Despite the horrible heat many areas of California and the western US are facing (not to speak of the large number of wildfires already burning), my area along the coast has enjoyed a relatively mild summer thus far. We're still facing serious drought conditions and, like most of California, we've been asked to reduce our water consumption by 15%. Even though the 2015 water conservation limits were lifted in 2016, I've continued to try to work within those original guidelines and I'm not sure how I can eke out another 15% reduction at this point. My deliberations on that quandary continue but the subject of today's post is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day so let's focus on that for the time being.
I'll start with what I consider my star blooms this month.
|My 4 strawberry trees (Arbutus 'Marina') are literally dripping with tiny coral flowers this month|
|Daucus carota 'Dara', grown from seed, is flowering like there's no tomorrow|
|The Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) seem to be off to a slow start but at least I finally have flowers in a variety of colors|
|I thought my daylily season was mostly over when Hemerocallis 'Spanish Harlem' finished up in late June but I've had a few other varieties throw out blooms this month. Left to right are: 'Apollodorus', 'For Pete's Sake', and 'Persian Market'.|
|Lavandula angustifolia exploded like the Independence Day fireworks this month|
|The flowers of Leptospermum 'Copper Glow' aren't easy to photograph but they're particularly abundant this year|
|My favorite shaggy daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum, took off this month, seemingly blooming all at once|
|The interesting flowers of this small shrub, Melaleuca thymifolia, deserve more attention than they usually get near the rear of the backyard border|
Next up are a few blooms that came as a surprise.
|I didn't expect any Hippeastrum blooms this late in the year. Appropriately perhaps, this variety is called 'Zombie'. The large bloom is held up by a 3-inch stem.|
|The flowers of the shrub Rotheca myricoides (syn. Clerodendrum ugandense) must be viewed in closeup to explain its common name of blue butterfly bush (not to be confused with anything in the Buddleia genus)|
Every garden has its reliable workhorses and here are some of mine.
|Cuphea hybrids 'Starfire Pink' and 'Vermillionaire' bloom year round but the floral display is heaviest during the summer months|
|With the exception of 'Scarlet Sprite' (lower left), these Grevilleas also bloom year-round. Clockwise from the upper left are: Grevillea 'Superb' (first 2 photos), 'Ned Kelly', 'Peaches & Cream', and 'Scarlet Sprite'.|
|Salvia canariensis var candidissima doesn't bloom year round but the colorful calyces that hold the lavender-pink blooms extend the show it provides|
|Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) regularly gets stepped on and it still blooms each year|
I also have a host of plants that are coming to the end of their bloom season after putting on a good show in late spring/early summer.
|I've already cut down 2-3 dozen spent bloom stalks of Agapanthus. The rest are getting straggly and most will probably go by the end of the month.|
|Like most of the Agapanthus, Hemerocallis 'Sammy Russell' is one of the few perennials that came with the garden. Those in the back garden are almost done and I expect those in the front will follow within the next couple of weeks.|
|I've belatedly started to deadhead Monarda 'Peter's Purple' in the hope of getting another flush of flowers|
|Osteospermum generally goes into hiding during the summer months but this mix of '4D Silver' and 'Violet Ice' has hung on longer than expected|
|The bright blue flowers of Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' are fading fast|
There are a handful of recent additions to my garden I'd like to share too.
|I wish I'd bought 2 more of this Agastache 'Sunset Orange' for this bed|
|This bedding Dahlia 'Dark Side of the Sun' is the first and only dahlia blooming in my garden at the moment. This one arrived as a mail order plant, while all the rest were planted as tubers.|
|I was delighted to stumble upon this California native Solanum xanti in a local garden center 2 weeks ago. I've grown it before and was very pleased with it.|
|Venidium fastuosum 'Orange Prince' (syn. Arctotis fastuosa) is my latest plant crush. I purchased 3 plants by mail order in early June and wish I had more.|
|This is my latest attempt to grow dwarf Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'. The rabbits mowed down 2 plants in the front garden but thus far have left the 3 in the back garden alone.|
I'll close as I usually do with color collages capturing the best of the rest of what's in bloom this month.
|Top row: Cistus skanbergii, C. 'Sunset', and Fuchsia 'Miss California'|
Middle row: Hebe 'Wiri Blush', Lantana camara 'Irene', and Rosa 'Pink Meidiland'
bottom row: Nemesia 'Banana Swirl', noID Pelargonium, and Scabiosa columbaria 'Flutter Rose Pink'
|Top row: noID Anigozanthos, Lantana 'Lucky Yellow', and Zinnia 'Profusion'|
Middle row: Cotyledon orbiculata and Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights'
Bottom row: Leonotis leonurus and Epilobium californica
|Top row: Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer', Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun', and Lobelia laxiflora|
Middle row: Cosmos bipinnatus and Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy'
Bottom row: Pelargonium peltatum and P. sidoides
Congratulations, you made it to the end of my very long July Bloom Day post! To catch up with what's blooming elsewhere in the country and the world, check in with Carol at May Dream Gardens.
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