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Crosseyed With Color

Yeah, I’m apparently not cool enough to know it was June Bloom Day yesterday, but really, every day is Bloom Day down here.

Like this Queen Sophia marigold (Tagetes patula), a gold-edged mahogany-colored beauty:

This hibiscus, the only plant remaining from our original landscaping, exact variety unknown:

Red Butterfly pentas (Penta lanceolata):

Black-eyed cuphea (Cuphea cyanea var. hirtella):

Angelonia “Angelface Dark Violet” (Angelonia angustifolia):

The newly identified Clarkia (Clarkia elegans) (thanks Monticello seeds!) from our “wildflower” patch out front:

Marguerite Daisy “Stars Pink” (Argyranthemum frutescens):

Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea):

My beloved Gazania “Frosty White Kiss” (Gazania splendens):

J. Random Wildflower from the backyard:

The seriously tried and true Purple Strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata), having survived both a fat-ass cat butt, and a beatdown by the last hard rain:

The Sultan’s Golden Crescent beans in the veg garden:

Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), more popular with wasps than with actual flutterbys at the moment:

And best of all, the 24 foot tall crepe myrtle out front, covered in blooms, which fall in beautiful showers of pink when the wind blows:

Remember that gawdawful movie from the 80s, Legend? And the cherry blossoms blowing around in a music video fashion as the heroes ran in slow motion through the woods? Yeah, it’s nothing like that.

UPDATE: Oh deary dear. In running down Rose Mallow seed a few weeks ago I ran across American Meadows rhizome/bulb sale. I’m afraid I have some things to plant tomorrow…


  1. Hayley Jane
  2. Onesta
  3. Lucky Number
  4. Color Spectacle
  5. Pink Attraction


  1. The President
  2. Crimson Beauty
  3. Lucifer
  4. Spitfire
  5. Miss Oklahoma

And a host of Sparaxis, Ixias and Tigridia! Halp!