Monday, May 30, 2011


 It's my first year growing poppies and I was happy to see these blooms...I thought they were lovely.

That is, until this one bloomed! I have no idea why it is different...all the seeds came from the same place and almost all blooms were of the plainer type. Can anyone tell me if it was nature or nurture? I'd love to be able to get more of the more lush ones next year.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

GBBD May 2011

Garden Blogger Bloom Day is here again! Carol at May Dreams Gardens invites all gardeners to share what is blooming in their garden every month on the 15th. Anticipating rain,  I took photos yesterday. I had a bit of a scare when it started hailing today, right after a huge boom of thunder, but the blooms prevailed. We here in northern California don't really do thunder so it was pretty exciting to this ex-Midwesterner but we only got the one boom. Oh well, it was right over us and shook the windows so pretty exciting even if short-lived.

 The fountain garden is awash in blooms. in the right foreground is brunfelsia pauciflora. The common name is Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, due to the fact that the flowers fade as they bloom. Yesterday purple, today lavender, tomorrow white. To the left is alstroemeria Regina, behind a pink pelargonium. Rosa Berries and Cream shares space on the fence with Solanum jasminoides.
In the front garden dianthus Devon Cottage Rosie Cheeks is in full bloom. I love the dad always got us carnation corsages for Easter and it is a good memory.

The passion flower vine planted last year is covered with wonderfully strange blooms. I once felt they were too weird but have changed my mind and love them! This was supposed to be white passion flower but it doesn't look quite as it should. It appears to be some version of it though, with just a hint of blue.

 My new-last-year campanula is blooming...but I seem to have misplaced the tag. I'm not sure which this is!

Scabiosa  Fama blooms in the Morning Garden.

 Iris My Old Friend blooms for the first time. I planted several new iris varieties last year...most have not bloomed yet. This is the first!

Rosa Flower Girl  blooms most of the year but right now, with the cooler weather we've been having, it has some lovely, peach colored buds and pink blooms. By summer it will be putting out almost completely white flowers.

 Salvia Mulberry Jam has settled in after a few years and is now blooming in amongst the lemon verbena foliage.
That is about it for this month! I'm not writing long lists of bloomers anymore, but will instead try to showcase flowers that are new. Failed with that on the Flower Girl, but she is a favorite and different almost every month. Visit Carol to find other gardens in bloom...there are lots!!!