Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2011

Following a link from Missy's Garden blog,, a Brisbane, Australia garden that has so much of the subtropical colour and interest that I'm trying to reproduce in my own cool, damp Plymouth garden, I came across the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by  It's simply a linked record of what is flowering on the 15th of the month in gardens across the world.  Well worth the effort of taking and uploading a few photos - although, in my case, none of the photos were taken today as we have typical June weather at the moment - damp and disgusting.  Here are a few of the more interesting plants in flower today.  I've excluded the summer bedding plants as they change from year to year but these are more permanent.

Centaurea montana 'Album'

Libertia formosa - nearly at the end its flowering season

Saxifraga stolonifera - great ground cover in shade
A rose that has been passed down the family - no idea what it is

Phygelius 'Yellow Trumpet' - makes a large shrub here
Ixia hybrid - I started with a dozen corms a few years back and this one has survived
Streptocarpus 'Carys' in my little shade house

Sambucus 'Black Lace' - grown for foliage but the flowers are worth while

Meconopsis cambrica - constant dead heading keeps this in flower for months
Geranium x maculatum - only two weeks worth of flowers but that's in shade
It will be interesting to see what is in flower on the 15th of next month.


  1. Lovely show of blooms! Really like that Ixia.
    Happy GBBD!

  2. Thanks for that. Ixias are not supposed to be hardy in the UK but mine seem to do pretty well. I've not looked after them over the years and a lot have been shaded out as the garden has matured. But, seeing as they survived the last two harsh winters, I think it's time to restock. They're cheap enough to buy as spring planted bulbs.

  3. I found the saxifrage to be very interesting! A nice show of blooms! Larry

  4. My sambucus is 8' this year, however no blooms but one. Just growing leaves I suppose. Nice blooms.

  5. Hi Larry

    Bear in mind that that's just one small flower from an airy head of flowers that are held about 1 - 2ft above the carpeting foliage. It's a lovely effect - and they'll grow in quite deep shade.

    Hi greggo

    About the same size as my Sambucus. I'm training mine as a small tree purely for the foliage. The flowers are a bonus - but they were very prolific this year. I've never tried making it but, allegedly, if you use this variety you get pink elderflower champagne.