Bloom Day

I've had Bloom Days on the blog several times in the last few weeks. Here are some pictures of what it looked like this morning before the sun fully came in to the garden.

This is a different California poppy, Stylomecon heterophylla. It's sometimes called wind poppy. Wouldn't you rather say the word Stylomecon? Sty-low-mi-con. Fun word.

Stylomecon heterophylla

All the cineraria (Annie's calls it Senecio stellata) seems to be coming out this color this year. Too bad! I was hoping to see some more of the blues I had last year. These are the same plants, but all the flowers have changed to this color.


Phacelia tanacetifolia deserves a better picture than this. I'm sure there will be more to come... This flower is on a plant nearly three feet tall and wide. Even as a seedling, I could tell this one would be vigorous. But only my very amended soil (for growing vegetables) can account for these enormous proportions.

Phacelia tanacetifolia

The Clematis 'General Sikorski' opened fully after being partly open for a whole week. The flower is much more impressive in the full sun of mid-day. Lanuginosa Group, whatever that means. (Please do not explain.) Alas, no fragrance.

Clematis 'General Sikorski'

Erysimum concinnum on the other hand--very fragrant. I've had this Point Reyes native in my garden every year for the past three years, and every year it skulks around the garden like a surly teenager about to completely collapse under the burden of living here. Sigh.

Erysimum concinnum

Unfortunately, that's all I have time for this morning. If you want more, surf back a week or two or click into the Flickr.


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Frances, said...

Chuck, your phacelia is on steriods for sure. I love the wallflowers, they are very floppy here but still seem to bloom okay and are so very fragrant. Your poppy is a fun word, where is the accent?

Brent said...

Several of my Phaecelia are 3x3' and they aren't on particularly good soil - former crummy lawn soil - certainly not vegetable garden quality.

The difference between the large ones in my garden and the small ones are that the large ones were sown on the spot last year from nearby plants that I let go to seed.

Phacelia grown from seed sown mid way through this season are smaller, though still vigorous. Germination was much higher than I had expected, so perhaps there's some stunting due to crowding.

Phacelia transplanted from seed sown elsewhere couldn't hang with my scant watering schedule and died a horrible and prolonged death.

Which were yours?

chuck b. said...

Frances, I think you can accent it anyway you want. I tend to say sty-LOW-mi-con.

Brent, My point is that Phacelia in gardens grows larger than it does in nature. I've never seen 9 cu ft of Phacelia in the wild before. All the wildflowers (except poppies) were pricked out of flats, potted up for several weeks, and then planted out over the winter.

Anonymous said...

This is my first visit to your blog (don't know why should have found you before this). Just wanted to say that your photos are really beautiful and I enjoyed clicking through and getting to know you and your garden. I will definitely come back to visit again!

Carol Michel said...

I really like the blue flowers right now, especially your clematis. I have so much yellow in my garden this spring, but would like more blue. It is more relaxing to look at.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Christopher C. NC said...

I'm waiting for the Phacelia here to bloom. One of three Phacelia species to choose from. If I look closely at the leaves, I might be able to ID it now.

gintoino said...

I didn't know that poppy. I like its color a lot, i looks great against the grey foliage of the Echium. You have always such nice (new to me) plants to show us.Thank you