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June 2010 Bloom Day

A 2-year-old mossed basket with sedums, agave, and oregano ‘Kent Beauty.’ I was surprised to see the oregano return this year. Life in a mossed basket can be rough.

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The urns of arctoctis. Hopefully, the next time I replant the urns will be the day after Thanksgiving, to fill them with tulips. July is not too early to get a tulip order in for the best bulbs!

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Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ and Libertia peregrinans. This libertia actually is in bloom, tiny and white, but it’s the tawny leaves I’m after.

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Crocosmia just budding up, different kinds of forgotten names. Running in ribbons throughout, not in big clumps. I’m always amazed they find their way up and through at all in June.

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Into White

A simple garden with acres of sky.

Fearing I had carelessly brought in more white flowers than is sensible, it turns out it wasn’t much of a white-out after all, except maybe with the camera.
For me, it’d be impossible to photograph this diascia without the euphorbia leaning in. Probably the white diascia ‘Ice Cracker’. The euphorbia is ‘Ascot Rainbow’:

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Focusing solely on color can make gardening seem like interior design that fights back, when of course gardens are so much more.
(The house is getting that “museum” look, but the garden is always full of surprises.)
Still, I like the way the white flowers stand by ready to gracefully accompany whatever cycles into bloom, such as the verbascum:

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The white agrostemma defies all photographic attempts so far. The white valerian I seeded last fall is easier to capture, mixing it up with the reseeding dwarf breadseed poppies, P. setigerum. Centranthus ruber naturalizes locally but always the reddish color:

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The valerian has reached the top of the 5-foot plant stand, up which I had ambitious plans to grow the vine rhodochiton. Except rhodochiton wants nothing to do with me or my garden. I hear it grows beautifully for Northern California. Past time to dump out the barren seed trays.

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The ‘Limelight’ Miracles of Peru are reseeding lightly but pack a concentrated jolt of color into the ghostly whites.

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Cobaea scandens is responding to the lengthening days with more blooms. This vine also has a white variety:

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The diascia and valerian will bloom into fall.

With everything emptying into white

(only those born before 1965 will get the song lyric reference.)