The main season for annuals is over, though a few faces still show up here and there. The early sunflowers are ripening their seeds; I've removed some of the violas and need to take out what's left of Cerinthe major purpurea. But the chamomile is very much in bloom.
|Dianthus is getting a little worn, and I can't keep up with deadheading it, but it is blooming on into May.|
...as is Tetraneuris acaulis. For once, the color scheme of the East Border can be guessed at in the photo below, still a jumble as I wait for plants to fill out!
|Lantana at the back of the patio. These plants were already growing here when we moved in.|
|The newest lantana, a white variety blooming in the White and Silver Garden|
One reason for ample bloom this May is simply that the garden is more heavily planted than it has been before, with the East Border filling out and the North Border beginning to take shape a little bit. North Border plants include a medley of purples and reds. Ruellia brittoniana has flowers...
|William Shakespeare 2000|
And The Generous Gardener -- very generous, but betwixt...
A smattering of late blooms from Eremphila maculata "Valentine"
A burst from Leucophyllum frutescens, probably "Green Cloud"
And the nearby Eremophila hygrophana, combining with lemon thyme flowers (a photo taken very much in the shade).
There is also Pennisetum setaceum "Rubrum", heading into its first summer here.
It's the end of the season for Oenothera pallida "Innocence". I intend to shift these rampant stra￼gglers entirely to the White and Silver Garden by autumn; they're a little too robust at self-seeding for the regular beds anyway. But the smell is fabulous!
It's the beginning of the season for a couple of plants, however. Perovskia atriplicifolia put out its first flowers for the occasion.
Even more exciting is the very first bloom from one of my Crape Myrtles. This is Lagerstroemia indica "Rhapsody in Pink".
A good beginning to summer! The real test lies ahead and is named "June"!
|Flowers on the young Parkinsonia "Desert Museum", newly planted to help shelter the Rose Border.|
Weather Diary; Sunny; High: 91 F(33 C)/Low: 69 F (21 C)