Well, here goes my first attempt at documenting the flowers happening in my garden on bloom day (the 15th of every month), a challenge put forth over at May Dreams Gardens. Our USDA hardiness zone 7 garden is in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range. To be honest, I didn’t think there would be many flowers because we haven’t had much rain since July, I don’t irrigate much, and we had a record number of hot days this summer. Not a recipe for flowers, right? But, as we will see, there were quite a few more than I expected.
Let’s start with the weeds. These always bloom, no matter how dry it gets.
Most of my annuals are of the self-seeding types. I don’t usually plant a lot of them intentionally, with the exception of this Bolivian Sunset gloxinia this year.
Bulbs and corms
Dependable, rugged stand-bys. A guaranteed burst of color, regardless of the weather.
Miscellaneous late-blooming perennials
I prefer the orange/brown single flowered varieties of gloriosa daisy like this one, but they are hard to find. Seed mixes almost always yield only yellow-flowering plants no matter what desirable colors it shows on the packet/website, which makes me think they are always mislabeled. Oh well. You’ll see a whole bunch of the regular yellow ones in the background.
Rock garden flowers
The surprisingly hard texture of carline thistle flowers. Each petal is very stiff, like a strip of thin, dried bamboo or straw.
Easy to overlook the tiny flowers of the small leaf creeping wire vine. Worth a closer look in my opinion. I like an underdog flower.
I noticed the related shrubby tororaro was also blooming at the same time. This was the best picture I could get – the little bee seems to be enjoying it anyway.
Oh my gosh, that was 50 flowers! Way more than I would have guessed given our hot, dry summer and how little I watered this year.