Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2010

Here are my June 15th bloomers.

The Cosmos sulphureus 'Bright Lights' is just getting started. There's only a few 2-foot-high blooms now, but it'll be seven feet tall and covered in butterflies by September.

Pincushion flower, or Scabiosa columbaria, hails from the Mediterranean and tolerates heat and drought. This is the common 'Butterfly Blue' cultivar.

Most of the roses have petered out with the heat. I did find two lush red roses hiding in the brambles of the 'Dame du Coeur' bush, though.

Turk's cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. Drummondii) is a Texas native, a favorite of hummingbirds, and a good bloomer for shady spots.

Another hummingbird favorite is rock penstemon (P. baccharifolius), which returned from the dead of last year's drought.

The Mexican milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) has reseeded itself all through the front garden.

This little yellow Dahlberg daisy (Thymophylla tenuiloba) popped up 15 feet from its original spot.

Salvias love the heat. Here's a mealy blue sage (Salvia farinacea) in front of a white autumn sage (S. greggii).

Here's Indigo Spires salvia.

This Violet Velvet salvia is a new addition. I don't recall the species, but if I can locate the container, I'll post it. (Addendum: it's a S. greggii)

I have a few blackfoot daisies (Melampodium leucanthum) in front of a box-store-variety trailing purple lantana.

We've got some blooms in the veggie garden, too, like these Cisneros tomatillos from the Sunshine Gardens spring plant sale.

'Early Girl' tomatoes are blooming nearby. This is a passalong plant from Jen at Rebar and Roses.

The passalong bush cucumbers from Bonnie at Kiss of Sun are blooming as well. They give us a nice sized slicer every 2-3 days.

The Ambrosia cantaloupes are vining like crazy and starting to set fruit. Bob at Gardening at Draco recommends this variety.
As always, thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of the month. Head over to her blog to see what's blooming all over the world!

Words and photos © 2009-2010 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. Caroline, lots of great natives are blooming for you! Gotta love that toughness, don't you? The color of your cosmos is really pretty, as is that Velvet Salvia.

  2. Caroline, you're growing so many of my favorite plants. Unfortunately I can't get a lot of them where I live now so your blog will have to suffice. :-) Those cosmos are some of my favorites!

  3. Your blog is looking really nice Caroline! Love the real-time sun/moon calendar! Beautiful blooms...lovely!

  4. It's fun to see how many plants we both like, Carolyn- blue scabiosa & orange cosmos are blooming here, too. Did you by any chance pick up the darling violet salvia at the place-that-used-to-be-Howard's? I bought one there last year with no label and it looks very similar.
    Saw the bur oak on your other post with Jack - they always make me think of my father, who nurtured a couple of seedlings to tall trees-such wonderful leaves!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  5. Annie, I got the violet salvia at the Natural Gardener. I haven't made it to Backyard Salvage and Garden yet -- maybe I'll stop by after work next week.

  6. Salvias do great for me here in North Florida - they like the heat, the humidity, the rain or the drought. They just keep blooming.