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Friday, June 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- June 2018

Well, it's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! I guess I need to take a little break from showing other people's gardens and check out what's flowering in my own.

Starting in the front garden:

Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle)

Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty'

California poppies, Campanula and rose campion

Nigella with the seedheads of Geum triflorum

This peach-colored Digitalis was my hardy replacement for the Digiplexis that was all the rage a few years ago -- not as exotic or bright but it works for me and it comes back every year
Eremurus has sent up tall spires, but frustratingly none of the blooms are actually open yet

Salvia, California poppies (and weeds)

Clematis 'Niobe' and purple Cotinus

Kniphofia and Phlomis

Hemerocallis 'El Desperado' (with just the tiniest hint of a dark purple picotee on the ruffled edges)

Callistemon subulatus 'Dark Red'

Styrax japonicus always flowers profusely despite extreme neglect

Lavandula stoechas

Lavandula stoechas 'Boysenberry Ruffles'

Lavandula stoechas 'Boysenberry Ruffles'

Creeping Thyme growing in gravel


In the back garden:

Lily 'Matrix' with Ray's Golden Campion (the tall pink flowers)

Lily 'Forever Susan'

A small native tiger lily, I can never remember if it's Lilium columbianum or L. pardalinum

I moved my peonies from front to back this spring and they're protesting by flowering less profusely


More buds coming along -- although thte flower smells so good and is pretty and exotic-looking, I almost like it better in bud, those big red swelling fingers! Ah well, I'm sure the hummingbirds prefer them open

Tuberous Begonia

Another beautifully scented flower, Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' (mockorange)

Black Calla lilies waiting in the pot ghetto

Paris polyphylla

There's more, but I think that's enough for now.

Carol at May Dreams gardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, check out her post here.


  1. That's definitely enough or I am going to be really jealous of all those beauties you are growing. The first photo alone was a show stopper.

  2. Your Leycesteria formosa is absolutely stunning! WOW.
    I can only hope to see my Eremurus sending up a tall spire... I'm on my second attempt at growing a foxtail lily and wonder how long before I see it flower.

  3. You're having Eremurus success too! I stopped by Heather's yesterday and her front garden featured several of those tall spikes (I'm jealous of both of you). That Callistemon subulatus 'Dark Red', yummy color. And seeing your 'Forever Susan' reminds me I didn't get a photo of mine!!!

  4. OMG your Lily ‘Forever Susan’! New on my WANT list, plus that Paris polyphylla.

  5. That Leycesteria! Its photo prompted a trip into my own garden to see if my plant was still there. The good news is that it is but the Santa Barbara daisies and a peppermint geranium were trying to strangle it so the rescue effort was well-timed. I couldn't help staring longingly at the Paris polyphylla even though I know it's not a plant that wants to grow in my climate. Ditto Eremurus. Happy GBBD Alison!

  6. I really enjoyed your photos. You have some great combinations!

  7. Oh Alison, I think your blooms look wonderful! I am always insanely jealous of people who can grow Eremurus.

  8. Lovely flowers and yes, it is nice to see your garden! You have so many plants that I can't grow because of our solid clay, I'm so envious!

  9. Pretty blooms!
    I can't believe your H. honeysuckle is already blooming! Mine is way behind. I love the salvia/poppies combination!
    I have several Eremurus plants but only two are blooming. I might need to move them to a drier spot.
    Have a good weekend, Alison!

  10. I love that combo of Kniphofia and Phlomis!

  11. I have never seen a black calla lily! Wow!

  12. Looking really good! Some truly glorious color combinations.


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