Feeling the Blues

I know that on my Blotanical profile I say that red is my favorite color in the garden.  But I also love those blues.  And the gardens are singing the sweet blues today.  The Hidcote Lavender (lavendula angustifolia hidcote) is in full bloom and so is the Jean Davis Lavender (lavendual angustifolia cv. Jean Davis), which is pink.  But never mind.  The Endless Summer (hydrangea macrophylla endless summer) hydrangeas are sorta kinda blue.

Endless Summer Hydrangea

I still haven’t gotten the right amount of acid applied to the soil around several of them.  The Nikko Blue (hydrangea macrophylla nikko blue) is anything but blue.

But the perennial geranium is bravely battling its way through the White Dome (arborescens ‘dardom’) hydrangeas and showing off its bright blue blooms.  These are especially pretty against the white lace caps.

But I’ve noticed something.  Or, more accurately, I have NOT noticed something.  There seem to be fewer bees humming around the hydrangeas.  It may be the weather has been too wet or too cool.   I’ve seen honey bees, but very few carpenter or bumble bees.  Bumble bees are social, but carpenter bees are solitary so  don’t think there was a hive collapse, primarily because carpenter bees don’t live in a hive.  I wonder if they were victims of our hard winter.

Perennial Geranium Amongst the White Dome Hydrangeas

Royal Candles Veronica With Lady's Mantle

The Royal Candles Veronica (Veronica spicata royal candles) is a pretty backdrop for the Lady’s Mantle.

But perhaps the big news of the day is that the first of the day lilies bloomed today.  Hemerocallis ‘Crystal Pinot’ wins the race.  I suspect others will pop open within the next few days.

The red carpet rose is also blooming.  And, it’s looking splendid against two perennial geraniums in the Secret Garden. I wish I had recorded this variety of perennial geranium. It blooms a little later, but is so nicely behaved.  Unlike the unnamed geranium in the lower garden, this variety doesn’t get leggy and flop.

I am totally in love with the rose campion (lychnis coronaria).  It doesn’t live very long, at least in my garden, but I’m willing to replant it every few years just for the lovely velvety grey foliage and the vibrant pink blooms.  It sits in my lower garden where I can see it from my kitchen widow.  I have a little desk in front of that window and often pop open my laptop and work there.  Since there are bird feeders outside the window, the cat usually joins me.

Rose Campion With Pigmy Barberry

Perennial Geranium With Red Carpet Roseflop.

Crystal Pinot Day Lily

8 thoughts on “Feeling the Blues

  1. Nancy, Blues predominate in my garden in June, too — mostly in the form of Siberian irises, tradescantia, and hardy geraniums. But the irises are almost at the end of their bloom, and the yellows are coming soon!

  2. Everything is so lovely but that daylily is spectacular! Royal Icing won the the race here, beating Stella d’Oro by a day. While I have a lot of blue in my garden spring through summer and everyone comments on that, nothing is likely to stop people in their tracks the way your daylily does!

    • It’s actually not the most spectacular day lily in the bed. But I suppose spectacular-ness is in the eye of the beholder. But my favorite is Storm of the Century. It has what day lily enthusiasts call “chicken fat,” a ruffled edge. This is a new term for me and I’m anxious to see how many other day lilies I have that sport chicken fat, shark’s teeth, and tentacles.

      • Well, I’ll wait to see the pictures but the contrast in color and especially the burgundy dusting along the edge of those petals is what caught my eye. Exquisite. Then again, that is one of my favorite color combinations in a blossom.

  3. I’m a lover of blue in the garden, too. What lush beautiful plantings you have and how wonderful to be able to work while looking out at them!

  4. Just goes to show that feeling blue can be a GOOD thing– I love it in the garden. It always seems so special. The return of the lavender blooms brings real summer.

  5. Love your blue Hydrangea, most of my hydrangeas started out pink, but after years of being mulched with leaf mould, have now turned a lovely shade of blue which I prefer. Your garden is looking really lovely, you should be very proud !

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