Anemone x 'Pretty Lady Emily' Leads A Belated Bloom Day
The very first flower. A cool pink when it first opened, the flower has matured to lavender-mauve. Ain't it sweet?
Once a year or so, the Fenestraria has a few flowers. In nature, most of the plant is hidden in grit or sand, with just the very tips exposed. This adaptation protects the plants from herbivores as well as from brutal desert sun and excessive moisture loss.
A few months ago, I bought two 4" (10 cm) Anagallis (now Lysimachia) monellii. One has thrived, one died. Here's the thriver:
Most of the Clematis are producing a scattering of new flowers. 'Wisley':
Salvia 'Warm Wishes', a variant on 'Wendy's Wish' has a delectable plum coloration.
Bell peppers are late this year, but finally a few flowers. Did you know the vegetable found to have the consistently highest pesticide levels is the bell pepper? That's why I like to grow our own. They get nothing more dangerous than water here.
I didn't think my 'Stargazer'-ish lilies would return this year. So nice to see them, modest as they are. After being awestruck by the towering and glorious giants in Portland, my lilies are underwhelming--but they are still lilies.
Grevillea 'Moonlight' is delivering on its purported performance. Today:
Here it is back in January at planting:
A lone flower on my poor Crinodendron hookerianum, which has no business trying to grow in Southern California.
I did find a better spot for it--next to the pond, in probably the highest-humidity, coolest-soil spot in the garden. It has some strong(ish) new growth, so at least I've mitigated its suffering somewhat.
Only two Aloes are blooming at this time of year. 'Cynthia Gitty' and A. melanacantha (or whatever it is--the one with the golden yellow flowers) hardly ever stop. They seem to take a brief rest in winter, when most of the other Aloes are blooming like mad, so that works out.
Rosa 'Wildfire' is another bloomaholic, in the harsh heat of August.
More emerging scapes on most of the Hemerocalli. 'Elizabeth Salter'.
'Rozanne', of course.
A lot of bloomaholics here. Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' is slowing down a little, but its still going. If it doesn't survive to next year--well, I think I've gotten my money's worth.
Also in the new-this-year-already-got-my-moneys-worth category is the Mexican Tulip Poppy. I would not hesitate to recommend this plant for Southern California. A little gem.
And it's that time of year for two bulbs, Amaryllis belladonna...
...and Urginea maritima, fine and dandy with 5" (12.5 cm) of rainfall this year and no other irrigation.
To finally finish, Crape Myrtle 'Dynamite', second wind. There it is in that bright harsh light, against the vivid summer sky. I avoid taking photos in our too-intense direct sunlight, but it illustrates, I suppose, the heat of August.
Happy belated Bloom Day.