Well, first, I got my dates muddled and thought the 15th was on a Monday. What’s really annoying is the fact that I essentially loafed around the house yesterday and could have written this post. My excuse is that I’m coming off a big concert and am still going through post concert recovery. I know that sounds a bit weird, especially since I’m only on stage for about an hour. But there’s something about that process, the warm up, the lining up, the standing up that leeches energy. And, it’s worth it. I do want to say that besides all the performance stuff, and I’m one of 130 singers, I bake cookies for each performance. Baking, boxing, carting, and setting up take time and energy. That’s worth it, too.
But, it’s also my excuse for not posting.
Our cool wet spring continues. In fact, a couple days ago we saw snow flurries and a frost advisory was posted. I’ve checked the hostas and so far most of them look ok. I have a couple in pots that may have gotten nipped. I’ll know more about damage in a day or so.
The big bloom news is the tall allium that I planted last fall. I’ve mentioned before that we saw a lot of allium in Toronto during the Garden Bloggers’ Fling. I ordered a number of different varieties, but only the tall globe “Purple Sensation” are starting to bloom. I think the cool temps have kept the flowers from fully unfurling, but it will be worth the wait. And, there are more allium that will bloom throughout the summer. I’m definitely planting more this coming fall.
The “Blue Winky” columbine are blooming, too, as are the two bleeding hearts.
Ah, June. It’s a happy month in the garden. The temps this year have been mild and we’ve had enough rain. I’m getting ready for my big shindig next Saturday which means I’d better hurry up and get the last of the annuals planted. I have a flat of purple petunias to put in and a few red impatiens. And there is a dwarf sweet spire that I need to find a place for. I’ve ordered two more chairs for the sitting area in the Secret Garden. And, I’m in the process of getting estimates for a new fence that separates my yard from the park. And, of course, I am enjoying my new brick pathways. What a lucky gardener I am…
This is my first bloom day of the season! A shout out to May Dreams Gardens for starting this wonderful tradition of reporting out what is blooming in our gardens on the 15th of each month. I love going to her website and following the links to gardens all over the world.
It’s Bloom Day and I’ve ceremoniously taken pictures of today’s participants.
The Pana Rhododendrons are doing very well. I put acid around them last summer and that has made them very happy. My soil is quite alkaline.
The old spirea is still going strong, and the Francis Williams hostas are holding their own despite the fact that they are surrounded by trailing arches of white.
I was surprised to see one of the catmint (Nepeta subsessilis–Cool Cat) had a couple of small blooms. These usually appear on longer stalks, but I’ll take this little guy because he is the promise of many more blue blooms later.
Also in bloom are the Michael McFarland lilacs. I worried about these last year. I got them at the end of the 2008 season at bargain basement prices at a garden center, then transplanted several of them last summer. I was worried they would just get tired of the shock, but it turns out they are joyously blooming.
I wish my other lilacs bloomed this much this soon after finding their home in my garden. Alas, I have to wait a few more seasons. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the Michaels and their sweet fragrance.
Near the lilacs is the big old dogwood. It’s blooms look like those of a red twig. It may be as old as the house, which means it got its start in the 1920’s. The old girl makes a perfect backdrop for the Garden Lady statue. In the distance behind the Lady are the Cheddar Pinks that have been planted and transplanted several times.
One delightful surprise is the amsonia x Blue Ice. I bought five of them at the end of the season last summer, for a dollar each. They are charming and I’m sure will put on more of a show in about a week. But a bloom is a bloom!
The Bleeding Heart (dicentra) are starting to fade, but one tendril of blooms trailed over the hat of this little statue that was a gift when I retired from public school teaching. I bought the plant at Meijer Gardens two years ago.
Behind this little girl is a “wall” of Virginia Creeper. I have begun the almost daily battle to keep it at bay. At one time it completely covered the old fence that used to separate my yard from the park. Now it only grows on the chain link fence that separates my yard from my neighbor’s. I chop it. I dig it up. The only thing I can’t do is ignore it.
The first of the Heuchera are blooming. This one is actually not a true Heuchera, but a cross between Heuchera and Tiarella–Foamy Bells. I like the contrast on the leaves, and it sits well with the Heurcheras that I planted between the boxwoods and the brink entrance way.
And in the secret garden, the columbine (Winky Blue) are still blooming. They were another end of the season buy. I love those!
The Hansa roses are just getting starting and sending up their first fragrant bloom. Below are Wildberry Breeze and Wild Spice.
I want to thank May Dreams Garden for creating Bloom Day. A friend told me about it just last week, I think, and went home and began a Google search. It didn’t take long to bring up May and Blotanical. I’ve been happily looking at garden blogs ever since.
If you’ve gotten this far, then scroll down just a bit more to see the Hansa roses. I love these guys!! They are impervious to pests, with, perhaps, the exception of Japanese Beetles. But they never get black spot, something that dogs the other roses in the medalion. And they smell so good!
Three or four years ago I planted two bleeding hearts in a little corner. Behind it is an old rambler rose that a neighbor gave me the first summer I moved in. It is doing well, but the bleeding heart is thriving. I planted another one behind the garage in a little corner, but it doesn’t get warm sun early in the day, and it doesn’t have sun warmed bricks to urge it on.
My glorious magnolia is in full bloom, two weeks ahead of schedule. I’ve been worried that it would get nipped by frosty nights, but so far, it has stayed clothed in fragrant pink blossoms. The old girl can still put on a show.
And so can the old cherry tree in the backyard. In fact, a number of things are blooming, including the bleeding heart.
All winter I dreamed about the garden. I settled in at my little desk in the kitchen and watched the snow drift past the fountain. I dutifully spread cracked corn for the birds and rabbits. And took stale bread out for the squirrels. But two weeks ago, I became a gardener again. I dug up three caryopteris bushes and moved them farther back. I cleared away the dead peony foliage and placed the wire cages over the the red/green spears of new growth.
And over the weekend I started gathering up the rocks that I had placed like necklaces in the secret garden. I wanted to get them out of the way so that this year’s layer of shredded bark could go down. I started placing them along the brick edges of the crushed limestone paths, and realized that I liked the look. So, I placed them all there. I think I like this look a lot, and now I can go on rock quests. I’ve become the neighborhood rock pilferer. I discovered a bunch of them almost hidden by brush at a school a few blocks away. Surely no one will notice if I rescue them from obscurity. But I will need more than the dozen I get there.