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On this Bloom Day it is clear I haven’t spent as much time as usual on the Heath Garden. And yet, there are blooms like this tangle of phlox, coneflowers, Russian sage and cosmos. I can always count on cosmos to fill in. I’m trying not to capture the vigor of the weeds.
There is also a tangle of Echinops down in a corner of the Sunken Garden which I often fail to mention.
In all the tangles the Casa blanca lily looks calm and serene.
The bee balm is a tangle with the Black Beauty lilies that are still going strong, although the blossoms are not as large as usuaal. Crowded? Needing more compost? Investigation required.
The Daylily Bank is going by, but Ann Varner, a late daylily, is keeping things going.
Of course t here are a few other things in bloom, heleniums, hydrangeas, thalictrum, Henrii lilies, and the Thomas Affleck rose. At the Greenfield house the new Knockout Red rose is blooming, as are the hydrangeas. Next year should be much more floriferous on the Shrub and rose bed. I hope. For more views of what is blooming across this great land go on over to visit Carol, our host, at May Dreams Gardens.
No irises in bloom now, but if you want to take a chance on winning the beautiful book Beardless Iriises: A plant for every garden situation click here and leave a comment at the bottom of the post. I will draw the name of the lucky winner on August 19.
On this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day I am celebrating blooms in two gardens, although I dearly hope it will not be too long before I am once again tending a single, small garden. In Greenfield the hydrangeas in the Shrub and Rose border are beginning to bloom even though they were planted only a month ago. Angel Blush is joined by Limelight and Firelight. These hydrangeas will form a beautiful privacy fence.
Buttonbush was only planted two weeks ago, but once in the very wet ground it finally burst into bloom. It has been waiting in its pot for over a month.
In Heath the Thomas Affleck rose continues to endure the rain, and all the other oddities of this year’s weather. Needless to say, another Thomas Affleck has been planted in Greenfield, but not permitted to bloom this year.
It has not been a great year for many of the rose bushes, but the Purington rambler hasn’t minded the bitter winter, or the undependable spring and summer. I wish someone could tell me how to properly weed such a vicious plant. I suppose putting it up on a fence might help instead of letting it tumble on the Rose bank.
Only a very few rose blossoms elsewhere in the garden, but I can always count on the Fairy even though she is a bit more petite this year.
I am taking bits of the the various Achilleas and the old yellow loosestrife down to the new Greenfield garden.
The coneflowers are blooming in front of the pink cosmos which you can’t see, but they are very pretty together.
Daylilies never mind any kind of difficult weather and this is their season.
Some of these daylilies are making their way down to the Greenfield garden.
The Mothlight hydrangea in Heath is about 12 years old and has never been so exuberant. Will the Greenfield hydrangeas look like this? Limelight and Pinky Winky are also just coming into bloom.
I thank Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day which gives us all a chance to share our gardens, and see what is blooming all over this great land. Click here for more blooms.
It has been a while since I have been able to post on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, but May has brought many blooms to the end of the road. Old apple trees and wild cherries are blooming in the garden , along the road and in the fields.
Blooming trees are wonderful, and each blossom is a delight.
The Sargent crabapple could not fit any more blossoms on itself.
Didn’t I tell you no more blossoms could fit on a branch?
I never get over my initial surprise that cotoneaster bears flowers!
How is it possible that I never noticed blossoms on this ornamental plum? Could this year be the first time? The tree has to be at least 15 years old in this spot.
Sometimes bluets appear in the fields, or the lawn. These bluets seem almost white
This clump of Epimedium sulphureum has increased so much. So has Epimedium rubrum on the other side of this lawn bed.
My idea was to get rid of grass, and this area on the road side of the Peony Bed is coming along. Waldsteinia or barren strawberry is a native groundcover that has little yellow strawberry-like flowers. This isn’t a good photo but in the upper portion of the photo, up against the peonies is a growing section of tiarella. The white blossoms are so foamy that they don’t show up in a photo – even from this little distance.
Not a great photo, but these are great old white lilacs that have been at the end of the road since long before we arrived. There are old lilac lilacs, too, but we have added pink Miss Canada and Pocahontas, the white Miss Ellen Willmott and the Beauty of Moscow. I just this moment noticed that these are all ladies.
There are other bloomers: the forsythia is going by; grape hyacinths in the lawn here and there; a pot of sunny pansies; and of course, that common weed, the dandelion blooming in the lawn with violets and ground ivy. My own springtime flowery mead.
Carol, I am glad to be posting on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day once again. Thank you so much for hosting over at May Dreams Gardens. New dreams are coming true this May.
On this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day there are great clumps of bloomers and I can see a busy fall season of digging and dividing. Here the Thomas Affleck rose and Henryii lilies are lush and full of pollinators. You can also see a cloud of meadow rue flowers. I just love this section of the garden right next to the house.
This Bloom Day the Black Beauty lilies and the crimson bee balm make a great combo – even if they are standing exactly straight and tall.
This section of the North Lawn Bed is one of the places that whisper, ” Dig me! Divide me!” Phlox, pink and white, cone flower, Russian sage and even a lily that the deer missed at their luncheon party a few weeks ago.
This is another section of the North Lawn Bed where Achillea “the Pearl is rampant in front of sunny “Mardi Gras”. On the other side of the path you can see a passalong and nameless yarrow, bits of Blue Paradise phlox and Connecticut Yankee delphinium.
I don’t think this yarrow is Coronaation Gold, but I am going to cut it and see if it dries well.
Of course, August is daylily season and Ann Varner is at her peak.
Except for Thomas Affleck and The Fairy, rose season is over.
The tall candles of cimicifuga, snakeroot, look very cool in the shade of the ancient apple tree.
Like the meadow rue, Artemesia lactiflora has very unusual airy blossoms, but dark foliage.
The hydrangeas are in bloom. ’Mothlight’ the oldest is almost as tall as the weeping birch next to it. ‘Limelight’ is very happy and the oakleaf hydrangea is recovering from deer browing. The bucket loader is there because our driveway is actually town road and the road crew is repairing damage by our heavy rain storms. There hasn’t been an unusual amount of rain, but when it comes, it comes down hard and all at once.
Toremia is a new annual to me. It grows on the Bridge of Flowers and love it. No deadheading necessary.
Cuphea is another new-to-me annual growing in pots in front of the house. The colors are fabulous!
I first saw Love Lies Bleeding, an amaranth, planted in the ground at Wave Hill in New York. I was stunned by the aptness of its name, and at Wave Hill it was a heroic love that had died bleeding. I think I will have to plant it in the ground next year. I am perplexed by the differently shapped pendant flower cluster. One looks like pompoms and the other more tassel-like. Any ideas?
For more of what is blooming over this great land visit Carol, our hostess, over at May Dreams Gardens on this Bloom Day.
On this sunny, cool (72 degrees) but breezy, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, bloom is beginning to arrive. These stocks are in the Herb Bed right in front of the house, where there is also an array of potted geraniums, petunias and such. They are not doing terribly well because the weather remains so cool.
Calsap will stand in for all the plants in the corner that have gone by, the 2 tree peonies, as well as Boule de Neige and Rangoon rhodies. The herbaceous peonies are late, but there are a couple of fat buds. The advantage to me, and visitors to the Annual Rose Viewing on June 29 is that there will be lots of peony bloom, as well as rose bloom.
Siberian irises are just beginning. White ones too.
I didn’t really have any idea of the delicacy of this martagon lily when I bought it from Old House Gardens. This is my first bloom year with it and it is only about 3 feet tall, but it is said to need some patience. Perhaps next year it will be a bit taller. I think it is just beautiful.
I’ve mislabelled this elsewhere, but this is the ‘Agnes’ the first of the rugosas to bloom. The rugosas in general are the first roses to bloom and I have quite a few.
Another rugosa, Scabrosa, is spreading every which way on the Rose Walk.
Therese Bugnet is a dependable rugosa, even after like the winter we have just “enjoyed.”
Blanc Double de Coubert, a popular white rugosa took a beating this winter, but it is reviving.
On the other hand, Dart’s Dash is spreading beautifully on the Rose Bank. You can see the distinctive ribbed rugosa foliage on all these plants. No bugs. No disease.
Purington’s Pink is a rose that just exploded. You can see all the new growth in this photo. It didn’t mind the winter at all. Purington Pink was given to me by Herb and Barbara Purington who farm in Colrain.
Rose season is just beginning. Other perennials in bloom are May Night Salvia, Joan Elliot campanula, Achillea Paprika, trollius, and a host of volunteer pansies. I do not object to pansies or any other volunteers. I do object to deer that have eaten lily buds, Japanese anemone and veronicas!
Thank you Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens. There is a lot to see in gardens all across the nation at this time of year.
For me, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is a bust this month. This poinsettia has been living happily on our dining table, in front of a big southern window since Christmas. At night we close the lined curtains, to slightly moderate heat loss. I’ve kept it watered, but yesterday I came downstairs and when I opened the curtains I saw that it was withered and drooping. I don’t think it was below 32 degrees in our living space, but it was cool. Did several nights of zero degree temperatures prove too much for it? What happened? Any ideas?
This cyclamen did pretty well on this uncurtained windowsill, but a couple of weeks ago I noticed that the window side of the plant was dying. I suspect the plant will recover. In the fall. Unlike poinsettias, cyclamen don’t mind cold weather, although putting it right next to window was probably too much to ask.
That is my sad report on this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in February 2014, but I am sure you will find many happier stories if you click here. I can always count on our hos Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for optimism.
On this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day in my Massachusetts hilltop garden we have come through only one good frost, but the garden is slowly falling to sleep. Thomas Affleck is still blooming, and sporadic blossoms are still being thrown out by The Fairy, Meideland red and white, Hawkeye Belle and Knock Out Double Red.
Grandpa Ott is a morning glory that is still blooming, in front of the house and down in the Potager, as we grandly call the vegetable garden. The Potager is still enjoying blooming annual salvia, annual gomphrena, zinnias, and Agastache ‘Cana’ which will definitely have to be divided in the spring!
The standard blue lobelia has been quietly blooming all summer long.
I love my Japanese anemone – and so do the deer. Not much is left of her.
‘Starlet’ spoon mum is struggling a bit, but I appreciate her golden face.
Fall is time for asters, but pink Alma Potchke is already gone.
Sheffield daisies, sheffies, are wonderful strong growers that bloom into October. Mine have barely started. My Montauk daisies have also barely begun.
I will end the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day post with some sunny nasturtiums. The day itself promises sunny, and time to get out and continue cutting back and cleaning the garden.
Thank you Carol for hosting Garden Bloggers’s Bloom Day. I’ve gotten a headstart today but you’ll be able to see what else is blooming all over the country here.
It has been quite a summer! Rain all through June. Drought all through July. And a very dry August, so you can imagine how I welcome the 2 inches of rain last week. The garden has been thirsty most of the season so some plants have really suffered, but bloom will entirely be denied. Alma Potchke has just begun to bloom
Right next to Alma Potchke is this sedum which I think is Neon. It doesn’t look that bright, but I like it, and it hasn’t minded the variable weather. Hot. Cold. Dry. Wet.
This spring I planted a flat of the tiniest lisianthus seedlings. It is only this month that I have gotten any blooms. This is a real ‘florist’s flower’ and it is beautiful, but I think it needs a little more cosseting than I tend to give my plants. You can see there is a remnant of a phlox next to it, and remnants of phlox appear in a ragged way throughout the garden.
This is the second year for this Japanese anemone. The clump is larger, but very short this year. I think maybe due to so much dry weather.
In the Herb Bed there is a small tangle of cosmos blooming with Grandpa Ott morning glory and fighting with the horseradish which I thought I had totally dug out.
I stuck some extra acidanthra bulbs in the Herb Bed next to the bee balm. They do not show to best advantage here. That’s what happens when you’ve run out of time and thought in the spring. The acidanthra does not seem insulted however.
The ever dependable Thomas Affleck rose continues to bloom at the end of the Herb Bed. There are occasional blooms on Buck roses, Hawkeye Belle and Folksinger, but this not rose season at the end of the road.
There are a few zinnias and gomphrena down in the vegetable garden, the hydrangeas look great and I am glad to note that the season is not over.
I am a day late, but still glad to join in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
On this Garden Bloggers Bloom day there are some surprises. The weather should not surprise anymore, but it does, and often causes gnashing of teeth. In June we had a glorious 12 inches of rain. In July there was no rain! It was hot! An official heat wave. In August it has been much cooler and we had 4 inches of rain so far. Still there are lots of blooms in the un-irrigated flower gardens. The Daylily Bank is drawing down but Ann Varner is still magnificent.
In spite of the dry, and now cool weather the Helenium is a colorful clump.
I have to lie under them to get a shot of the Black Beauties. The blossoms of the lilies and the adjacent crimson bee balm are not very big this year. Note to self. More compost in this spot. The other lilies are also still blooming by the house.
Artemesia lactiflora has much less dramatic blossoms, but they are dainty, and much taller than usual this year.
Achillea is another dainty flower, but a strong grower. The only other yarrow blooming now is the sulphur yellow variety. Nameless.
This new Joe Pye Weed has just come into bloom. I don’t know if it is a miniature, or just not fully feeling its oats this first year.
The big clump of Echinacea purpurea will need to be divided but it is gorgeous this year. The white phlox is Miss Lingaard and it should have bloomed in June! The Russian sage on the other side of the Echinacea is also blooming well.
‘Limelight’ is the only one of the three ‘new’ hydrangeas to have recovered very well from a good browsing from the deer, but ‘Pinky Winky’ and the oakleaf hydrangea do have a few small blossoms.
A visiting friend sighed that there were probably no roses anymore. Well, not quite. Thomas Affleck, as usual, is putting out a strong second flush, and other roses put out an occasional bloom
Folksinger, a Griffith Buck hybrid also put out a good second flush. I couldn’t resist taking this photo of his delicate decline. I do not think he has much strength left for this season.
Also blooming are the tall veronicas, very tall and deeply blue aconite, cimicifuga, a few zinnias and gomphrena. Not too bad, and there is still more to come which makes me happy.
To see what else is blooming across our great nation go to May Dreams Gardens where Carol hosts Bloom Day. Thank you Carol!
Last spring was early and hot and on Bloom Day there was a lot of bloom. Things are moving slowly this Bloom Day. This is an area of my lawn reduction project. Waldsteinia has spread over the past three years and I’m underplanted with daffodils.
Waldsteinia is a beautiful plant and it is just coming into bloom. It is not any kind of strawberry plant.
These miniature daffodils are some of the daffs growing amid the barren strawberry
Some daffodils are growing in the grass. I haven’t gotten the groundcover this far.
My lawn is not fine turf. I call it a flowery mead. Right now it is blooming with blue and white violets, and of course, dandelions.
Many of the spring bloomers are small, like these Forget Me Nots.
TI can see these pale grape hyacinths from the house. The familiar blue ones are growing in the grass by the miniature daffs.
I am so glad I gave epimediums a try. They are NOT too tender for Heath.
This primrose did so well in a shady spot in back of the house I am planting more in this spot this year.
My forsythia is looking much better than usual, but that isn’t saying much.
And my orchid cactus has gone wild!
I thank Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom day and giving us all a chance to see what is blooming across our great land today.
You will also see what is (mostly) Wordless this Wednesday.
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