This is certainly not the lushest time in the small, sunny garden! But as it is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, here is a look at what is in bloom just now.
Because there are some very special plants in flower in spite of the weather. Some of them are one-bloom-at-a-time sorts, like the two Osteospermums that throw off the occasional blossom. "Blue-eyed Beauty"...
...and "Sideshow" are neither of them blooming heavily, but they are willing to smile at the world from time to time. I look forward to a stronger showing when weather eases up.
Agastache "Ava" continues to bloom with great pertinacity. I still think she would be wiser to get settled into the ground first, but she has other ideas. So far the blooms are much more delicate than I expected. Sadly, A. "Apricot Sprite" collapsed, apparently a watering failure on my part; but it took me entirely by surprise. "Ava" is set to be a considerably larger plant in future years, and she holds court down at the bottom of the garden, an area still very sparsely planted.
Lavender "Goodwin's Creek Gray" has been opening its new flower stalks for a week or two. I have certainly found a favorite in this one!
On the other hand, though Perovskia atriplicifolia is blooming, I cannot convince myself that it is really happy. It has not grown strongly, and I lose a stem or two from time to time for no obvious reason. This is one plant I had expected to be a good choice in this garden, but now I am not so sure. Maybe it just needs another year of growth?
And now, cheating just a little, I introduce an almost-blooming plant: Galtonia candicans, the summer hyacinth. This is a summer-blooming bulb, native to South Africa. Though not particularly drought-tolerant, it has held up well to the heat. It was one recipient of an olla, which might have helped it pull through the worst of the weather in June - at least I can't help hoping so! I have never grown it before and am waiting the opening blooms excitedly. I have a hunch they won't last till next month, so here they are... as far as they've gotten...
And then there are a few plants that have gone on and on, blooming.
Russelia equisetiformis holds the record, so far!
Salvia greggii "Flame" has closed the gap made by a resting S. g. "Autumn Moon". Flame has not been without a flower since May, I think.
Autumn Moon looks set to start blooming again soon; it is already opening a few new buds. Below it, miniature rose "Daniela" has continued blooming, but flowers at present are single. Still bright red... and a few pavers have gone in along the Central Bed.
I finally did a little research and learned that both of these varieties bloom the summer long. They start late but can continue flowering into September. Now I understand why Rhapsody in Pink has gone on and on... I'm thrilled with these plants.
St. Swithin is doing well, though blooms are only semi-double...
Better than I expected for July's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day with Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
One more look at the Gaura...