Thursday, June 5, 2014

Heavenly early June blooms

The most beautiful and active month of the year -May is over but June is richer with larger blooms and nice sunny weather.  Kids vacation starts tomorrow and they are so so excited! I am too as I am tired of waking-up early.
Let me show you some new blooms from the week-end and the beginning of the week. The most reliable and the most popular perennials grown in a garden are blooming now like Irises:

My favorite is the white one:

Japanese Iris
Here is a collage of my entire iris collection:

Counter clock wise starting with the white: Japanese Iris, Siberian Iris, Yellow Flag Iris, 3 German Irises all received as gifts-don't know the varieties, Iris cristata 
Simple Peonies

Double red

Love the red double peony as it transforms in a alien flower at the end of the bloom.

Below is a collage of my individual peonies portraits.  Three varieties are missing as the buds are still closed. If you do not grow peonies, you should!  These are the easiest plants to grow! That is not what I said 14 years ago.  I planted my first purchased plant (without flowers or buds -big mistake) and it didn't flower for 4 years.  Then I pulled it out and threw it in the trash.  It might have been a wild variety or I might have planted it too deep.  Every other one that I tried after that was fine  and grew bigger and bigger every year including dormant roots which is how I started 4 of the 5 varieties shown below.

Oriental poppies going and going - Papaver "Princess Victoria Louise"
Widow's tears or Tradescantia
I left the Clematis known as the "Queen of the Climbers" for the end.  There are so many varieties out there. So far I grow four that bloom at different times of the year. I am sure I will continue to add more as I mastered the pruning of all 3 classes of clematis last year.

Clematis "Marie Louise Jensen" and me
Last year by mid June this clematis got a lot of attention when combined with the red rose climber "Blaze"  I posted that combination here and it is by far the most visited post on my blog.  The roses all suffered after the past frigid winter and died almost all the way to the ground.  I have been lucky that all started to grow again including the climber which has buds on one of the stems.  It will take a couple of years to recover to its former glory but I am sure that it will happen.
What is blooming in your garden right now?  If you have a blog, leave me a link to your last post and I will for sure check it out.
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  1. Daniela, what wonderful pictures which show your garden to be a real spring festival of fantastic colors!. Iris time of every variety is all over for me here in east TN as well as all my peonies. They were all glorious and I positively devoured them with my eyes every day. Right now the daylilies are starting and they make me equally delirious with delight. Gardening gives so much pleasure, doesn't it?!

    1. Michaele-thanks for your beautiful words! I agree with you! This time of the year makes us so so happy. There are days that I do not want to end and I wonder over and over in the garden until is too dark to see the flowers. I thing that this season is moving way too fast for me and I do not want it to be over! I have the first Stella D'oro daylily blooming as of yesterday. The daylily season is around the corner! that reminds me: have to go spray for deer again tonight!

  2. I love the photo of you with the clematis! You are so pretty and young. Most perennial gardeners I know are old like me. Seeing your flower pictures is a preview of what awaits me in a few weeks, My garden club is due here in 10 days to view peonies, which I hope will be out then (if not, I'll have to change the date). My irises are blooming, but not so many of the tall beardeds yet; some of the mediians are still hanging on. Our tall bearded show is a week from Saturday when they should be at peak. The iris you illustrated in the upper left is definitely a historic one, perhaps Alcazar, a Vilmorin hybrid from 1910.I can tell it is old by its shape. I prefer the heritage ones to the fussy modern hybrids. Check out the HIPS website and click on the gallery to see the ones they have illustrated.

    1. Thanks Harriet for the compliment. You made my day! I will check-out the website you gave me to identify my irises. Good luck with the garden tour. That is somewhat stressful! I experienced it last year when my garden was visited not only by Garden Club members but over 1000 visitors. I was so glad when it was over but was very rewarding in comments and we completed a lot of outdoor organization and cleaning tasks that were lingering and plenty more for 4 years ahead.

  3. Your garden is wonderful. I am delighted with all your flowers and colors !

  4. Oh, my, you have some very pretty flowers. What gorgeous colors and such a wide variety! Simply lovely.

    1. I am shocked that you are starting winter in NZ as we are just now entering summer! Thanks for starting to follow my blog! I am following your New Zealand adventures too since it is a very interesting and funny blog for sure!

  5. Wonderful flowers! I love the irises and the clematis.