It’s Bloom Day and this is the big show in my garden right now, the daylily bank. I have records of the names of these daylilies, but I’d be hard put to identify them all now.
The Fairy rose
Many of the roses just have a bloom or two, but The Fairy will go on and on. I have one in each of the Lawn Beds.
Purington rambler rose
The Purington rambler rose, an old un-named rose, has been and will be exuberant for some time. The Rose Bank is one place where I am really glad for such a vigorous grower.
I planted Folksinger, one of Griffith Buck’s hardy rose hybrids, this spring and didn’t expect any bloom, but here it is.
Linda Campbell rugosa
Linda Cambell rugosa is a survivor of the Sunken Garden. When I discovered her struggling along among the weeds two years ago I moved her to the new Rose Bank. She is still struggling but what a bouquet at the end of its single cane.
Ghislaine de Feligonde
Ghislaine de Feligonde, one of my favorite roses, is still putting out a few blossoms which makes me so happy.
Thomas Affleck, the only rose I make any attempt to deadhead for new blooms, is already beginning its second flush, even where I haven’t deadheaded. It is determined to bloom and bloom. This is an amazing rose bred at the Antique Rose Emporium.
Achillea "Terra Cotta"
There are a few other things in bloom besides roses, like rusty gold Achillea “Terra Cotta” which is such a beautiful color. This is a wonderful addition to the Front or Early Garden in front of the house which is mostly given over to vegetables. And then the Daylily Bank, of course. Other achilleas are also blooming in the garden, “Paprika”, and a rosy red. Achillea ‘The Pearl’ is just about to bloom, and of course, there are the wild yarrows that grow along my drive. I love them all.
Scarlet bee balm
I put this scarlet bee balm (Colrain Red?) down in the Potager because potagers should have flowers as well as vegetables. The soil there is so much better than in the herb bed that the flowers are much lovelier than the ones in the Herb Bed. A lesson in the importance of good soil.
This datura has been one of the great surprises of the season. I only knew about the beautiful blossoms, and when I bought the small seedling early this spring I expected that the plant would be quite large before it bloomed, but it is blooming on quite a small plant and I think I have a good season ahead of me. A warning. Datura is poisonous in all its parts.
Delphinium, Switzerland daisy and Mothlight hydrangea
This is one of my favorite plantscapes – Switzerland shastas, Connecticut Yankee delphinium and the huge Mothlight hydrangea.
Other newer hydrangeas along the side of the road are putting out a few blossoms, oakleaf hydrangea and Pinky Winky. Other perennials in bloom are the gaillardias “Arizona Sun” and “Oranges and Lemons” from Bluestone Perennials,
There is more bloom in pots, osteospurnum, lobelias, petunias, annual salvia, and even the succulents are putting out blossoms. I moved these pots to the edge of the Entry Piazza, out from under the roof line where I put two chairs, and it changes the approach dramatically. I can almost imagine I am on a Tuscan piazza. All it takes is a glass of wine.
I thank Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting Bloom Day. For more about what is blooming across the country this July, in spite of all the weather difficulties, click here.