I am hoping to finish a larger post about a local estate garden later today but for now I wanted to share a few more pictures of some things that have come into bloom in the garden during the last couple of days:
Blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Common mallow (Malva sylvestris)
Arabian jasmine (Jasminum sambac) - Unfortunately this is nowhere near hardy but hopefully it will not mind spending the winter month on a window sill inside. The fragrance is heavenly!
Bush basil (Ocimum basilicum) - This little bush has grown from a February sowing on the window sill of my dorm room and seems to enjoy its summer home on the terrace. The scent and flavor is somewhat sweeter and more intense than that of the more common large-leaved varieties. My batch of seeds was from an Italian seed company but I have also seen this variety grown in Portugal and Turkey.
This rather odd inflorescence belongs to the small needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) which I planted in the front yard last summer. I was really surprised that it was developing flowers and hope that this is to be an interpreted as a sign that it likes its new home, rather than that conditions are so bad that it is desperate to procreate before dying.
A red-flowered seedling abutilon (Abutilon x hybridum) which flowers almost all year long, whether on the terrace in summer or next to a large window in the living room in winter.
A small foxglove (Digitalis sp.)
So far this summer we have lucky to been getting rain somewhat more regularly than usual, which means that we have had to water less and that the garden on the whole is more lush than in most years around this time, when the effect of heat and drought is starting to make things look a bit ragged.