Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, June edition. Please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see beautiful gardens from all over the world.
Here in my zone 9b garden in the Central Valley of California, the pretty spring flowers have flowered and now have gone to seed. I collected as many seeds as I could and will plant them at what I hope will be the appropriate time and place, although Mother Nature does a pretty good job of planting on her own. I'm just her assistant.
I have saved seeds of the annuals: 'Lauren's Grape' poppies, 'Love in a Mist', 'Rose Campion,' and 'Woodland Tobacco'. The little violas, allysum, larkspur, and lobelia seeded themselves. Tomorrow I will be sending the last of the spring bloomers to the compost pile. Although it's always sad to say good bye to spring, there will still be spots (although not lots) of summer color.
Here are seed heads of the 'Lauren's Grape' poppy. They remind me of little salt shakers that contain what seems like millions of seeds. I always marvel at their design.
We can always rely on summer color from the Nerium oleanders. I have never once heard them complain about the heat.
Everything is rosy as far as the three 'Rozanne' geraniums are concerned. They have taken over a prize section of the flower beds, but in a nice way. They coexist with 'Golden Feverfew,' which adds a nice contrast, and some colorful irises.
|'Golden Feverfew'/Aureum (Tanacetum parthenium)|
The geraniums are blooming happily, provided they are given ample water. I know they are thirsty plants, and I should be thinking about drought tolerant plants, but I just haven't been able to let them go.
|Hydrangea "Fuji Waterfall'|
|Climbing 'Don Juan' rose|
|standard tree rose: Weeping China Doll|
|ground cover rose/"Happy Chappy'|
|'Knock Out' rose|
David Austin© Rose 'Mary Rose'
A few sporadic blooms from the clematis:
Clematis 'Madame Correvon' with 'Woodland Tobacco' Nicotiana sylvestris
Clematis 'Polish Spirit'
A few spring and summer perennials and annuals:
Lobelia and Begonia
Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita'
Buddleia 'Blue Chip' dwarf Butterfly Bush
Zinnia elegans 'Zowie'
Zowie is the only zinnia yet to flower . I have not had one come up from seeds.
Magnolia grandiflora 'St Mary's'
Gardenia jasminoides 'Mystery'
Still some blooms on the daylilies:
Daylily 'Fairy Tale Pink'
Nepeta 'Catmint' and Allysum by front walkway
Myrtus communis 'Compacta'/Dwarf Myrtle
I may have missed a bloom or two, but hopefully they will stay around for next month.
Happy Bloom Day and Happy Gardening!