The roses here had a rough spring. A heat wave just as peak bloom arrived--supporting new spring foliage and masses of flowers at the same time, on reduced water, stressed them considerably. Next, a six week period of cool, overcast weather and a little spring rain gave many of them a rash of foliage diseases. So the heavy lifting of mid to late spring has been handled by Salvias and Hemerocallis. Not that stellar rose blooms have been completely absent--cool, overcast weather means richer color and more petals.
Other plants have contributed this month.
I pulled most of the California poppies after that extreme March heat, expecting May would be as bad or worse, but the succeeding six weeks of gloom revived a few of them, and brought a new round of flowers.
Most of the poppies were on the west slope. Also on the west slope, warmer soil has awakened the Russelia equisetiformus, intended to cascade down over the retaining wall. Planted last fall, they are beginning to establish. I bought two regular plants and one that claimed to be a dwarf version, assuming the dwarf version really wasn't all that dwarfy. Wrong. It is. I'll move it and split off a piece of one of the regulars to take its spot. Compare the two.
Also up on the slope, also intended to cascade, is the Madagascar succulent vine Xerosycios daguyi. Looking down at the plant as it drapes towards the Agaves below, a few tiny flowers can be seen:
Another sign of June are these, scattered over the driest parts of the garden. Do you know what this is?
Lizards prepare many small, shallow cavities in the soil to lay their eggs. I wonder if they dig many as decoys--to confuse birds and other egg-eating creatures.
Off the west slope, and back to flowers like Salvia 'Black And Blue'
The inevitable 'Rozanne':
and the first flower of this Teucrium hircanicum, courtesy of A Growing Obsesson. It leans against Iris leaves for a little support.
We finish with the brilliant yellow of Hunnimannia fumarifolia.
Visit May Dreams Gardens blog for more flowers. Gloom isn't really gloom in bloomin' June