This Bloom Day post, sponsored once again by Queen Carol of May Dreams Gardens marks our first such enterprise on the new wordpress blog. We are still working out the kinks here and are offering an abbreviated version for your reading pleasure. So sit back and drink in what’s looking good at the mo. Above are a couple of zinnias with a verbena bonariensis trying to get into the act.
We bought our first crocosmia last fall, the red C. ‘Lucifer’ and were smitten with the first fiery blooms this spring. Now whenever one of the crocs are spotted, they go right into the shopping basket. From our friendly Lowe’s comes C. ‘Emberglow’. But hey guys, why are your faces all turned away from the camera? Yes, your backsides are quite attractive but we want to see those smiling faces.
That’s more like it.
Using the night setting on the Canon gave us the view of Datura metel.
Sedum spectabile ‘Frosty Morn’ has gone from white edged leaves to solid green. I guess now it is just morn. Yellow goldenrod, Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’ is just now lighting up.
Harbinger of fall, Anemone hupehensis ‘Praecox’ harbors irregular shaped petals of dark and light shades of puce.
Our favorite orchids, the paphiopedilums *’Honey’ and * ‘Star Wars’ are still blooming on the shelving they call their summer getaway. Very soon they will return home to the greenhouse/sunroom. ( *Not their entire names, shortened here to protect the innocent fingers of the typist.)
A promise is made here and now to not cut this bud off before it has bloomed and browned.
Iresine looking towards the morning sun.
Trying to get a shot that captures the waves of pink as the many plantings of Muhlenbergia capillaris come into bloom will be a challenge. This is the very tip of the beginning of the flowering period. I hope that the magic is apparent.
One of the smaller sprawling but still charming sedums is in full bud in this concrete shell planter. If anyone can identify this it would be appreciated. Added: We believe this to be Sedum spectabile ‘October Daphne’. Thanks, Magic healing hands.
Gaillardia ‘Sundance Bicolor’ continues to bloom from spring into fall.
Rosa ‘About Face’ with white snakeroot, Ageratina altissima.
Not a bloom, I know but this fellow is so very cute with his trendy black toenails. He is munching on our one parsley plant, and is welcome to it. He will become a black tiger swallowtail and give us as much pleasure as the blooms shown on this page.