Just next to the germander, the ceanothus (California lilac) is finally hitting its stride, and I suspect there'll be no stopping it now. In fact, I'm thinking we should get a few more in this area since they do well what few can here.
Also a very useful, adaptable shrub, that I've written about here before, is the Leycesteria formosa, or Himalayan honeysuckle. A fabulous, fabulous, long-blooming contributor (apparently, this can be invasive so do your homework before adding). Its berries last even beyond its flowers so there's interest year-round.
The rosemary is in full bloom in the same area (lavender's out soon, I hope).
And some native volunteers participate in the action. Here are the wild roses that mix their fragrance with the salt air and the scent of rosemary to make my afternoon tea a delicious experience.
And this little brambleberry bloom . . .
In the back yard, the Choisiya ternata, Mexican orange, is almost finished blooming, and badly in need of a trim.
Johnson's Blue geranium thinks about scooting over the rocks for a swim and the dainty coral bells froth up beside it.
More digitalis spires 'cause I just don't think you can see too many of these in June.
Alchemilla (lady's mantle) almost covers the gravel pathway on one side while another Geranium (ballerina something?) sprawls over to meet it from the other side. The alchemilla alpina is also blooming right now, but those blooms will get chopped off as soon as I find a minute -- they just look scruffy, leaves (they're dark green, edged with white, quite miniature, stunning) are the attraction there.
My columbine were almost done when we got back, demanding a severe pruning, but a few remained to have their exquisite structure admired. I so love purple and green together in the garden, brightened by that spark of yellow.
I did get a shot of this floriferous clematis, although most of it wanders over to my neighbour's side of the fence for the sunshine. A shot, I said. I never said a good shot. Sorry.
Yet another rose, 'though this one is not really grown for the flowers. Rosa glauca -- the name says it all, and just look at those glaucous leaves. Love 'em!!
This physocarpus is blooming nicely -- the bees really like it, and I really like the bees.
Cheap and cheerful -- love the centaurea cyanus. Like its common name better - Bachelor's button -- can't you just see one in a lapel?
Same colour, different flower. Dad and Mom brought these over years and years ago -- they don't get divided enough to do as well as they should, but I do love them, both for the flower and the slim sword-shape leaves. Dad always called them Japanese Iris.
Last little bit now, over in the corner. If you peer very carefully, right in the centre of the photo, you can perhaps spot the mauve flower of this variegated-leaved rhododendron. I almost missed it completely which would have been a shame as this is the first year it's bloomed. Another gift from my good friend, Alison.Unfortunately, with the sunshine, you can't really see the contrast between the dark, dark leaves and the shocking pink flowers of this Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' -- I couldn't be happier with this corner -- to the left of the Sambucus, the coppery orange of the rose, Royal Sunset, at the Sambucus' feet, the glaucous green and mauve of the Erisymum 'Bowles mauve' and a lovely big hit of chartreuse from the billowing Lady's mantle flowers to the right. It's a vision I've imagined for a few years and it's finally all come together for the next week or two. Next year, I suspect that Erisymum will have worn itself out so I'm going to be sure to get out and get some better photographs in the next few days before this ephemera vanishes forever.
What do you think? A June garden? Is there anything better? I guess we'll have to wait 'til next Garden Bloggers Bloom Day to see.
Now I'm off to let Carol at MayDreams Gardens know that I'm participating in her Garden Bloggers Bloom Day -- you should check out all the other gardens. Fun to see the huge range in what's blooming across the Garden Blog-o-sphere.