On May 20th last year, I posted about the arrival of masses of Agapanthus buds. But, on this Bloom Day, the Agapanthus are already in full bloom throughout the garden.
|Clumps of Agapanthus below the mimosa tree|
|More clumps below the California pepper trees|
|Clumps in the front yard|
Other standouts in the backyard include:
|Achillea 'Moonshine' and Salvia 'Mystic Spires'|
|Erysimum linifolium 'Variegatum'|
|Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'|
|Hebe 'Patty's Purple'|
|Leucanthemum x superbum 'Snow Lady'|
Some smaller plants showing their resilience in the backyard include:
|Anagallis 'Wildcat Mandarin' - flowers close until the sun shines on them|
|Bulbine frutescens has been blooming continuously since it was planted in early March|
|Cotula lineariloba 'Big Yellow Moon' forms a mat from which petal-less, disk-shaped flowers spring|
|Hibiscus trionum, aka flower of an hour, is an annual that produces flowers that survive only a few hours|
|I love Nigella damascena 'African Bride' but find it hard to place because the white petals can look dingy next to bright whites|
|The flowers of Scorzonera hispanica smell like chocolate!|
|I wish I'd bought more of this cherry skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens)|
The southeast side garden has taken a beating. In addition to repeated onslaughts by raccoons, there are signs that a gopher is tunneling about there. The sun and wind also poses challenges in that area. Still, some plants are holding up well.
|Both Acanthus mollis 'Summer Beauty' and Arthropodium cirratum would prefer a less sunny setting but they're troupers|
|While I was disappointed by the dwarf yellow Anigozanthos, I can't fault this red variety, which has bloomed non-stop since January|
|Osteospermum ecklonis '3D Silver' doesn't care for the heat but the Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Horizon' planted from 6-packs only weeks prior to the 1st heatwave are taking the temperatures in stride|
|Cuphea micropetala 'Candy Corn' is supposed to grow 1-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide but this plant is nearly prostrate and is spreading far further than expected|
|Self-seeded Gaillardia (probably 'Goblin')|
|Tagetes lemmonii 'Compacta' doesn't mind the heat|
In the front yard, the 'Joseph's Coat' rose which was covered with flowers last May, has already produced 2 flushes of bloom and has little to show for itself this May. The 'Pink Meidiland' shrub roses are blooming, although not as heavily as they did last year.
Other plants are undaunted by the weather conditions.
|The indefatigable Cuphea x ignea 'Starfire Pink' may swamp the roses in the front beds|
|Gaura lindheimeri 'Snow Fountain' has produced its first flush of blooms|
|Hemerocallis 'Spanish Harlem' continues to pump out new blooms each day|
|Pelargonium x domesticum 'Georgia Peach' is a reliable bloomer|
I caught the final blooms on the pineapple guava in the bed bordering the street.
|Feijoa sellowiana grows just inside of the hedge|
The vines covering the arbor between the vegetable garden and the dry garden are in full bloom.
|Distictis laxiflora interwoven with Trachelospermum jasminoides|
The biggest floral splashes in the dry garden are provided by the daylilies.
|Hemerocallis 'For Pete's Sake' surrounded by the "weed" Geranium incanum|
But a few other plants add subtle interest.
|Bright pink Cistus x pulverulentus 'Sunset'|
|Dorycinium hirsutum, aka Hairy Canary Clover|
|Globularia x indubia|
|Groundcovers Thymus praecox 'Pink Chintz' and Teucrium chamaedrys|
Finally, there's the slope, which has held up surprisingly well despite limited irrigation.
|Centranthus ruber, Oenothera speciosa and Euphorbia 'Dean'Hybrid'|
Those are the highlights for this exceptionally hot May Bloom Day in Southern California. Please visit Carol of May Dreams Gardens, the host of the monthly Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, to see what's blooming in her garden and to find links to the posts of more than a hundred other contributors.