May Bloom Day

The late spring rains we had at the beginning of the month knocked Carpenteria out of shape. Kind of a bummer because it doesn't bloom all that long anyway.

Carpenteria californica

Continuing with natives that are wrapping up the season...

Triteleia ixioides

Triteleia ixioides

A few irises left, blooming in the deep parts of the meadow.

Iris douglasiana

Gilia tricolor regularly has a long season in my garden.

Gilia tricolor

The Fremontodendron may flower all year long when it matures. Right now, just spring flowers.


California poppies (Eschscholzia californica)


Small picutres of small flowers. Clockwise from upper left, Allium unifolium, Dichelostemma ida-maia, Satureja douglasii, Camassia sp.

Allium unifolium IMG_8224

pink Camassia Satureja douglasii

I'm happy that Calycanthus occidentalis bloomed this year. Last year it did not, presumably because I pruned it too hard. Or something.

Calycanthus occidentalis

That's all for the natives. San Francisco's cool, foggy summers and frost-free winters let us grow plants from the tropical mountain forests of Central and South America without any extra care. Bartlettina sordida, Fuchsia boliviana alba (twice), Tibouchina urvilleana.

Bartlettina sordida

Fuchsia boliviana alba

Fuchsia boliviana alba

Tibouchina urvilleana

Then there's a bunch of stuff from all over, mostly Mediterranean climates, that people grow all over the Bay Area.

Cotula lineariloba



Cuphea, Senecio

Aquilegia, Abutilon

Cuphea pinetorum, or Cuphea 'Minnie Mouse'


Tweedia caerulea



Meyer lemon

Not shown: Arctotis, Cerinthe major, Cobaea scandens, Salvia spathacea, Sisyrinchium bellum, other garden salvias, other Senecios.

For more blooms from all over, visit May Dreams Gardens.


Anonymous said...

That looks like Salvia spathacea behind the birdbath, partly shown.

Those same rains knocked my single silver bush lupine flower spike into a weird shape too, but I was lucky enough to have already taken a photo of it before it was damaged.

chuck b. said...

You're right! Late rains: love/hate them.

lostlandscape (James) said...

What great blooms. Too bad the rains took out some of your flowers. The rains never made it to us down south in San Diego, so my carpenteria got to finish its blooming uninterrupted. It looks like you've got a lot of other plants that were pretty thrilled with the water, though!

Jean Campbell said...

Enjoyed the native show. It's been a good year for calycanthus. Our eastern native 'sweet shrub' has been blooming for two months. Suckers everywhere forming a little grove.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

As usual your garden is full of interesting and beautiful flowers!

Frances said...

Hi Chuck, so many tubular flowers, you must have lots of hummingbirds? I sowed arctotis in the greenhouse and outdoors with zero results. Funny, I had never heard of it, but liked the photo, maybe I had seen it on your blog and forgot?

Christopher C. NC said...

The Bartlettina sordida is my favorite, though the Carpentaria is way cool. Now if the breeders worked on Eupatorium a bit they could get it looking more like the Bartlettina.

Les said...

Your diversity is amazing, especially in light of your previous post of what the garden looked like when you started out.

Chloe Marguerite said...

Wow -

I'm just blown away by the beauty and variety of your garden. And as always, coveting that Carpinteria Californica!

Chloe M.

Michelle said...

I love the way your garden is packed full of beautiful flowering plants - paradise!