after the booms come the blooms of July


Of the three plants from seed generously given to me by Linda, this is the only Eryngium giganteum blooming for me. One plant was pulled into his tunnel by a gopher as I looked on. The other is thriving, but I will need to wait for next year to see it flower. If you click on the link to Linda’s post, you will see what happens once Miss Wilmott finds a place to her liking and decides to start her family there.

Verbascum ariaphaenum

I love the fuzzy stem and large flowers on the only Verbascum that I have ever laid out cash to procure (it’s other name is ariaphaenum), but it failed to get a grip and toppled over into the V. chaixii surrounding it.

volunteer Verbascum

The volunteer Verbascums that pop up here and there are made of sturdier stuff. The architecture of the plant is stunning, though the flowers are nothing to write home about.

Romneya coulterii

After two years of struggle, the Romneya coulterii is beginning to hit its stride.

Romneya coulterii blossom

Flowers are mostly an afterthought in this garden, but not in this case. Here’s a close-up to show you why.

sempervivums in bud

The early stages are best when the Sempervivums decide to bloom. Here they are in bud…

sempervivums blooming

…and again as the flowers begin to unfold.


This is the first time the Rhus has produced these fuzzball flowers. Maybe it’s a keeper after all.

creeping Charlie

In sunny spots, the flowers of Creeping Charlie are exactly the same color as the foliage, but in shade it’s a different story.

Lychnis coronaria

When I showed off the foliage of Lychnis coronaria, I promised to show it in flower, so here it is.

Clary sage

The Clary sage is another windfall from Linda.

Fillipendula rubra

Fillipendula rubra will erupt into a froth of pink, but I like it best in bud (guess I say that a lot).

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis is one of those peek-a-boo plants that allows us to see what’s behind it. Good thing, too, because it has a habit of popping up everywhere. The other players in this combo are Stachys ‘Helen Von Styne’, an orange geum and Acanthus spinosus.

heuchera and astrantia

Speaking of playing peek-a-boo, the sunlight is having some fun here as it plays off of the flowers and foliage of Heucheras, Astrantia, Persicaria ‘Purple Shield’ and Hydrangea ‘Limelight’.

floral series banners

Finally, here are a couple of flowers you will not find in nature…part of my floral series of banners.

That’s it for me…more here.

6 thoughts on “after the booms come the blooms of July

  1. Linda~I’ll get in line for more of that sage, just in case mine decides not to procreate.

    Shirley~And here I thought mine were underperforming in the height category.

    Heather~You are such a hoot! Now I am going to start calling it Matilija Poppy. Far be it from me to invite anything into my garden that reminds me of Mitt.

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