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