I'm going to start with a photo of a relatively ordinary plant that I caught in extraordinary light, just because I'm thrilled with the photograph.
|Cerinthe major purpurascens backlit by the sun|
Next up are the Leucospermum blooms (aka pincushion flowers). I've admired this genus of South African plants for many years and repeatedly failed in my attempts to grow them. My luck finally seems to have turned. I've got 4 plants and every one of them currently has blooms.
|Planted in March 2016, Leucospermum 'Brandi' has finally produced her first blooms|
|I photographed Leucospermum 'Goldie' last month but she's still blooming and even has new foliage growth|
|The plant on the left, a relatively recent acquisition currently in a pot, is Leucospermum 'Spider Hybrid'. The plant on the right, purchased last year, is L. 'Spider', which looks identical in all but its foliage color.|
April was a floriferous month but a large number of shrubs, perennials, annuals and even some bulbs have joined the chorus of blooms in May.
|Achillea 'Moonshine' is just beginning to get its bloom on. It's a bit late this year.|
|I've never had much luck with Alliums but I planted 3 different species this year. Two of these don't appear to be doing well at all but Allium rosenbachianum is a star. I wish I'd planted more than 3!|
|This is Dorycnium hirsutum (aka Hairy Canary Clover). It self-seeds freely and I've got a lot of it, which is fine as it's a good ground cover and attractive in and out of bloom.|
|Gaura lindheimeri 'Snow Fountain' also self-seeds freely but it's easy to pull out where you don't want it. My only problem with it is that the aphids like it too.|
|Daylilies don't like drought but Hemerocallis 'Elizabeth Salter' (left) and 'For Pete's Sake' (right) have thrown up a handful of blooms. 'Spanish Harlem' is apparently holding out until after Bloom Day to show its stuff.|
|Hymenolepis parviflora (aka Golden Coulter Bush), planted in April 2016, is blooming for the first time|
|I didn't think my annual sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) were going to bloom this year as something kept nibbling them but they came through. If the bunnies are here to stay, I'm going to need new barriers to protect my seedlings next year.|
|Leucadendron 'Pisa' is now sporting its luminous yellow flower-like bracts|
|Ozothamnus diosmifolius (aka Rice Flower) looked terrible after it finished flowering last year and I was tempted to pull it out. Instead I cut it back hard. It's back to its shapely shrub self this spring.|
|I inherited several Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage) with the garden, all of which were a woody mess last year. I took one or 2 out and cut the rest back hard. It seems to have done them good.|
|This interesting plant with its alien-looking terracotta-colored blooms is Salvia africana-lutea (aka Beach Sage). I picked up the plant in a sale at my local botanic garden, which features several large specimens of this plant.|
|Like Salvia africana, this Salvia lanceolata (aka Rocky Mountain Sage) also hails from South Africa. It has velvety soft gray foliage.|
|This is a succulent, Senecio fulgens (aka Coral Senecio)|
|After a hard pruning following its winter bloom cycle, Tagetes lemmonii (aka Copper Canyon Daisy) is back in flower|
Meanwhile, some plants I featured last month are continuing to put on a good show.
|Echium webbii still dominates the back garden. Hummingbirds fight over the plant in the early morning before ceding control over to the bees in the afternoon.|
|After a light trim, Lantana 'Lucky White' is back in top form|
|Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl' has more room to spread now that we took out the guava tree that had been crowding it|
|Limonium perezii (Sea Lavender) is blooming in earnest now|
|I cut back Lotus berthelotii 'Amazon Sunset' by at least a third after April's Bloom Day but it's already back to flowering|
|Osteospermum '4D Silver' could use a trimming too but it continues to pump out flowers|
I'll end this post as has been my practice with collages of other flowers currently in bloom in the garden. I'd like to say this is a complete wrap-up but that wouldn't be entirely true - I've omitted some. Even I get tired to taking photos of flowers after a while.
|Top row: Abutilon 'Talini's Pink', noID Alstroemeria, and Argyranthemum frutescens|
Middle row: Cistus 'Grayswood Pink', Cistus 'Sunset', and Hebe 'Wiri Blush'
Bottom row: Pelargonium citroenellum, P. 'Oldbury Duet', and P. peltatum 'Pink Blizzard'
That's it for this month! For more Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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