I’m delighted as always to get to participate in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted monthly by Carol, May Dreams Gardens. As my garden moves past infancy into adolescence, I am finally enjoying the lushness it is gaining. The Rose of Sharon, above, is now 3 years old and showing off some gorgeous, old-fashioned blooms from the hibiscus family.
Three different Abutilons, a great choice for my part-shade garden, are in bloom right now:
Below, this Indigofera, or False Indigo, loves mostly shade, which makes me love it right back. It blooms off and on through the summer, is drought tolerant, and deciduous. My only minor complaint is that it is aggressive after it reaches 3 years old or so, but the runners are easily removed.
For the first time in my youthful gardening journey, I have enough going on to take a distance photo rather than a closeup of a bed. And interestingly, this sunny bed was only planted 3 months ago. What a difference the sunshine makes for our native plants! I can’t wait for another year’s growth to see what it will do!
I can’t live without Cat’s Whiskers!
A small garden vignette I created that expresses my cottage style that I’m aiming for. I know they aren’t for everyone, but I love Geraniums in my garden. They bloom on neglect and very little sun.
My previous several posts have been showing off (yes, I admit it) the various daylilies I’ve enjoyed this year in my part-shade daylily bed. Here’s the last varieties:
Senorita Rosalita Cleome, a large, lovely Proven Winners annual, is in 4 spots in my garden. My previous longshot of the bed shows the afternoon-shade plant. Planted at the same time is the full sun plant below. Much larger, fuller and lusher. We’ll see how it looks in August, when the Death Star has burned everything to a crisp.
When my 10 year old, 12 foot tall Bottlebrush Tree died in the freeze this past winter, I was initially heartbroken. Optimist that I am, I trimmed it back severely to see if it might recover. It didn’t. It is now a lovely branched natural trellis in the midst of my new bed in the front yard. The Hyacinth Bean vine (I hate to admit that I planted 4 of them around this tree, I think I might have created a monster) is the first to bloom. I also planted Moonvines with it, because I thought the white flower would be lovely with the purple hyacinth bean flower. So far the Moonvine is above the ground, but not growing much. My first blooms on the Hyacinth Bean is below:
And I know I planted the seeds belatedly, but can you believe in this heat that I still have larkspur in mid June? I finally pulled a few out yesterday that were beginning to go brown, but these aren’t near that point.
I leave you with more bloom day images. Other blooms not pictured are several varieties of lantana, salvia greggii, salvia coccinea, cedar sage, portulaca, tropical hibiscus, rainlilies, yarrow, guara, verbena, Yellow Knockout Rose, Bog Sage, bicolor Iris, Agapanthus, Mexican Oregano, Heartleaf Skullcap, and Clerodendrum Butterfly Bush.