My garden seems to fairing much better than I thought. As I was thinking about what would be in this post, I lamented that there wasn’t that much in bloom. But as I puttered around the garden with camera in hand, I find that there is, actually, quite a bit in bloom.
Some other observations in preparing this post:
I love “Jack.” Mimulus ‘Jack’ is part of the ‘kids’ series of mimulus. I don’t like any of his siblings, but ‘Jack’ is amazing. He has been blooming nonstop since last October.
If you plant only one gallardia, make is ‘oranges & lemons.’ This plant only gets better and better as it grows. Another nonstop bloomer and a pollinator attractant.
Oenethera looks deceptively delicate, but beware. Although I love this plant it is a bit of a menace in the garden. Not only does it reseed like crazy it spreads underground. I also spotted a patch of it growing about a mile away and I’m pretty sure the seeds came from my yard.
Last year I had red and pink Shirley poppies. Now I have a volunteer that is both red & pink combined. These poppies are happy. The Oriental Princess Victoria Louise, however, is not. The warm winter has made the blooming stems grow ridiculously short. All the flowers are in full bloom two inches below the foliage. Had I not been weeding, I would have never seen them.
Row one: Chocolate Mint scented geranium, Mimulus ‘Jack’ (my new favorite plant), Columbine ‘origami’
Row two: Columbine ‘Black Barlow’, Poppy “Queen Victoria Louise’ (showing me she doesn’t like coastal California by her short stems), Chives
Row three: Tickseed, Pepino Melon blooms, Pepino melons (yum!)
Row four: Ever reliable nasturtiums, Yarrow, gargoyle poking out between the lavender buds
Row five: Borage (pollinator attractant mega star), Helleborus, Tomatillo
Row six: Shirley poppy, Oenothera, Statice limonium
Row seven: Centaurea cyanus in lavender, then blue, Gallardia “oranges & lemons”
Row eight: Gallardia, Centranthus ruber, Lobelia trailing sapphire
Row nine: Viola odorata, white agapanthus almost there
Many thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for inspiring all of us to stop and snap the flowers each month. You can find a list of lovely bloom days posts on her blog.