June is a month for spectacular Iris, Clematis overflowing the fences, Roses flowering abundantly and flowers of many kinds reaching fruition. For this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, I’ll share some of the things that struck my eye this week.
One of the reasons for growing flowers is to attract the many butterflies that enliven the yard. And what better to grow than the different kinds of Butterfly Weed. The normal Asclepias tuberosa comes without effort in our pasture and feeds the monarchs later in the year. But in the yard we are also growing Swamp Milkweed for different kind of color.
And an extremely heavily flowered cultivar is ‘Hello Yellow’.
Here’s the evidence that Butterfly Weed is a good name.
I remembered last year that two of the Arisaemas were very slow to appear, finally showing up on June 2nd. This year Arisaema candidissimum came on May 31 and Arisaema farghesi poked out of the ground on June 2nd again. Talk about reliable.
Just walking around the yard here are some of the other flowers.
This Clematis is climbing up the huge Black Lace Elderberry.
In the alpine bed there a couple of lovely gentians that we’ve never grown before. Both are the result of seed exchanges. The Gentiana dahurica is a good 18″ high and spreading, probably to big for the alpine bed in the long run.
The Himalayan Gentian has the same delicate fringing that I like on other Gentians.
But it also has multi-colored buds that are lovely even before they’ve opened.
Nearby is the first blooming of a Stachys that came for seed last year.
And up on the porch is a spectacular bulb from Peru that is a variation on the normal Peruvian Daffodil.
I should also note that life is not just flowers at this time of year.
We’ve been bringing in a steady diet of peas, strawberries, and raspberries. And now the blueberries are about to start.
There is one other flower worth sharing though. For many people the Corydalis lutea is described as a weed, but I find it’s a wonderful fern-like spreading ground cover.
What’s growing in your garden?
Well, I’m late for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day again, but my excuse is that I returned from California late in the day and I was lucky just to get some pictures much less get them posted. The next day saw mammoth rain storms that have closed roads and bridges all over Frederick County. At the moment we’ll just feel lucky that we live on the top of a hill. Actually it’s not just luck. We lived on a part of George Washington’s River Farm in our previous house complete with flooded basements so we compensated for that. I think you are allowed to learn only one thing each time you move. Anyway there were a few charmers in bloom when I got back, although a few hot days had accelerated through a few blooms. As noted above the Pink Rhododendron above is one of our favorites.
It’s cousins, the Azaleas, are also showing magnificently. Two particular examples are Exbury Hybrids.
The first of the herbaceous Peonies is in bloom as well.
Two of the many Columbines are worth noting as well.
Right nearby to the Pink Columbine is the first sighting of the Clematis ‘Niobe’ for the year.
At the side of the garage is a very reliable Korean Lilac.
We forgot about planting this one twice and assumed it was dead in dried out pot. Each time it returned to life so I finally gave it a good home and it is happily blooming now. Right next to it is a quite cute little Enkianthus that is blooming now.
One of my favorite rock garden plants is Edraianthus. One is blooming in a little trough right now.
Another Edraianthus just coming into bloom is one of the best cushion plants we have.
Another trough specimen is the Silver Sax at the back door.
In the greenhouse a white-pink Bougainvillea is fully in bloom.
Time to move this one outside.
Also there is a Zephyranthus with pretty notable color.
And the Pomegranate in the greenhouse is well into bloom.
Finally Beth has been picking Iris for use in the house.
And let me close with a picture I took in California of one of the plants from the Univ of Calif Botanic Garden (deserving of a blog post all on it’s own)
It’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day time and one of the fun parts of posting the monthly flowers is discovering those things that I had forgotten that I previously planted. Amongst those is the Snow Cone Bloodroot pictured above. All Bloodroots are good, this one is just a notch above.
Another newcomer to this blog is the single pink Anemonella from Hillside Nursery. I went on quest last year for a strong pink Anemonella after seeing one at my son’s house in previous years. He has since lost that plant which was exceptionally pink compared to the normal ‘Pink Pearl’ as it is now marketed. In any case the one gracing our flower bed is very nice indeed.
Another Anemonella variant that I posted on recently is Green Hurricane.
Many of the Anemone’s are flowering right now too, including this very complex nemerosa.
Close by are the Corydalis.
This one, as I’ve noted before is named for the leaves, not the beautiful blue flowers.
One cannot pass by the Camellia bed which has many of the spring ephemerals without seeing one of my favorite trilliums.
And the Leucojum are like snowdrops on steroids
Even this far into April the Hellebores continue to provide wonderful flowers. One that particularly catches my eye is Amethyst Gem.
This year I decided to give the Primula kisoana another try. You have to be cautious with this because it wants to spread, so I put it in with the other thugs.
I had a minor revelation this week when I thought I had finally succeeded in bring a Shortia into bloom. However, it turns out just to be Shortia lookalike, but pretty nonetheless.
Back in the Alpine beds we have several returnees from previous years.
and a new Iris/potentilla combination
And it’s also worth noting that while I tend to get caught up in the small spring ephemerals, there are many other flowers about. The early Rhododendron in the front yard is always spectacular.
There are many, many Daffodils, both in the yard and in the woods/pasture.
And the various fruit trees are mostly just coming into bloom. The apricot is finished, the cherries and peaches just starting, and the Kieffer Pear is flowering as though there is no tomorrow.
As I close this post, it’s worth noting that this spring is well behind previous years in terms of the number and progress of things in bloom. But I’m good with that. It gives more time to appreciate everything as it’s happening.
A very belated GBBD posting. I returned from a week in Florida to find that the spring had not really moved along very far in my absence. There were a number of the regulars in flower, but since the weather has now delivered one of the heaviest snowstorms of the winter, it’s probably just as well that some of the plants waited a little longer. The Hellebore pictured above is one of many of it’s clan in bloom, but it’s one of my favorites.
The crocus are fully in bloom now.
This particular clump under the cherry tree expands every year. Unlike some of the species crocus which seem to lag from competition with each other.
Another spectacular tommy that I’ve lost the name of is this striped variety.
The early Iris have persisted for quite awhile now and they seem to be expanding as well.
It’s interesting to note that the Fritillaria stenanthera ‘Cambridge’ which is very compact and close to the ground in the Alpine bed is taller and quite lovely in one of the humus-filled garden beds.
Nearby is is the beautiful Jeffersonia dubia ‘Dark Centers’ that I acquired from Garden Visions.
Also making an early spring entry are the little Hacquetia. The noticable parts are the big bracts whereas the flowers are the little tiny yellow guys.
One of my favorite plants for early spring are the Primrose vulgaris. There is nothing common or vulgar about these little yellow/white flowers spreading every year.
Most of the Daffodils are still in the bud stage but the little Jack Snipe in the woods are fully engaged.
I also noticed along the woodland trail the tiny Scilla biflora are not only flowering but they are spreading as well.
In the alpine bed the aubretia are just starting to spill over the rock wall, showing what is likely to come this year.
And the one of the Pasque flowers in the same bed is ready to explode into bloom.
In the greenhouse we continue to see a succession of the South African delights, for example this glorious Freesia.
Then there are Sparaxis, Moraea, Ornithagalum, Lachenalia, etc.
One of the greenhouse plants we can’t overlook is the Portuguese Squill. It’s a real enjoyment to watch it go through it’s flowering.
And finally I would be remiss not to note the first of the Ferrarias to come into bloom.
For all there exotic beauty these are remarkable easy to grow. Check out the Pacific Bulb Society.
I took this picture last week after a particularly pretty ice storm. It’s very representative of the kind of winter we’ve had and sort of a nice lead into this month’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. At the same time the Adonis, usually my first striking blooms of the season, were tightly held in bud waiting for a warm day.
But yesterday (what a difference a few days makes) the same Adonis were fully reveling in the sunshine. Full credit to Beth for catching this colorful image of the Adonis while I was heading back from the west coast.
The lesser petaled species Adonis were also out in bloom.
As were some of the winter stalwarts like the snowdrops and witch hazel.
This plant continues to show some of the yellowish flowers that I noticed earlier in the season, together with some really fine red flowers.
And just for today the first Winter Aconite have appeared on the scene.
In the greenhouse one of my favorite plants of the season is in flower.
It’s because of this Hesperantha that I’ve added several Hesperantha to my seed exchange requests.
There is a perfectly lovely compact Oxalis in full flower right now. Note the red barber pole striping on the unopened buds.
And also a very nice new Oxalis that came to me via a Pacific Bulb Exchange distribution last fall.
Notice the yellow coloring in the unopened bud. The red leaves are striking.
So with the nice start from the Adonis we are now facing more snow and freezing weather tomorrow. So winter isn’t done with us yet.
Winter has arrived here just over the last week. I was in out in California last week. When I left all was sunshine and glorious fall. When I returned the flowers almost all frozen off. Twenty degrees will have that kind of effect. Especially when we hadn’t had a killing frost yet. This is well past our normal first frost date, but we have often had flowers lingering on to mid-November. Not this year. That’s why i’m leading off with the above greenhouse Moraea for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day this month. Most of the outside plants that still have glimmer of flower are just barely showing as in the following cases.
Anyway, you get the idea. Most of the flowers have moved south for the winter. Just a few stragglers. There’s always the brilliant orange-red of the pyracantha to lend consolation.
Fortunately there is the greenhouse to provide regular encouragement as we recreate a less temperate springtime. The lovely little North African Hyacinthoides lingulata is very much in bloom now.
I find the blue stamens and pistil very striking.
I also grow the Cyclamen hederfolium in the greenhouse, though I think it would be it would be quite hardy outside.
And of course there are the ever-present, ever-blooming oxalis. I’ll share just a few more of the many species.
All this serves to remind me that there will be flowers, even if goes to twenty degrees on a regular basis (which I’m not wishing for). We did get the tractor ready for snow removal today just in case…
Well this is a very unusual flower to see in October. In fact, I can never remember seeing crabapples blooming in the Fall. Not only the crabapples but the apples themselves are blooming right now. So for this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day let’s just note that climate change is not just affecting icebergs and glaciers.
It’s been very dry for us with unseasonably warm weather to go with it. Many of the flowers that were in bloom in September are still blooming now, like the lovely Japanese Anemone.
And the Toadlilies
So I’m going to focus on some of the more unusual individuals flowering around the yard and greenhouse, beginning with a little saxifrage from Far Reaches.
Back in the alpine bed is a planting of Lithodora that has been expanding it’s living space since we planted it this spring (from Oliver Nurseries).
Lithodora has never overwintered with us but this clump seems most likely to do so.
Nearby is the Stachys that we planted this spring.
Although this was sold to us as lavandulifolia, it looks nothing like what we had seen in Colorado. It could be cultural or it could also be that this is a different plant.
Also in the alpine bed, I should give some credit to the little clump of Erodium that has been flowering continually since spring.
It is hard to go into the greenhouse right now without noticing the large Pomegranate which has become a centerpiece. And it’s fruit are starting to literally crack open.
One of the little treasures in the greenhouse is a small scilla relative from North Africa that was just started as a bulb this year.
It’s just starting to open up and promises to be very nice at this time of year. Thank you Pacific Bulb Society bulb exchange.
There is also a very nice little Viola that I grew from seed obtained from the Scottish Rock Garden Society seed exchange.
I think this one can probably go outside but I may propagate it first.
There is a very nice Cyrtanthus in full bloom and many wonderful Oxalis celebrating their rebirth after a dry summer.
And the last item of the day is a new acquisition from the PBS bulb exchange in June.
This South American plant (Argentina/Bolivia) looks to be a real winner.
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…