Bloom Day June 2018

 Hemerocallis 'Bella Serra'
Hemerocallis 'Elisabeth Salter'
 Grevillea 'Superb'.  A stubbornly persistent Salvia 'Black And Blue' visible on the far upper right.  It's growth is overly aggressive.  A gorgeous flower--if only the plant played well with others.
I cut it to the ground and dig it out every winter. 

  Hymenolepis crithmifolia, common name Coulter Bush, a South African wildflower. 
The flowers have a quite nice honey scent. 
 Roses--'Miranda Lambert'
 Rose 'Burgundy Iceberg' with Orlaya grandiflora
 Liatris spicata--planted early this year.  It's doing fairly well. 
Aloe brevifolia
Native California bulb Broadiea 'Queen Fabiola'.  I really have to get more of these this fall/winter.  They are wonderful and require no irrigation. This was originally one or two bulbs that came in a big box store mix 19 years ago.  One of the first things I planted in this garden. 
Trachelospermum jasminoides.  These two plants has been unfortunately slow growing, but they are starting to create the intended effect of covering the structure.  I'm hoping they will grow down the other side.
Leonotis leonurus
 Dahlia Mystic Fantasy
 Clematis Etoile Violette in harsh afternoon light
 Richer color when the sun isn't hammering it
 The garden seedling Clematis is having an excellent year, with the most flowers it has ever had. 
 This is one of the Joy Creek Clems purchased in 2017.  'Blekitny Aniol'  ('Blue Angel').  It's color has faded because we've had a couple of hot sunny days. 
 And that's enough flowers for June's Bloom Day.  I wish you lots of beautiful flowers!


  1. Good morning dear Hoover Boo,
    So many beautiful and special plants are growing in your garden. It's a feast to my eyes. I love the
    color of the Salvia. Helas when I plant it it's gone with 2 days just like the Delphinium's. It's on
    the menu of the snails. The Grevilla is a real beauty.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
    Rosehugs Marijke

    1. Because of our five out of six years of drought, the snails are gone from my garden. That might be the only good thing about drought.

      Have a beautiful and very rosy weekend!

  2. I adore your Leonotis leonurus, hopefully my plants (annuals here) will get with the program and BLOOM soon. What a Clematis collection! And that Grevillea 'Superb' truly is.

    1. The Leonotis is doing really well and is a fun plant, looking especially good with the nearby purple Salvia clevelandii. Leonotis tend to look ratty here after a while, so maybe growing them as annuals isn't such a drawback.

      Yep, 'Superb' is!

  3. I'm sure my amusement is colored by the fact that I can't get 'Black and Blue' to overwinter. But I had to laugh at your description of it as overly aggressive, when it is just trying to get noticed, obscured there behind that enormous fat diva Grevillea. Thanks for the flower wishes! Yours are gorgeous.

    1. 'Black and Blue' looks small in the photo, but it's 6 feet tall! It's wide-spreading roots have been trying to strangle a favorite rose for years.

      Foliage is fascinating, but flowers have power. ;^)

  4. Lovely! I'm impressed by the output of your 'Elizabeth Salter' - mine isn't nearly as robust and she completed her bloom cycle last month. The Clematis are astounding and always have me asking why I have so much difficulty growing them when they perform so well in your garden. Flowers on my Leonotis are no-shows thus far this year, which is another event I can't explain.

    1. I think gave 'Elizabeth' some of the fertilizer leftover from adjacent roses. Maybe that helped.

      The Leonotis was planted in November from a 4" pot. Perhaps more established plants bloom later?

      The trick with clematis is to hit them with fast-acting fertilizer as soon as the stems start growing, and repeat aggressively until flower buds appear. And water. Musn't let them get dry.

  5. You have so many lovely flowers. I also have Black and Blue Salvia. It isn't a pest here. Our winters keep it in check. This past winter took it back to just one plant remaining. I can't wait to see the plant engulf the arch. It will be so pretty. I am always trying to get things to grow over the arches in my garden but don't have much luck. I haven't found the right things to grow up and over. Love all the color in your garden. Have a great weekend.

    1. I've had trouble growing things over arches, too. I think it is a not-uncommon issue--either the plant eats the arch or it can't grow big enough. One or the other--no in between.

      Counter intuitive, but some plants are better where it is a little cold for them--they stay under control better!

  6. Superb show Hoov. Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ is a delight which just dies on me. Cuttings didn’t strike either. Broadiea does do well though. I’ve had two large clumps for three or four years now. Even the mice leave them alone. Isn’t that weird?

    1. 'B&B' likes very warm soil, so perhaps that is an issue?

      Here it is gophers that eat bulbs/corms/tubers, and they find Broadiea delicious, but mine are in a fairly protected area. Lucky your mice don't care for them!

      To the first aboriginal humans in California, Broadieas were a food source. They taste something like a potato.


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