a very RED gbbd

Rosa ‘Dortmund’

I’m loving the reds and oranges that are emerging now. I’m not big on roses, but ‘Dortman’ fires up the fence line.

more Rosa ‘Dortmund’

In fact, she is so bright that she almost burns out the photo when photographed from a distance.

Alchemilla ‘Pretty Woman’ & Phygelius ‘Devil’s Tears’

Alchemilla ‘Pretty Woman’ blooms in shades from light orange through deep red (seen here), with Phygelius ‘Devils Tears’ peeking through from behind.

Alchemilla ‘Pretty Woman’

More of ‘Pretty Woman’ peeking coyly through the foliage of Leonotis nepetifolia with Agastache ‘Rainbow Sorbet’ looking over her shoulder. You can see what a difference lighting makes by comparing this photo to the last one.

Flanders poppy

The Flanders poppies are still flopping, but not as badly as that bed fills in with more plants to prop them up. I let them go to seed, producing a few more each year.

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

Looking more pink than red, especially with the orangey parts of ‘Pretty Woman’ showing in the background, Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ may need to be relocated.

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Here’s another example of the light playing tricks on the photographer: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ looking quite orange in this light…

More Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

while here ‘Lucifer’ shows his true color…RED!

Lots of garden bloggers will be showing their true colors today. Check them out at May Dreams Gardens.

19 Responses to “a very RED gbbd”

  1. Scott Weber Says:

    I wish I could grow Achillea…they just flop and rot for me…so sad :-( I’m so glad ‘Tall Tails’ is blooming for you…it’s just fabulous!

  2. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    We had the same idea: it’s the perfect month for HOT colors! Happy Bloom Day, Ricki!

  3. Alison Says:

    I think I may need some Achillea next year for the full sun bed that I’m planning to put in the front. Something terra cotta or that fabulous red that you’ve got. I had to look twice at your picture of the rose from a distance. The bird feeder on the fencepost looks like a gazebo in the distance when you look quick. Funny how your eyes can play tricks on you like that.

  4. ricki Says:

    Scott~My Achillea is flopping too, but the other plants around it camouflage the ugliness (must remember to stake it early on next year).

    Jane~I think Mom Nature decided hot colors could best compete with the blazing sun of summer.

    Alison~Oh, if only that really WERE a gazebo…how happy I would be.

  5. PlantPostings Says:

    Interesting how certain colors seem to dominate at different times and in different gardens. Currently, my garden’s dominant colors are purple and orange. That Alchemilla is stunning!

  6. Heather Says:

    Oh, that Pretty Woman is so aptly named! What a beauty. Jane’s ‘Lucifer’ looked really orange to me as well, though that could be my computer monitor. I love hot colors, this all looks great to me!

  7. ricki Says:

    Beth~Lucky you…I do love purple and orange together.

    Heather~Hard to tell what the true color of anything is with the light playing its tricks on us.

  8. Anna K Says:

    I know exactly what you mean with the lighting! My Lucifer looked misleadingly orange too. I find that a lot of the really bright colors kind of blur themselves out, but that’s probably more due to lack of technical skills on my part. I had the worst time photographing my Cherry Brandy Rudbeckias too. It just didn’t do it justice! Anyway - here is to red! What a fabulous color - in all its variations! :)

  9. Peter Says:

    Red is such a great color in the garden and the reds you show are especially nice! I was ready to be totally envious of your beautiful gazebo before I read Alison’s comment and went back for a second look at your picture!

  10. Lindacoombs Says:

    Hate the film…love the flower !

  11. Loree /danger garden Says:

    I had the same reaction as Alison and Peter. I kept wondering why I hadn’t noticed it when we were in your garden for the plant swap last fall!

    Love the HOT post Ricki!

  12. Mark and Gaz Says:

    Red is HOT! Nice selection of hot blooms there!

  13. ricki Says:

    Anna~My old camera had trouble with white (confirmed by a photography guru), now this one seems to be having issues with red. More skill on my part couldn’t hurt, either.

    Peter~We would have a rough time trying to fit into that gazebo.

    Linda~What film would that be….the one with Helen Mirren or the one with Warren Beatty?

    Loree~If only I could conjure up that optical illusion in real life.

    Mark & Gaz~And we’ve been waiting so long for HOT, haven’t we?

  14. Sarah/Galloping Horse Garden Says:

    Like you, I am a big fan of red in the garden. I love the way it pops out amidst all the other colors. My achillea is Strawberry Seduction, but it looks pretty much the same as yours. This is my first year with it and I am hoping it makes it through our wet winters.

  15. Janet, The Queen of Seaford Says:

    Love red blooms in the garden, though sometimes they fade out. Really want to have ‘Lucifer’, have a different Crocosmia, can’t think of the name right now. It has a yellow/orange bloom and bronzy foliage.

  16. ricki Says:

    Sarah~The wet winter didn’t seem to phase the Achillea, but I must remember to stake or cage it next year.

    Janet~I have several Crocosmias, but nothing with bronze foliage. I like the sound of that.

  17. Janet, The Queen of Seaford Says:

    Found the variety. Crocosmia ‘Twilight Fairy Gold’ though the tag said ‘Twilight Fairy Crimson’ :/

  18. Grace Peterson Says:

    Beautiful. ‘Dortmund’ is such a gorgeous cherry-red rose. I have a similar one called ‘Carefree Beauty’ that is more shrub-like instead of climbing. I’m still waiting for a pink Crocosmia though. :)

  19. ricki Says:

    Janet~Thanks…I’ll be on the lookout.

    Grace~I have Crocosmia ‘Culzean Pink’ that came from Jane at one of our swaps. It still has a slight orange cast, but earns its name.

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