June Bloom Day


Various kinds of Clarkia have bloomed to say farewell-to-spring. Which is how it works. Farewell-to-spring is the common name for Clarkia (was Godetia).

Clarkia amoena






I have some red in the garden right now too. All three Delphinium cardinale have begun to flower. But maybe they'll be in full bloom next month.

Delphinium cardinale

And I have a lot of red from one Keckiella cordifolia. (I have three, but only one is showing.)


Easy to grow from seed, which is what I did. This plant flowers at the end of long, arching stems which put the flowers far away from the rest of the plant.

Keckiella cordifolia

California native Mimulus aurantiacus is tremendously florific from spring through fall.



The yellow-flowering Madia elegans is starting to flower too. Seems kind of early, but I'm always happy to see it.


Madia elegans

Mentzelia lindleyi...


...fading slowly.

Mentzelia lindleyi

I would like to have more of this next year.

Mentzelia lindleyi

(If you do Google Images searches on various western wildflowers, you will sometimes find pictures from my blog(s). If you Google Metzelia, also a western wildflower, you will find it growing in Holland, in Yolanda Elizabet's garden.)

At first, I wasn't planning to include this buckwheat, Eriogonum latifolium, but what the heck.


The flowers change colors as they age--might as well start here as a reference point.


I think the pictures above captures the bloom-related experience of visiting my garden today--today, the day before Official Bloom Day as set forth by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Bloom Day falls on Father's Day this year. I have to post early this month since I will be out doing things with my dad tomorrow, and too busy to blog.

I still have lots of other flowers in the garden right now...

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IMG_0831 Phaseolus coccineus 'Sunset'

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Cuphea llaeva IMG_0786

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Not shown: Abutilons, Cobaea scandens, Ixia, Linanthus, Tagetes, misc. garden salvias, thyme.

Thanks for coming by. Happy June Bloom Day!


Brent said...

Nice blooms! Have a good Father's Day.

Les said...

I particularly like the Mimulus aurantiacus - I usually end up liking anything with aurantiacus in the name. It like most of the other plants you mentioned are completely unfamiliar to me.

joco said...

Good evening for you and morning here.

What a lot you got!

By coincidence it is also open garden day in our village here in the UK. Many gardens open up to people from elsewhere. My garden looks tidier today than the rest of the year ;-) I'll be glad when it is over and I can let things slide again.
Enjoy your day with your dad.

Sarah Laurence said...

You do so much with so little space. It amazes me what grows in CA. Enjoy your Father's Day.

gintoino said...

Great blooms as usual chuck. And also as usual many that I didn't know. I like the Eriogonum latifolium and the Madia elegans particularly.

min hus said...

Lovely, lovely blooms.

So the second picture with the peachy blooms are Clarkia too? Hmm... I htink those are going on my "want some" list. :)

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Lovely blooms! I'm wanting some Clarkia, too. They are lovely.

CiNdEe's GaRdEn said...

Awesome flowers blooming!! You have a beautiful garden. I bookmarked your site so I can check back again(-:

Carol Michel said...

Beautiful flowers, I hope to have some squash blooms myself in a few weeks, but could never have any of the other flowers you have in your garden.

I applaud you for spending time with your Dad today, a perfectly good reason to post a little early for bloom day (let's just call it bloom weekend this time).

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Anonymous said...

I love how full your space looks. And the blooms are so vibrant. Happy Day!

Annie in Austin said...

As usual, your bloom day is like no one else's, Chuck! So many times the California flowers seem like faces we almost recognize, but can't quite name - then you tell us what they are and we turn out to be strangers.

Godetia was the name on the package of seeds I started one spring in Illinois... they were a peachy variety like yours and they bloomed beautifully in a hypertufa trough.

That 'Sunset' variety of Scarlet Runner Bean looks extremely interesting!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Anonymous said...

Godetia was one of the first plants I tried to grow many years ago. I did not succeed but yours looks just like those in the picture I remember so long ago! You have so much in glorious bloom. I saw the red delphinium at a garden center this spring and thought it lovely but perhaps not hardy here. I should have bought one to try!

Phillip Oliver said...

Your flowers are totally foreign to me but it is always a treat to view them. Your garden is a blooming machine!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

If you hadn't listed it as Clarkia, I would have thought that the dark pink one was a Callirhoe. It reminds me so much of Winecups, which I really like. I've never seen a picture of Buckwheat in bloom before, thanks for posting that. I look forward to seeing the seedheads.

Green thumb said...

Hi Chuck, your Clarkia blooms look so delicate!! All the other blooms are gorgeous too!
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Chuck, what a gorgeous gallery of unfamiliar beauties. How lucky you are to be able to grow Delphinium cardinale! Love the onion and squash flowers, and the clarkia, and well...they're all charming. Your orange trellis is terrific, too. Thanks for sharing!

Frances, said...

Hi Chuck, your garden is colorful and bloomerific. Lots of those flowers look like butterfly magnets, do you get lots of winged visitors? Especially love the mimulus. My favorite color, if it is apricot?

Frances, said...

Forgot to say, hope you had a good day with your Dad.

chuck b. said...

Frances, The Mimulus is apricot. I have some, but not many butterflies. My garden is good habitat for them, but my garden is small and isolated. How I've missed seeing you around this week! I'm so happy you're back and I hope you're all rested and charged up to make lots of blog posts and comments.

I think that was the only question.

Thank you everyone for coming by and saying nice things. :)

lisa said...

Happy late Bloom Day! You have such a nice show going, hope you had a nice Father's Day, too. I'm late for my own Bloom Day post, but you'll have that. :)

Christopher C. NC said...

The Mentzelia looks a lot like the Oenothera of which we have .... I don't know how many species, a bunch.

I agree with MMGD, the Clarkia does look like the Callirhoe.

Curmudgeon said...

That Madia elegans is a cutie. Also liked the scarlet larkspur. Happy belated Bloom Day.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

What a great variety and a beautiful bloom day post.

Tira said...

Wow, what a lot of gorgeous blooms! Must get Keckiella cordifolia. BTW I ordered some seeds including the echium from JL Hudson so I am quite excited to try those.

Unknown said...

Wow... I never would have thought that I'd be so taken with buckwheat foliage. But it's very pretty!

I love your orange monkeyflowers, too. And the red viney things where the flowers pull away from the plant. (Sorry, too lazy to scroll up to double-check the name.)

Shirley said...

Hi there Chuck, so many plants :-D

What a wonderful sight to browse through at breakfast especially is a little grey and overcast as I look out my window.

I love to see gardens from other parts of the world as they have such a variety of new plants to me as well as old faces :-)

I love your plants. They look great merging like a vertical tapestry. I delight to walk through I'd imagine and the wildlife must be all around :-D

Have a great weekend :-D