Just a few things to share for this bloom day. As always the Camellias are the most startling representatives of our late Fall gardens. I’ve never figured out why more people in Maryland don’t grow the Camellia Sasanqua but for us it multiple weeks of pleasure. The white one shown above is the first to bloom and probably the hardiest on our property. It comes from Camellia Forest in North Carolina. But right behind it is our red Fall Camellia which I brought back from California many, many years ago on my lap in a cross-country flight.
The rest of the yard has pretty much succumbed to touches of frost. Still no really hard frost so a couple of roses are still in bloom.
And a few spots of Daphne can be seen too.
The last flowers in the vegetable garden are some lovely little calendulas.
And it’s hard not to notice the berries when you walk about the yard.
Otherwise it’s diving into the greenhouse where I’ve made space for other plants by taking out the 10 foot high pomegranate and some other potted plants that had rooted themselves in greenhouse floor (not allowing that anymore). This leaves space for big pots like this Plectranthus.
I think we will also harvest some mandarins this year off of the potted citrus.
Some of my favorite greenhouse plants are the various Nerine species. They bloom over a long period with various flowers that resemble more reasonably sized amaryllis. The one in flower at the moment is Nerine undulata.
Well, it’s been a lovely Fall week for catching up with GBBD and many tasks in the garden. Finally the outside ground is somewhat moist and there is a lot of green around garden, woods, and pasture. Nonetheless as my eye explored the garden yesterday it was the Nerines that stood out to me. I think it was two years ago that I first acquired the Amarine tubergenii from Quackin’ Grass Nursery. They have a brilliant pink that stands out from other plants. They stem from a cross between Nerine bowdenii and Amaryllis belladonna and while they are in principle hardy in zone 7 the only time I tried the plant didn’t return so I keep them in the greenhouse for now.
At the same time a much smaller Nerine is blooming in the greenhouse.
This was a hybrid seedling distributed by the Pacific Bulb Society. A lot of flower for a small pot.
Of course I could share the many annuals still in bloom around here. The zinnias are blooming like crazy and the Dahlias are maybe the best they’ve ever been.
Some of the perennial returnees from last year are notable like this Monkshood
And there are many that just continue in flower week after week.
I did add another plant to the garden today, a little Mahonia that came via Issima Nursery in Rhode Island. This is a seedling from Mahonia eurybracteata and we shall see how hardy it is.
It’s worth noting that it’s not only flowers that are showy at this time of year. The berries can be quite splendid.
And as I closed the gate tonight I couldn’t help but notice the Red Jade Crabapple
Well this has been a terrible summer for us. We have a few flowers for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, but we have lost so many plants to drought. The Princess Flower has survived because it is on the porch getting regular water.
But we don’t have anything like the usual flowering at this time of year. Probably the most striking flowers right now are the dahlias which also have gotten fairly regular watering.
The sedum is pretty hardy and has returned with its usual flowering for September.
And the colchicum at coming out the ground as scheduled.
The very reliable cestrum is still in flower.
And walking about the yard yesterday, I found a few cyclamen with fall flowers.
In the greenhouse a pot of the non-hardy cyclamen was also in bloom.
Beside it are several pots of sinninglia species (that are happy to spread to neighboring pots)
It is worth mentioning that the dry weather has been very good for our figs and it’s become a lunchtime habit for me.
Also very noteworthy is a lovely little bukiniczia with great foliage in the alpine bed. It came from seed this year and should be able to flower next year.
Well it’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day again and I would like to begin by celebrating the crepe myrtles that provide a summer flower show. As you can see from the above image the red one has been with us for a very long time. It’s well over the garage roof. The bark is wonderful and the individual flowers are lovely one and all.
We also have a white one down in the pasture and it seems to be growing nicely.
Flowers that we see every day are the Princess Flowers on the back porch.
Both we and the hummingbirds look forward to our daily dose.
The Hydrangeas are also prolific and and an everyday summer flower show.
Looking around the yard you have appreciate just how dry it has been here.
We are currently at 75% of the normal rainfall and that has left us with many dead plants from my spring planting. Yes we run hoses but there are many places on 7 acres that are not accessible the hoses. I have a set of watering cans but that only covers the time when I’m actually here.
Despite all that, and with help of hoses, we do have some more flowers to share. As always the Allium millenium are reliable summer color.
And I noticed (after one of the few thunderstorms that we’ve had) the Cyclamen hederifolium are starting to bloom.
As we wander out to the garden it is clear that the annuals provide a spot of color.
And nearby the sunflowers are on display
The vegetable garden is also where we find a steady supply of gladiolias
And despite the drought we have a good supply of vegetable and fruit. I notice that the raspberries are starting their fall crop.
And we been bringing in peaches and pears.
That’s it for now, I’ll go back to doing my rain dance…
Well, for mid-summer it’s got to be all about the lilies for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.
Each time the wind begins to chime,
And end begins to near
A whisper of the softest sort
Flows gently to the ear
The scent and sight enough are great
Yet lilies live for more
The lilies whisper poetry
As none have heard before
— The Lilies Whisper Poetry by Deborah Amar
Lilies are definitely the most striking flower in the yard right now. They come in all shapes and sizes.
Of course, the lilies also work on the inside of the house.
However, there are other things happening on our hillside. I notice, for example that the Corydalis are doing there usual magic in the front yard where they just gently spread over any vacant space.
Similarly, the echinacea are everywhere in the perennial beds.
I should also share the Cestrum which is just now flowering for the first time this year and they will go on like this for the next 5 months.
The Hydrangea are just now flowering for the first time this year as well and they will also have any extended flowering.
One of the real delights for us is the Bishop of Llandaff Dahlia which has once again survived a winter in the ground.
In the middle of the backyard there are some allium also showing up for the first time this year.
If we go back beside the greenhouse the alpine bed has some Daphne that are flowering once again this year.
Nearby in the troughs there is one with a little potentilla that flowers for a long time.
And in another trough a very tiny thyme that has taken over a good part of the trough.
I should also share the vegetable garden which has a number of flowers.
Although flowers are not the main purpose there are many, many flowers every day in the vegetable garden.
If you think of corn as a grass, it is the tallest grass we’ve ever grown in our garden this year.
We’re just hoping the raccoons don’t come exploring for the corn. I won’t go into the peaches, pears, and apples — more about those in the future. But the wildflowers in the pasture are quite striking right now.
We mowed them down once because of the poison ivy, but the flowers seem to be outgrowing the poison ivy at the moment. And finally, it has rained now and then for which I’m quite grateful.
Although it’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I am leading off with a flower that finished blooming last month. It came into bloom at the end of May and I was so frightfully impressed that I have purchased yet another of these trees. I promise another posting on the Stewartias because they are well worth sharing.
Currently the Stewartia japonica which we’ve had for years is just now coming into bloom
In the meantime the other striking flowers at the moment are the lilies. Just a few of them are showing right now but they are lovely
There is also a very late and very large Azalea at the front of the house
The rest of flowering is more or less normal roses, penstemon, and annuals. One exception is the Evening Primrose out on the bank to the pasture.
This wildflower came along on its own and appears anytime we don’t mow to close or too often on the pasture hillside.
We have been busy picking and eating fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries). Mostly it’s what we expect but for many of them they are bit on the small side given the extremely dry weather we’ve had (can we say drought?). The exception is the wild cherry tree at the entrance to our forest.
This tree is just one of many wild cherry trees in our forest. Most of them seem to have come from bird-planted seedlings from the original orchard that we planted forty years ago. They all have reasonable taste and the birds love them.
This gives some idea of the density.
But the really surprising thing is that one of the smaller trees with branches actually close to the ground has absolutely marvelous cherries and they grow without being sprayed. Just pick them.
This is one of the bowls he brought in the other night.
Of course the other thing we get is as a bonus is all the birds visiting at this time of year.
I’ve even seen the bluebird in the cherry tree, though he spends most of his time harvesting grubs in the grass.
Life is good. Now if we could just get some rain…
Well it’s a late posting for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, but what can I say. This time of year I’m in the garden…
Rhododendron are in flower in multiple places in the yard but this year we have also added them to the woods (courtesy of the new deer fence)
I am fully engaged in adding new and unusual flowers to the woods (leading to lack of care for some of the plants in the yard). But we still have a few things worth sharing. We inherited this lovely ground orchid in a plant exchange last year.
One can’t help but notice the roses at this time of year. And this David Austin rose is having a great showing.
Right nearby is a longtime resident, the Klondyke exbury Azalea
Moving across the yard to the Monument bed there is a lovely herbaceous Peony
and some lovely little allium
One neighboring bed has the last of another allium relative
You have to look a little more closely to see the flowers that appear under may apple relatives
Another shade lover is the Pinellia
I feel like I have to share some things from the greenhouse and the alpine bed
And also the Phyteuma that I first met while hiking in the Alps
Let me close with an image of the planting of the dahlias and glads
Which leads to harvesting the strawberries in the neighboring row
And then finally what we do with the harvest
Well it’s two days past Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day but as you can probably imagine Spring is bringing forth not only tons of flowers but springtime chores as well.
As shown above the Hellebores are everywhere and together with the Daffodils they are providing an abundance of flowers.
This is one of my favorite Hellebores but I’ve lost the name. It sits upright and shows those lovely crinkly flowers.
Daffodils are one of our favorites for the Spring. We began planting them 45 years ago and here are the results for those first ones.
Of course it’s hard to not to admire the individual flowers as well.
Of course not long from now we will see many members of the Rhododendron family, but here is an early bloomer.
I spend a lot of time looking up the little guys that are poking up in the yard and woods.
The first of the Bloodroot popped up yesterday.
I planted a hundred Scilla sibirica in the front lawn last Fall and they are just showing their marvelous blue color.
Nearby the Primula vulgaris are continuing to spread into the lawn.
I also love seeing the Hepatica with their colorful flowers.
We even have one Hepatica in the woods that seems to have taken hold.
Also in the woods we also have a number of Corydalis that are slowly spreading.
To help them spread I put in a hundred of the red ones last Fall.
Another successful spreader is the Ranunculus sometimes called Lesser Celandine
In the Alpine bed we have a couple of small plants just coming into flower.
And in the greenhouse itself there are number of plants seeking attention.
But the real stars right now are the Clivia that I’ve taken into the house.
Everyone should have Clivia. So colorful, easy care, and blooming twice a year. What’s not to like?