This is Bloom Day, an idea hatched by Carol of May Dreams Gardens to share what is blooming on or around the middle of each month. It is a test for the gardener to find something worth photographing.
Above: Nymphaea ‘Helvola’ , more blooms this year than usual
Above: Hemerocallis ‘Pardon Me’, reblooming
Above: Oriental Lilium ‘Navarosse’, very fragrant
Above: Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’, this has self seeded, oh happy day!
Verbena stricta, from seed sown in 2009 is finally looking like something. I wanted Verbena hastata because I saw it listed in the Oudolf/Kingsbury books, but couldn’t find a seed source. This seems similar. It has to be propped up and is hardly a mass planting, but I still like it, in the gravel garden.
For those of you who have never seen a crape myrtle up close, here is Lagerstroemia indica ‘Zuni’. The petals are ruffled and thin, like the paper streamers that used to decorate high school gymnasiums for dances. I used to squeeze and pop open the buds as a child for some unknown reason. We had two large trees at our house in Oklahoma, pink and purple. I loved them then and still do now.
The Peegee Hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ is pruned to standard form so stuff can be grown under it. These flowers will last well into winter as they dry to pinkish then biscuit colored.
In a metal planter with a new liner that needs trimmed, the Purslane are joined by Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’ for a heat loving combo. As you can see in the background, this is the foliage phase of the garden. Still pretty, but this is Bloom Day after all. Go visit Carol and see who has what in bloom around the world.