I checked last June's Bloom Day post and, even if summer got off to a slow start, most of my plants seem to be right on track. Like last year, the stars of my backyard garden this June are Achillea 'Moonshine' and Agapanthus.
|There's a lot of yellow in my garden right now but Achillea 'Moonshine' leads the parade|
|The Agapanthus were at least 2 weeks late in getting started this year but they're now making up for lost time|
Meanwhile some of my cool season bloomers are still putting on a good show.
|Wind and the first heatwave of summer have taken out some stems of Arthropodium cirratum (aka Renga Lily, a New Zealand native) but there are still plenty in full bloom|
|Dorycnium hirsutum (aka hairy Canary clover) is still delighting the bees|
Other plants that get their bloom on in late spring can be expected to continue blooming into early summer, absent another heat apocalypse.
|Erigeron glaucus is doing particularly well this year. 'Ron's Pink' is shown in close-up on the lower left and 'Wayne Roderick' is on the right.|
|Globularia x indubia (aka globe daisy) is also blooming heavily this year|
Plants that appreciate a touch of summer heat are also off and running.
|I love the artichoke-shaped buds as much as the full-blown flowers of Centaurea 'Silver Feathers'|
|Among the Cistus (aka rockrose) 'Sunset' is currently making the biggest statement|
|Gaura lindheimeri peaks in early summer. I understand that it's been reclassified as part of the Oenothera genus now but it's still better known as Gaura.|
|Gaillarida 'Arizona Sun' isn't the flashiest cultivar but it's surely the toughest|
|Gazanias are mutating - and proliferating - throughout my garden|
|Romneya coulteri (aka Matilija poppy) is becoming a thug on the back slope but I'll cut it back even harder this winter in the hope of controlling it|
|Salvias love summer heat. The top photos feature Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman'. Bottom left to right: Salvia lanceolata, S. heldreichiana, and S. canariensis.|
|I'd rather my Santolina didn't bloom but I can't seem to stop it from doing so. Santolina chamaecyparissus is on the left and S. virens is on the right (mingling with Helichrysum 'Crystal Ice').|
Some plants appear to ignore seasons entirely.
|Grevillea 'Superb' literally blooms year round. Cuphea 'Vermillionaire', growing next to it, also flowers through all seasons, although the blooms seem heaviest at this time of year.|
|Tagetes lemmonii is supposed to bloom in the fall and winter months. It's confused.|
I also have a few favorites this June I want to share.
|I've let some of the artichokes on my back slope bloom. Each flower always seems to have 3-5 bees wiggling through it.|
|I really love Calendula officinalis 'Zeolights'|
|Sideritis cypria, with its gray foliage and red stems sporting lime green cups containing tiny yellow flowers, is truly unusual|
|I've had Wahlenbergia 'Blue Cloud' for years and it's slowly spread itself around in this bed consisting mainly of succulents|
Another group of plants deserve a wave goodbye as they prepare to exit the garden scene for the year.
|Centranthus ruber (top) doesn't look as good as it did a month ago but the butterflies don't mind. Also waning, bottom left to right: Leucospermum 'Brandi', Limonium perezii, and Ozothamnus diosmifolius.|
But as some plants prepare to exit, others are only just arriving on scene.
|Still in limited release are: Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' (top) and (bottom, left to right) Eustoma grandiflorum (aka lisianthus), Leucanthemum x superbum, and Magnolia grandiflora|
|And the very first Dahlia, 'Enchantress', not quite fully open|
I'll close as I usually do with collages showing the best of the rest currently on display.
|Top row: Agonis flexuosa, Agrostemma 'Ocean Pearls', and Alstroemeria 'Claire'|
Middle row: Coriandrum sativum and Orlaya grandiflora (similar in form but not size)
Bottom row: Nandina domestica, Nigella papillosa, and Scaevola 'Surdiva White'
My Bloom Day posts haven't gotten any shorter, have they? Oh well, one never knows when summer may kick my garden to the curb. For more Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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