Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Bloomday

 I managed to get some photos this morning before rain returned-I'm not  complaining , though I have to say I was on a roll in the planting-weed pulling-mulching department. At least now it is still light for a couple hours after I get home from the office so I can get some things accomplished mid-week.

   The spring bulb-y action is pretty much a done deal here, and the late spring plants are just coming into bloom. Cistus 'Mickie' however is in full boom, with it's bright white flowers , sunnyside up above the bright variegated foliage.



 Only one flower kinda-sorta open on the Phlomis.


 Sideritas cypria  is in a new location this year -dry  and  relentlessly sunny. The plant looks absolutely perfect right now and I will be curious to see if it exhibits the behavior of it's previous site. I'm hoping not-it was that lambs-ear-ish crappy beige foliage at the base.


 I've had this iris for many years-It's a dwarf so it's out of bloom presence is a bit less  ratty looking. I wish I had the space to plant lots of bearded Iris , they are so spectacular in flower , but the post-bloom awfulness does not work for me in my small garden.



 I'm afraid I allowed the Cerinthe to get a bit out of control this year. I seem to have a grove.


 Still , these blooms are worth looking at in all it's exotic glory-and it's so easy to pull up you may as well let it have it's way for a while.


 Niobe is usually the first Clematis to bloom here, but due to a change in it's support structure which required a draconian early spring pruning , this noid from the late great Chalk Hill has stepped up to the plate.


 The excellent Arabella is not far behind




 Speaking of excellent , Geum 'Totally Tangerine' will be likely to figure in Bloomday posts well into fall. It's a machine.



 I planted Orlaya last spring from plants purchased at Annies' , and hoped it would re-seed. Reseed it did , and this is the first flower to open.



 Another white flower (I am very attached to white flowers) is this Silene uniflora. It is reverted from the variegate form I planted originally.





 The blooming of the Weigela variegata is somewhat fleeting, but the  bright foliage holds its own all summer.


 And  every single Gasteria I own is blooming right now, with not a photo to share. But, there is significant sharing going on  at Carols blog May Dreams Gardens


19 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of Cerinthe! I thought mine had gone missing but I found a couple small plants last week; however, by comparison to yours, that's still nothing. I'm envious of the gorgeous Clematis too. I bought Orlaya from Annie's myself this year, only to discover they'd been eaten to the ground overnight immediately after I planted them. Apparently, bunnies have discovered my garden after 7 years in residence here - in fact, I chased one away just this evening. The Orlaya are now caged - and not blooming.

    Happy GBBD, Kathy! If you would, please encourage the rain to move down this way.

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    1. Bunnies, oh dear. That one affliction (besides deer) I don't think I'll ever have to worry about here.

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  2. I love all the purple!
    Have a great week!

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  3. OMG! Cerinthe as far as the eye can see. Your Geum 'Totally Tangerine' has me tempted to add a few...

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    1. I bought another TT last fall so now I have two. It just goes and goes.

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  4. can we get that grove of cerinthe to move next-door to the geum! That's amazing!

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    1. If I let it, it will move next door to everything. It's a hussy.

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  5. Holy Moly, that Cerinthe! My California poppy makes a carpet like that. The Geum is pretty fabulous too.

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    1. And it's in the hell strip no less !

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  6. You guys got a good spell of rain, and we got nuthin'. Your garden looks gorgeous so maybe it's okay. Maybe.

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    1. We seem to be around 16 inches through March and another 3 in April-through I don't think I got 3 at my elevation. Our normal is about 25. I'm happy if I don't have to water til after the 1st of May.So far , so good.

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  7. What wonderful color! And the anticipation of more blooms is exciting!

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  8. I used to have that Silene, or one similar as it was never variegated. You’ve reminded me how much I liked it. Geum TT was made for California, it never does that well for me!

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    1. Silene is so exquisite I think-those perfect little oval leaves and the elegant white flower with it's bulbous backside. I have always thought of Geum as one of those plants that excels across the pond-I feel a bit triumphant I must say.

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  9. I too am attracted to white flowers, especially at dusk when they seem to glow. Your garden is beautiful and I enjoyed the tour.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry.blogspot.com

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  10. Nice photography! I especially like the Clematis next to the knotholes. The Orlaya is a new one for me — very pretty.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in here John. I visited your blog and what exquisite flowers you share ! I will be sure to stop by often.

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