I don't have anything new, except for Centaurea cyanus. I have a pot of mixed blue and purple. But there's only a few flowers. It's often the case that we have Bloom Day, and then a week or two later I do a garden post, and it's Bloom Day all over again, but better. Carol, the 15th, just doesn't work for me. How about the 25th? Just kidding!
You can kind of see the blue one back there, blurred. Anyway, whatever.
(Above: Madia elegans (the yellow tarweed) grows over the Colocasia escuelenta 'Illustris'. This combination might make some CA native plant gardeners want to vomit.)
Here you're seeing yarrow and salvia, with a bee on the yarrow:
Mimulus aurantiacus a non-stop show since (well, I'm not sure when this started...too durnk right now to click back and find out).
No blooms in this picture, but mark my words, Salvia spathacea (foreground) + Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba' (background) will rock.
Trichostema lanatum (Betsy Clebsch pronounced it tri-COST-ema--much better than TRICK-o-stemma, my former pronunciation).
As far as appreciating banal garden plants go, I have a real weakness for primrose. I just love 'em.
Violets and pansies and impatients make me want to hurl, but primroses make me smile.
Obligatory summer princess.
Okay, CA garden snobs, one reason I will keep this plant is the purple petals that litter the garden. Late summer color in the San Francisco garden.
I found a place to plant my Lewisia. Is this Lewisia cotyledon or some other species? I wish I knew. Because L. cotyledon is the native. Right? Or, all they all natives? I don't know. I'm quite irritated the tag just said "Lewisia". Is that a clue that it's just some hybrid? Does saying "just some hybrid" make me a CA native snob?
(You may recall I bought two--on a whim. The other one's in bloom too, but the pictures are blurry. So, please--just be happy with this one, won't you?)
Poppies everywhere, always. This one seems unusually...receptive.
Last month's Bloom Day here.
ADDED: for a totally incredible west coast Bloom Day, pop up to Seattle real quick.