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.

Catmint and Other Blues

Walker's Low catkin in the entrance garden
Walker’s Low catmint in the entrance garden

It’s been almost a year since I removed the Pana rhododendrons from the entrance garden and planted Walker’s Low catmint.  That filled in nicely, and, while I knew the Walker’s Low wasn’t really low, I was not prepared for the wonderful blue spires that greet me every time I come home.  It is taller now than the three-foot cat statue that sits in the middle of that bed.

Catmint, or Nepeta, is thought to have been named after the Roman city Nepeti where people used it as an insect repellent and brewed it for tea.  It is a relative of catnip, but is far easier to manage and far more attractive.  It has many of the same cat attracting qualities as catnip and, in fact, my cats love it.  When the Cool Cat catmint in the Secret Garden is first greening up in the spring, Callie likes to lounge underneath it and chew any leaves that are within nibbling distance.  Kittens have to mature into a reaction to catnip and catmint, so Moe didn’t take any interest in it until he was about nine months old.  But his first reaction was intense.  He couldn’t stop drooling and the fur on his face was saturated.  Both cats like to eat catmint and rolling in it seems to provide an additional pleasure.

I’m now in the process of planting more catmint under the sunroom window and off the kitchen.  And the replanted bed right outside the Secret Garden already has a border of catmint.

The catmint isn’t the only thing “bluing” in the gardens.  The clematis by the back door is a lovely tumble of saucer sized flower.  I wish I could remember the name of this clematis.  I suspect the tag is lurking in the various garden books I try to maintain, but I’m too lazy to find it.  In the Secret Garden an uninvited guest has popped up in the daylily bed.  I suspected it was an allium and, yes it is–Persian Star.  I’ve always meant to plant allium, so I guess the garden fairies have acted on that intent.  The Blue Ice amsonia is in full bloom.

While prowling through a garden center I found a lovely annual that I first thought was some sort of rose.  But it’s Lisianthus.  I bought three of them and clumped them together in the nook outside the sunroom and dining room.  On the same trip, I found this gorgeous morning glory.  Since the Sweet Autumn clematis did, indeed, fall victim to our hard winter, I bout two of these to fill in while the new Sweet Autumn gets started.

Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Lisianthus
Lisianthus
Persian Star allium
Persian Star allium
Blue Ice Amsonia
Blue Ice Amsonia
Clematis by the back door
Clematis by the back door

May 15, 2014: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

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.

Lots of life is happening in the garden.

Who doesn't get a little melty over bleeding heart.  This one is celebrating life in a sheltered corner with a zillion and a half maple seedlings.
Who doesn’t get a little melty over bleeding heart. This one is celebrating life in a sheltered corner with a zillion and a half maple seedlings.







 

I'm a little worried about the Sweet Autumn clematis. I'm not seeing signs of life yet.  The arbor fell over during a wind storm a couple weeks ago.  And, of course, we had a killer winter.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I’m a little worried about the Sweet Autumn clematis. I’m not seeing signs of life yet. The arbor fell over during a wind storm a couple weeks ago. And, of course, we had a killer winter. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
The pink heather has been blooming for several weeks.  This bed always looks a bit scraggly until the bark goes in and the later blooming plants fill in.
The pink heather has been blooming for several weeks. This bed always looks a bit scraggly until the bark goes in and the later blooming plants fill in.
Lilacs along the north wall of the Secret Garden.
Lilacs along the north wall of the Secret Garden.
Jack Frost Brunnera blooming all by itself in the Secret Garden.
Jack Frost Brunnera blooming all by itself in the Secret Garden.
Hellebore near the back door.
Hellebore near the back door.
Lovely deep pink hellebore that a friend gave me.
Lovely deep pink hellebore that a friend gave me.
I've actually yanked out one large holly bush, and two more will be going to a good home, perhaps this weekend.  But I'm keeping this guy.
I’ve actually yanked out one large holly bush, and two more will be going to a good home, perhaps this weekend. But I’m keeping this guy.
Another shot of the holly that will be staying.  Next to it is another Sweet Autumn clematis that I'm hoping is just sleeping.
Another shot of the holly that will be staying. Next to it is another Sweet Autumn clematis that I’m hoping is just sleeping.
The Foamy Bells have won the heuchera race.  Actually, Foamy Bells are Heucherella, a cross between heuchera and tiarella.
The Foamy Bells have won the heuchera race. Actually, Foamy Bells are Heucherella, a cross between heuchera and tiarella. And, yes, those little bits of green are more maple saplings.
Walker's Low catmint isn't blooming yet, but it really, really wants to.  I'm so in love with this catmint that I think I'm going to plant more of it in the Secret Garden.
Walker’s Low catmint isn’t blooming yet, but it really, really wants to. I’m so in love with this catmint that I think I’m going to plant more of it in the Secret Garden.
The old cherry tree in the lower garden is starting to let it's petals fall.  Each spring I try and stand underneath it so that a few petals will fall on me.
The old cherry tree in the lower garden is starting to let its petals fall. Each spring I try and stand underneath it so that a few petals will fall on me.
The old magnolia in the front garden is just about finished with its blooms.  Our rain has knocked a lot of the flowers to the ground, but this tree is beautiful in all seasons.
The old magnolia in the front garden is just about finished with its blooms. Our rain has knocked a lot of the flowers to the ground, but this tree is beautiful in all seasons.
Sensational lilac along the north wall of the Secret Garden.  LOVE this lilac, but I need to give it hard prune as soon as it stops blooming.
Sensational lilac along the north wall of the Secret Garden. LOVE this lilac, but I need to give it hard prune as soon as it stops blooming.
Madame Lemoine lilac along the north wall of the Secret Garden.
Madame Lemoine lilac along the north wall of the Secret Garden.
Belle de Nancy lilac in the Secret Garden.
Belle de Nancy lilac in the Secret Garden.