May Blooms – GBBD
This is the flagstone path and border you see when you come in through our gate. We try to keep it full of blooms year-round, and this month, May, is probably the easiest month to do that. In another month the fog season will start, the heat of the Central Valley will suck moisture from the ocean through the Golden Gate and over our garden like a swamp cooler, but for now all the plants are soaking up the sun.
Our Monardella macrantha just started up, flashing the victory sign.
The poppy is Mahogany Red, pretty variable in how much red the flowers show. I like the ones where I’m not quite sure if it’s a cultivar.
I think the penstemon is “Blue Bedder,” but it might be “Blue Springs.”
A breadseed poppy that was too tall to fit into the frame.
The salvia actually has some blooms on it but it works better as a foliage combo with the phormium. Most of the other plants in that bed have token blooms, but nothing dramatic; maybe they’re waiting for the poppies and calendulas to quiet down. Thanks to Carol at MayDreamsGardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Click thru for links to lots of other gardens in bloom.
Some more bloomers from our outer garden are below.
I think the agrostemma is “Purple Contessa.”
Two days ago I pulled these from a yard in San Francisco where they were finished up. Our plants are starting to look ragged, but they still have nice blooms.
Our favorite columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha. It’s easier and more reliable for us than the native columbine, A. formosa.
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