I'll start with the stars of my late spring/early summer garden:
|Achillea 'Moonshine' has been blooming for at least 2 months now|
|The Agapanthus, which were just getting started last Bloom Day, now dominate the entire garden|
|Arbutus 'Marina' have some blooms most of the year but the trees are dripping with flowers at the moment|
|Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink' is another year-round bloomer - the only time it isn't in bloom is following the severe haircut it gets in late winter|
|Gaura lindheimeri 'Snow Fountain' is continuing to strut its stuff in the front garden|
|The sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) surprised me by hanging onto into June this year|
|Leucanthemum x superbum (aka Shasta daisy) usually blooms on the same schedule as the Agapanthus, which is lucky as they make good partners|
|Magnolia grandiflora began producing its massive flowers early this year, to the delight of the bees|
|Salvia 'Mystic Spires' is living up to its name this month|
My daylilies were slow to get started but have bloomed in fits and spurts this month. I haven't had a mass of bloom in most cases but rather a steady production of a few blooms at a time.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Hemerocallis 'Spanish Harlem', 'For Pete's Sake', 'Indian Giver', Russian Rhapsody', 'Persian Market' and what I believe is 'Sammy Russell'|
In contrast, the large-flowered Grevilleas continue to produce blooms on a steady basis.
|From the left: Grevillea 'Ned Kelly', 'Superb' and 'Peaches & Cream'|
A few plants, while not blooming in profusion, nonetheless deserve special mention for a variety of reasons:
|The tall yellow-flowered Anigozanthos did me the honor or returning to flower for another year despite receiving less water than they'd like|
|My Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' finally did me the kindness of blooming even though it receives haphazard watering and is regularly battered by the wind here|
|The Eustoma grandiflorum (aka Lisianthus) have begun to bloom - although generally treated as annuals even here, many of my plants, like the one shown here, are holdovers from prior years|
|Phylica pubescens (aka Featherhead), my latest plant crush, has produced dozens of flowers that look like miniature feather dusters|
As I use my Bloom Day posts to keep a record of what's in flower each month, I'll end with a few collages showing the best of what I haven't already captured above:
|Succulents in bloom include, clockwise from the upper left: Oscularia deltoides, Aloe 'Johnson's Hybrid', Aloe 'Rooikappie', Crassula dubia (my best guess), Crassula pubescens ssp. radicans, and Delosperma cooperi|
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