After days of talking to the 70 other bloggers who gathered in Buffalo for a preview of the Buffalo Garden Walk I have a whole new appreciation for Bloom Day, created and hosted by Carol (who I got to meet!) of May Dreams Gardens. For other mortals talk about the weather is banal chit chat, but for us bloggers, and all gardeners, it is shop talk. It is a topic filled with endless fascination – and we see the effects on Bloom.
We saw daylilies in full bloom everywhere in Buffalo, but mine were just starting, in spite of the odd weather this spring which seemed to push the season two weeks early. My daylily bank is looking very colorful right now. On the other hand, Renee’s sweet peas are just starting too. They are sturdy though – growing in the midst of weeds and cauliflower.
I’ve fallen in love with Achillea. Terra Cotta is a new variety I planted this spring in the new Front Garden, right next to the yellow loosestrife.
I have other pink achilleas.
Achillea ‘The Pearl’ is useful in flower arrangements.
I planted this clump of scarlet bee balm in the new cutting garden near the vegetable garden where it is very happy.
I love the flowers of ‘Mothlight.’
Last summer I bought a tiny oakleaf hydrangea at Nasami. It is still only about 16 inches high – but blooming! This hydrangea, as well as ‘Limelight’, and ‘Pinky Winky are planted between the peony hedge and the road. When they get bigger, as hydrangeas do, they will be another solution to lawn eradication. They will be mulched and the lawn will be gone.
I bought ‘Blue Paradise’ at the Bridge of Flowers plant sale. It is a stunner on the Bridge. It is a part of my new blue and white section which includes delphiniums that bloom earlier. You can see the daisies and white cosmos here as well. I had not anticipated how nice it would look against the cotinus.
Some of the roses are still blooming. In addition to Hawkeye Belle, I have Thomas Affleck, Double Red Knockout, The Fairy, White Meideland, Ghislaine de Feligonde, Betty Prior, Champlain, Apart, Martin Frobisher, Leda , Mrs. Doreen Pike, and the farmgirls.
Visit May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming in Heath, Buffalo and everywhere!