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.”
Cool temps and plenty of rain. That’s the kind of summer we have been having so far as we enter the middle of July. That means the gardens are green and full of blooms. Here is what is blooming today on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July, 2014.
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.
My big news, though, is that in a couple of weeks my crushed limestone paths in the Secret Garden will become bricked pathways. I initially thought I would hire a landscaper to do the job. But my garden guru Dale has a neighbor who needed to get rid of more than a thousand bricks that were once a retaining wall. And, my friend Maja in Maine volunteered to lay the bricks. So, rather than the sterile perfection of a professionally laid path, I’m going to get something far more interesting and meaningful.
And, of course, I’ve been playing with bricks. At first I thought I would need to get rid of the crushed limestone, but now I think it will create a good foundation for the bricks. This means the pathway will be a little higher than it is “supposed” to be, but I suspect that won’t be a big issue, especially when fresh bark is spread on the garden next spring.
The temps rose yesterday to 90 degrees, but the heat isn’t unexpected. And, we are not experiencing a drought like last year. July blooms are on schedule and it seems like the whole garden is making up for last year. The cherry tree is still full of gorgeous red tart cherries. In fact, I picked 4 cups last night and made a cherry crisp. Last year I didn’t even bother with picking. The early warmth and subsequent freeze killed last years crop.