Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


August Bloom Day

Lobelia Queen Victoria

Lobelia Queen Victoria

The word on the street is that this summer has been the coldest and foggiest in the Bay Area in 39 years. I can believe it; it has been so foggy and windy at our house, I started wearing long johns last week. The plants in our garden don’t seem to mind as much as I do. I don’t notice any particular lack of flowers, and the usual late-summer suspects are all blooming. I missed last month’s bloom day, but most of the same plants are still in bloom, with the Lobelia and the Stargazer Lily being the two main ones that hadn’t quite opened in mid-July.

Stargazer Lily

Stargazer Lily

In June we accidentally let our containerized native lilies dry out, so they declined to bloom this year. The Stargazer is in the ground, so it’s flowering nicely.



The Indigo Bush, Indigofera heterantha, behind the Stargazer is our reliable summer-blooming shrub. It has been happy this year, with none of the aphids that appeared on it last year around this time. The ornamental oregano at its feet hasn’t seemed to attract as many honey bees as usual, probably because the weather has been so chilly.

Western Spicebush, Calycanthus occidentalis

Western Spicebush, Calycanthus occidentalis

The Western Spicebush is our other summer blooming shrub. It has been going for several months now, with lots of seed heads, flowers, and new buds. It loves the graywater from our laundry machine.

Rocoto Flowers

Rocoto Flowers

The Rocoto pepper is also enjoying a long season. The flowers aren’t very noticeable from a distance, but I like them up close. I don’t think people with sunny vegetable gardens can appreciate how happy I am to find a pepper that produces so well in our foggy, part-sun site.

Coyote Mint, Monardella villosa

Coyote Mint, Monardella villosa

The Coyote Mint, Monardella villosa, also has a long bloom season in our garden. And the Beach Primrose, Camissonia cheiranthifolia, has been going for a while. It’s doing a nice job of sending flowers out into some of the other plants around it.

Dudleya plant, Camissonia flower

Dudleya plant, Camissonia flower

Thanks to Carol at MayDreamsGardens for hosting bloom day. Click through to find links to tons of other blogs showing off what they have in flower. Below, I have a list of our other plants in bloom.

Significant Bloom:

Salvia chamaedryoides
Gartenmeister Fuchsia
Orange-flowered Canna
Mimulus cardinalis
Mexican Evening Primrose
Blessed Calendula
Purple-leaved Heuchera
Geranium sp.
Calandrinia grandiflora
Squash, Tomatoes, and Green Beans

The native Aster ‘Purple Haze’ and the Garlic Chives have just started up.

Token Bloom:

Coastal California Poppy
Sisyrinchium bellum
Mimulus aurantiacus
Cistus ladanifer
Salvia ‘Hot Lips’
Geranium ‘Bill Wallis’

5 Responses to “August Bloom Day”

  1. August 15th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Town Mouse says:

    That’s a pretty amazing collection of blooms considering the weather. I’m quite curious how my garden fared under Mr. Mouse’s vigilant eye… In another week, I hope to be home.

    Happy bloom day!

  2. August 15th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    lostlandscape (James) says:

    The monardella species I just planted was selected mainly for its fragrant foliage and the fact that they’re locally endangered. I hope that my species has as an extended a blooming season as yours. They look like great plants to have around. The limonium I featured this month would probably be a happy companion for your spicebush, sipping off of the washing machine water. (Unlike the common landscape variety it’s more of a marsh plant.)

  3. August 15th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Randy says:

    Never seen Western Spicebush, it is much more beautiful than our spicebush here. Really liked the Coyote Mint too, is it a bee balm?

  4. August 15th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    ryan says:

    It’s always fun to see the garden after a chunk of time away. Should be doing fine.

    Our Spicebush has gotten too big to share its planting bed with a limonium alas.

    I’ve never grown the Monarda bee balms, which I think mostly need a colder winter to do well. Our Monardellas are related, but more of an arid plant. We have two different kinds in our garden and James just bought one of the other ones. They are really nice when they are healthy and happy, though maybe not quite as big a show as the bee balms.

  5. August 15th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Gayle Madwin says:

    That Stargazer lily is beautiful. I wish my coyote mint would bloom at all. I have two of them, but neither shows any sign of blooming.

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