Garden Blogger Bloom Day

Madia elegans, Tarweed. And the fruit of Lypersicum lypersicon 'Stupice'.


I have the madia everywhere, and you'll be seeing a lot of it here for the next few months.


It smells really wonderful... musky mint is how I'd put it. Wild smelling.


And it's just getting started.


I don't know if this is sweetpea, or food pea.


The vegetable garden is crammed right up next to the bamboo.


That's the Clematis I bought the other day. I want it to find its way into the bamboo. I have one in there already. The flowers are gone and you can't see the vine if you don't look for it. So next next spring, the bamboo will suddenly bear clematis flowers. Anyhow, this one has flowers to complement the pink brugmansia which is just overhead, now almost ready to bloom.


This year, you can sit under the Brugmansia, but next spring the absurdly large flower of this Echium will make that impossible. Oh well.


Okay, that picture didn't have any blooms in it.

Sitting here, I can turn left and zoom in on the yarrow, also almost ready to bloom.


And if I turn right, there are a few flowers on the pink crystals grass.


As a native plant enthusiast, the exotic ornamentals planted in my garden that give me the most angst are the exotic grasses. I don't have a lot of angst about the pink crystals tho'. This will be much more showy next month.

That's the chair I was just sitting in. This is Cotyledon orbiculatum v. longifolium, and Trichostema lanatum, Wooly Blue Curls.


I think I'm going to put this in the ground. It's probably not too late. Just for this summer.


I have another morning glory, 'Split Identity', that I'm growing up the Tibouchina.


The flowers are fragile and unstructured, so it functions as splash of color and that's it.



Two pictures of Salvia clevelandii 'Alan Chickering'.


I have decided to change this salvia out for the Winifred Gilman variety; Alan is too silver-gray for this spot, and Winifred has some nice purple-red.

I should have started this post with this picture, since this is the entry to the garden from the stairs down from the deck.


I would have thought the Stachys byzantina would have flowered by now, but what do I know. Now I hope it holds back from flowering while the potted gaura gets big and goes nuts, because I like the gaura flowers with the stachys leaves.


The mimulus flowers all summer long.


So does the yellow Cotula.


The Mandevilla laxa flowers smell nice, but I like my Madia even more.


The Abutilon is on the way up.


I think that giant iris wants much more water because it's all moldy. It's a pond iris lily flower thing; I don't know what it is--got it from a gardener at the Botanical Garden on my way out one day. "Hey, you want this?" she said. "You know I do!" That's about how it went.

I'll put in the future water trough with the Farfugium I bought last week.



I did some serious pruning two weeks ago, and I cut back this penstemon quite a bit. But here it's coming back.


Same thing with Alonsoa meridionalis.


This Erigeron glauca is thinking carefully about whether it wants to establish or not.


It will be nice if it does.


That wire grass in the background is Juncus patens, and it's covered with flowers.


Or maybe those are seeds by now. Who knows.


I haven't gotten very good pictures of the Salvia spathacea yet, but it's been flowering non stop since late April.

Here's one flower blossoming from the sticky, fragrant whorl.



Eriogonum latifolium.


At least, I think so.


This is a coast native that grows in sandy areas. Butterflies and bees appreciate having this around.

And there's the odd Cosmos bipinnatus scattered here and there.


Same with Sisyrinchium bellum. You have to look for this one; it's small and hidden.


Zantedeschia, and you can see some cineraria in there too.


This is an usually exhaustive tour of the garden. We end with a Calycanthus occidentalis bud.


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Link to last month's GBBD.


Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Wow, you have one impressive garden. I spied some Datura buds, my Brugmansia has buds already which is early usually it blooms about the time of our first frost. The morning glory you call Split Identity I have always known it as Grandpa Ott's Morning Glory, it is very prolific, I have always wondered if Grandpa Ott was that prolific.

chuck b. said...

Thank you IGW, you spied correctly. Both the Datura and the Brugmansia have had flowers already this year; they're very intermittent.

You know, I thought 'Split Identity' was a weird name for a flower! Someone probably started with Granpa Ott, and bred in a minor change, and re-branded it. Silly!

MrBrownThumb said...

I have to agree with IGW you have an impressive collection of blooms in your garden.

Carol said...

Funny thing on the Stachys, I cut off the blooms most of the time, to keep the plant more of a ground cover. Way in the back of the flower bed, I let a few bloom because the bees love them.

I am always impressed by how many different flowers you have that I don't have in my zone 5 garden.

Thanks for participating in garden bloggers' bloom day again!

Carol at May Dream Gardens

Nicole said...

That's quite a lot of blooms for a "pocket garden!" I like so many I want to try some-the abutilon, Salvia clevelandii, datura. Alas I will have to grow these from seed. White mandervilla looks terrific, they do have that in the garden centre, so maybe i'll get it next time.

Alyssa said...

What a cozy garden you have. I really enjoyed seeing and reading about flowers that don't grown in my area. Your chair is fantastic!Looks comfortable. I'm pretty sure that those peas aren't for eating - the flower stalks are long like sweet peas. The purple morning glories are eye-popping and the Juncus patens is a handsome grass.

I think the half face sculpture near the head of your blog is terrific. Is that in your garden somewhere?

Thank you,

chuck b. said...

Thank you all for coming by!

Alyssa, that sculpture's a planter, and it comes from this post back in January.


Pam/Digging said...

I like your secret-clematis-in-the-bamboo idea. Let us know how it works out.

Deviant Deziner said...

I thoroughly enjoyed viewing and reading your blog.
I live not too far from you ( in Northern Marin ) so it is very interesting to see what you have chosen to grow in your slice of paradise.
I tend to grow more of the subtropicals, succulents ,and southern hemisphere plants.
Nice little pocket garden that you have !

chuck b. said...

I really appreciate you all for being so appreciative. The garden is so NOT "established".

You might not get this sense reading my blog, but sometimes I get really impatient and frustrated with my garden; it's hard for me to be patient and enjoy it for what it is!

Pam, I'm sure you'll be among the first to see the clematis-in-the-bamboo! :) :)

Michelle, I love the southern hemisphere plants, and if had more room, I'd incorporate them. But I went mostly with native (although you might not sense that from this Bloom Day post), and I it's challenging (too challenging for me) to blend CA natives with the other Mediterranean-climate plants.

As I said, the garden's not very established, so you might be surprised to hear the "real" backbone of the garden is a buckeye, two manzanitas, two ceanothus, and three bushy buckwheats. Maybe next year...

Annie in Austin said...

Chuck, we may never see plants like yours in real life, but at least we've seen your wonderful collection on the blog. The variety is overwhelming, but somehow they get along!
I've run clematis through plants like roses and up both Crab Apple and Blue Spruce trees - it should be very interesting through bamboo.

Do you ever really sit in that chair? Or only use it as perch from which to take photos?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

LostRoses said...

I'd love a bamboo that sprouts clematis flowers. Great idea!

chuck b. said...

Hmmm. Now you've got me thinking about bamboo. I tried to reply succinctly to my perception of your clematis reaction, but the ideas for reply kept expanding inside my mind. Now, I have a whole host of things I want to blog about bamboo.

So, please come back in a few days Annie, and I'll leave no question in your mind about my bamboo design genius.


chuck b. said...

Oh, and I have two chairs in the garden. One faces east, and one west. You can imagine which one I prefer in the mornings, and which one I prefer in the PM (assuming it's a hot and sunny day).

The final touch my seating plans calls for a north-facing bench along the south fence. That should be a nice place to sit all day long, except in winter which I imagine would be too unpleasantly cold and dark. But I can't afford a bench right now, and we might get a new fence, so presently the bench is a dream deferred.

JvA said...

(Will it dry up like a raisin in the sun, or will it explode?)

Is that a scrub jay in your bird bath?

QT said...

Cool plants - I love all your salvias, I wish I had the energy to replant them here every year, but I don't.

My Brugemansia also blooms quite late - I bring it inside in winter. Thanks for sharing your garden!

chuck b. said...

Julie, it's some kind of jay. I know nothing more.

QT, I don't want to replant salvias every year. I just think it needs to happen in this case. I want to be done with all the planting and re-planting. I want to put 90% of my garden on auto-pilot and just prune. Alas, I still have a lot of finessing to do.

lisa said...

I was gonna ask about the bird, too-I think scrub jay sounds right. Does he eat your suet? The jays around here do. Love the clematis thru the bamboo as well...my attempts at such combos either wind up with two non-growing plants, or a clash of the Titans to see who will choke out the other. Hope it goes better for you!

Anonymous said...

I am interested in using the beautiful photo of juncus patens on your blog in a PowerPoint presentation for a workshop on native plants.

Please let me know if it would be alright to use the photo. I would credit the source as your blog.
Thank you!

Portland OR

chuck b. said...

Candace, Yes, by all means. Please feel free.