Thursday, July 16, 2015

What's Blooming Today?

This spike of gladiolus is the most interesting we've had bloom, this year.  The others have been either plain yellow or a salmon color.  This orange-edged yellow makes a nice change of pace.

Behind it, our 'Victor' crepe myrtle is still going.  I've been pleasantly surprised by how long it's blooming!

Gladiolus and Crepe Myrtle

Watermelon-red crepe myrtle beside the unstoppable purple rose of Sharon, with the tree-sized loropetalum in between.  

Crepe Myrtle and Rose of Sharon

Some of the welcome repeat-blooming daylilies against a backdrop of 'Victoria Blue' salvia.  

Daylilies and Salvia

Another daylily has added itself to the list of rebloomers.  I'd forgotten that this large pale yellow one makes an encore appearance.  


Our new-this-year (clearance-purchased) butterfly bush (Buddleia 'Flutterby Petite Dark Pink) continues to impress.  I've been very happy with this plant, so far.

Butterfly Bush

Some of the seed-grown achillea is finally blooming!  This one has a pretty range of pastel pinks and yellow.  I've read that they often revert to white after the first year.  That's a shame, because these colors are nice.  However, the white/cream's not bad, either-- and I don't want to bother starting with new plants or seeds every year.  (Not to mention that it took these a long time to work up to blooming, whereas the old, established white ones from Mom have been in flower for months, already.)

Achillea (Yarrow)

Hummingbird sage has begun to bloom.  It's not covered in flowers, but it's still pretty.  As the name indicates, it's supposed to attract hummingbirds.  It's also known as scarlet sage-- Salvia coccinea

Hummingbird Sage

Nearby, the red Mexican ruellia is coming more into its own.  (Ruellia elegans-- Brazilian petunia.)  This was a Plantasia purchase.  I'm happy with this plant, but I hope that this patch will get bigger in years to come.  I've read that it's a great "cut and poke", easy-rooting plant, so I'll have to give that a try.  

Red Mexican Ruellia

I was surprised to see that the butterfly ginger is already blooming!  Well, one of them is, and the others aren't far behind.  I thought they didn't usually flower until later in the year, but either I'm mistaken or this has been a good year for them. 

Butterfly Ginger

One last photo from a little of a distance...

Flower Garden