Blooming but not shown:
Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'
Fabiana imbricata 'Violacea' (only a couple blooms, it's a baby)
Assorted Calluna vulgaris (not quite open, but buds showing everywhere, very early this year)
Iris domestica 'Gone With the Wind' (not quite open, maybe tomorrow)
Iris x norrisii Kiba Giant strain (ditto)
Geranium harveyi and G. robustum
Lily (yellow-orange, no ID)
Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Hosta 'The Shining' (within the next two days, probably)
Daphne x transatlantica 'Blafra' (Eternal Fragrance) (hell, this one's always blooming)
Daphne x transatlantica 'Summer Ice' (same)
Cistus 'Snow Fire' (a bloom here and there)
Lobelia laxiflora var. angustifolia
Astrantia major (some red cultivar)
Diervillea rivularis 'SMNDRSF' (Kodiak® Black)
Lithodora diffusa (a flower here and there)
Grevillea victoriae 'UBC', 'Marshall Olbricht', and 'Murray Valley Queen' (all in various stages of bud, but none open yet)
Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane' (lots of buds and a few fading flowers, not very photogenic at the moment)
Cryptanthus lacerdae 'Menescal' (standard white cryptanthus flowers, more exciting because of all the pups!)
I was hoping to include a picture of my Lilium formosanum var. pricei, which I showed in bud in an earlier post. Sadly, something chewed the bud off, so no bloom photo this year, I'm afraid. It had to be the plant that had ONE flower bud, didn't it?
And there are almost certainly a few things I'm forgetting, but you get the idea. Lots of flowers. Lots and lots of flowers. So, on to the pictures then!
Starting out indoors, Chirita 'Patina', an African violet relative, is proving to be a better bloomer than I anticipated. I mostly purchased it for the foliage, but it's been pumping out flowers for about a month, now. I should have taken a picture of it during the peak of this wave, but this gives you an idea of what the flowers look like.
Paphiopedilum Macabre is still blooming. I've lost track of how many months these flowers have been open.
Hoya 'Minibell' has several umbels open at the moment, the only one of my hoyas currently in bloom, mostly because I cut back my Hoya multiflora in yet another attempt to force it to branch.
Phalaenopsis Rong Guan Mary never seems to stop blooming, unless I do something dumb like accidentally break the bloom spike.
If I'd had more foresight, I might have cleaned off the dead blooms from this Porphyrocoma pohliana inflorescence before photographing it.
Columnea 'Janella' is finally gaining some size. This is the first of many blooms that will be opening in the coming weeks.
Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Water Bug' is loaded with blooms.
Rhododendron 'Littlest Angel', one of my tropical vireya rhododendrons, bloomed for the first time. The flowers have been open for several weeks now, and are just starting to fade. They drip great big fat drops of gooey nectar.
Also soon to bloom for the first time is this vireya I grew from a very tiny seedling. It was less than an inch tall when I got it, oh, about 3 years ago I think. Now it's almost 2 feet tall and has about 7 buds. It was a freebie sent along with an order, found along with two other seedlings under a plant labelled Rhododendron wentianum. I think I lost one of the seedlings to some kind of stress, and I discarded the other one because it was always chlorotic and had distorted growth. This is the last survivor. I can't wait to see the blooms!
Salvia forskaohlei, always a joy in bloom, even if it is a bit weedy.
An oddball Iris tenax blooming extremely late. Most of the others are already dropping their seeds.
More early blooms: Aster x frikartii 'Monch' is starting to bloom already! If I could grow one aster, this would be it. Oh wait, I do only grow one aster!
Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland' poking up through a pool of Carex comans. The salvia is almost finished with its first wave of blooms. I should cut them back now for another flush before fall.
The dainty flowering stems of Origanum dictamnus.
Penstemon heterophyllus 'Electric Blue' pokes up through Origanum 'Kent Beauty' and lime thyme.
One of the Erysimum seedlings I planted last fall is starting to bloom.
This Parahebe perfoliata decided to bloom now, weeks after all the others.
Kniphofia, from some seed strain I don't remember the name of.
Jovibarba heuffelii 'Angel Wings'
Mimulus cardinalis in the evening light. This, the Origanum 'Kent Beauty' and the lime thyme are probably the flowers making the biggest visual impact on the garden, right now.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snow Queen'. I had four of these, all salvage plants. Unfortunately, only one made it. I love it so much, I'm going to have to get replacements for the others.
My Clethra barbinervis from Dan Hinkley is blooming for the first time! And it smells absolutely divine! It's just starting to open. The second C. barbinervis I got from Kate Bryant is close behind, with even more blooms.
Black mondo grass has beautiful flowers.
Fuchsia 'Delta Sarah'
Cyclamen purpurascens, in danger of being swallowed by Prunella vulgaris. This is one of those situations I alluded to with the prunella. Great ground cover around larger plants. Not so great around little treasures.
Fuchsia magellanica 'Aurea'. It will be wonderful when all these fuchsias have been in the ground for a few years and really put on a show.
But they're so pretty! I'll just have to carefully dig all the tubers out of the radioactive soil in this bed and plant them somewhere a bit more challenging.
Yucca filamentosa in the evening light. They started spiking very early this year, but then cooler weather slowed them down to where they're only slightly earlier than usual. The cooler nights at my higher elevation and away from the city have mine blooming well after the ones in Portland.
Fireweed! Yes, it's a weed, but it's pretty and good for various wildlife, so I don't mind that some of it volunteered here.
Penstemon pinifolius is still spitting out a few blooms, though the main show is past.
My Dyckia choristaminea bloomed this year and I didn't get a picture until it was on its last two flowers! Here they are. Cute little things, aren't they?
Double orange daylily
The first bloom on my new Abutilon megapotamicum 'Red'.
The solid red ones are nice, too.
Yes, I got a little carried away with the poppy pictures, shown here with a little Phacelia campanularia. The phacelia are looking a little tired around the garden, now, but they're still blooming.
Another nigella, with a Liatris spicata almost open.
I had almost forgotten that I sowed these seeds. Collomia grandiflora, one of my favorite native wildflowers. Just starting to open in my garden. I first saw these in the Columbia River Gorge and have wanted them ever since.
Gilia capitata was included in the meadow mix I sowed earlier this year. I do like the flowers, but I wish the plants weren't so tall. Many of them are almost three feet tall. Too close to tall meadow for my liking, though they do look better after I clear out the tall coreopsis that was substituted into the WESTERN NATIVE seed mix for something the seed company switched out. Why would you throw a midwestern prairie species into a northwest native seed mix? Why not substitute in a different NATIVE? I got more damn coreopsis than anything else out of that mix, and it's exactly the kind of tall, blousy meadow look I didn't want. (Sorry, mini-rant.) The gilia does look nice spotted here and there, a tall spike punctuating lower plants. In one bed, it came up very thickly, though, and just looks like a solid stand, swamping smaller plants. Hopefully future generations will be shorter, as the compost covering the beds breaks down and conditions become leaner.
Nemophila menziesii flowers, another native I've wanted for years.
An orange-yellow cultivar of Dasiphora fruticosa. I need to get more of these. So tough, easy, and attractive.
Trachelium caeruleum 'Hamer Pandora' has been teasing me for weeks. The first flowers opened today.
Leptospermum lanigerum silver weeping form, from Cistus.
Molinia caerulea 'Variegata', or purple moor grass. I've grown this grass for almost 10 years now, and this is the first time I've really appreciated the common name, purple moor grass. The anthers really are dark purple! I knew they were, but they seem more intense this year.
Sedum oreganum. It's so nice having this beautiful, full patch of sedum and not having to worry about the deer demolishing it in the dry summer.
The same goes for Sedum album. It's never looked this good!
One last shot of 'Kent Beauty' oregano and 'Mikado' California poppies. As you can see, I don't really subscribe to that whole "never combine orange and pink" nonsense.
If you made it this far, thanks for slogging through all those pictures! The alternate title for this post is "Oops, I (over) did it again."