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Monday, July 15, 2013

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- July 2013

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

Although there are plenty of flowers in this post, I honestly don't feel like I have anywhere near enough flowers in my garden. I've planted the back with foliage in mind for the most part, and it is pretty much a sea of green, and is very calming to sit in, look at, or walk through. It's good to look at up close, where you can really see all the contrasts in form and texture and subtle differences. But you know, sometimes I just want to look at a riot of flowers, especially at high summer. So I'm working -- in my head for the most part, via lots of critical staring -- on redoing the front next year, getting rid of a portion of grass, and planting it in big tropical foliage and lots of bright flowers. I'm thinking orange and pink and a few spots of restful blue. I hope it ends up looking like it looks in my head.

My daylilies are going strong. They're one of my favorite perennials, with their big, colorful flowers.

'Indy Charmer'

'Bold Tiger' -- I love this one, and plan to buy more

'Pardon Me'

'Royal Braid'

I started a lot of Nasturtium 'Alaska' from seed direct-sown into my front bed, and they are really lighting up the garden, in shades of orange and red and yellow and peach.

Salvia patens, still growing in the pot it was sown into two years ago, is such a deep blue. I saved seeds from it last year and sowed more.

Hydrangea 'Annabelle' has plenty of little mopheads.

Asclepias tuberosa, growing in the gravel garden with Mexican feather grass. I planted it last year, and sowed seeds saved from it last winter. The little babies are growing quite well, and will make a beautiful river of orange in next year's front bed.

Geranium 'Rozanne' scrambling around in a semi-shady spot near the new gate.

Filipendula flowers with the foliage of Impatiens omeiana

Sempervivum flowers

The first Echinacea purpurea to open

Lilium 'Eyeliner'

Another lily, but I can't remember the name

Matilja poppy


Erigeron and yellow-eyed grass

Veronicastrum 'Fascination'

Hydrangea 'Invincibelle Spirit'

'Laura Bush' Petunia

Invincibelle Spirit and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'

Fuchsia magellanica

Mertensia maritima (simplicissima)

Eryngium 'Big Blue'

Agastache color-matched with the seedheads of Mexican feather grass -- a happy accident



Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

Poppy seedpods with Allium sphaerocephalon

California poppy with dark-leafed Ninebark

Front bed with Nasturtiums, California poppy, and lilies

The same bed from the other side

Oakleaf Hydrangea flower -- the first ever

Centaurea montana 'Amethyst Dream' reblooming

Lobelia tupa starting to open

Fuchsia magellanica

Filipendula flowers against the dark foliage of Bugbane

Geum triflorum, also known as prairie smoke. I have a good size patch of this, but it has never bloomed in abundance. I keep hoping some day it will live up to its name, and have a profusion of seedheads that give it its common name.


Coreopsis 'Red Shift'

Technically not flowers, but they look like it -- and I can use the same shot tomorrow for Foliage Followup!

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day takes place every month on the 15th, and is hosted by Carol Michel of the blog May Dreams Gardens. Check out her blog for many more links to others who have flowers blooming all around the world.


  1. Whatever 'little' amount of flowering plants you have, you have plenty of good ones already :) A fab cheerful selection!

  2. That's a lot of blooms Alison ! wonderful ! I 'm all for pink and orange !

  3. So many pretty flowers! I think I also have the dark burgundy lily, but I don't know its name either. I absolutely love your gate. I don''t have a need for a gate like that at my current house. But, at my old house I never would have thought to add such a pretty gate instead of the same, boring gate everybody has. I'm also lovin' the bright green sedum with red/pink edges. I enjoy that color combo.

  4. Lordy yes that's a lot of flowers!

    You've reminded me of the Mertensia maritima I bought at Dragonfly during the Seattle fling. Darn thing've got me wanting another one!

  5. Beautiful flowers! Gardening in your mind is the best kind! You can wear your best Smith and Hawken floppy hat, a lovely sun dress and heels, skip down the paths and declare, "I'm gardening." No dirt under your fingernails, no mud to scrape from your clogs, no strenuous bending. What could be better?

  6. WOW! Alison, or should I say "flower queen," AMAZING!!!! I don't even know where one would begin to speak of how beautiful that is. Of course having a prickly passion I am in love with eryngium, but I think the echinacea is a fav! I am regretful of not buying the Origanum 'Kent Beauty' I saw the other day after seeing yours.

  7. Love that combo of Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'...just wonderful...and I'm so jealous fo your Dierama!

  8. Another fan of your Mertensia maritima and of course the dierama, romneya, the prairie smoke -- what a fabulous garden you've made.

  9. I agree with Scott about the Invincibelle/Golden Jubilee combo. You probably think of your huge Fuschia as old hat, but it stopped me in my scroll with envy, as it always does.

  10. Hello! I just jumped over from Linda Reeder's blog after she put me in the mood for gardens. Wow! Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Ha ha - here's to more critical staring! My favorite pastime! Every time I look at your blog, my wish list grows... That salvia is positively electric, and I adore the little oreganum - so pretty! And the poppy seed heads and the alliums are a great combo. Love it!

  12. I'll have to be ready in august to join in this photo event. We still catching up around here from our busy open garden weekend. We exchanged visits with others in our tour on Sunday - turned into another all day event.

  13. Oh, enough about myself. Your photos and flowers are lovely! and I'm getting a glimpse of your garden!

  14. Look at all of those lovely blooms! I enjoy seeing the close ups and wider views. Your place looks nice and cheerful.

    Thanks for your comment on my GBBD post.

  15. You are such a wonderful photographer, Alison. I'm in love with that Erigeron!

  16. I know what you mean. I want my borders to be a bursting with color, all the time. Also, intense staring is an essential tool of gardening. Even so, you have a wonderful selection of daylilies and nasturtiums, and I love your front border with the CA poppies. Happy GBBD!

  17. Alison - I forgot to write this in my last comment... I'm pretty sure your dark, burgundy lily is a 'Landini'. Does that ring a bell? I have some too, and it looks just like mine - an Asiatic, right?

  18. Beautiful!! I love your edgings too :)

    Happy Gardening!

  19. Stunning all the nasturtiums and so yummy in salad.


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