Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Mid-June is such a wonderful garden moment, and this year it is particularly so.  We’ve had a slower spring than last year and the garden seems to be grateful for this leisurely pace. 

White Dawn rose climbing up the chimney in the entrance garden.
White Dawn rose climbing up the chimney in the entrance garden.
Walker's Low Catmint newly planted in the entrance garden.  Those are yellow cannas behind it.
Walker’s Low Catmint newly planted in the entrance garden. Those are yellow cannas behind it.
Perennial geranium that, even when propped up by a frame, gets leggy and flops.
Perennial geranium that, even when propped up by a frame, gets leggy and flops.
White Carpet Rose in the lower garden
White Carpet Rose in the lower garden
Red Knock Out Rose in the rose medallion in the lower garden
Red Knock Out Rose in the rose medallion in the lower garden
White Dome Hydrangeas just beginning to bloom, with a red canna
White Dome Hydrangeas just beginning to bloom, with a red canna
Annabelle Hydrangea full of buds with marigolds and a new purchase from the Reed's Lake Art Fair
Annabelle Hydrangea full of buds with marigolds and a new purchase from the Reed’s Lake Art Fair
Hansa Rose in the Secret Garden with Crazy Daisy Shastas just starting to open.
Hansa Rose in the Secret Garden with Crazy Daisy Shastas just starting to open.
The last of the white poppies in the Secret Garden with Jean Davis Lavender beginning to open
The last of the white poppies in the Secret Garden with Jean Davis Lavender beginning to open
East Friesland Salvia, Cool Cat Catmint, and Jean Davis Lavender
East Friesland Salvia and Jean Davis Lavender
East Friesland Slavia and Rose Campion given to me by a neighbor several years ago.
East Friesland Slavia and Rose Campion given to me by a neighbor several years ago.
Kousa Dogwood in full bloom, with Caramel Coral Bells
Kousa Dogwood in full bloom, with Caramel Coral Bells
A double flowering mock orange that is pretty but has very little scent, with the last of the very fragrant James McFarlane lilacs
A double flowering mock orange that is pretty but has very little scent, with the last of the very fragrant James McFarlane lilacs and Blue Ice Amsonia
Chocolate Ruffles Heuchera in the Secret Garden under the Kousa
Various Heucheras in the Secret Garden under the Kousa
Peaking out behind the Francee Hostas are a few late Bleeding Hearts in the Secret Garden
Peaking out behind the Francee Hostas are a few late Bleeding Hearts in the Secret Garden
New Dawn Rose climbing along a fence and into the old dogwood in the Secret Garden
New Dawn Rose climbing along a fence and into the old dogwood in the Secret Garden
A single white clematis flowering on the arbor.
A single white clematis flowering on the arbor.
The little bed near the back door.  The nameless white rambling rose came from a neighbor a number of years ago.
The little bed near the back door. The nameless white rambling rose came from a neighbor a number of years ago.

Steamy May and bee music

The hansa roses are now in full bloom and covered in fragrance and bee music.  There is something so comforting about the gentle hum of bumblebees as they nuzzle pollen covered stamen.

Bumblebee nuzzling a wild spice hansa rose

For some reason I like the bumblebees best.  They are native pollinators and were here long before European honey bees were imported to make honey.  Bumblebees are such gentle creatures.

The White Dawn climbing rose has started to bloom.  I love the little tinge of pink that lingers after the rose opens.  The buds are quite pink initially.  But that fades into a creamy white.  But just a little bit of pink lingers underneath at least one petal.

White Dawn bud

In this photo you can just see the little pink blush on the underside of one of the petals.

The heuchera in the front are doing well.  I’d like to divide one of the clumps and extend the bed just a bit.

Coral Bells border in the front

Don’t the Dwarf Alberta Spruce look good.  They were planted that first summer and even though the rickety benches blow over against them sometimes when the wind picks up, they stand unbowed.  Or would that be “un-bough-ed.”

A friend gave me a clump of Lady’s Mantle several years ago and it is now larger than any of the Lady’s Mantle plants he has n his garden.  I think this one likes my gravely soil.

Lady's Mantle

It’s in the 80’s today, and the humidity is high.  It doesn’t make for pleasant gardening, but I have some new plants to get into the ground.  I bought three foxglove, a couple of heucheras, yet another duchman’s pipe, and a heliopsis.  And, there are annuals to plant.