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.
As it turns to Fall (wintertime temperatures are on the way but we have been spared a hard frost so far) this GBBD post has to focus on Camellias. It is always amazing to me what a long season we have with the Camellias. Between the C. japonicas and C. sasanquas (and the various hybrids) we usually have Camellias blooming from October through April. I began growing them with 1 gallon pots that brought on airplane rides from California and then put them in the basement each winter until I realized they were actually hardy here. We had one really cold winter that seemingly killed this red sasanqua to the point where i actually cut it back to the ground. And then the next year it came back vigorously. So this bushy flowering plant is actually the second rebirth of our Fall Camellia.
Some of the others in bloom right now are shown below.
Elsewhere in the garden the Cestrum continues it’s flowerful display
Pretty special for a plant that dies back to the ground every winter.
Right next to it is the Japanese quince that has no business blooming in November (but it often does).
We have had a very extended Fall and the roses are still putting out blossoms.
And out at the front fence there are a continuing sequence of flowers on the Daphne I planted there several years ago.
In the pasture I still see spots of color from the gaillardia that have volunteered from wildflower plantings.
In the alpine bed there is still a single Moroccan Poppy remaining from the many that flowered there this year.
In the vegetable garden we not only have flowers of various sorts but fall peas and lettuce still coming in.
And then lastly let me close with an indoor flower. We see flowers twice a year from the potted Amazon Lily and once again it is doing its thing with a minimum of care.
Highly recommended as a wonderful houseplant that can play outside in the summertime.
Well, I missed last month’s posting to GBBD (first time in ten years) and I feel somewhat guilty so I have a couple of special items for this posting. Back in April I received as a gift one of the largest plants I’ve ever gotten in a box in the mail (from ForestFarm).
It was a Gordlinia grandiflora, a relatively rare hybrid derived from a cross between Franklinia alatamaha and Gordonia lasianthus in 2003. It’s a relatively small tree with absolutely gorgeous camellia-like flowers.
It’s begun flowering now and should continue through September…
Another special item for us this year is the Princess Flower. I started this from a small 4 inch pot from Putnam Hill Nursery last year and it didn’t flower. So I carried it over in the greenhouse and repotted it at the beginning of the season. It has taken off over the last two months and it’s now 5 foot tall and still growing. In the meantime I found another specimen growing in a pot twice as big as mine and just coming into flower. Nonestop flowering is what it yields.
It will need to go into the greenhouse again but wow, what flowering!
Otherwise it’s pretty normal summer flowering for us.
The Allium are flowering in a couple of places
The Crepe Myrtle is finally in flower for the season
the Cestrum has recovered from its winter dieback
And the Crinum is showing its numerous hanging flowers
In the vegetable/cutting garden the Glads have yielded abundantly
and the Tithonia and Sunflowers are ten foot tall at least.
In the greenhouse there are multiple pots of Cyrtanthus in flower
as well as a particularly nice Sinningia
If we weren’t so busy picking fruits and vegetables I might actually finish weeding the greenhouse:)
Oh, I should mention that my excuse for missing last month’s posting was a trip to California where we relived our youth by driving down the California Coast.
It was a wonderful trip…
It’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day as we move securely into the Fall. The leaves are changing but we see no signs of lower temperatures in Maryland as yet.
The Amarine above is a first time bloomer for me, but comes with a little background. I bought it just this Fall from Quackin’ Grass Nursery and then as it was coming into bloom I discovered that I had another one that I had bought from the same place this Spring. No sooner did I put those two in the ground but I then found that I had bought a smaller bulb of that plant from Rare Plants back in 2017 and it too was now coming into bloom (for the first time). So apparently this plant is consistently appealing to me. It is a hybrid between Amaryllis belladonna and Nerine bowdenii. It’s somewhat questionable whether it will be hardy for me here in zone 7 (Nerines would not normally be hardy here), but I have planted two of them and we shall see.
Since it’s related I should mention that Nerine sarniensis (from the Greenhouse) is also flowering now bearing out my continuing interest in Nerines.
The above picture is from the kitchen and right nearby is a bowl full of vegetables showing the wonderful bounty from this year.
We’ve also had a lot of pears that we are still enjoying for dinners and desserts. And the raspberries are still making their appearance.
The flowers outside still have a lot of the same participants that we’ve had for the past few months.
In addition there are a few new faces on the Fall horizon
In addition I thought it was interesting to note that I completely missed the start of flowering for the fall camellias.
There are lots of buds on these and other Camellias so I need to pay more attention. And similarly I’ll end by paying attention to the many oxalis showing up in the greenhouse now.
Finally all summer long we’ve a beautiful showing of flowers from the potted plectranthus.
I’ll need to find a place in the greenhouse for a part of this plant over the winter.
It’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day for the middle of the summer. Our garden is like many at this time of year. Mostly annuals, crepe myrtles, and the last of the lilies dominate.
There are a few flowers worth noting. The Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’ has returned from it’s winter dormancy and will bloom until late fall.
We have a lot of annuals in the picking garden as well as the glads and dahlias.
The annuals and shrub flowers are great for attracting insects and birds, many of them very photogenic. I was struck by this little bluebird overlooking the garden.
The butterflies and other insects are striking.
August is also prime time for harvesting
There are many things blooming at this time of year, but none more assertively demands the attention of your senses than the large oriental lilies. There are other flowers for Garden Blogger’s Bloom day, but i’m going to focus on the lilies.
First and foremost is Anastasia which is so tall and has so many flowers that it is a major task to keep it upright each year. This year we were late so the flowers are bound together in a way that makes them hard to pick. Nonetheless Beth managed to put some on the fireplace.
The last carryover from some of the species lilies was this very special hybrid from lilium henryi.
But most of the focus is on the orientals right now.
This last one sits next to Lilium ‘Casablanca’ but is clearly not the same. It’s twins are in other parts of the same bed, but in the center not way over to the edge where this one’s 6 foot tall flower is way out of size. Is this ‘Time Out’? If so my other ‘Time Out’ is quite different with the yellow suffused, not in a stripe. I’ll have to buy more lilies to sort out the difference…
Another instance of a lily not being where I put it is this Scheherezade.
It sits across the garden pathway from where the main clump of scheherazade was located. I say was, because this spring the gardener, in a fit of unusual weeding activity broke the stem off the main clump of the Lilium ‘Scheherazade’.
Back in the house again the Stargazer lilies got removed before I could photograph them outside.
Now there are other flowers in the garden. In particular I would point out the Hydrangea ‘Blue Billow’ not merely because it has never bloomed blue for us, but because it really contributes to the monument bed at this time of the year.
There are several spots where the crocosmia are blooming. What a marvelously reliable flower. Kind of like a compact glad that you never have to care for.
The greenhouse has two zephyranthes cultivars that I particularly like.
And there are sunflowers that get collected along with annuals from the vegetable garden.
Finally I should note that we’ve had a bumper crop of garlic, this first 1/3 of which is now drying out in the garage.
Well, it’s fall here in Maryland and some of the usual suspects are providing our flowers for Bloom Day. Japanese anemone are robust and reliable, as well as incredibly beautiful.
Some of the other regulars are in the following pictures.
In the wildflower patch, the wild asters are currently the star of the show, attracting insects of all sorts.
In the cutting garden the standouts are the Tithonia.
Beth has shown they look really nice next to the Salvia ‘Black and Blue’. They are also quite tall so it’s easy to see them from underneath as well.
A similar color comes with the Atlantic Poppy which took forever to start blooming but now has a new flower every day.
Inside the greenhouse we have blooming for the first time the Scilla maderensis. It seems to open just a few of the flower elements per day so that it’s never completely in flower for us.
It is nevertheless interesting and exotic which goes a long way to getting space in the greenhouse.
The first of the Oxalis are coming into bloom now.
There are three species blooming now, but the rest will extend the blooming season into January at least.
It’s worth noting that one does not live by flowers alone. The garden fruits and vegetables have been abundant this year, pushing us to new recipes and uses for the crops…
Wow, a very busy day yesterday in gardenland. I discovered the horned poppy shown above had returned after a year’s absence in flowering as I was catching up with the vegetable garden on an absolutely gorgeous spring day here in Maryland. My cup runneth over with chores at this time of year, but the weather has been most cooperative (at last!). I tilled the garden, finished weeding the strawberries, planted out the veggies started in the basement, seeded much of the rest of the garden, put in more glads and dahlias, and meanwhile Beth and Josh were weeding and pruning like mad.
As usual on Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I will share some of the flowers of interest blooming around the yard. It’s worthwhile to step back from my close-up images to see the wide array of flowering plants right now.
I’ve noticed that some folks tend to think of ‘garden’ as the larger scale perspective, whereas I often get caught up with the specific flowers. This little blossom on the Kalmiopsis leachiana, for example, is almost hidden amidst the surrounding Daphne.
Another small distinctive flower that first bloomed last fall and is repeating already is this little Delphinium.
A constant volunteer for us is this little pink columbine that we inherited from Beth’s mother.
In the garden leading to the greenhouse gateway, there is a floriferous Callirhoe variant.
A quite distinctive plant is this allium which is just finished blooming and looks like it has little onions for seed pods.
The very fragrant Rhododendron ‘Viscosepala’ is also just at the end of its blooming.
By the back porch there is a lovely Bougainvillea that has overwintered in the greenhouse.
Of course, it’s hard not to miss the peonies in May.
We also have yellow flowered peony that has been with us for thirty years.
The name has long since disappeared.
And the old stalwart, Festiva Maxima.
We brought this one with us from Alexandria in 1975 and have planted it in many places around the property. It thrives everywhere, even in the pasture with no real care. The fragrance is wonderful and they make great cut flowers.
Another plant that thrives on neglect is Baptisia.
These grow right by the pasture with no assistance whatsoever.
The various iris species also have a celebration time in May.
At the back of the garage we have very large Black Lace Elderberry that is fully in flower right now.
One of my favorite alpine plants is the Edrianthus pumilo which grows in a nicely formed cushion in the Large Trough by the greenhouse.
Let me leave you with a couple of the birds which have shown up recently in the yard. First a bluebird which is probably nested nearby.
And a Yellow-rumped warbler which is more likely just passing through but is the first instance I’ve seen on our hillside.