A happy summer solstice to everyone. I'm loving the longer days, especially how it allows me to be out in the garden till seven pm or later. More time to plant, fertilize, work on planting beds. And of course photograph the bounty of plants now in bloom. There's still a wealth of flowers, from shrubs, new perennials, the last of the spring annuals, bulbs, vines (especially vines) and succulents. When you have 500 different species/varieties in your garden, there's always going to be something in bloom. Here are some, shot today, descriptions are top to bottom.
Cyrtanthus. Here I caught an interesting light pattern, resulting in interesting hues and textures.
Lilium regale. One of the most fragrant of all lilies and the trumpets are huge.
Dahlia Hildago. A close-up showing this cute little bug, as well as the glorious sun-lit colors.
Dahlia Hidalgo. A pulled back view of this new acquisition.
Ledebouria socialis. This cute S. African bulb has the tiniest flowers but I still love 'em.
Begonia boliviensis. Didn't quite get this perfectly focused but still like the combo. The left side of the arch holds a red honeysuckle and a new mina lobata vine while the right has the way cool Clematis viorna (photographed later here).
Dracocephalum. Hardly anyone knows this plant and if it wasn't so damn hard to find I'd write a column about it. Hats off to Alejandro for propagating it.
Dianthus Silver Pink. I'm beginning to collect dianthus, after getting over my plant snobbery.
Anthemis sanct-johannis. Another rarely seen plant, hailing from S. Europe. Nope, not related to our sunflowers, it just looks like it might be. Now that's GOLD.
Hairs on Tiger lily flower buds. This just looked like it might make a cool shot and it worked!
Bronze mimulus. All hail the sticky monkey flower!
Oregano Kent Beauty. No longer a secret, this ornamental oregano offers a shimmering beauty.
Bee on Eriogonum giganteum. Couldn't resist capturing this industrious fellow.
Voodoo lily spathe stem. I'm getting into arums in a big way and how can you resist the voodoo charm of this woodland guy?
Dahlia Bishop's Children. Umm, aren't bishops supposed to be, what's the word, celibate? Still, love the dark foliage and orange flowers.
Another honey bee feasting on a nectar rich California buckwheat, this time E. grande rubescens.
Echeveria Black Prince. Well, not black but I love the burnished chocolate tones.
Bulbine frutescens. Again, not exactly in focus but love the colors and textures of this S. African bulb.
I liked the "design" of this rose-colored hydrangea shot, with the open petals ringing the unopened buds.
Iochroma coccinea. My favorite of the three iochromas in my garden, especially when the flowers are backlit by the sun.
Clematis viorna. As mentioned above, this tubular form clematis (there are nine types of flowers) is climbing the arch leading to the back yard. Simple but utterly charming flowers.