Garden Bloggers Bloomday-May 2018

 It's hard to beat May for riches of flora. It's all growing, much of it is blooming and so far this late spring the weather has been mild. I probably could have taken another 20 photos of bloomers but I restricted myself to those I thought may not be around in June.
  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.

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  1. You've got a beautiful collection of blooms there Kathy!

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    1. It's May so you gotta have some blooms !

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  2. Beautiful!
    The two Clematis Vines are absolutely wonderful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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    1. And Happy Bloomday right back at ya'. The Clems are having a good spring this year !

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  3. It was great to meet you and now to see your garden in May. Flowers everywhere. I do hope to go to the next fling in Denver!

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    1. Likewise Carol, and I will absolutely be in Denver and hope you can too.

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  4. I love all of your flowers. They are beautiful. Do you have a cottage style garden. My favorite though is the yellow poppy. Not only the bright color but the foliage is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by my blog.It is hard to define my garden;I would say there are some cottagy elements, but here in Northern California we get no rain from about May to Oct or Nov-everything has to be irrigated. The poppy you admired is a great example of a plant that needs very little water.

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  5. An embarrassment of floral riches, each more beautiful than the last. Black sheep of the family or not, 'Pierre Ronsard' is glorious with the green outer petals and pink interior. You've masterfully placed the euonymus(?) in front to hide any spotty behavior. Happy GBBD!

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    1. Oh Pierre. And that is indeed a euonymus, and yes, it does a decent job of camouflage, especially after the post spring dramatic cut-back.

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  6. Sideritas Cypria, I'm thinking I may need to try that one. Your roses are lovely, but I will admire them from afar.

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    1. I LOVE my Sideritas cypria. I did have to move it though-scant water and full sun is what it prefers. The roses -they do have thorns -just to add a little danger !

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  7. Glorious! I hope my 'Golden Celebration' becomes at least half as vigorous as yours some day. Both it and 'Lady Emma Hamilton' appear to be sulking since my trip to Austin - the buds they had when I left were incinerated when I returned. Your Sideritis are also far more robust than mine. As to the Orlaya, the blankety-blank bunnies that decided to invade my garden this year pretty much took care of those. Happy Bloom Day, Kathy!

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    1. Golden Celebration is definitely a climber wanna-be. Lady Emma took a few years to acheive the size it has now, but I did dig it up and move it a few years ago so I'm sure that set it back.It gets overspray from my next door neighbors sprinklers so it gets a higher water allotment than most of my other roses.

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  8. Niobe is a beautiful Clematis, one of my favorites. I grow that horned poppy here too. Your roses are gorgeous, I love seeing them in Bloom Day photos, since I don't grow any.

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    1. I grow way less of them now Alison, but I love the ones I have and tolerate their shortcomings-though most of the really needy ones have been eliminated.

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  9. Lovely roses! Love the color and smell of them. They are precious. You have many different flowers in your garden. Happy to see them all:)

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    1. Thanks, everyone should ahve at least 1 !

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  10. Pistules of rust and globs of black spot. Add leaf skeletonization by rose sawfly larvae and you just summed up the reasons I don't even bother with roses. But I can admire yours!

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    1. Thank god I don't seem to have to contend with sawfly here, though I know have rose curculios and they are evil little SOBS.

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  11. I love that bed that comes together in a triangle. You must have wonderful soil.

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    1. I had to work at the soil for many rears before it got better, though that triangle bed you see is probably the worst of the lot. All those plants you see there prefer soil that is not too rich so it works out!

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  12. They are Breathtaking blooms ,Roses collection is outstanding ,some of your other blooms are new to me may be I live in hot and humid climate .

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