Bloom Day

I have a hodgepodge of a container garden on the roof that I've been trying to unify and make more designer-y. For now though, it remains a hodgepodge. A tarweed (Madia elegans) volunteered in the pomegranate pot and I've allowed it to remain. Because love me some tarweed.


While Madia's off to the side,
Calandrinia grandiflora
is the main thing i see up here. Here are the flowers.

Calandrinia grandiflora

I started a bunch of the black-leafed 'Bishop's Children' dahlias from seed last year. The first one to bloom is a boring red-orange with yellow center. I'm hoping some of them will have purple or yellow flowers, or more interesting kinds of red.


On the way downstairs, we pass Calycanthus occidentalis, whose flowers smell like wine and whose leaves smell spicy, hence the common name spicebush.


There is random foxglove in the garden


roses and clematis

'Felecia' rose? Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchard'

Very much fuchsia



Fuchsia fulgens



Tons of Triteleia. (Srsly, there is a lot of this right now.)


Often near Triteleia is this pink firecracker (Dichelostemma) hybrid whose parentage I can never remember.


Abundant, tall Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Usually avec fuzzy bees


Passifloras, souvent with hummingbirds but not right now


I have two leeks flowering


A lanky, rangy Cedronella canariensis whose flowers I admit are not terribly photogenic


Campanula divisions stuffed in pots years ago are blooming all over the place.


Little Brachycome and Gilias, similarly stuffed in pots

Brachycome, Gilia

The Cineraria's just about done. This stuff blooms for about 5 months.


And I'm going to stop there, although I could show you more (it is dinner time for me). However, you don't have to stop here. You can go to May Dreams and find flowers to look at all night long.


Unknown said...

Finally! I have something blooming at the same time as you do: My verbena bonariensis is amazingly early this year.

I see what you mean about that "boring" Bishop's child. But the foliage is still awesome. And I'm still loving your fuchsias.

Julie said...

My fav here is the Tweedia! Never have seen it before and it is just so pretty!

lisa said...

I love some tarweed, too! Your rooftop is very relaxing, like that song. I have a spicebush too, but it has yellow flowers. And your Triteleia looks a lot like my bellflower (which I have tons of as well :) Nice Bloom Day!

Christopher C. NC said...

Like Kim there are now common blooms with you up on a mountain in NC. I counted seven. There would be eight, but Madame Stappers looks to have died a cold wet winter death.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I'd be happy with that boring Dahlia grown from seed. (I'm very impressed - I forgot to revive my Dahlia tuber after the winter.) Wish I could smell that Calycanthus, wine is a better scent than the Juicyfruit gum scent of mine. Your Fuschias are always so fabulous.

Megan said...

Your fuchsias are fabulous! We finally figured out where the Fuchsia Dell in GG Park is. Can't wait to actually walk around and check it out. I can only imagine what SF was like before the evil fuchsia gall mite arrived.

Denise said...

I'll vouch for the cineraria's long bloom here in SoCal too. Just cut it back and seedlings are everywhere. Love gardening on a rooftop, lucky you! It's tough on plants but oh, the views.

Melody said...

The contrast of the triteleia and the firecracker is striking - love it!