Bloom Day April 2018


Leucospermum 'Flame Giant':  Yellow and Orange
 Something of a theme for today's Bloom Day: color thoughts
Leonotis lenurus:  Orange and green:
 New opening Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream':  Green and...cream.  The peaches are not ripe yet.  
Ever-blooming Grevillea 'Moonlight' presented this composition of ivory, light, and shadow:
 Geranium 'Tiny Monster' presents green and violet.  Sellers claim 'Tiny Monster' is sterile, but mine produces viable seed.  Perhaps it is self-sterile and I'm getting crosses with 'Rozanne'? 
 Salvia 'Amistad' and Salvia 'Wendy's Wish':  black, purple, and magenta...
Tall Bearded Iris 'Paprika Fonos' is purple, wine, rust, yellow and white, all in one flower.  Iris time is so brief.  
 Rosa 'Snowbird':  green and white: 
 Rosa 'Tamora'--orange and peach (these peaches are ripe):
 Lavender 'Silver Anouk':  purple, silver and lavender
Rosa 'Red Intuition':  red, light red, and green
 Orlaya grandiflora--green and ivory
 Orange in the Alstroemeria flowers echoed in the orange of the Crassula foliage at lower left:
 White 'Iceberg' rose and lavender-blue Clematis 'Perle d'Azur'
 Yellow and orange again, this time in poppies--Mexican Tulip and California.

 Add in the purple of Lupines,  even better:
Rather a long wait for 'Cloudbank Ginny' Leucadendron.  Yellow-green bracts with yellow-green-red centers on both straight and undulating stems, against a background of gold and coral Aloe flowers.  Whew!
A range of yellow, oranges and pinks meet crimson by the back gate.  Rose 'Tangerine Streams' battles for space with Callistemon 'Slim'.  'Slim' will get trimmed back as soon as his flowers finish.  
   Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'--multiple reds, yellow dots:
 Happy Bloom Day!  

Oh, did I forget something?  Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird', of course...
...and one more 'Bartzella' peony.  

Comments

  1. what a superb collection of flowers. All are wonderful, but the complexity of the colour scheme of the bearded iris is amazing.

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    1. The color scheme makes up for the Iris's brief span of bloom...a little bit, anyway!

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  2. Lots of beautiful exotic flowers! Thanks for sharing your wonderful closeup photos of them, especially the roses. I have two Callistemons that could use pruning, they both sprawl open in the center, but I have no clue where to start to fix that.

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    1. I'm constantly tip-pruning the Callistemon 'Slim's to encourage a tall narrow shape. I have no idea on any of the other ones. There are some YouTubes about the subject.

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  3. WOW! I'm always a little envious of your blooms but I'm extra green today. Everything looks amazing! I bought two small Leonotis lenurus at a plant sale yesterday, I can't wait for those fuzzy orange blooms to be back in my garden.

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    1. Leonotis grow really fast, so it won't be long!

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  4. Beautiful! Is that lupinus succulentus?

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    1. Lupinus nanus, I think. A spring blooming, California annual.

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  5. I planted Leonotis the first year I was here in Washington, not knowing what it was. I found it at Home Depot. Absolutely loved it and couldn't find it anywhere last year. That grevillea shot is astounding.

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    1. Annie's Annuals usually has Leonotis, I think.

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  6. Each entry in your Bloom Day post is perfection! I love that bearded Iris. My Orlaya are still caged to protect them from the bunnies that previously ate them down to the ground but, as the plants have finally gains some size, perhaps I can let them out to fend for themselves. I'm still waiting for the first blooms on 'Moonlight', purchased last year, too. Happy GBBD!

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    1. My 'Moonlight' took its time to produce the first bloom, but after that it never stopped.

      Bunnies hit the Orlaya here also, but there is more Orlaya than bunnies. Hmmm...

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    2. You and Kris are making me rethink my longing for Orlaya. Or else convincing me to get it as a trap plant for rabbits, to protect the sedums...

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  7. Some splendid blooms this month -I especially enjoy the images of the Grevilleas. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks! I used my lens that focuses a little better. The usual one has gotten flakey, and the dogs lick it.

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  8. Your flowers, colors are so rich and vibrant. I love that 3rd photo. The loopy lops on that flower are wild. Happy GBBD.

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  9. Beautiful! I am particularly enamored by the photo of Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'. It appears to be too tender to put in the ground where I live (PNW) but I found a YouTube video from Logees showing a 5 year old plant in a greenhouse pot. I would have to trundle the pot into the garage for the winter but I'm going to try that if I can locate a plant.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Might be tough for it spending the winter in the garage, unless the garage is warm and very sunny. Best of luck trying it, though.

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  10. That leucospermum yellow bird is amazing!

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