Bloom Day April 2016
An all-purple-y Bloom Day. Above, 'Perle d'Azur'.
Purple, mauve, violet, plum, lavender, lavender-blue, purple blue, and so forth. A color that evokes luxury, strength, and the sweetness of summer berries.
'Purple Queen' Iochroma, a favorite of humming birds, looks mauve in the photo.
In photos, Clematis 'Wisley' looks more blue than its in-reality purple.
Clematis 'Viola' is a nodder.
Jackmanii Superba has a mauve center stripe running down the center of each tepal.
Cerinthe is almost complete for the year. Heat will kill it off any day now.
The bees love the flowers, as do the hummingbirds.
Clematis 'Perle d'Azur', an exquisite lavender-blue.
Osteospermum 'Fouth Dimension Silver' opens with a purple-touched center that ages to a thrilling navy blue.
Salvia 'Waverly' opens with white flowers that age to lavender. The flower stem is purple-y black.
The purple-violet of Salvia 'Amistad' is deliciously saturated.
Rosa 'Ebb Tide' can open deeply purple on a cloudy day; here it has aged to mauve.
Clouds of purple and white Limonium perezii mix with California native Woolly Blue Curls, Trichostema lanatum. Black Aeonium rosettes in the foreground.
Velvety rich Iris, 'Cobra's Eye'
Trichostemna lanata's pinky-lavender fuzzy buds open to purple-blue flowers with thready blue 'curls'.
The native annual Lupin, often seen on disturbed open soil along roadsides.
Purple on this Iris, 'Paprika Fonos', a rusty red with touches of yellow--the thin stripes near the yellow "beard" are pure purple.
The alluring plum of Salvia 'Love and Wishes'
And to finish, in late afternoon sun, a selection of our native California Penstemon heterophyllus 'Blue Springs'. True blue touched with purple, white, and magenta.
Happy Bloom Day!