Many thanks go to MayDreamsGardens for the opportunity to share what is blooming in our gardens each month. Here is what is blooming in my gardens today.
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.
It’s been a long time coming. A week ago there were five inches of snow on the ground. The hellebores, though in full bloom, bent double under the weight of the snow. But those hearty plants are built for Michigan springs. They are the only thing in bloom right now.
Thank you again to May Dreams Gardens for creating the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day meme. Check out her website for links to gardens all over the world. Scroll down to see what is blooming in mine.
First, a shout out to May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. I always enjoy looking at what is blooming in other gardens all over the world. Thank you!
It is fall here in West Michigan, and the rains have arrived. I love how everything glistens. But the garden continues to withdraw. And while I love red, and Michigan’s autumn leaves are spectacular, those leaves will fall and the garden will go into hibernation. The anemones are gorgeous again. Despite it’s very French name, Honorine Jobert is a Japanese native. It loves moist soil and that makes it the perfect perennial for Michigan autumns. Honorine Jobert is a sport of the more common pink anemone and was spotted in the royal French gardens, hence the French name. I am five feet, two inches tall, and my anemones are taller than I am.
Also blooming are the mums, the chrysanthemums. I have a few that survived the winter in pots, and I scoop up lots of new pots so I can eek out a bit more color into the shorter days of autumn. One of the pots that wintered over is in the entrance garden, nestled behind the Walker’s Low catmint. That, by the way, is still sending out blooms. Sadly, Callie the Calico cat who loved nibbling on the catmint died in September. She was 14 and had a good life.
Along the narrow bed under the sun porch is a bit more Walker’s Low and a few gazania that never seemed to thrive. I won’t plant them again. But, they do make for a pretty picture. And, so do the maple leaves that are falling rapidly now.
The Knock Out rose in the lower garden has suddenly popped. I really had hoped for something like this all summer. So, now it decides to go crazy. The Hansa roses are a little more subdued. I’ll probably see a few more blooms from them before the first killing frost, but they are pretty much done for the year.
The hydrangeas are still kicking out some fresh blooms. I love how the color deepens as they “cure.”