Crazy Bloomy May 2024


'Princesse Charlene de Monaco'

An Evolvulus that has languished, mostly hidden under other plants (for quite a while under Lavender 'Meerlo') for twenty yes twenty years.  This year with good winter rain and 'Meerlo' removed, it reappeared in a big way.  Plants will surprise you.

Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird' seedling with volunteer lavender:
TB Iris 'Thorn Bird':
Another of the big box Leucospermums purchased last year.  The fuzzy yellow-gold color combo is quite attractive:
Rose 'Petal Pusher' against a lush green background of Parthenocissus tricuspidata and Trachelium caeruleum
Clematis 'Wisley':
A Leucanthemum that just appeared a few years ago:
Rose 'Silas Marner', an impulse buy last May. 
Agapanthus 'Prunetucky Summer'.  Other Agapanthus are sending up flower stems, but this one is the most advanced:
Rose 'Darcey Bussell', finally recovered from years of being eaten to nothing by rabbits.  The pair of Barn Owls who nest in a box mounted on a Eucalyptus tree two houses down fledged five owlets this year and in doing so stripped the neighborhood of rabbits.
'The Ambridge Rose' there in the background:
The entry garden:
Another shot of 'Princesse Charlene de Monaco', which is having its best year ever:
Foxgloves:

'The Endeavour':
Clematis seedling:
Peony 'Misaka':
There was much more, but this is what I had the energy to photograph.  Aloe pseudorubroviolacea has a fine candelabra of flowers about to open, but I didn't get a picture.  Another post.  Happy crazy bloomy May!
 


Comments

  1. You had me at 'Princesse Charlene de Monaco'! All the blooms are lovely...especially with the lighting and your excellent photography. Happy Bloom Day!

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  2. 'Prunetucky Summer'? Who comes up with these names!? As usual my Peony 'Misaka' is about a week behind yours. Can't wait!

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    1. I thought I read somewhere the area in Central California that once was a major producer of stone fruits was called "Prunetucky" tongue-in-cheek by some because of the call it picturesque behavior of the local farmers.

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    2. Ah, here: https://prunetucky.us/

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  3. 'Princesse Charlene de Monaco' bouquet in the first photo is gorgeous. In my mind, they are heavenly scented too.
    Lovely - 'liberated' - Evolvulus. Glad it finally got its moment in the sun (so to speak).
    Woo Hoo for Barn Owls. It's cool to have them nest close by. Reducing the bunny population is a bonus. (Coyotes provide that service in my neighborhood). Do you know if Barn Owls return to the same nest every year?
    Chavli

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    1. The Princesse does have a heavenly scent.

      The neighbor said it's been the same pair Owl several years running. There's also a Red Tail Hawk pair, too.

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  4. It IS a crazy bloomfest of a month! I grew Evolvulus years ago but gave them up because they wanted just too much water - little did I realize that they can hang on awaiting just the right conditions for decades ;) Iris 'thorn Bird' is a stunner and your roses, as usual, are gorgeous. My noID came-with-the-garden Agapanthus are already opening here and there too, although I have to wish the garden would just slow down a bit.

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    1. Yes Agapanthus are usually always June--things different this year. The roses seem a bit late. Whatever--just glad it was a rainy winter.

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  5. Oh that Princess Charlene is a winner ! How does your Clem 'Wisley' handle late summer ?

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    1. One of the finest Meilland roses of the past several years, at least here for me. It was very slow to get going (this it's "leap" year is year 4 here) but wowza worth the wait. Columnar growth habit so it doesn't take up that much space. The pollen parent is a cross of 'Graham Thomas'.

      'Wisley' handles late summer just fine here. Light rebloom Sept/Oct It is in a location with over-coverage by sprinklers so it gets the moisture a Clem wants, and the nearby day lily foliage shades its root run.

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  6. Wow, your May garden is just fabulous. I love the entry garden, what an ENTRY! 'Silas' was a good pic, very pretty.

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    1. Silas an impulse buy--whoa I was lucky! It's a beauty, and repeat looks to be good.

      The entry area is protected by the house from the Santa Ana winds, so the plants are pretty happy.

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  7. I was laughing a little at the Prunetucky name last time, fun to read a plausible explanation for it in this post. Thorn Bird is very attractive. Different colors than most bearded irises. This one looks like it has long, winking eyelashes.

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    1. The 'Thorn Bird' Iris is of a special type--can't remember the name--that has that long thin "tongue" coming from the center of the flower.

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