Far Out Flora

Bloom Day September


Bee & Mystery Succulent

Happy September Bloom Day! Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the monthly bloom-a-thon. Summer has finally arrived in Outer Sunset. For the first time in several weeks it hit seventy five degrees and was sunny!  This little bee was pollinating its little heart out on a cutie mystery mesemb. Anyone have any ideas as to what it is? I don’t even remember where we got it.

Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset' action

Matti brought Cuphea ‘Strybing Sunset’ home from the pitiful pile at work, and it’s made a full recovery. I threw it in there to give Fuchsia ‘Fanfare’ some leggings to cover up some of its skinny leg show.

Linaria reticulata 'Flamenco'

Linaria reticulata ‘Flamenco’ is one of my favorite annuals. I’d even say it’s even in my top five. We planted one last Spring, and it bloomed like a crazy thing for months in a big container. I loved it so much, this time I planted three. It’s well on the way to being a giant ball of red-orange flowery goodness.

Petunia exerta fun

Crazy rare Petunia exerta from South Eastern Brazil is still going strong despite being trampled by a dog. We trample it, too trying to get to plants in the far corner. Greensparrow Gardens‘ blogger Joseph Tychonievich hooked Annie’s up with the seeds for this super unique Petunia. Joseph is so cool he actually tricked his tree dahlia in to blooming using a trash can this summer.

Plectranthus neochilus

Some folks don’t like this funky little groundcover’s herby odor, but I think it smells nice. The purpley flowers aren’t bad either.

Sempervivum starting to get crazy

We’ve got semps in all shapes in sizes, bursting with sea creature like blooms right now. Matti’s been addicted to semps for quite some time, but I was slow to jump on the bandwagon. We had one back in Wisconsin that I loved, but I was weirdly not in love with them when we moved here. I think one might have gotten rotty during the winter. While I still can’t rattle off all the cultivars like Matti, I do love them again.

Impatiens nyungwensis

Matti picked out mega-rare Impatiens nyungwensis, a native to Rwanda from Annie’s last winter/early-spring. It’s loving life next to the beach. We now have two thriving colonies of this hairy little guy, from a couple chunks of plant I shoved in the ground after it was looking sad in a container.

Brugmansia sanguinea

Pretty soon our Brugmansia sanguinea will have some flowers facing the garden where I can take a picture of it without sticking my head next to the fence. This guy has really taken off. It’s covered in buds right now, and getting huge.

Eccremocarpus scaber 'Tresco Gold'

Finally, after quite some time of not doing so much Eccremocarpus scaber ‘Tresco Gold’ is causing hummingbird brawls in the garden. We literally have over ten Fuchsias out back, and the hummers don’t give a crap about them compared their beloved Chilean Glory Vine. Earlier this week I saw my first full on hummer battle above this vine.

Verbena bonariensis and fluttery friend

The butterflies have been digging the Verbena bonariensis big time latey. Anyone know what this one is?



  1. Living in Wisconsin I can only drool at your gorgeous array of unusual plants!

  2. Neat photos! Butterflies have been verbena bonariensis crazy here this year as well… and so many compared with other seasons… Larry

  3. very impressive display. love the header. succulents are so cool.

  4. A fabulous display I especially like the flower on the Sempervivum and that Impatiens? Stunning! Happy GBBD!

  5. aloha friends,

    beautiful again..hey i’m in town again would love to visit your garden finally :)

    send me a message at emorata@yahoo.com

  6. Your blooms are lovely…even the foliage has such a nice quality. My favorite in your September garden is the Linaria…stunning! Happy GBBD!

  7. Love that linaria! In fact, all your images. Just beautiful.

  8. Your garden is so unlike my upstate NY garden. I haven’t even heard of most of these plants. My favorite was the ” Impatiens nyungwensis”. I hope gardens like yours will carry me through the coming winter. Happy GBBD.

  9. i’m drooling too here in louisiana. hummingbirds are some bad-ass flying warriors.

  10. Beautiful flowers…that Petunia is piquing my interest…from Annies’???

  11. Oh my… gorgeous. LOVE the Sempervivum. Sigh… how inspiring.

  12. Your garden looks beautiful you guys! All the blooms are so colorful and very unusual to me. I think it is time for me to do a post on succulent blooms. I love your aeoniums then blend in with your other plants so beautifully.

  13. Linaria is so good in fall/winter here too. And in the last photo it looks like you have sweet peas still going too!? I checked by Chilean Glory vine this morning — lots more growth but still no flwr buds. I’d love to see what my resident hummers make of it should it ever bloom.

  14. Happy GBBD! Interesting show as usual. I really like the bloom on your Sempervivum.

  15. I love all the photos. I didn’t know there were Impatiens in Africa. I couldn’t help but keep squeezing the seed pods of jewelweed in Ohio to watch them explode. Does the one from Africa also have ballistic seeds? I believe that butterfly in the last picture is a red admiral.

  16. beautiful, I just planted 9 new pots of succulents and hope some turn out as pretty as yours :)

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