘Edelweiss’)

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‘Calistoga’ California fuchsia (Epilobium canum ‘Calistoga’)

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Firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis)

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Globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus)

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Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica)

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Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica)

8 comments:

  1. Oh that Athanasia pinnata bud!!! I would be so sorry to see the flowers open with a bud like that. Where is your Russelia planted? I'm not remembering it from my visit.

    Calliandra californica and Parkinsonia are two plants I would have in an instant, if I lived in a warmer climate.

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    1. I agree, the buds (and foliage) on Athanasia pinnata are more interesting than the flowers.

      The Russelia is at the base of the 2nd 'Desert Museum' palo verde along the street. It might not have been in bloom when you were here. It's going to town this year!

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  2. Why did I think that you removed all of your lavender? So much happening in your garden right now -- is all of this outside your fence?

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    1. I did remove a couple of lavenders last fall. In our climate their life span is only about 5 years. But we planted five or six more. The photos above are from older plants (3 years?).

      Some of the photos are outside the fence, some are inside.

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  3. Lovely, lovely flowers--enjoyed all the photos--the one of the Cistanthe and Parkinsonia together especially. The Arctotis sure got bleached by that 108F!

    Are the Echinacea annuals for you?

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    1. Yeah, the Arctotis is a little paler than before. Fortunately, the new flowers are that lovely rosé color again.

      Echinaceas are short-lived perennials here. 'Kim's Knee High' has been around for 7 years, 'Hot Papaya' for about 5. Others only lasted 3-4 years.

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    2. That's a perfectly reasonable life span. Your area gets chill--mine might be annuals--I'll know next spring...

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