Saturday, May 15, 2010

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - May

When I was getting up this morning, I was thinking I'm not going to have ANYTHING to photograph for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens. All I could remember blooming were the poppies and the Euphorbia. And I'm not photographing those anymore! But as I walked around outside this morning, I noticed more and more stuff blooming. I guess I just haven't had enough time to walk around the garden the past few weeks.

One plant that refuses to be ignored though, is the Petunia axillaris. Bright white flowers, I used to have the hardest time with that color until we painted our house a darker color. Then I started craving white flowers. Now I just love lots of different foliage colors and textures with white flowers.

petunia axillaris form

The Petunia axillaris flowers seem to float like a cloud in mid-air. And the scent in the evening is heavenly. Try 'em. You won't be disappointed.

petunia axillaris cl

I planted Erepsia lacera a couple of years ago in my neighbor's abandoned raised bed that borders my garden. It is quite happy in its still semi-abandoned spot.

erepsia lacera
It'll probably have to go soon because I'm going to ask my neighbor to let me get rid of that bed and take over that portion of his yard. Bye-bye precast concrete blocks!

The Erigeron 'Wayne Roderick' in my parking strip is looking fine.

erigeron wayne roderick

The Campanula poscharskyana that was planted by a previous owner is still reliably popping up every year. I used to have Aeonium simsii planted in front of it. They both bloomed at exactly the same time and the yellow and purple looked very nice together.

campanula poscharskyana

The Oenothera tetragona reseeds gently in my parking strip and looks lovely next to the Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum'.

oenothera tetragona and tanacetum parthenium 'aureum'

And finally a non-Annie's plant - a yellow Iris that I bought at a Yardbirds hardware store years ago that had a pretty picture on the bag. Luckily, it turned out to be a good one, it's robust and sturdy.

yellow iris

The reseeding Nasturtiums are thankfully sticking with the color scheme.

nasturtium evelyn, second gen.

Awhile back I planted a red-flowered Geum 'Mrs. Bradshaw' and got this neat-o orange Geum instead. Love to isolate it so we could have this color reliably.

geum orange

My Puya caerulea bloom is growing totally horizontal. The whole plant is probably angling towards the light since it's growing under a Birch. Looks like a creepy outstretched hand to me. I wonder if the kids walking home from school worry that it will try and grab them by the ankle as they pass it by?

puya caerulea

And nearby, its cousin, a miscellaneous Bromiliad I brought home a division of long ago, that has now turned into quite a large grouping. The red bracts and lavender flowers make the hummingbirds happy. But it is probably next on the chopping block since it has turned into quite the slug and snail party house.


My Abutilon 'Nabob's should be enough to keep the hummers happy though.

abutilon nabob

And lastly, my Rosa 'Brown Velvet' and Camellia that is still blooming!

rosa brown velvet


  1. I am evious of the diversity you can grow, a few of which are only familiar to me as a greenhouse plant. Happy GBBD!

  2. Wow, that is such a profusion of lovely, and some unusual, blooms. The Oenothera tetragona /Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum' combo looks like a watercolor. Also like the orange geum.

  3. That iris is great! Good for you for taking a chance on a pretty picture. I wish my Erigeron would bloom. It's just a green tangle with no flowers. Sigh.

  4. I enjoyed looking through your blog. Your pictures are beautiful. I am glad I found someone gardening in the same area as me.


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