This Bloom Day finds one day lily still blooming. Good old reliable First Knight continues to deliver.
But though the day lilies have gone, the Tardiva and Limelight hydrangeas are following nicely.
And, the old Rose of Sharon is still blooming. The butterflies and hummingbirds love it. The hummingbirds are beginning to migrate, so the tree is a welcomed dining opportunity.
The Mac and Cheese echinacea provides a wonderful warmth to the garden. And, the Pink Double Delight has really taken off.
The Moonflowers have done their usual vigorous thing. I had to cut them back because they completely blocked the path. The moths love them at night.
But also blooming is the white phlox. And it provides the perfect backdrop for the red carpet rose that seems to love its spot in the Secret Garden.
The caryopteris is just beginning to bloom. I’m afraid I’m going to have to pull out most of it in the fall. It is just too big for the space I have. I hate to see those wonderful blue spires go, but they’ve become too much of a good thing.
One of my favorite hostas is also blooming today. Stained Glass has lovely fragrant blossoms. I often cut hosta flower stalks off because I think they look messy. But I let Stained Glass bloom all it wants.
It’s been a sing-y kind of day. I sang two solos at the 8:30 service, with the choir at 11:00, and then at a concert at 3:00. I almost missed Bloom Day! And while the gardens are full of promise, there isn’t a lot blooming today. Storms knocked the lovely magnolia blossoms to the ground where they are turning into brown mulch. And the same storms took out the cherry blossoms. And because the temps have been so cool, I wondered if any bees would find the cherry tree. But, we had several warm and sunny days and the tree vibrated with bees.
The brunnera are still blooming. It was well past 9:00 p.m. when I took these and I could barely see. I had to guess on the focus and it’s obvious I didn’t guess well.
Also blooming are some of the early lilacs. The Esther Staley and the Mme LeMoine are blooming. But the President Grevy has one bloom. It is the tallest of the three bushes and was planted at the same time as the other two, but it has been the most reluctant bloomer. I think I’m going to prune it back and feed it and hope for the best next year.
I broke down and bought annuals this week. So, the front entrance garden has a hot spot of red geranium. And, I planted marigolds along the side and in front of the boxwoods. While I would love to see red in front of the hedge, neither salvia nor red petunias filled in enough to give me the look I wanted. Marigolds have done the job in the past, so marigolds it is this year.
The Bleeding Heart (dicentra) are bl00ming, too. They are a bit late, I think. But spring is late. I always buy pots of purple petunias because they usually have the most wonderful vanilla scent. In the evening, one of my favorite times in the gardens, I can walk past those pots and breathe in that heady scent. I love it.
This is my first Bloom Day of the season! It is cold here in West Michigan. And windy. And while the bloom “pickin’s” are pretty slim, there are pickin’s! I am amazed at the heather. It bloomed in December, and it is blooming now. I suspect that under all the snow we got this winter, there were tiny little purple flowers just doing their thing. And, the violets that seem to thrive despite all my efforts to rid my lawn and gardens of them, have popped out.
Well, we’re not in July anymore. The day lilies are all but done. The hydrangeas are darkening. And the anemones are beginning to bloom. A friend did some phantom gardening in the secret garden a couple years ago. He plunked two little bits of anemone, one pink, the other white. This is the first year they have bloomed. The pink ones are in a sunnier part of the garden, so they have come on first.