Sometimes it really is scary how time flies - not just because all of a sudden the next 15th of the month is already upon us and calling for a Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post, but also because it has been a week already since I last posted even though lots of material has been piling up. The past week has been a pleasant whirlwind of activity with visits from many friends from out of town, so the garden has hardly received much attention, let alone the garden blog. With the hot and wet weather we have been having most things have been growing and blooming like crazy, though, so there is much to show; this colorful, a tad bit chaotic picture of the middle portion of the yard is - luckily - rather representative of what things look like at the moment:
For the pictures of particular flowers, I thought this time I would try to organize them roughly by color. Maybe starting with the yellows and oranges. So here we go:
View of the central part of the garden along the side of the house
Eastern prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) on the balcony
The first of the 'Hopi Dyeseed' sunflowers (Helianthus annuus 'Hopi Dyeseed') to bloom
A late, butter-yellow daylily (Hemerocallis cv.)
Another unidentified daylily cultivar
Double orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva var. kwanso)
A very large and vigorous double cultivar of French marigold (Tagetes patula) which I discovered last summer in a yard one street over
'Orange Hawaii' African marigold (Tagetes erecta 'Orange Hawaii') - by far the most intense orange of the marigolds I am growing
Large, cactus-flowered zinnias (Zinnia elegans cv.)
The first of the gladioli to bloom
Pink cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
The trusty purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana mutabilis)
One of the pots on the front steps filled with 'Old Fashioned Vining' petunias, Petunia exserta, and a seedling of the wild form of Canna indica
Double Shirley poppies (Papaver rhoeas cv.)
Rosa 'Old Blush'
Rosa 'Slater's Crimson China'
'Cupani' sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus 'Cupani')
Bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla cv.) in the frontyard
Agapanthus 'Hardy Blue' just beginning to bloom
A pale blue single love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)...
... and a double white one
Abyssinian gladiolus (Gladiolus murielae) from bulbs bought on a whim at a CVS...
My mom reports that much is also blooming in the Michigan garden, including bear's breeches (Acanthus sp.), leopard lilies (Iris domestica) and the Inca lily (Alstroemeria ligtu cv.) that I planted last year. The large potted lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), which did not flower last summer and which I had fertilized heavily when I was back in Michigan in May in hopes that that would help it perform better this summer has also apparently begun to produce flower buds. Success!
To see what is currently blooming elsewhere, also have a look at all the other awesome blogs participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens.