Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day June 2016

It's time once again for garden bloggers the world over to share what's blooming in their gardens this month.  GBBD is one of the longest lasting garden blog memes and is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Be sure to click here to visit Carol's blog to see what's blooming this month in her garden and in those of other garden bloggers.

The jungle is a bit more jumbled than usual this year as I've not been spending  much time in my garden and when I've been there, strange time eating projects have taken precedence.  Despite my neglect, there's still a lot blooming this month.

The Fuchsias are starting their show early this year due to our mild winter and very warm spring. Here are a few of them:
 Fuchsia 'Bicentennial'

Fuchsia 'Thomasina'

Just in from the Sorticulture event last weekend is Fuchsia 'Debrons Black Cherry'

F. 'Essex Belle'

F. 'Eruption'

Fuchsia magellanica gracilis 'Aurea'  has golden foliage  with more light than it's currently getting. 

Romneya coulteri is back and continues it's quest for world conquest. 

Salvia 'Hot Lips"

 Some of the roses

'Betty Boop'

'Don Juan'

'Queen Elizabeth' 

Dorycnium hirsutum

NOID Dianthus

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Chomley Farran'
Cotinus coggygria 'Pink Champagne'

Perennial sweet peas are pretty but have no fragrance.  Rats!

Some other weeds whose bright color earns them a place in my garden.  They just need some bright orange California Poppies growing with them to create a proper scandal.

Leycesteria formosa

Tropaeolum speciosum has been introduced to many areas of my garden only to stay for a while and then vanish after a glorious year or two of blooming.  It's a fickle thing that will grow where it wishes; in this case, on the back of a fence facing the alley.  Oh well, we get to see it when we take the garbage out.

Much to my surprise, it also decided it liked growing in a large pot near the back porch where it fould a place to climb. I'd like to feel all puffed up and superior about this success but know from experience that these may very well be gone next year or suddenly die before this season is over.
Carpenteria californica

Dactylicapnos scandens

Of course there are some begonias!

Potted hydrangeas really don't like to get dry!  Here the blooms of Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bavaria' are letting me know about it!

Hosta 'Sum and Substance' is the first to bloom this year. 

Can you see the one flower left on Cardiocrinum giganteum?  I've been watching and thinking that it would be in perfect form for GBBD.  However, today's wind and rain storm decided it was time to clean up those silly blooms.  Ignore the dead bamboo in the background.

Kalmia something or other. 

New Guniea impatiens.

Sweet double flowered impatiens.  

Abutilon megapotamicum

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red'

Abutilon 'Victor Reiter'

Noid Abutilon

Noid Clematis.

Phygelius capensis and Eryngium 

 A native lily

Sorry about the bad picture. Zantedeschia aethiopica

 Genista aetnensis blooming for the first time. 

Jungle jumble. 

Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance' (I think)

Hydrangea  quercifolia

Digitalis purpurea volunteer (weed.)

This year's first lilies.  This pot of them never made it from the ghetto by the greenhouse to a spot clower to the back door where we'd see and appreciate them every day.  Oh well.

Mitraria coccinea driving the hummingbirds to distraction!

What's blooming in your garden this bloom day?  I'll be visiting lots of other blogs to find out!  Happy GBBD  everyone!


  1. Oh my gosh- amazing blooms and so may different ones! Love the Cotinus coggygria 'Pink Champagne'!!!!

  2. Your Chomley Farran is ahead of mine. Mine is so close to blooming. Maybe it will still be blooming next month. I have to remember to put my orange California poppies together with the rose campion. That will really scream at passers-by!

  3. Your Genista aetnensis blooming for the first time? But isn't it quite large? Sadly mine is not blooming this year. What an odd plant.

  4. Tropaeolum speciosum climbing on the white fence: Awesome! Even if it is just for one season. I purchased Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance' just last fall and it does indeed blooms forever. Not as fragrant as Daphne odora, but if it survives longer in my garden I'll be happy.

  5. You've a lovely range of flowers - decorated with rain drop diamonds no less! I love that Tropaeolum climbing the white lattice. I planted both Leycesteria formosa and Abutilon megapotamicum last year and, although they're not dead, they're not thriving either but, where there's life, hope shall remain in place...

  6. Wow, so fabulous--the Fuchsias, the Tropaelum on the trellis, the roses, the begonias, the...well, everything.

  7. You must ply your neglect more skillfully than I have managed to do.

  8. Your post takes the prize for the most brilliant colors of any I've seen this month! My wife was just saying how much she misses fuchsias...

  9. Is there anything you are not growing? What a wealth of color and form and texture. And Chomley is to die for..

  10. Your blooms are fabulous Peter ! And I must MUST have 'Debrons Black Cherry', I must !

  11. Can it be the middle of June already? Must be, since it's bloom day. Wonderful array of bloomers, Peter!

  12. Wonderful bloom day pictures. You always have interestimg plants. Personally I like the ' jumbled jungle' look. I am intrigued by your Carpenteria californica which appears to be double.

  13. Fantastic flowers and so many different varieties, your garden must be a wonderful place to be at the moment

  14. Love the Tropaeolum with that vivid red - and that's some fuchsia collection you have!

  15. I love the Tropaeolum and the Phygelius and Eryngium combo! Is your Mitraria planted in the ground? How long have you had it?

  16. So much in bloom right now in your garden Peter. Some lovely plants, particularly the Abutilon. The Tropaeolum grows here in my front garden and is just about to come into bloom here. There's many a gardener that would be very jealous of us.

  17. I see no neglect in your garden, just astounding blooms! You'd think we garden on different planets, seeing all the beautiful plants in your garden.


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