Last month on Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day we'd just put our worst heatwave of the season behind us but California and a good part of the Pacific Northwest were dealing with catastrophic wildfires and truly terrible air quality. We've had more heatwaves since, including this week, and our air quality has been up and down but at least things are better than in mid-September. We enjoyed a brief flirtation with fall last week and I'm hoping that, when the current heatwave passes, cooler temperatures will stick around for the long haul.
This month I'll start my bloom review with the newest arrivals.
|These Anemone hupehensis (Japanese anemones) came with the garden but it still startles me when they return despite our generally dry conditions. The pink variety in the front garden has yet to appear but I'm not about to count them out.|
|This Hibiscus trionum (flower-of-an-hour) is a recent gift from a friend. I grew it previously but it died out, while she's blessed with more seedlings than she can use. Like daylilies, the blooms don't last long.|
|Plumbago auriculata 'Imperial Blue' is a virtual weed in this climate and I've never planted it in the ground but I have two plants in pots that take off at this time of year. I love the color of the flowers if not their stickiness.|
|Zauschneria californica (California fuchsia) is making a big splash this year, although it's battling for space with a Grevillea I'd forgotten was planted just behind it|
|I planted rain lilies (Zephyranthes candida) here in 2014 but never remember they're there until they appear each fall, rain or not|
While the new blooms have added flashes of color here and there, the old summer stalwarts still dominate the stage.
|This is one of 15 buds on Dahlia 'Gitts Crazy'. I planted it in late April and it sprouted less than three weeks later. As all the other dahlias are finishing up, it's only just now preparing to bloom.|
|I can always count on Pennisetum to put on a show starting in late summer. On the left is Pennisetum 'Fireworks' and on the right is P. advena 'Rubrum'.|
|Salvia leucantha is also having a good year|
|This is probably the last hurrah for the Zinnia elegans this year too. The foliage is developing a bad case of mildew due to the mixed influence of our damp morning marine layer and the continuing high temperatures.|
The Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) that had burned out earlier this summer also staged a recovery, or two varieties did anyway.
|I'm always happy to have them back|
There were several other surprises as well.
|A friend gave me this Iris germanica 'Autumn Circus' in late May. I didn't expect any blooms until next year but I got this one earlier this month. Another bud followed but it was incinerated by the last heatwave.|
|Stapelia grandiflora made another appearance. Its bud, shown on the left, opened a couple of days after I discovered it. I took the photo on the right before its characteristic odor began attracting flies.|
|This isn't quite a bloom yet but it's the first time I've ever seen a bloom stalk on Vriesea ospinae cv gruberi (now classified as Goudaea ospinae)|
|This Yucca 'Bright Star' bloomed earlier this year but it unexpectedly developed a side bloom I only just noticed last week|
That brings me to the the usual color collages I end my Bloom Day posts with, featuring the best of the rest.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Trichostemma 'Midnight Magic', Brachyscome 'Brasco Violet', Lavandula multifida, Plectranthus neochilus, Polygala myrtifolia, Oxalis triangularis, and Wahlenbergia 'Blue Cloud'|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Cuphea 'Honeybells', Rosa 'Pink Meidiland', Cuphea 'Starfire Pink', Pentas lanceolata, noID rose, noID Phalaeonopsis, and Bauhinia x blakeana|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Alstroemeria 'Inca Sundance', Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', A. 'Kaleidoscope', Euryops chrysanthemoides, Hemerocallis 'For Pete's Sake', Oncostele 'Wildcat', noID self-seeded Osteospermum, and noID Phalaeonopsis|
|Clockwise from top left: Rosa 'Medallion', Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer', noID Amaranthus, Cuphea 'Vermillionaire', Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun', Pelargonium peltatum, Penstemon mexicali, and Rosa 'Joseph's Coat'|
For more on what's blooming in other parts of the country and around the world, visit our bloom-fest host, Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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