Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day June 2015

Stewartia japonica

Stewartia japonica

Hello to Summer.  It’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and the Stewartia decided it was an appropriate time to open its flowers for the occasion.  It always astounds me that a tree with such beautiful bark manages to have exquisite flowers as well.  Unlike other years we have yet to put out all the hose sprinklers because we seem to be getting thunderstorms every other night.  The peonies and maincrop irises are all passed now but some of the iris are just happening now.  One that has pretty much taken hold of a spot in the garden is a hybrid, Kimboshi.

Iris x pseudata 'Kimboshi'

Iris x pseudata ‘Kimboshi’

Another iris that keeps expanding its space every year is the Japanese Iris, Agripinella.

Iris ensata 'Agripinella'

Iris ensata ‘Agripinella’

Another flower from the Iris family that is blooming right now is the Prairie Iris.

Alophia drummondii

Alophia drummondii

This one I grew from seed obtained from the SIGNA (Species Iris Group of North America) seed exchange in 2013.  There are several of the Zephyranthes, Herbertia, and Moraeas that seem to want to bloom about this time of the year in the greenhouse.  This one is said to be zone 8, but I might give it a try outside when I have enough of them.

Another greenhouse item right now is from the  Amaryllis family

Cyrtanthus mackenii

Cyrtanthus mackenii

Like many of its kin, this comes from South Africa.

We also have a number of Ismene and Hymnocallis in bloom.  They are easily grown in pots that can be overwintered completely dry and then brought outside for the growing season.  My favorite at the moment is Sulfur Queen, which is a hybrid between two Ismene species.

Ismene 'Sulfur Queen'

Ismene ‘Sulfur Queen’

A very special little Astilbe that I picked up at Oliver Nurseries this spring has come into bloom.

Astilbe 'Cobblewood Fireworks'

Astilbe ‘Cobblewood Fireworks’

This is a very dwarf astilbe with thick shiny green leaves and lovely pink flowers that was originated by Darryl Probst.

Another rather special plant coming into bloom is a Lysimachia with a very tropical aspect.

Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla

Lysimachia paridiformis var. stenophylla

It withstood a difficult winter with flying colors.

If you are looking to feed the butterflies and bees while satisfying your lust for flower color I would recommend a very nice butterfly weed, ‘Hello Yellow’.

Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’

This is very vigorous and covered with dazzling yellow flowers.  I saw a large, bright orange butterfly on the plant at one point and it was an OMG moment, but I couldn’t get the camera in time.

Many other flowers are blooming.  I’ll let some of them speak for themselves.

Red Monarda

Jacob Cline Monarda

Calendula hybrid

Calendula hybrid

Stokesia laevis 'Honeysong Purple'

Stokesia laevis ‘Honeysong Purple’

Delosperma basuticum

Delosperma basuticum

While this post is about the flowers blooming today, I would be remiss in my reporting duties if I didn’t observe that it is also maximum fruit day where the strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are all flowing into the house.  And it is also when the birds are having their mulberry/wild cherry festival just beyond the garden fence.

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager


3 comments on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day June 2015

  1. rusty duck

    Love the Stewartia flower.
    The bird almost outshines the blooms. Almost. He is rather lovely.

  2. ShellE

    Lovely Iris’s! Happy Bloom Day

  3. diversifolius

    So many summer beauties!
    Very cute that little Astilbe; I hope it will become available here at some point.