Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2016

Almost summer and most of the blooms in my zone 9a garden are just as hot as the weather.

Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia Pulcherrima).



More zinnias.

Still more zinnias.

And, yes, still more zinnias.


Wax begonia, a staple of the summer garden that can stand up to our heat and humidity.

Crape myrtle, of course.

And sunflowers.

The groundcover wedelia.

Yellow cestrum.

A mid-season daylily.

And another.

What would summer be without summer phlox?

And cannas.

Tropical jatropha.

Cashmere Bouquet (Clerodendrum bungei).

Cypress vine.

Chrysanthemum??? Yes, chrysanthemum!

Turk's cap.

The inconspicuous blossom of the beautyberry. It's the actual berries of the plant that put on the show later.

And speaking of inconspicuous, maybe this doesn't really look like a bloom but it is. It's inland sea oats.

The weird little blossom of porterweed.

Most of the roses are resting now, but 'Caldwell Pink' blooms on.

'Mystic Spires' salvia.

The sweet little blossom of the purslane, sharing a pot with succulents. 


Convolvulus 'Blue Daze.'

Variegated abelia. Sweet little blossoms!

Blue plumbago.

White cat's whiskers (Orthosiphon aristatus).

And 'Ellen Bosanquet' crinum is just getting ready to join the bloomin' party!
Thank you for visiting my garden this month. As we get ready to greet summer (or winter, if you are in the southern hemisphere), I hope your garden is doing well and so is the gardener.

As always, thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting us.

Happy gardening!


  1. So much colour, Dorothy! And such a range of plants. I would really love to visit your garden. I don't know the first plant - Pride of Barbados, but I really like the look of it. The Crinum here are showing no sign of flowering yet... their leaves are barely emerging from their bulbs!

    1. Pride of Barbados is, as the name implies, a plant of the tropics, but it does well here in our subtropical zone - dies back in most winters and then comes back in the spring.

  2. Oh good grief! I just realized I forgot to plant zinnias!
    My Turk's Cap has not bloomed yet, and the deer at my Phlox!
    Lovely Cypress Vine! I bought one at a plant sale; maybe I'll have blooms on it next month.
    You have a beautiful garden!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

    1. Those deer can be voracious, can't they? I'm thankful I don't have to battle them.

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    1. The garden is quite floriferous these days, but it's also in a bit of a mess because of all the rain we've had. I didn't show you the messes!

  4. What riches. My plumbago is going strong. Yesterday I planted my herb garden. Heat wave coming. I hope it all survives.

    1. I love plumbago. It is one of my most dependable bloomers. Good luck with the herb garden. Generally, herbs love heat, I find.

  5. Hiya Dorothy,
    You Abelia flowers earlier than it does over here - we have to wait at least another 8 weeks before its scent perfumes the air.
    Doesn't the heavy rain make a mess of things though: I noticed on my walk this evening that all the campanula persicifolia was lying flat on the ground. Such a pity.
    I'v never met a Crinum efore, but it looks very interesting.
    Very nice to see all your treasures.

    1. Crinums are a staple of southern gardens here. They are very tough plants. A famous horticulturist from the area once made the statement that no gardener has ever managed to kill a crinum! I can't prove him false.

  6. Great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Hot, hot, hot blooms. But some cool blues too, Dorothy. I love Convolvulus 'Blue Daze.' P. x

  8. You have such a wide variety of plants Dorothy and I especially love the blooms of the Brugmansia...beautiful!!!

    1. The brugs have really outdone themselves so far this year.

  9. You can never have too many zinnias! It's hot here, too, which is good for so many plants in the garden, but not the gardener:) A lovely variety of blooms, Dorothy!

    1. That's certainly my philosophy regarding zinnias!

  10. I am a bit behind with reading blogs and commenting, better late than never :-)
    It’s amazing to see how far your garden is compared to min, even though we are gardening in the same climate zone, 9a. This year we are really late, but even so, my sunflowers are a foot tall and very far from producing any buds yet. Lovely to see all the different flowers you have, and every time I see Turk’s cap I think that this is one I need to get….the same I used to think about beautyberry which seem so common over in US but not over here. Now I got my own beautyberry! Got it in January, can’t wait to see it in flower and with berries later on. But it is your Brugmansia that gets me really jealous, I sooo want one, just not sure if it will survive the winter when I have no greenhouse, but eventually I will have a go :-) Oh, and I have put Orthosiphon aristatus, I MUST have that one soon, so fun! Not sure if it is possible to get it here but I will try.
    Thanks for the tour, so nice to visit your lovely garden again.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Helene. It's always good to see your comments no matter the time. If you can just give the brugmansia some protection when it gets quite cold, it could work for you. Mine usually dies back to the ground in winter but comes back in spring.


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