Saturday, June 14, 2008

GBBD June 2008

This is my new hymenocallis, Sulpher Queen. I am really liking them although the first two buds on a different plant were enjoyed by earwigs before opening. This one looks much better! Not as tall as the old common peruvian daffodil I've had for years...or maybe it's because it's the first year?
Chamomile that I'm hoping to dry for tea...if I figure out the process soon!

Blue agapanthus...the white is about a week or more behind the blue. I guess I'll have to pay attention and see if that is always true. We like these strong tall stems because we often get garden spider webs from one to another...and they're in the perfect spot for observing!

Salvia nemorosa Friesland Pink...much pinker than any other of my salvias...makes a nice contrast to all the blue/purple.
Hemerocallis...hmmm... can't find name tag under plant and I don't remember it!

Glossy abelia Edward Goucher. Cute tiny trumpet-shaped flowers.

Another hemerocallis...could this be Judith?

OK...this one is Siloam Spizz! See...yellow in my garden!

This is actually in last year's experiment that barely grew is much happier this year! Any guesses?'s not an artichoke. This is cardoon. I was very excited to get seeds and start a plant last year, having heard that the stems are the edible part of the plant and that they tasted like artichoke. Yum! And I got tired years ago of earwigs in home grown artichokes so I quit growing them. But the poor thing had no stems to spare last year. Now I'm torn between eating some of this and letting the plants go to seed so I get a few more plants. I'm a bit apprehensive, too, since I've heard it really likes to reseed in a borderline invasive way.'s not a small plant. I think I will let it reseed, try cooking some and if it proves worthy allow it to occupy a bigger spot next year!

Now for the more or less complete list of what's blooming in Davis this month...
Solanum jasminoides
Solanum rantonnetii
Canterbury bells
Campanula poscharskyana
Lilium regale
Blue agapanthus
Lemon verbena
Alstroemeria Regina
Glossy abelia Edward Goucher
Yellow columbine
-Dean's Delight
-Rose scented
- citrosa
-Staghorn Oak
Lanvandula pinnata bucchii
Plumbago capensis
Anisodontia -Elegant Lady
-Very Cranberry
-Hibiscus Bits
Pink Pandorea
various succulents
Star Jasmine
Wax begonias
Shasta daisies
Dwarf carnation Evermore
Scabiosa Butterfly Blue
Blue felicia
Marguerite Comet Pink amount after first big bloom
Asparagus fern
Nepeta Walker's Low
Dianthus Devon Cottage
Erodium reichardii
Penstemon Appleblossom
Hemerocallis -Siloam Spizz
-others forgot names?
Sweet Pea shrub
Salvia-Friesland Pink
-Mulberry Jam
-Dancing Dolls
-Autumn...light pink...not sure of exact variety
-Blue Hill
-May Night
-Victoria Blue
Hollyhock-Chater's Double
-Black Beauty
-passalong pink from a friend
Rosa Flower Girl
Rosa Demitasse
Penstemon heterophyllus Blue Springs
common thyme
lemon thyme
common fennel
Green beans-Nickel french filet
-Blue Lake pole


Anonymous said...

Wow! You've got tons of stuff in bloom right now. Looks lovely. My favorite, though, has to be that hymenocallis. What a beauty!

Annie in Austin said...

Your pretty Hymenocallis caught my eye too - a friend had Peruvian Daffodil, giving me the idea of trying them.
Leslie, your bloom list is enormous and it's always fun to see what we have in common- earlier this spring I added an abelia Edward Goucher to the Pink Entrance Garden.
Let us know if you sacrifice some of the cardoon for the dinner table!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Unknown said...

Oooh... my favorite is the cardoon. What a grand plant that is! Very architectural. :)

Katarina said...

I've never seen a Hymenocallis before - what a beauty!
Your list of plants is impressive!

Carol Michel said...

You surely have the longest list of blooms for bloom day that I've seen so far, and I've seen a lot.

I also like that first bloom, the hymenocallis.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

growingagardenindavis said...

Hi MSS...this is prime bloom time although we are lucky to have a long season. The hymenocallis is from Brent and Becky' many bloggers order from them I had to try a few things!
I think you'll like your abelia, Annie! It blooms here for months and if you don't prune it into a block, like I've seen so many people do, it has a really lovely arching form.
I'm not surprised you like the cardoon, Kim! I wonder if you could grow one? They have one in the Cloister's garden in New York"s a fairly protected could arrange that couldn't you??
Hello Katarina! The hymenocallis is the first of my Brent and Becky's bulbs to bloom...I'm hoping the lilies are are successful!
Poor Carol! I hope you don't feel too required to view each post too soon after bloom day...this month has to be a record! I love that there are so many bloggers I've never even heard of! You are truly the garden blogger rock star!

K.C. said...

I agree with the first comment. I love the hymenocallis. But, everything looked so beautiful and fresh.

So much going on and just so pretty... Kayce

Muum said...

hymenocallis - that is a new one for me. Love the agapanthus, my California raised husband keeps bringing some back to Utah in pots, and trying to overwinter it.

Connie said...

Pretty blooms! I love how the Agapanthus looks against the brick walk.

ConsciousGardener said...

It's amazing what all you've got growing! I can count on one hand the bloomers in my garden this June! It's my first visit to your lovely site! Love the photos, thanks for sharing:)