Bloom Day: June 15, 2016

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The Walker’s Low catmint is beginning to fade, but it the bees still swarm to it. Here is the bed in the entrance garden, complete with cat statue.
More of the entrance garden. I love how the pots of geraniums warm up the corner.
More of the entrance garden. I love how the pots of geraniums warm up the corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love how the impatiens peak out amongst the hostas and heucheras under the magnolia tree.
I love how the impatiens peak out amongst the hostas and heucheras under the magnolia tree.

 

 

 

This White Dawn climber has struggled the past couple of years. It seems to be doing better this year, probably because our winter wasn't as hard as the two previous ones.
This White Dawn climber has struggled the past couple of years. It seems to be doing better this year, probably because our winter wasn’t as hard as the two previous ones.

 

 

 

 

The rose medallion is doing its thing. That's a red Knock Out rose on the right. Th white rose is an hansa rose that is very fragrant.
The rose medallion is doing its thing. That’s a red Knock Out rose on the left. The white rose is a hansa rose that is very fragrant.

 

 

 

The annuals really keep this little nook cheerful. That is an un-named white climbing rose in the corner, a gift from a neighbor. Like the White Dawn, it has struggled but seems a bit healthier this year.
The annuals really keep this little nook cheerful. That is an un-named white climbing rose in the corner, a gift from a neighbor. Like the White Dawn, it has struggled but seems a bit healthier this year.

 

 

 

I'm waiting for the annuals to grow into this space. I ripped out a row of white dome hydrangeas and decided to fill the space with tall zinnias in order to give myself some time to decide what to plant instead.
I’m waiting for the annuals to grow into this space. I ripped out a row of white dome hydrangeas and decided to fill the space with tall zinnias in order to give myself some time to decide what to plant instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another space that was altered last fall. I pulled out a bridal veil spirea and am enjoying the opening it left. The hellebores are still hanging onto their blooms which have dried and provide a nice effect.
Here is another space that was altered last fall. I pulled out a bridal veil spirea and am enjoying the opening it left. The hellebores are still hanging onto their blooms which have dried and provide a nice effect.

 

 

 

I love the hosta bed under the old cherry tree. Seboldiana Elegans is about to bloom.
I love the hosta bed under the old cherry tree. Seboldiana Elegans is about to bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another look at the kousa dogwood.
Here is another look at the kousa dogwood.
The kousa dogwood is in full bloom. What a gorgeous tree.
The kousa dogwood is in full bloom. What a gorgeous tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've been diligently adding acid to my hydgrangeas hoping to get blue flowers. This nikko has never kicked out this many blooms, so perhaps the wet cool spring and the acid will work its magic.
I’ve been diligently adding acid to my hydgrangeas hoping to get blue flowers. This nikko has never kicked out this many blooms, so perhaps the wet cool spring and the acid will work its magic.
Lady's Mantle (alchemilla mollis) is in full bloom. I love to cut it for bouquets.
Lady’s Mantle (alchemilla mollis) is in full bloom. I love to cut it for bouquets. That is grosso lavender in the background, and a hansa rose to the left.

June 15: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

East Friesland Sage in the Secret Garden
East Friesland Sage in the Secret Garden. There is a family of wrens in the bird house.

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…

Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Alchemilla and Blue Ice Amsonia in the Secret Garden
Alchemilla and Blue Ice Amsonia in the Secret Garden
Entrance garden.  That is Walker's Low Nepeta in the foreground.
Entrance garden. That is Walker’s Low Nepeta in the foreground.
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Daddy Long Legs on Wild Berry Hansa Rose
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Looking east in the Secret Garden. The Kousa dogwood is in bloom. The huechera in in bloom under the dogwood.
Heuchera in the Secret Garden
Heuchera in the Secret Garden
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Looking into the Secret Garden. Those are red begonias at the entrance.
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White poppies are almost finished blooming
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Berry White Nemesia in the corner nook.
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Purple Smoke Baptisia in the False Garden
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Rose Campion
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Walker’s Low Nepeta with a friend
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Persian Star Allium. I didn’t plant this but found it in a well established day lily bed.
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Bleeding Heart
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Old white climbing rose in the corner nook
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Looking through the Kousa dogwood in the Secret Garden
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Lisanthus in the corner nook
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The northwest corner of the Secret Garden
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Tradescantia in the corner nook



Wild Spice Hansa Rose in the Lower Garden
Wild Spice Hansa Rose in the Lower Garden

 

Cranesbill geranium with  annual geraniums in the Lower Garden
Cranesbill geranium with annual geraniums in the Lower Garden


Corner nook, old white climber and bleeding heart.
Corner nook, old white climber and bleeding heart.

Coming to Bloom

I’ve been in Arbor for five days, noodling around in shops, riding my TerraTrike on the TART trail and the new Heritage Trail that goes from Glen Arbor to the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb.  That is a lovely, lovely trail that winds through forest, past Glen Haven, and then through dunes.  I saw a black towhee and two Swainson’s Thrush during one ride.

When I stepped out of my car this afternoon, I took in the wonderful mingled scents of late blooming lilacs, hansa roses, and peonies.

I picked up this charming owl box at the same Leland shop.  The petunias are enjoying the slow spring.
I picked up this charming owl box at the same Leland shop. The petunias are enjoying the slow spring.
The kousa dogwood is putting on its graceful show in the Secret Garden.
The kousa dogwood is putting on its graceful show in the Secret Garden.
James McFarlane lilacs and poppies gracing the old light that I bought two summers ago in Leland.
James McFarlane lilacs and poppies gracing the old light that I bought two summers ago in Leland.
James McFarlane lilacs and Amsonia in the Secret Garden.
James McFarlane lilacs and Amsonia in the Secret Garden.
The entrance to the Secret Garden, graced by a two year old peony that is coming along nicely.
The entrance to the Secret Garden, graced by a two year old peony that is coming along nicely.

Moving Through June

Waiting for the marigolds to take hold.
Looking west in the lower garden. The perennial geranium looks great against the white dome hydrangeas.
Looking east in the Secret Garden. I’m loving the Red Dragon laceleaf maple.
The northwest part of the Secret Garden.
Another view of the eastern path in the Secret Garden, this time showing the little rose campion that a neighbor gave me years ago.
Behind the garage in the Secret Garden. You’d never know I thinned those hostas.
Looking north in the lower garden. This is more of the rose campion that a neighbor gave me. The pigmy barberries have been moved a number of times, but they have thrived here for several years. The color adds a nice contrast.

Like so many others, I’m seeing so many earlier-than-usual blooms.  The hydrangeas are at least two weeks ahead of schedule.  And, the day lilies are budding.  They usually don’t come on until July.  I’m wondering what August is going to be like if everything is ahead of schedule.  I’m glad I’ve planted a lot of marigolds.

My annual garden party and recital is coming up on the 16th and the gardens should be in good shape.  The guys came and spread the shredded bark, and that always makes the gardens pop.  I removed six caryopteris bushes and that has helped de-clutter three beds.  I love caryopteris, but they love my soil and were just too big.  They’ve been given new homes. I also removed three David Austin roses, and Rhapsody in Blue.  They already had black spot and looked scraggly.  It was time to admit they just weren’t ever going to thrive.

But gardening is a lot like writing.  There are endless opportunities to revise.

Today was the 5th week I’ve set up at the Fulton Street Farmers Market.  The weather was wonderful, I sold out of most of the cookies, and I even sold a hosta.