I thought I could count three bloomers in one photo – ‘Connecticut Yankee’ delphiniums, shasta daisy and ‘Mothlight hydrangea which is huge and wonderful. When I bought it I never imagined its mature magnitude. I was so focused on the flowers I never saw the table and chairs. I am trying to do better when I take photos. My idea for this bed, as close to design as I get, was blue and white with a little yellow. The ‘Blue Paradise’ phlox is not yet blooming.
I love the Achilleas. I was really looking forward to ‘Paprika’ which was a bright orange red in a friend’s garden. This does not look as bright. I am wondering if it doesn’t get enough sun in this spot.
I am very happy with this bright ‘Terra Cotta’ Achillea which has grown into a great clump. I’ll have to divide it in the fall.
This gold achillea that I bought at a plant sale (no name) is one of the touches of yellow in the Blue and White bed. It is just beginning to bloom. Some plants are really late for me. We’ve had a good amount of rain and except for a few isolated hot days it has been relatively cool.
The bee balm is in full bloom, too. This nameless crimson variety looks great with the ‘Black Beauty’ lilies that will bloom soon. I have great clumps of scarlet ‘Colrain Red’ down in The Potager.
I don’t remember planting this veronica, but it is thriving without my knowledge or attention. Lucky me.
I planted several alliums in the fall for the first time so I am just getting to know them. These drumstick alliums are nice and tall, quite delicate and just beginning to bloom.
Last year I was especially attracted to globular flowers. Knautia was one and it is doing well. A deeper red, right near ‘The Fairy’ floribunda.
This white, and a red Meideland landscape rose that I got as samples nearly 20 years ago also extend the rose season.
I have been adding more Buck roses. I planted ‘Prairie Harvest’ last year and it is coming along. This is a color I do not have much of on the Rose Walk.
However, I planted ‘Wild Ginger’ opposite ‘Prairie Harvest’ this year. I pinched off earlier buds, but I have to allow myself a couple of flowers. Other roses still in sporadic bloom are: Buckland Rose, ‘New Dawn’, Rugosa alba, Scabrosa, ‘Celestial’, and the Woodslawn Rambler.
I planted a larger number of containers this year, partly because we were on a garden tour. However, it was so cool and rainy before the tour that the containers never did very much. This double ‘Peppermint’ petunia, and nemesia are just starting to look respectable. The cannas and elephant ears are sulking. And the weather? In the 50s again last night.
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