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June Blooms


Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'

Happy June Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! We’ve never had so many bloomiferous happenings out back before. A big shout out to Annie’s Annuals for offering a plant employee discount so generous I’ve tried out TONS of plants I never would have given a shot. My current fave that’s covered in buds and blooms is Calceolaria integrifolia ‘Kentish Hero’. How can you not love the freaky lip like orange blooms? I apologize in advance for the mass quantities of flower pictures.

Papaver commutatum 'Ladybird'

This is my first year growing Papavers. My favorite is hands down Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’. I’m sad to report that our Papaver ‘Greek‘ died an early death due to a gopher incident we’d like to forget, but it was pretty for the few weeks we had with it. This one’s safe and sound in a container.

Papaver 'Drama Queen'

Named appropriately, Papaver ‘Drama Queen’ almost got eaten by the gopher, too! I definitely would have staked this puppy if I knew how big and floppy it was going to be. The gopher action right next to it didn’t help the situation, along with the RAIN IN JUNE. I think I’m going to replace it with Dahlias this weekend. It’s squashing stuff.

Bulbine bloom

Gosh darn it. I forget which one this is. Love that it has peachy orange blooms.

Delphinium belladonna 'Bellamosum'

I was curious to see if Delphinium belladonna ‘Bellamosum’ could hack it in the cold, windy, foggy Outer Sunset. It went a wee bit sideways, but still pretty.

Fuchsia 'Fanfare'

The fuchsias are all freaking out, but ‘Fanfare’ is freaking out with wild abandon. It’s kind of out of control. Most of the canes are at least ten feet tall flopping all over the place. If I had carefully read the description I would have seen, “I have seen it espaliered to fill up the entire side of a house”.  Wholly crap! I’ve been chopping it back a little to promote some bushiness. Maybe it’s just going through it’s gawky stage?

Fuchsia Mystery

Here’s the mystery fuchsia. It’s been looking kind of sick (yellow leaves), but still busting out flowers. My best guess is that it’s getting sunburned. In the winter this side of the yard gets almost no direct light. The blue stuff is a Cerinthe major purpurascens seedling we let stick around.


Scyphanthus elegans

Scyphanthus elegans is a cute little vine from Chile. I planted Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Cherry Red’ next to it and they’re just starting to play with each other. I just realized they’re both Chilean. We have TONS of Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Tresco Gold’ from reseeding action on our shady side. It’s one of my favorite plants. The hummingbirds go crazy.


Clarkia concinna

Clarkia concinna gives the native section a little splash o’ pink. The native middle section continues to rock.


Poppy Attack!

Caterpillars have been having a ball with the California poppy blooms. This weekend I watched as flocks of little birds came in and went to town on the little flower eaters.

Camissonia cheiranthifolia

Still loving California native Camissonia cheiranthifolia. The flower action never ends. I’m going to shut up now, and post more pictures since it’s getting late.


Lathyrus odoratus 'Barry Dare' & Friends

Nemophila menziesii 'Penny Black' with cresting Graptopetalum

Phygelius capensis ‘Magenta’

Echium plantagineum with Scabiosa & friends

Cestrum newellii

Anchusa capensis 'Blue Angel'

Check out May Dreams Gardens for blooms all over the world. Happy Bloom Day!





  1. Your garden speaks of exuberant love.

  2. Beautiful natives! I’ve been looking for that Camissonia myself. I love what you’ve done with the two Chilean plants, too.

  3. My goodness! You have some very interesting and beautiful plants! I particularly like the drama queen poppy, the ladybird, and the calceolaria. Your pictures are wonderfully composed and the colors are outstanding! I’ve really enjoyed your post! Larry

  4. flower power

  5. This kind of post gives me a bad case of zone envy. Even though I can grow poppies and fuchsia and some other plants you have, I will never have the same rampant abandon and growth. I am trying a more ‘tropical’ couple of pots though this year. Wish me luck.

  6. Love all your blooms but the Delphiniums are my favourite! Happy GBBD!

  7. You should never apologize for pretty flower pictures – they’re awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  8. the Nemophila is my favorite of these. Pleasant garden tour.

  9. Great post…so many beautiful flowers! So glad you tried Drama Queen…I had been considering growing some, but if it’s that floppy, I’ll pass for now! That Delphinium is amazing…that color is electric.

  10. gosh darn, heck yeah. ya’ll got it with that fuchsia mystery photo. we must think alike when it comes to using aeoniums.

  11. Love all the unusual plants, unusual to me but beautiful none the less. And you work at Annie’s Annuals? Are you kidding me?….Do you need an assistant from down the road a piece? Alabama……..:)

  12. That Papaver ‘Drama Queen’ is a stunner. Wow.

  13. Thanks for all the Bloom Day shout outs everyone!

    Commonweeder, it’s true fuchsias do crazy things in SF, but I wasn’t so sure about the poppies.

    Scott, don’t disregard ‘Drama Queen’ due to floppiness. Ours really took a beating. We’re only two blocks from the ocean. We could have tied it up to the fence, but I’m ready to plant Dahlias.

    We’re pretty darn lucky to have access to really cool plants.

  14. The “Friends” beside sweet pea ‘Barry Dare’ look so enchanting. What a fabulous garden you have.

  15. your garden is one happy color explosion. every time i see your photos i get so inspired to get my hands dirty and go for it. it looks amazing. all your hard work is totally paying off! :)

  16. Excellent shots. Is that an Aloe growing near Lathyrus odoratus? What is the name?

  17. Your garden is so lovely!!! I am envious.

  18. Megan, that mystery fuchsia looks a lot like one the Huntington had extensively planted near their Children’s Garden — I couldn’t find a name tag for it, so no help with the ID. Love so many of your plants, the calceolaria, the poppies, all of it!

    • I have to admit I’ve never tried very hard to figure out what this fuchsia is. I figure if I keep posting pics of it someone will know what it is :) Your garden is looking AMAZING too!

  19. Wow guys everything looks so wonderful in your garden. I am sure glad the birds came down to eat the bugs! And of course your succulents are looking outstanding!

  20. Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for stopping by my site today!

  21. wow, beautiful flowers indeed! i love to garden colorful flower too :)

  22. Wow, thanks to this post my Annie’s wishlist for next year is so much longer. I’m adding drama queen, penny black and more. I have Kentish hero too. I love it’s funky bulbous flowers.

    • Penny Black’s the best! I think ours is going to be shot soon :( I’m loving our Kentish Hero, too. We gave Calceolaria arachnoidea a shot, but a dog trampled it (I don’t think I watered enough either). I’d like to give the freaky muppet flowered Calceolaria calycina a try.

  23. I believe the Bulbine is ‘Hallmark’.

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