I didn't think there was much blooming in my garden this morning, but I was wrong! Starting in the front, the Lantana by the porch is one of my most reliable & pest-free performers; it will bloom through November at least. Butterflies adore it. ~Click any photo to enlarge~
Coral 'Flower Carpet' Roses - I use these a lot in designs when pale pink just won't do. Great color for in front of the blue fence, and another one that will bloom through Autumn.
'Primrose Heron' Lamb's Ears, a new plant for me this year and I LOVE it. Grown for the unusual blue/yellow tinted foliage, it puts out few flower stalks, which is good. (I know I'm cheating, but who could say no to him with a butterfly?)
Limonium perezii, Sea Lavender. A tender perennial, and another mainstay. The actual flowers are the tiny little white guys; the purple bracts are straw-like and last for ages (like statice.)
OK, technically these are still buds, but they will be eaten before they bloom, so this is their only chance...Artichoke 'Green Globe' (I use these small side shoots mostly for the hearts).
Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer' is another new plant for me, and easily the star of the show. They can probably be seen by satellite. Grown from a jumbo sixpack planted 4 months ago, in bloom for 2 months, and showing no signs of stopping. I love how the blooms start small and just keep getting bigger and bigger. It makes an awesome cut flower.
Bronze Fennel...isn't this the coolest picture? A screen saver for sure;
I think it could hypnotize you!
Lantana again, and my favorite rose scented Geranium, 'Fragrant Frosty' which I bought in a 4" pot from Geraniaceae Nursery at the SF Flower and Garden Show in March. I love it because it's really compact and doesn't sprawl like some scented geraniums. Cuttings for sure!
Moving to the back garden; I usually pinch the flower buds out of Coleus before it has a chance to bloom, preferring the foliage, but as I'm particularly lazy about gardening this summer, I let it have its way. And it's kind of lovely!
Hybrid Fuchsia, I cannot recall the variety. Had a heck of a time getting this shot, I think my camera was blinded by the color too!
Begonia richmondiensis, Shrub Begonia. A really lovely plant; flowers like a typical wax begonia, but with a larger, more open form. Tender, gets knocked back to main stems in winter in zone 8. Long blooming, self-cleaning, perfect for a shady corner.
So pretty it gets two shots. Shrub Begonia grows well in pots too; this was transplanted from my courtyard this spring as a sad single stem. It has redeemed itself! ~click photo to see bloom detail~
Shrub Rose 'Pure Perfume' and an unplanned visitor (love them, and since I read Mr. Brown Thumb's blog, I know this is a fly, not a bee!) This is a lovely, low-maintenance rose with a very distinct, sweet grapefruit fragrance.
The last of the Star Jasmine
I introduced 'Moonlight' Nasturtiums into the back garden this year; they will be with me forevermore!
In the herb garden, Marjoram growing up through the Sage.
Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue' got enormous this year; it is a particular favorite of bees and hummers.
Signs of fall; there will be Pomegranates this year!
And Apples (this from my six-variety espalier, I believe these are Granny Smith)
And here are the tomatoes (Big Beef) to remind me that it's still summer. Thanks for visiting the garden, and to Carol from May Dreams Gardens for the idea of 'Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!'