I'm a little late with my Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post so I thought I'd combine it with my Foliage Follow-Up post. I'll start with the blooms. Above, just in time for my Bloom Day post, is my favorite yellow daylily (variety unknown). I like it because it's always the first daylily to bloom in my yard and because of the clear yellow color.
'Bush Champion' cucumber
Peaking out from the cucumber leaves is a shy flower, my latest veggie acquisition.
'Whirling Butterflies' gaura and bumblebee
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lady in Red'
Finally my 'Lady in Red' is starting to show a little pink. It'll get a bit darker than this but not pink-pink like other hydrangeas do.
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Zagreb Tickseed
In my newest garden along the fence the still-baby plants are coming along (although a bit slowly for me). The 'Zagreb' coreopsis was planted because I wanted a fine textured plant through which you could see other plants like my agave and cactus.
Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’, Purple Dome New England Aster
Also in that same bed is this aster, 'Purple Dome', planted for its fall blooms. So why's it blooming now??
Thai (Siam Queen) basil blooms
I just love the blooms on this basil, even though I know I'm supposed to cut them off. I'll do it soon, I promise.
Also blooming in the garden right now are all the roses, various verbenas, 'Amazon Neon Duo' dianthus, ox-eye daisies, Dame's Rocket, other coreopsis, wild arugula, salvias, Confederate jasmine, and various peppers and tomatoes. Now on to some of the foliage.
Crassula lycopoidioides, “Watch Chain”, a plant native to Africa (and not cold hardy)
Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’
I originally bought this gazania for its pretty yellow daisy-like flowers but the foliage intrigues me more (besides, it doesn't put on that many blooms at any one time).
Nasella tenuissima, Mexican Feather Grass or Ponytail Grass
I absolutely LOVE this grass, even though it has a tendency to seed here and there (wherever there's very good drainage and not very rich soil). Right now this plant is blooming, as you can tell by the blonde feathery tips.
My lettuce is getting ready to bolt. I knew this time would come and I'm somewhat sad to see the lettuce go. But I will definitely plant some more this fall.
Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana'
I bought this little shrub (it gets around 3 x 3 feet) last fall because the new growth was somewhat light yellow and I thought it looked very cool. So far the light yellow color hasn't shown up but I still think it's pretty. I haven't figured out where to put it yet so I planted it in a pot until the right place shows up in my mind.
Be sure to visit Carol's blog for more Bloom Day posts and Pam's blog for more Foliage Follow-Up posts. Thanks for hosting gals!
This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2009. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.