More sunny yellow flowers - Country Mouse GBBD

Here in California our gardens are yawning in the summer heat, curling up and going to sleep. Ms Town Mouse is sharing her sunflowers, grindelia, and rudbeckia - all sunny yellow blooms. Here on the ridge (6 miles inland on a ridge above Santa Cruz) I also have a flotilla of yellow blooms to share - and a few late blooming Clarkia rubicunda (they are growing in a more shaded area than the ones I cut down already to gather their seed). And naked buckwheat, and rough-leaved aster - all local natives. Not shown are heart leaf penstemon, cape honeysuckle, Mexican sage, and a baby mallow that I planted last fall -- all of which have a some sparse blooms.

A reprise of a photo I showed on the first of the month - the only one I have of the wonderful 'Winifred Gilman' sage.

Oh these little pretties are totally wild - rough leaved aster. I love them!

In the pool garden, with my "art project" behind - a spread of common madia.

Naked buckwheat as ever was.

Naked buckwheat closeup

I like this messy wild look!

Madia with a red sage whose name I forget - a nursery ornamental.

ACK!! I spent half a day recently getting rid of these! Italian thistle. Pretty color though...

As is this clarkia rubicunda. I think they are poking through some other plant's leaves - can't recall exactly.

And for my grand finale - a metallic green bee - I don't know its name. Do you?
I'll hop on over to May Dreams Garden to post my blooms - Thanks, Carol! - And now -- yawn - I'm off to curl up myself. I'll hope to look in on some other more bloomiferous gardens in the morning.

Please do read on to see my co-blogger's garden blooms...


ryan said…
Nice collection of blooms. Did you cut back the Winifred Gilman to have it blooming so late? It looks great.
Country Mouse said…
Hi Ryan - I cut them back way early this year - Or maybe even back end of last year. A lot of stuff is having a long bloom season this year around my neck of the woods. Thanks for dropping in!
Jason said…
I like the clarkia and madia - had never heard of either.
Your green bee looks like a halactid (sweat bee) to me.
I'm a fan of the natural look also, I think it makes the birds feel comfortable.
Country Mouse said…
Glad to introduce you to new plants, Jason. The clarkia is Clarkia rubicunda - very versatile in a garden, and the madia is Madia elegans - which does get a bit wild in my garden!

Gardens in the sand - thanks for the bee ID. I'm just at the "starting to notice them" stage of insect IDs! I've heard people use that term, sweat bee. I'll look it up!
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Astrid said…
It's always FUN to visit a part of the continent "virtually" without leaving the comfort of my own home :)
Your garden is full of very interesting plants and flowers, none of which grow way up north where I am.
Thanks for showing us what's blooming in your garden today!
It's mostly Asters here for us, along with the Zauchneria of course. Most of our yellow is in the form of an invasive plant, who has received a temporary stay of execution until I can plant something better in its place ;) I also have quite a few Bull Thistles again this year, but the bees love love. Your bee is likely in the Agapostemon genus. There's some info on the ones I've found in our garden here:
scottweberpdx said…
Thistles are beautiful...but pesky! Love the Clarkia...such vibrant color!
James said…
The madia may be common, but I still need to plant some for next year. I've admired it on your pages before. Happy belated bloomday!
Country Mouse said…
Yes, James - I don't have a lot of variety over time in my garden so the main players keep appearing - but then it's good to know how long their bloom period is - madia and clarkia are exceptional in that regard. Next year the succulents may also be more bloomiferous, and add some variety to the show.

Thanks for the bee info, Gardens in the sand and Curbstone!