Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bloomy June

Carol at May Dreams is our hostess for this monthly global tour of flowers. Here in my garden seems like just about everything is pushing out blooms.

 I am performing a daily swoon over my Allium sphaerocephalon (drumstick Allium) and as they are located in the front garden the neighbors may wonder  what the hell I  am looking at so intently 2 or 3 times a day. This is the first Allium I have ever succeeded in getting to bloom. Maybe the novelty will have worn off by next spring..though my triumph will lead me to buy twice as many this year. 200 is good, but 400 is just right.


This Rudbeckia is a volunteer,the crown of the plant hugging the concrete path at an awkward angle. It will have to be moved this fall, but for now we play it as it lays. Irish Eyes I would guess-and in flower earlier than the norm for this genus here.



The daylilies torment me, and will be the subject of a future blog post as I struggle to justify their presence. Moonlit Madness and Bela Lugosi are seen here.




 The first to bloom in my ever-expanding collection of ornamental Oreganos, this is Rogue Valley.



 Love this grass ! Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Avalanche'.


I could eat Artichokes every day, but I love this plant so much I decided to let it bloom. Worth it.


The Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue ' that I dug up last fall. Here it is scoffing at my efforts.


Salpiglossis would like it better at the coast , but I site it in morning sun and get a couple months of these color-bomb blooms.



Teucrium tango..'Purple Tails' and the common germander.

Bunny Tails !


19 comments:

  1. I used to have that allium, but I must have pulled it all up thinking it was weeds. Massing it is probably the way to go.

    The salpiglossis is awesome! And so is the artichoke. I grow cardoon to get the bloom without losing the edible part.

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    1. Definate massing candidate Erica, and I surrounded each little patch with sticks, as I tend to did alot and was fearful of upending them.I put at least 10 it each clump, 20 next year.

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  2. I can't take it--so much beauty! And so many plants to add to my wishlist! I must get drum stick alliums for next year--the colors are perfect for my garden and they're so cute.

    Can you tell me where you got the "Rogue Valley" oregano? I grew up in the Rogue Valley AND I love ornamental oregano so naturally I must have some of that asap.

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  3. P.S. Do you know which Salpiglossis that is? I think I need to add that to my wishlist too.

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    1. Royale Mix ..I've never had luck with seeds so I always buy them in pots.

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  4. aloha,

    beautiful garden tour, i loved that salpiglossis, thanks for the wonderful tour :)

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  5. Fabulous, just fabulous Kathy! everything is divine! I tried those drumstick allium but they never bloomed well for me. I probably didn't have them in enough sun. I'm going to try interplanting them between some of the new shrubs in the front. ~~ Like you I'm in the process of weaning out my daylilies. As gorgeous as they are they are a maintenance nightmare to keep them looking their best. I always deadhead them daily and it's just too much to keep up with for me.

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    1. You have to plant a bunch of those Alliums in a clump Deanne,fortunately they're cheap ! I don't mind the deadhading so much, it's the ratty foliage that drives me nuts !

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  6. I hadn't seen Bunny Tails before - cute! I love Alliums, too. I so wish I had more than the 10 I have. (200 sounds wonderful!) Like you, I love to look at them while they're blooming. And I would grow artichokes just for that fabulous bloom!

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    1. Beware of the cute name though Holley, it gets pretty big !

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  7. Beautiful collection and excellent photography. You have some wonderful flowers this month.
    David/:0)

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    1. Thanks David, I visited your blog yesterday and will add it to my list..

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  8. Way to go with the alliums! I planted 30 drumstick alliums and have one to show for the effort, so will have to triple the numbers next year. I really should get going with oreganos again -- not a single one to my name for the moment.

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    1. I chilled 'em Denise, though I did have some that didn't come up, and a patch that is being eaten alive by Rozanne. I think they like their own personal space.There are surely more oreganos around that was the case in the 'olden days'. Seems like I buy every new one I see.

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  9. I certainly don't blame you for swooning over your alliums. They are just wonderful. I adore that purple/blue pop in the veronica and salpiglossis, as well as the stamens of the artichoke. Glorious!

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    1. Thanks Marisa, I love my artichoke so much I planted another one !

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  10. I am not sure I would know what a real artichoke would taste like. All I ever get is the canned stuff and that is made into a dip for an appetizer. I have seen them growing though, and ornamentally they are worth it, no matter the flavor.

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  11. Les, I love the arts in the jars, but they bear no resemblance to real fresh artichokes, dipped in the sauce of your choice. I like a curry sauce myself, most folks do melted butter.

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