July Bloom Day Blooms (Town Mouse)


Can it be mid-July already? Yes, time has passed so quickly, and it's time to share some photos with other garden bloggers because it's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. I'm so grateful to Carol for hosting this even, a great opportunity for taking stock of what's going on in the garden.

This summer, I'm especially happy about my Delta Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) which I bought from Annie's Annuals this spring. I have three plants, and they brighten the garden. Otherwise, we mostly have different native buckwheats (Eriogonum), yarrow, and the South African Cotyledyon.

Cotyledeon, and CA native Asclepias speciosa (Butterfly weed) near the bird bath.
Close-up of Asclepias speciosa
Yarrow and Cotyledeon, plus leaves of a sedum and of California fuchsia

Close-up of yarrow. Can you see the many little flowers?
Flowers of chalk dudleya (Dudleya pulverulenta
Locally native Eriogonum fasciculatum near the Chinese fountain.
E. fasciculatum in the front garden behind the chair.
First California fuchsia (Zaushneria) of the year. I believe this is Calistoga.
A great year for fruit, even elderberry (Sambuccus mexicana)

Let's close with one more picture of a sunflower, and then I'll go over to May Dreams Gardens to see what everybody else has to show this summer. Thanks Carol!

Comments

HELENE said…
Lovely photos! I especially liked your Dudleya pulverulenta, never seen that one before, I think I need to read up about it and see if I can grow it in my garden :-)
Queer by Choice said…
Your Eriogonum fasciculatum has much more consistently size and shaped flower clusters than mine - I did a double-take when I saw the label on your pictures, because it was hard to believe it was the same plant. Mine probably has larger flower clusters, but yours looks so much more refined and so much less wild than mine. I wonder what causes that variation.
Bernie H said…
Apart from the Sunflower, your blooms are all new to me. The Cotyledon is just fantastic and the close-up of the Asclepias shows just how beautiful those little flowers are! It was the Eriogonum however that really caught my eye. It's just brilliant! Lovely photos.
Kalantikan said…
Oh so it's also you, the two mouse, hehe. Your flowers look like ours, we have the same climate maybe. The Cotyledeon, my first time to hear, but it looks like a succulent. We also have the asclepias or Calotropis. Beautiful blooms you got there!
Lea said…
Beautiful!
Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
Have a blessed Sunday!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie
Marisa said…
I think my favorite blooms are the fushia and the yarrow, but I love the zing of the bright yellow Chinese fountain too.
Desert Dweller said…
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Desert Dweller said…
I must drive by a house nearby with the entire front using the Calif. Fuchsia as a groundcover...it often starts blooming by July 1. All else, very healthy and hard to believe it is summer.
Country Mouse said…
Love your opening pic of the sun behind the sunflower! The chalk dudleya planted in the ground bloomed - but something bit off the blooms, looks like. The one in the pot is big and beefy but no blooms! Less sun maybe? Wonderful colorful July photos!
Julie said…
Yarrow and sunflowers are just such good stewards for the July garden, aren't they? Your blooms are lovely!
James said…
Congrats on the first Cal fuchsia that I've seen anywhere this early this year. I see a bright summer ahead with lots of scarlet! A nursery down here is blowing out for almost nothing THOUSANDS of plants of the local native form that a customer cancelled on. I have my brave moments, but I'm not sure I'd have courage to plant hundreds, let a lone thousands. I enjoyed the rest of your gallery, too. Happy belated...
scottweberpdx said…
Love the Eriogonum...so very charming...and the Asclepias hardly look real!