I met Carol, our gracious Bloomday hostess for the first time while Flinging in Lucindas Hutsons garden . I hope Carol comes to Denver so I can have the opportunity to chat with her again. I don't think I properly thanked her for her diligent attention to Bloomday for all these years, and the pleasure we all experience from seeing the flowers of others and sharing ours.
So, here is what we have to offer in Northern California this May. I can start out with the roses. In May the first flush is winding up and the crappy summer foliage is still a month away. Maybe two, depending on the weather.
Here is the radiant Davis Austin rose 'Golden Celebration' . Goblets of egg-yolk yellow petals. I've given many a rose the heave-ho but this one will be here as long as I am.
This is the exquisite 'Bolero'. I promised it more water this summer-I removed 3 mature roses in the last several months so 'Bolero' will get some of their moisture allotment.
Sally Holmes has been dependable though all the years of drought-She is watered only occasionally and soldiers on.
'Eden' aka 'Pierre Ronsard' is the black sheep of the family. I don't care. In a couple weeks it will look like crap with pustules of rust and blobs of black-spot. At that point I will cut it back hard and hope for a late summer re-bloom.
Lady Emma Hamilton. She has red stems . I love red stems.
The Clematis are still bloomy, and here we have Arabella, which will bloom here til frost.
And Niobe. Niobe was late this year as I gave him/her a marine corp worthy haircut to enable the installation of a new support. I was surprised it bloomed at all.
We had a wind event last week and Geum 'Totally Tangerine' was blown about and flopped for the first time ever.
I planted Verbascum 'Cotswold King' in fall. I am interested to see re-bloom potential but right now I'm loving it.
Just about every Gasteria is blooming .
I grow the yellow horned poppy 'Glaucium flavium', great foliage too !
Lots of stuff here-Phlomis, Echium, Sideritas cypria , Lavandula 'Meerlo' and Verbena bonariensis .
A close up of Echium gentianoides 'Tajinaste' .
Sideritas Cypria. I love this plant. It gets two photos.
The Phlomis has spiraled out of control. Big cut-back will be needed.
Orlaya -much pleasure out of this one ! I planted last year and it has re-seeded nicely.
Make sure you pay a visit to May Dreams where Carol facilitates bloomers from around the world.