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May Bloom Day

Allium unifolium

A quick bloom day post. A lot of the plants blooming are the same ones that we’ve had the last few years. I took almost this same photo of Allium unifolium two years ago, the difference is that our new neighbor took off the gray vinyl siding next door, revealing the red wooden siding underneath. The Clarkia is starting up around the alliums. I scattered a wildflower mix, but the clarkia is the only one that seems to have taken. It’s not my favorite of the clarkias, but that’s okay. The Bearded Iris have barely bloomed this year, I’m not sure why. Meadowfoam went to full bloom and finished since the last bloom day.

Wisteria Shower!

The Wisteria shower also came and went since the last bloom day. This was the best year yet for the wisteria, with some of the bloom stalks five feet long; there’s a thick carpet of fallen flowers now that its done.

Western Spicebush

The Spicebush starts blooming around the time the wisteria stops. Lately we have to prune it a couple of times a year to keep it from flopping onto us in the shower.


Along with the Spicebush, a few other plants are starting up. The first Bread Poppy opened today, the first Leopard Lily yesterday. The Leopard Lily in the vegetable garden, with lots of compost and regular water, is 6 feet tall and will have over fifty blooms open in a couple of days. It’s one of my favorite flowers all year.

Leopard Liliy, Lilium pardalinum

Check out MayDreamsGardens for lots more bloom day posts. My thanks to Carol for hosting.

Old Adobe Garden

The third garden I checked out was the garden on Old Adobe Rd. It’s an impressive garden with a large wildflower meadow and flagstone labyrinth, an extensive recirculating creek and pond system, and extensive stone work. It’s one of the most extensive private native gardens I’ve ever seen, up there in the same class as the Fleming garden, managing to convey the feeling of a house set in a native meadow, rather than just a garden next to a house.

Like with Town Mouse’s garden, the mid-day lighting was pretty harsh. A few more photos are below. (more…)

Greywater Wetland Garden

I went to two other gardens on the tour. At Town Mouse’s recommendation, I went to see the Greywater Wetland Garden, a new house and garden built with a lot of green features, inlcuding stormwater catchment and a greywater system. The owner, Catherine Mohr, has a TED talk that got a quarter of a million views and she kept a blog during construction which includes a plant list and photos of the greywater system. Everything in the garden was young, but I liked the design, by Green Pad Design, and the greywater system was interesting to see.

More photos are below. (more…)

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