Thursday, July 15, 2010

GBBD July 2010 - Kinda' Blue




Here we are, another Bloom Day, thanks as always to Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
The late cold wet start to the summer has turned suddenly into an inferno of heat (well over 35 degrees) with a horrid hot wind that is drying everything to a crisp. And the colour scheme has shifted too: now the yellows and golds are giving way to a profusion of blues. Some of the blue plants are blooming awfully early so I hope they stay the course. A particularly welcome intense blue is the rather rare blue Thyme. Nearby there is an informal low hedges of Hyssop. Tall bobbles of Echinops rival the steely blue Eryngium. And there is no ignoring the massive purple-blue flowers of the artichokes (which we somehow never get around to harvesting at the right time for eating). At the other end of the scale is the delightful little Limoniastrum which I am growing for the first time. All this plus of course Lavender (lots of types), Agapanthus, Buddleia, Ceratostigma, Hybiscus syriacus 'blue bird', Perovskia, Verbena Bonariensis ...
Happy July Bloom Day
Y

5 comments:

Rose said...

Blue is my favorite color in the garden, so your blooms look lovely to me. I've never seen an artichoke bloom before--amazing! It's been extremely hot in my part of the U.S., too, so I can commiserate--stay cool!

Bonnie said...

Love the blue color.My SeaHolly and Globe Thistle are blooming right now too.

noel said...

aloha,

i love your photos of your beautiful flowers especially the blue hommage, the artichoke is my favorite

thanks for sharing your blooms today.

Tufa Girl said...

Lovely blue flowers to keep us all cool.

my hesperidesgarden.wordpress.com said...

Blue is just the most wonderful colour in the garden with white, with yellow, with .....
Small correction, you mean Verbena bonarienis not veronica. Christina