Bloom Day July 2017
Echinopsis seedling just before 6:00 am. The light was amazing.
I'll focus mostly on what only blooms in July, or what is blooming for the first time, to reduce the length of the post. Fierce heat or not, many plants are still blooming, or trying to.
Eryngium planum 'The Hobbit'. The flowers are not yet open, but they may be gone by next bloom day. Not a plant for my climate--lack of winter chill makes them an iffy return--but it's okay if they are annuals, because they were very inexpensive and because they are cool.
Eustoma aka Lisianthus grandiflora. Gorgeous flowers.
A May purchase, Oncidium flexuosum is an Orchid that can live contentedly outdoors here, given considerable shade in the summer and considerable sun in the winter. Tiny flowers the size of your thumbnail, but of a yellow so intense you can see them from a considerable distance.
Consider the beauty:
Orlaya grandiflora. I saw this in a tour garden and it looked wonderful--like lace doilies scattered everywhere. Saw it for sale in a four-inch pot about a month ago, and grabbed, even though planting an annual in June is an iffy thing here. An annual from the Greek islands, hopefully it will reseed, so I have it again next year in Spring. If not, I'll buy some seeds this winter.
Plain, mundane tiger-lilies, Lilium lanceolatum(?), invasive and aggressive in other parts of the country, but not here: too dry. One or two come back faithfully every year without making a pest of themselves. They have behaved for over a decade, so I'm comfortable leaving them.
The Zephyranthes candida don't bloom much here, but the flowers are a dainty delight whenever they appear.
Callistemon 'Slim' looks like red fireworks. The hummingbirds have discovered them.
California native, Red Buckwheat, Eriogonum grand rubescens. After having killed this beauty a couple of times, it seems in this garden to needs morning sun/afternoon shade, and some summer water. This is a seedling plant that appeared; an offspring of one the sun baked to death. Small native butterflies flock to it, an excellent reason to grow it besides its good looks.
The Daylilys, stars of May and June, are weary by July, but from now until Thanksgiving or so, there will be steady, light bloom.
July means Dahlias take over the starring role. The flowers stand up to heat quite well.
Rose 'Precious Dream', which struggled for a decade. When I realized it had been struggling for a decade, several applications of fertilizer finally got it established.
It forgave me!
Rose 'Gemini', a very fine rose in Southern California. It endured a bad spring here being completely engulfed by Salvia 'Amistad'. 'Amistad' given a hard prune, 'Gemini' revived.
Quick! Bloom before 'Amistad' engulfs you again!
The flowering year begins here at Winter's end--the first flush of roses, and the Leucospermum show begins in mid to late March and peaks the second or third week of April. At Peak Rose the Clematis join in. Just as the roses fade, the Daylily show begins. The Daylilys are joined by the second flush of roses in late May to early June, along with the last large Aloe show.
June is a mix of all sorts of things, none dominant, but Echeverias are a highlight. July is Dahlia time. Where there are not Dahlias, tough, heat-happy Gaillardias, Echinopsis, Bougainvillea, and Salvias brighten the garden as the Roses mostly rest in hot July and August, getting their second wind in early September.
Autumn brings the year's most beautiful roses, and then the Aloes, and Grevilleas of Autumn and winter.
I neglect to mention Proteas, Hellebores, Hippeastrums, Iris, Leucadendrons, Lavenders, Lagerstroemias, Metrosideros, Sweet Peas, many different daisies (Shasta, Blackfoot, South African), the citrus blossoms and their heavenly scent, year-round Geranium 'Rozanne'...here, Happy Bloom Day is almost every day. How lucky is that?
Happy Bloom Day.