Thursday, July 15, 2010

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

It's that time again.  Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  Where gardeners all over the internet follow the lead of Carol at May Dreams and post what's blooming. 

This morning I got up before the bees to photograph my garden.  I found this sleepy bee on an Agastache NOID (I've got several Agastache in that area, some blue, some pink, one orange, but I haven't bought any white ones...)

Mixed Agastache (Blue Fortune and A. rupestris) and Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia filigrin)

Agastache rupestris

Agastache Golden Jubiliee

And now for something completely different:  Rudbeckia Prairie Splendor

I have some Hen and Chicks that I've planted between some rocks in my Hell Strip.  It's blooming.

I'm ready for my close up.

Shasta Daisy Becky (Leucanthemum x superbum).  I moved it from it's spot last year where it got too large.  This is also a temporary spot but Becky doesn't seem to mind.  Next year I'll move her into the back yard.  I think she's tough enough to stand up to the dogs.

My Scabiosa Butterfly Blue and my Gaura Whirling Butterflies bloom all summer long.  It gets hard to come up with new ways to photograph them but they are such great bloomers I want to include them.  So I'm using them as background.  In focus is blooming Parsley.  Didn't know parsley bloomed?  It's biennial so it blooms the second year and then it dies.  The flowers attract a lot of small pollinators and the plant will re-seed.

Liatris Kobold

My culinary Oregano.  With friend.
(A Great Golden Digger Wasp - these are ground nesters.  Last year we had one, she nested near our door, this year we have quite a few and at least one is nesting near our door again.)

Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)

Coreopsis Zagreb

A completely different Coreopsis - this one is Domino

Red Velvet Snapdragon.  No that's not the real name but that is what the petals look like.  You just want to touch them!

Marigold NOID but pretty and doing well.

And now we'll close out with a reliable space filling annual - zinnia!

Not shown:  Buddleia (butterfly bush), several varieties, Clethra alnifolia (forgot the variety and am too lazy to go outside and check my label), my pink Gaura, several Salvias, one lone, out of season bloom on a Columbine, a whole bunch of stuff in the backyard like Monarda and, wow, I have a few things blooming, don't I?

What's in your garden?


  1. I love the garden area called the "Hell strip" - I now know exactly what to call that hot spot out by the driveway. Lovely blooms for GBBD.

  2. aloha,

    i love your photos of your beautiful flowers love all the annual colors

    thanks for sharing your blooms today.

  3. Well, I wish I knew what's still alive in my garden, having been gone for over a week. But I'm hoping for the best. Great photos, I so enjoy the sleeping bee. Aren't they fun? I had no idea they just hung out on flowers over night.

    Happy bloom day!