I am finally managing to post for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day again, and lots of blooms there are! Strangely, compared to last July, quite a few things are almost a month behind while others are weeks ahead - testament, perhaps, to the strange winter and spring we had. In any case, let us delve in!
Volunteer feverfew seedlings (Tanacetum parthenium) are continuing the show now that the big mother plant overwintered from last summer is fading
A white musk mallow (Malva moschata) that has been blooming for a while
'Old-Fashioned Vining' petunias perfuming the front steps
The lovely Nicotiana mutabilis - the batch I sowed intentionally did not work out, but luckily quite a few self-sown seedlings of this wonderful species have come up around the garden
The first flower of the long beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis)
The double stocks are still holding on despite the heat, while all the single ones have gone to seed
Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)
The heirloom dahlia 'Mrs. I. de Ver Warner', which happily overwintered in the ground
The purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata)
One of the big hybrid gladioli...
... and another one that came from the same mix
Tassel flower (Emilia javanica)
Double orange daylilies (Hemerocallis 'Kwanso')
The African marigolds (Tagetes erecta) are just beginning to bloom; I grew a whole range of different varieties this year, looking to see which will be the tallest and most free-flowering
Klip dagga (Leonotis nepetifolia), grown from seed planted inside at the end of February, the plants are now about as tall as me and have already been blooming for close to a month
Just a few of the zinnia colors we have in bloom
Petunia exserta contrasting nicely with the front door
Also explore what is blooming right now in other people's gardens at May Dreams Gardens!