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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- July 2012

Purple iceplant, although actually it looks more like magenta...

Summer has arrived in the PNW, but even so, it still isn't getting much over 80 at the peak of the day's heat, and it takes forever to reach that. Many of our mornings are starting out cool and foggy or hazy, and we've had some freakish thunderstorms pass over as well. Rain, in the form of persistent misty drizzle, is normal for us, but thunder, lightning and torrential downpours aren't.

The relative warmth and dryness means most of my gravel garden plants are growing in leaps and bounds, and flowering like crazy.

Salvia greggii

Teucrium aroanium/Germander

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

Hens and chicks

Hens and chicks with thyme

Hens and chicks

Asclepias tuberosa

Origanum libanoticum, an ornamental Oregano, its first flowers are quite small

In another area of the garden, the lilies, both Lilium and Hemerocallis, are really going to town.

Lily 'Eyeliner' with its subtle purple picotee

Daylily (tags get blown or raked out of the beds so often, I've lost track of this one)

Daylily 'Going Bananas' (from Proven Winners)

Lily 'Eyeliner' with shasta daisies (whenever I see this picture, I hear the wedding march)

Shasta daisies, with a slightly frillier petal

Lily 'Landini'

My Dahlias like the warmth too, and have started blooming.

Dahlia 'Arabian Night'

I got a bunch of Dahlias at a plant swap last spring, over a year ago, and they have really done well. I'm thrilled with the variety of colors and size of the flowers. I don't dig these up, they are planted in a raised bed in sandy soil, which keeps them from rotting in our rain-drenched winters.

Unknown Dahlia

Unknown Dahlia

Unknown Dahlia

Unknown Dahlia, might be 'Kelvin Floodlight'

My red bee balm is doing well, and is a hummer favorite

Penstemon hartweggi 'Tubular Bells', from seed last year

I just bought this Penstemon 'Blackbird' the other day, I couldn't resist that color.

Shasta daisy and Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty'

Echinacea 'Pow Wow Wild Berry'

Although my PNW native area is primarily planted with spring bloomers, I still have several PNW native flowers blooming too.

Erigeron glaucus/Fleabane, from seed, growing up through twinberry foliage

Calochortus/Mariposa lily

Lilium columbianum, a PNW native lily
I have quite a few shrubs flowering now too.

Hydrangea 'Invincibelle Spirit'

This hardy Fuchsia didn't die back all the way to the ground this winter, so it is flowering profusely. I have another that did die back, and needed to be pruned severely, that is not flowering yet.

Fuchsia magellanica

Native mock-orange Philadelphus lewisii smells amazing!

Leycesteria formosa/Himalayan honeysuckle

Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

I saw this Hydrangea macrophylla "Pistachio' on a couple of other blogs, and went out hunting for it at Swanson's Nursery in North Seattle. With discount coupons I got it for half-price, $15 instead of $30. They only had two left. Now they have one. I just had to have it. I don't have a clue where it's going.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pistachio'

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Click over to her blog to see what's flowering all around the world.


  1. You've so many beauties in flower - I especially like that pink hydrangea as I've never seent that for sale here in Scotland.

  2. I agree with Rosie, you’ve quite a few blooms to catch the eye here – mine especially caught Lily 'Landini' and Penstemon 'Blackbird' and the peach unnamed dahlia. Happy Bloom Day from Scotland :-)

  3. Your Lilies and Dahlias are beautiful...such a nice variety of blooms in your garden! Happy GBBD!

  4. It's wonderful when we finally get summer! Your blooms are gorgeous! Glad you found hydrangea 'Pistacio.' The centers of mine (the tiny flower parts) are opening a sort of purple color which clashes wonderfully with the red and green. Love this plant!

  5. Those are all so beautiful, as are your pictures. I especially like that Fuchsia - I don't think I've even seen one that big (or realized they could overwinter!) Happy GBBD!

  6. I love the 'dark' colored flowers you have incorporated. I am waiting to see what my new nasturtium that is supposed to be a black (can't remember name right now) turns out to be. All your photos are lovely as usual. xo

  7. So many lovely blooms, it must be warmer where you live than where I am. Dahlias wouldn't bloom this early in the ground for me. I love that twisty one with the rosy tips. Do you have your Mariposa lily planted with very sharp drainage, too? I understand they are hard to bring through the winter damp.

  8. Great flowers, lovely pics of all!

  9. Wow your flowers look great. I love Dahlias, though I don't have luck with them here. Thanks for the tour.

  10. I lost all of my dahlias in the two harsh winters (I never dig them either) and I miss them. Now you have given me the idea to put them in a berm. Thanks! I had just about given up on them. Lovely Bloom Day in your garden.

  11. i have a rainy month. hope you have nice season ! i watch for all the seasons forcasting... and try to do my best !

  12. Well look at that. You've got both 'Invincible' and 'Pistachio.' Very nice indeed.

  13. WOW! Your garden is filled with blooms--lucky you! Ours is so sad right now. We were visiting family in Europe for two weeks, and I returned to a weed-infested, unruly mess of a garden...and the heat is crazy. Your dahlias are stunning--but all the photos are simple lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Lovely post, as the very cool! I actually just bought a Teucrium that looks almost identical...but the name was slightly different...I wonderf if mine was mis-labeled.

  15. I love your wonderful assortment of blooms! The yellow and pink dahlia reminds me of one I grew a few years ago. I never remember the names of them. I have gotten them dug some years, but forgot to take the roots inside. Last year, I didn't get them dug, and a couple survived our mild winter. The blooms are not as pretty as last year, though.

    The hen and chick blooms are cool. I like that oregano, too.

  16. Great blooms Alison!! Your Germander looks wonderful! Not an often used plant.
    Love the Pow-wow Wild Berry Echinacea!


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