Sunday, August 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August 2010

I missed the July posting of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, so I wanted to make sure and get a posting up today.

Seems like there isn't much going on in my garden right now, other than way too many squash. I haven't been watering that much this summer so everything is just "resting" (aka: trying not to die). I found a few toughie drought tolerant wonders still doing their thing though.

Bouvardia ternifolia with Bidens 'Golden Goddess', Hedychium gardnerianum 'Tara' - a very fragrant ginger, Amaranthus (which reseeds and returns in my garden every year) and Tecoma 'Orange Jubilee' - one of my favorite plants ever. I was visiting Las Vegas and hit a couple of nurseries while I was there and found this baby in a 5 gallon. Couldn't resist and ended up smuggling it back in my tall camping backpack. Yes, a 5 gallon pot in carry on backpack. I earned my plant freak badge on that trip. I know Tecomas are pretty common in Texas (where I grew up) but out here in California whenever my plant goes into bloom everyone in the neighborhood wants one. The hummingbirds are big fans too.

bouvardia ternifoliahedychium gardnarianum taraamaranth and tecomatecoma orange jubilee

The Gasteria blooms are quite lovely, the Jovibarba are blooming, and the Deppea splendens are starting up.

IMG_3966jovibarba flowers emergingjovibarba heuffliideppea splendens

I've had this Agave for years that I can't seem to remember the name of but it's lovely and silver and small and not too sharp. Here are the rather discreet flowers. I'll post the foliage tomorrow on Foliage Follow Up. Maybe somebody will know which one it is.

discreet agave flowers

The Marigold 'Harlequin' still has a few blooms and my Bupleurum, that I threaten to remove every year, always wins me over again when it starts to bloom.

marigold harlequinbupleurum fruticosum

Thank you to May Dreams Garden for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. See you at Digging for Foliage Follow Up tomorrow!


  1. Such terrific clear photos ... the harlequin Marigold really stand out! Just love your Ginger and Tecoma ... great colours.

  2. These colors and shapes are delicious. Your last photo of the thoroughwax/bupleurum caused a twinge of guilt because I did finally remove mine! I've seen photos of nice, rounded shrubs but mine was a lanky mess. Happy bloom day.

  3. I'm with Denise....delicious! Every photo is so full of color and depth.

  4. I adore the hot oranges and burgundies together. As for your mystery agave bloom, since agaves usually die after flowering, I'm guessing that you have a manfreda, which jives with what you said about it being small and not too sharp. I'll look for your foliage post to see if that could be right.

  5. Beautiful photographs, but I was only familiar with a few of them. The range of what you can grow amazes me.


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