I’m usually not organized enough to participate in Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day with May Dreams Gardens but this month I have a bunch of blooms and I’m ready!
Zaluzianskya capensis bloomed all winter but the warmer it gets the more abundantly it blooms and the more fragrant it is. I’ve seen others criticize it for not being very exciting but I think the shrubby little plants are quite attractive and when the blooms open in the afternoon it is gorgeous.
Linaria reticulata ‘Flamenco’ is still blooming like crazy. A few at the front (where they receive less water) are starting to peter out. I’m wondering if I will get any new seedlings and bloom for the season or if I am going to have to fill this big area of the garden with a few summer bloomers.
Geranium maderense has survived the wind storms and has been putting on a show for the past month.
Clianthus puniceus from New Zealand deserves better placement in the garden than I gave it. It has long stems that get weighted down by the large flowers so they end up hanging down pretty close to the ground. Closer to the front of a raised bed or large container is my suggestion for anyone growing this neat plant.
Sutherlandia frutescens from South Africa is a similar pea flowered plant but a little more delicate. This one bloomed in just one year from seed despite some rough handling. First it got swamped by some Lotus growing nearby, then it got tromped on and snapped in half by construction workers, I dug it up just in time before they could do more damage and it surprised me with new growth and new blooms in the gallon pot it calls home now.
I’m very glad I kept two Craspedia globosa in my mediterranean garden.
I snapped this photo of a Dudleya pulverulenta inflorescence just in time. A few days later my neighbors large dog escaped confinement and went on a rampage through my garden. She snapped stems and small plants left and right. My future garden will have a fence to keep out neighbors dogs as well as marauding deer.
I am sure that there are some people who would consider Chrysanthemum paludosum a potentially noxious weed. A six pack of plants last year became thousands this year. But they are very easy to edit out and much more charming and longer blooming than perennial Chrysanthemum hosmariense that I also grow. They have become one of my “must have” plants.
I’ll have to check my notes but it seems like this Mentzelia lindleyi has been blooming for about two months. Very rewarding since it is a California native and it was also a free volunteer. This winds have battered it a bit but it is still going strong.
I posted this little vignette last week but this week the Euphorbia ‘Blue Haze’ is in full bloom.
Last year I was quite disappointed with Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Cherry Red’. It just sort of sat there looking sad all summer. Since everything in California seems to grow like crazy I forgot that some perennials need a year or two to get established. Now it is doing just what I wanted it to do. Covering the ugly chain link fence. And the hummingbirds go crazy for it.
I think that is enough for now! Do go check out the links at May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming in other garden bloggers parts of the world.