A very special macro Bloom Day
It’s July, and quite frankly I did not predict the dearth of flowers here. In the spirit of full disclosure, all the closeups are because the flowers are few and far between. But let’s make the best of what we’ve got! [If you want to see flowers, head to Bloom Day host May Dreams Gardens for July in Zone 5. *SIGH*]
My desert willow, Chilopsis linearis, that I received when I joined TreeFolks was kind enough to bloom despite being left in its pot for now. It will replace the dead pine that was just removed from the front yard. I was surprised at how dark the flowers are, but I guess some of the plants just produce dark flowers. I love these trees, they are really beautiful.
My geraniums bloomed, probably to thank me for finally feeding them.
And this iris that was here when we moved in is blooming. Does anyone know its name? It just looks like huge liriope when it’s not blooming, but the blooms are really pretty. The center is kind of pale lavender. [Thanks to Iris at Society Garlic! This is a bicolor iris/African iris/ fortnight lily aka Dietes iridioides.]
And the Turk’s cap tried, but didn’t quite make it for today.
I thought about going to Natural Gardener for the sale, but I figure I’ll pay regular price to have experts care for the plants til October when they can go in the ground, instead of making the poor plants suffer in pots here for that long. I have really been wanting a bougainvillea though, they make the summer heat feel exotic instead of oppressive.