|My first vase was inspired by the blooms on Leptospermum 'Copper Glow'|
|This vase made use of the last of my cool season larkspurs (Consolida ajacis) and Orlaya grandiflora|
|For more IAVOM creations, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden|
As there was in May, I have a lot in bloom this month despite the fact that we've already had a few heatwaves in coastal Southern California, as well as regular bouts with drying wind conditions. In a departure from my usual Bloom Day posts, I've organized much of what I have to share by garden area, although I'll start off with my usual June headliner, Agapanthus, which aren't consigned to one specific area but rather are spread throughout my garden.
|The blue and white Agapanthus came with the garden, although I've divided and moved some since we moved in 9+ years ago. There are clumps to be found in almost every area of my garden.|
Next we'll take a look at the back garden, one of the one of the most floriferous areas at present.
|This is the view looking north from the back patio|
|The splashiest element at the moment is Lobelia laxiflora|
|This is the other side of the back garden, looking south|
|Leonotis leonurus (aka lion's tail) has just started blooming here too|
|The plants on this end of the garden include many succulents but I've mixed in other drought tolerant plants as well|
|With its soft yellow flowers on red stems, Crassula pubescens ssp radicans plays a starring role at this time each year, picking up the yellow and red edges of the 'Blue Glow' Agaves|
|Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' also makes a statement|
|Wahlenbergia 'Blue Cloud' has a more subtle presence here but the plant is good at weaving itself through the succulents|
Rounding the corner, let's look at what's blooming in the front garden.
|This is a view of the front garden looking north|
|Clockwise from the upper right, we have: Centaurea 'Silver Feather', Plectranthus neochilus, Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' Cotyledon orbiculata, Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun', Grevillea 'Superb', and Magnolia grandiflora|
|The shaggy Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta daisies) given me by a friend years ago are blooming here too|
|At the far end of this section of the garden, we find Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream', along with a few stray blooms of Leucospermum 'Spider' and Lantana 'Lucky White'|
|This is a section of the front garden bordering the path to our front door|
|There are more Agapanthus here, along with Cuphea 'Starfire Pink', Gazania 'White Flame', and 'Pink Meidiland' roses|
|Just last week, the 2 large shrubs of Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' on either side of the front walkway started sporting sprays of white flowers|
|The flashiest of my daylilies, Hemerocallis 'Spanish Harlem', is just finishing up its bloom cycle, although it sometimes produces a second flush of flowers in late fall|
The last area I'll cover is the cutting garden on the northwest side of the house.
|The arbor covered with flowering Pandorea jasminoides and Trachelospermum jasminoides (aka star jasmine) leads into my cutting garden|
I skipped the dry garden on the northeast side and the back slope but here's one shot from the area next to the shade house, which has one particularly splashy plant that deserves attention.
|This is succulent Oscularia deltoides|
With that, I'll end this post with a set of collages featuring the best of the rest.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Alstroemeria 'Claire', Ammi majus, Arthropodium cirratum (on its last legs for the season), Globularia x indubia, and Romneya coulteri|
|Top row: Eriogonum 'Ella Nelson's Yellow' and Festuca glaucus|
Middle row: self-seeded orange and yellow Gazanias and Hemerocallis 'Joan Senior'
Bottom row: Hemerocallis 'Sammy Russell, Phlomis fruticosa, and Sideritis cypria
That's it! I hope you're enjoying IAVOM and/or Bloom Day, both of which add a bit of cheer to start the week. For more Bloom Day posts, see Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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