Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Garden Blogger 's Bloom Day -July 2015

It is that time of the month when fellow gardener bloggers from many parts of the globe are sharing with their readers what blooms in their gardens. 

Here are some favorite pictures with some of the blooms in my US 5b hardiness zone garden.

I will start with the OrienPet lilies that are delightful and fragrant.  I plopped a couple of this tall lilies in the middle of my so called "Invasives" bed.  It is one of the three flower beds that contains full sun loving plants but because of its large size I decided to fill in with fast spreading perennials who are now battling for space.  The tall lilies are just the icing on the cake.

"Garden Pleasure" OrientPet Lily surrounded by Monarda or Bee Balm and Gooseneck Loosetrife

Here is a side view of this large bed.  The white flower is the well known and very invasive Gooseneck loosetrife.

A couple recent additions to this bed are two varieties of phlox.  One is Purple kiss phlox in the picture below.  The second variety may possibly bloom in August.

In the back gardens,  there is something in bloom in every border.

The path borders have coneflowers and baloon flowers on the sunny side

coreopsis, ligularia "The Rocket " on the shady side

Astilbe possibly "Vissions in Red"

The sunroom bed is looking "hot" with Crocosmia Lucifer in bloom surrounded by pink coneflowers and daisies

The saponaria officinalis escapes to be pulled out of this bed for one more year.  Every year I say it has to go because it is floppy and I refuse to stake it..then I leave it to do its thing. The plant in the pot is a new plectranthus that I am trying this year (annual)

From the Asteracea family, we enjoy the long blooms of Echinacea, Daisies and Heliopsis

In the miscellaneous category we have some pretty and familiar perennial blooms:
Queen of the prairie, Achillea "Saucy Reduction", Phlox paniculata "Barsixtytwo" and Clematis "Comtesse de Bouchaud"

But where are the day lilies you say? No hemerocallis in this garden?
Here is a picture of the main daylily bed. Another dozen more are spread around the rest of the gardens.

 Also last year I put together a nice collage of all the day lilies that I grow

Or if you think that was too well organized, here is the messy version of this year.

So this was another Garden Blogger's Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. If you check-out Carol's post you will find links to many many other gardener's lovely gardens. Go check it out!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

End of June garden views

Some of you who follow me on Facebook know that I was away for a long three weeks in June! Away from my "little baby" that is so beautiful in June. Just knowing that I will be away from the garden at the peak time gave me an attitude! An attitude that changed many times from Oh No! (how is the garden going to survive without me?!) to I don't want to think about it! (control yourself, it will be ok) to I don't care! (you are away; there is nothing you can do) to I can't wait to see what happen in my absence! to Whew !(I am home, yey!)

The garden survived my departure and I returned to lush garden full of blooms, unfinished projects, tall towering weeds, slugs and mosquitos.  I dealt with most visible weeds in the first week and killed a lot of the arrogant fat slugs who didn't even bother to stay hidden.  Then I took pictures.

We had a record amount of rain while I was gone and daily thunderstorms after I came back.  We are exceeding the last rain record for a June month by a couple more inches of rain.  Weeding is easy but moving/splitting some plants is still hard with the soil so wet everyday.   The benefit of a lot of rain is the lush foliage, the lush hostas! 

I love this combo of foliage.
Hakonechloa Aureola, Hottuynia cordata "Chameleon" and Standard Hosta
This is a newer bed (three years) with many favorite hosta that keep their foliage nice all year.

Paul's Glory, Sum and Substance, Guaccamole, Elegans

This hosta has been in my garden for 3 years and has reached a unbelievable leaf count . A total of 5! I wonder how many years to get to 20 leaves? Pretty color and larger every year but come on!!! Grow already!
Hosta "Key West"
Another nice foliage combo is in the front of the house:
The giant blue hosta is Elegans. Behind it is Hydrangea "Incrediball".  The smaller light one is "Gold Standard". The variegated shrub is my very favorite Daphne x burkwoodii "Carol Mackie"

Hydrangea  "Incrediball"

Late blooming astilbes are now in bloom. The whites are a favorite. The last ones are too. 

Astilbe "Visions in Red"

Two kinds of campanulas are in bloom right now. This first one moves around so much that it is now behind tall echinacea and daisies. You need to know where to look to find it.
Campanula punctata "Cherry Bells" or Cherry Bellflowers

Campanula "Pink Octopus"

The last blooms of Clematis are unfolding in front of our patio.
Clematis "Marie Louise Jensen"

This clematis is just now at peak. It is a good performer but placed in a very shady corner. I wish I've placed a light color variety there.
Clematis viticella "Polish Spirit"

While we are looking at purple blooms lets take a look at purple/burgundy poppies which came-up from seed this year

Poppy Lauren's grape

This perennial got me all excited this year. Bought three years ago and hasn't bloom until I moved it to a new spot. I was hoping for larger blooms. Interesting bloom texture.

Ornamental Clover or Trifolium rubens

It is the beginning daylilies season.

I only designed two new pots this year. Not enough time for playing with pots. The tall one is not growing as was hoping. The lower one has some hope.

New petunia that I am trying this year! Cool don't you think? An almost black face .

Till next time, happy gardening!