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July Bloom Day


It’s that special time of the month where we post a bunch of pictures of plants blooming in the backyard. Check out May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day to see what’s blooming all over the world. Here’s what we’ve got:

Mimulus merriment

Meticulous deadheading  paid off. Check out this guy’s sweet orangey brother from last month’s bloom day post. I have another deep red one that photographs an icky pink color.

Under the fence

There’s an interesting intermingling of Sedum forsterianum ssp. elegans ‘Silver Stone’ and (I think) Dudleya farinosa ‘Bluff Lettuce’ . Thank you Annie’s!!!!

Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset'

We picked up a cute little baby cuphea at Annie’s last weekend. The above is a grown up at Annie’s.  Since we live in the Sunset, very near Strybing how could we not get it? According to Annie’s it’s covered in blooms most of the year. Bonus: the flowers look like little bat faces.

Aeonium and sedum?

I’m not really sure what this adorable white flowered succulent ground cover is. Lost the tag when I split it up. Oops!

Grevillea 'Strawberry Blonde'

I went on a grevillea shopping spree (bought four) at the SF Botanical Gardens plant sale a couple months ago.  This blonde seems to be happy.

No more bitching about the bougainvillea

Last month I was kind of hard on my bougainvillea. I called it gawky. There was some smack talking.  Now it’s rocking, and I’m no longer complaining. I remember when that agave was just a tiny little pup poking up out of the ground near mom.

Best vine ever! Eccremocarpus scaber 'Tresco Gold'

I LOVE our orange Chilean Glory Flower (Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Tresco Gold’) so much I bought Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Cherry Red’ last weekend. It’s still pretty shrimpy, but I’m sure it will freak out with wild abandon like ‘Tresco Gold’ which has never NOT had a flower on it, and the hummingbirds LOVE it.

Fuchsia's freaking out

Last month this dude was just a scraggly looking thing with two flowers. Now it’s covered in them!

Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem'

This was one of the very first grevilleas I brought home. We’re pretty much succulent, euphorbia, fuchsia and grevillea hoarders when it comes down to it.


  1. I love the garden world of California- so many things all growing together happily. The fuschia always make me smile.

  2. And my Tresco Gold has never had a single bloom, at least that you’d notice. It did reseed so there must have been flowers at some point. But wow, yours is the one I want!

  3. aloha mattie,

    i love your city garden, the combination of aeoniums and bougeys are really striking, thanks for sharing this.

  4. It all looks so wonderful! And I pretty much want to move into picture #6!

  5. Simply amazing!! Man, I’m loving the Fuchsias and the shot of that Aeonium! Good stuff!

  6. I love the shot of the Aeonium with the (maybe) sedum. I can’t seem to be able to click to view it larger though but the flowers almost look more like a Saxifrage than a Sedum, though I’ve never seen one with leaves like that so I’m really completely clueless here.

  7. I’ve seen that Eccremocarpus at Annie’s before, but your the first person I’ve heard offer testimony about it. I’m wondering if I have room for another vine…

  8. Everything looks soooo beautiful! But you know my eye’s zero in on those beautiful succulents! They look awesome!

  9. I need to try my luck at that Cuphea too- I love it! I tried to grow a different one last year and I lost it to frost over the winter ;(

  10. Just found some notes on my sedum that looks like it might also be your mystery sedum pictured with the green aeonium: Sedum dasyphyllum var. major. So many sedums to keep track of…

    • That’s the one! Thanks for figuring it out. We keep talking about creating a digital library of all the succulents out back. I just can’t remember them all.

  11. Love all the beautiful warm colors! Especially the mimulus combined with the lobelia! Larry

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