Unbeknownst to me, my spiffy new camera arrived this afternoon while I was outside working (AGAIN) on the daylily bed. I didn't find it until I came in after 5, so there wasn't time to charge the battery and take the camera for a test drive for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. So I headed out with my Nikon and took a whole mess of pictures. I'd already made a trek around the various areas of the garden this morning, pencil and paper in hand, and compiled a list of what I saw blooming. I am appalled at the number of different plants I have ... seriously. And I missed a few things, so I added them to the list when I came in from the photo shoot, adding to my appallation. I really and truly am a horthead and it's clear there is no hope for me. This is why it is so important that gardeners seek the company of fellow gardeners: those who don't garden cannot understand. That's one of the many things I'll miss about my friend Amy: it was understood that we would support and enable each other when plant shopping. Token expressions of doubt were allowed, and occasionally offered, but mostly we just egged each other on. Every gardener should have such a friend.
OK, pictures first, then a list. The daylilies, of course, are putting on a big show. Here's Big Doc:
This yellow daylily was the first to bloom and has been incredibly prolific. I don't know its name, though; I've got a lot of missing tags.
Little Monica's first bloom:
This Gartendirektor Otto Linne rose is one of my favorites. Look at all those blooms!
Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium) is one of my favorite white flowers and a great little native plant.Purple coneflowers (Echinacea) are another fave. I didn't know until last year that they're fragrant. I have several different kinds but of course I can't remember where I got each of them. Here are two of them:
This dwarf Calliandra was labeled Fairy Duster and what a perfect name for it! Another great native plant, white Gaura, sometimes called Whirling Butterflies for the way the airy white blooms dance in the breeze:
Verbena bonariensis, aka Verbena on A Stick :
The corner bed where the red Bauhinia is the star:A vignette from the back 40 of Caldwell Pink Rose, Serenity mix Verbena and Coneflowers:
I'm looking forward to more blooms from this Mexican Bauhinia: And now for the complete listing. Fasten your seat belts, gird your loins, and don't hate me because I'm a horthead:
Calibrachoa 'Tequila Sunrise'
Snapdragons, alyssum, cyclamen, violas (they don't realize summer's almost here)
Freesia laxa aka Lapeirousia laxa (just a few slackers)
Turk's caps: Mexican, native red, Pam's Pink
Red shrimp plant
Cupheas: David Verity, Macropetala, Bat Face, Bunny Face, Pink/Purple of unknown name
Zinnias: Profusion Apricot, Cut & Come Again, Flame
Ratibida (Mexican Hat)
Red Russellia (Firecracker Fern)
Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemonii) (STILL)
Verbenas: Plantation Rose, Serenity mix, bonariensis
Iris moraea 'Orange Drop'
Bluebonnets (again not realizing it's summer)
Gaillardia (Indian Blankets)
Leonotis (Lion's Ear)
Erythrina crista-galli (Fireman's Cap)
Bauhinia galpinii (red Bauhinia)
Rondeletia (Coral Woody Penta)
Pink Dianthera candicans
Pavonia: Rock Rose & Peruvian
Vitex 'Montrose Purple' (wonderful cultivar with big fat blue spires)
Pink skullcap (Scutellaria)
Nasturtiums (yellow & cherry red)
Ruellia caroliniensis (seems less invasive than 'Katie')
Jatropha: Red and pink
Stachys coccinea (Texas Betony)
Pink Firespike (Odontonema)
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'
Bacopa (Blutiana? blue)
'Voodoo' red Abutilon
Stokes' Aster (Stokesia)
Morning Glory Tree (Ipomoea fistulosa)
Petunia Supertunia Mini Silver & Cotton Candy
Aster oblongifolius (Fall-Blooming Aster)
Pink Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes)
Dahlias (from the clearance rack at Lowe's)
Neon Flash Spirea
Nierembergia 'Purple Robe'
Angel Wing Jasmine
Night Blooming Jasmine
Pink Salt Marsh Mallow (Kosteletskya?)
Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breeches)
Salvias (take a deep breath): Hot Lips, Otahal, Duelberg, Anthony Parker, Giant Blue, Guaranitica, Indigo Spires, Mystic Spires, Leucantha, Miniata, Blepharophylla, Regla, Elegans (Pineapple), Darcyi, Coccinea 'Lady in Red'/'Coral Nymph'/ 'Forest Fire', several Greggiis and Macrophyllas (I'm getting tired ...)
Roses: Belinda's Dream, Reve D'Or, Perle D'Or, Madame Antoine Mari, Mutabilis, Caldwell Pink, The Fairy, Gartendirektor Otto Linne, Mary Rose, Highway 290 Pink Buttons, Marie Pavie, Souvenir de la Malmaison, Cecile Brunner, Carefree Beauty
If there's more, even I don't want to know! Happy Bloom Day, y'all!