Garden Blogger's Bloom Day for May
|Spanish Lavender, Barberry 'Orange Rocket', California Lilac (Ceanothus 'Black Diamond')|
The terraced beds are elevated and very dry although our clay-ish soil probably holds more moisture than I realize. Here are some of the plants in that area -
Cerinthe purpurascens (Honeywort) is a new plant for me. I got it at last year's plant swap. It is very happy in very average soil mulched with gravel and in full sun. The color of the flowers is intense!
|Helianthemum 'Fire Dragon' (Sun Rose) trailing over the pathway like I hoped it would.|
Lewisia cotyledon 'Regenbogen' (Rainbow) - They keep dying on me and I keep trying. This is planted in
pure gravel with just a little soil.
|Dianthus 'Rose de Mai', a purchase from Joy Creek. It hasn't done much until this year and it now covered with double, soft pink flowers.|
|Parahebe perfoliata, another new plant that I stumbled across last year at the nursery where I work.|
|Cistus crispus 'Decanso'|
Another dry and difficult area is the hellstrip along the street. However, most of the things I planted there have returned with the exception of a few tender plants, like lantana and Mexican heather. The only blooms in that area now is Verbena 'Homestead Purple' which makes a wonderful groundcover.
|Verbena 'Homestead Purple'|
|Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' (California Lilac) takes center stage.|
|Lupines being overtaken by the Ceanothus|
|Ceanothus 'Black Diamond' has variegated foliage.|
|Papaver orientale (Poppy) - I think this is 'Allegro' although it was labeled as |
'Beauty of Livermere'.
|Clematis montana 'Freda' tucked into the fence corner|
|Rhododendron 'Anah Kruschke', the first one I planted.|
|Mimulus cardinalis (Monkey Flower)|
|Korean Lilac 'Palibin' (Syringa meyeri)|
Euphorbia characieas wulfenii
Prosanthera rotundifolia (Purple Flowering Mint Bush)
|Rhododendron 'Jean Marie de Montague' - I find this color impossible to photograph correctly.|
|Peony 'Coral Sunset'|
|Meadow Rue (Thalictrum 'Black Stockings')|
|Sweet Woodruff (Gallium odoratum)|
|Brunnera 'Jack Frost'|
|Lilac (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation')|
|China Rose "Mutabalis'|
|David Austin Rose 'Lady of Shallot'|
|Grandiflora rose 'Gold Medal'|
|Noisette Rose 'Buff Beauty'|