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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – October 15, 2019

Boltonia and Zinnias

Boltonia and zinnias with hidden snapdragons, marigolds and cosmos on Bloom Day

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day on this beautiful autumnal day if full of flowers, but night time temperatures, 45 degrees at 6 am, remind us that autumn can be a very short season. The flower bed above was created after all the perennials, and my beautiful weeping cherry drowned in the rains and garden flooding last fall, and  in the spring. These annuals were just a stopgap while I rethought the space, but I have loved looking at all these colorful flowers from my kitchen window, above the counter where I spend a fair amount of time. I may very well recreate it next year.


Asters – here and there. Don’t ask me what kind, Not much more than 12 inches tall.

Alma Potchke aster

Alma Potchke. a tall brilliant aster for cheer and a long season


Sheffies or Sheffield Daisies just Starting to Bloom.  Talk about late season bloomers.

Thomas Affleck rose

Thomas Affleck rose

Roses are scattered here and there including the Drift roses, The Fairy and others, but I will only show my favorites. I am always surprised at the number of roses still blooming on Bloom Day.

Kordes Polar Express rose

Kordes Polar Express survived after a transplanting adventure

Folksinger rose

Buck Folksinger rose, very hardy, beautiful shades of white/pink/peach. Very mysterious.

There are a few other bloomers, a wine red yarrow, coreopsis,  a deep blue Centaurea montana and a surprising creamy white foxglove.

I thank Carol over at May Dreams Gardens who created Bloom Day so we can all see what is blooming over our great land.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – September 15, 2019


Asters in the mist

On this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I went out into the garden in the mist to take my photos. These asters just started blooming on the ‘hellstrip.’  A few other plants are  blooming like the coneflower and a pink phlox.


Hydrangea plus

The Firelight hydrangea (one of three hydrangeas) is getting pinker every day. Blooming flowers around her include a helenium, Grandpa Ott’s morning glory, a delphinium and a pink  honeysuckle. A lot is still going on in the garden.


Anemone ‘Robustissima’

I love Robustissima, even when she is knocked down  by last night’s rain.



Name lost. Maybe ‘Neon’?  She doesn’t seem very Neon-ish.


Zinnias, cosmos and marigolds

These annuals are growing on a bed where all the perennials drowned last year. I love looking at this melange from my kitchen window. I’m planning to keep them there.

Black eyed susans

These black eyed susans somehow jumped from the big clump in the nearby bed. I think black eyed susans will have to leave.

Purple Rain Kordes rose

Purple Rain rose

There are still a few scattered roses like Purple Rain.


Can I call these ripening raspberries ‘blooming’?  I am surprised to have them so late in the year, but the bushes are full.

I want to thank Carol over at May Dreams Gardens and giving us the chance to see gardens all over this great land.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – August 15, 2019

Caardinal Plant

Cardinal plant, silver artemesia and helenium

It’s been quite a year in the garden here in western Massachusetts. A long wet spring has led to a hot dry summer. I dug out our sprinkler and put it to  use. The butterflies and bees have been visiting the cardinal plants which made me happyl


Aesclepius for the Monarchs

The Aesclepius is  right next to the cardinal flowers and they are very  good friends.

Rudbeckia, daylilies and phlox

Rudbeckia, daylilies and phlox

The daylilies are nearly done in this bed but the rudbeckia and phlox will get us through the summer.

Japanese anemone

Japanese anemone and bee

The Japanese anemone, right in back of the daylilies and next to the phlox is just beginning  to bloom. The bees are happy.

Echinacea bee balm and daylilies

Cone flower, bee balm, daylilies on the South Hellstrip.

My neighbors across the street are still enjoying this floriferous hellstrip – otherwise known as the Tree Belt. No tree, but lots of pollinator flowers.

Folksinger rose

Folksinger, a Buck rose

Time to celebrate Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day!  The Folksinger rose is having a very good year. It will stand  in for the other roses that are still modestly blooming. I think it is too hot and dry, even with watering, to have them do their best.

There are other blooms, bits of coreopsis, yarrow, honeysuckle, and meadow rue still blooming. The three hydrangeas are coming into full  bloom.  Our South Border is quite a beautiful jungle.  I thank Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for showing how to share our gardens all across our great land.  Happy Bloom Day to you all.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day July 15, 2019

Hellstrip with plants

Hellstrip, Tree belt
Coneflowers, daylilies, centaurea, yarrow


The climate is much on my mind as I celebrate Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day here in western Massachusetts. Last summer was very wet, and the wet continued this spring. I lost many plants and I am in the process of re-designing (and I use the term loosely) and replanting. The last three weeks have been very hot (high 80’s and 90) and very dry.  Is this a promise that we will have hotter drier summers? I have had to water the hellstrip which was beginning to get crispy.  Even so, I think it looks lush and wonderful, with lots of flowers yet to bloom.

Daylily border

Daylily border section on the south bed

The daylilies are doing well. I love daylilies because they tolerate wet sites, and they are doing well this hot summer.

Elsa's Mystery Daylily

Elsa’s Mystery Daylily

Last summer I went up to the  Stone Meadow Gardens in Ashfield daylily farm determined to add some interesting colors to my collection. I was successful. In addition, the owners Phil Pless and Linda Taylor gave me a piece of this  tall yellow small daylily named Elsa’s Mystery. They knew I was a good friend of Elsa Bakalar, as they were. They said Elsa named this daylily because she had lost its real name. I am delighted their collection gave me the richness of color that I was looking for, and a memento of a dear friend.

rich color daylily

A cheerful daylily from Stone Meadow Gardens

Blue Paradise Phlox

Blue Paradise phlox

This phlox is slowly taking hold. I think it might need a little more sun.

Kordes Polar Express

Kordes Polar Express

The roses are taking a little rest. There are few blooms, but I am hoping that with some deadheading there will be a second flush.

button bush


It is hard to remember that those spiky balls are buttonbush flowers. The buttonbush has thrived with all the rain, but you can see that the flowers are getting brown in their centers. I think they will not last long.

The North Planting Bed

The is the most northerly of the three raised planting beds. This section of the bed suffered from the flooding of  the garden. No more perennials or pagoda dogwood. The Aesclpias and not-yet-blooming cardinal flowers and that amazing golden mat of sedum are all that was left of this area. New plants include a quince bush, obedient plants, yarrow and helenium.



I don’t know if it is cheating, but these delphiniums were knocked down in  the wind  yesterday. I had to let you see them. The color is extraordinary!

View from the office

I’m adding this View from the Office so you can get some idea of most of the garden, including the Center and North Beds.  I’m thinking maybe I will make that area of the Center Bed a cutting garden next year.

I thank Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for making it possible to share our gardens and see what is blooming all across our great land. Go on over to see it all!

More pix – just for fun

Daylily on the hellstrip

Lavender daylilies on south hellstrip

Double orange daylily

Deep red and gold daylily – which the camera does not really catch

I seem to have several doubles, and frilled daylilies

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – June 15, 2019


Rose viewing from the dining room table, Purple Rain, Thomas Affleck, Folksinger

After long wet and cold months we may finally celebrate the arrival of official spring on Garden Bloggers Bloom Day here in Greenfield, Massachusetts. All of a sudden the budded roses burst into bloom, and before the weekend is over I think even more roses will be blooming.

Paprika landscape rose

Oso Easy Paprika landscape rose

Paprika is  one of the two low growing landscape roses in the garden. Peach Drift is the other. Both were eager to welcome the spring.

siberian iris

White siberian iris

Siberian irises are blooming here and there in the garden. They are among the water tolerant plants that we count on. Now for a walk through the garden.

Mountain laurel

Mountain Laurel beginning to bloom. May Apples and barren strawberry are no longer in  bloom

Japanese primroses

Japanese primroses are a little hard to see under the Norway spruce and behind ferns, but they love that swamp.


Goatsbeard at the back of the hugel reaches for sun, and hides a runaway Japanese primrose.


One of two honeysuckles are blooming and climbing.

I love Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for inventing this wonderful way of seeing what is in bloom across our great nation.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – May 15, 2019



I am celebrating Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day with special pleasure because the blooms have been reluctant to open because of rain, floods and the cold.  Above is Dicentra eximia or fringed leaf bleeding heart. This grows against the house foundation right by the side door and is one of the first to bloom. I am  sure this is because the foundation on the south side of the house creates a heat sink.  It is very cheering this cold wet spring.

Grape hyacinths

Grape hyacinths in front of European ginger and Goldheart Bleeding Heart

The grape hyacinths had me all confused when the lush greenery arrived through the snow. The grape hyacinths were a wonderful surprise. I bought the Goldheart Bleeding Heart behind them at last year’s Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale and I hope to find a white bleeding heart at the BOF sale this Saturday, May 18, up in Shelburne Falls. My husband is coming with me and he will be stationed at a white bleeding heart, if there should be one, when the bell opening the sale rings.

Solomon's Seal

Solomon’s seal

I bought Solomon’s seal at the Bridge of Flowers sale too, but I had to move it early this spring and it is not looking as  fine as it did – but it will.


Doronicum or Leopard’s Bane

This Doronicum or Leopard’s Bane was left over when the BOF sale closed a couple of years ago and it continues, but it might need more sun.  Not the little forget-me-nots near-by. Also from the sale. It  could use more sun too. I always have Bloom Day in mind at Plant Sale time.


Some of the Daffodils in front of the house are still blooming


The epimediums still have some flowers, but the rains have hidden them under the leaves.

Barren Strawberry

But the blooms on the barren strawberry, Waldsteinia, were blasted by the cold.


The Fothergilla is the only shrub blooming right now,

Korean Spice bush

however, the Korean Spice bush blossoms will open and perfume the air if we get a little sun.

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder survived last summer’s and this spring’s flood,. I did relocate it to a better spot.


This geum also suffered the floods, but endured.

Foam Flower

Tiarella here and there

wood poppies

Wood poppies are happy on the Hugel. They don’t mind some shade. They are ‘strong spreaders.’

These tiny irises were a gift. Any ideas what kind?

I remember planting this ground cover last summer, but the flowers this spring surprised me. Andy ideas what it is?

That is a very full Bloom Day report. I thank Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for creating this event and letting us see what is blooming all over our great land.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – April 15, 2019

purple crocus

Purples crocus on Bloom Day

Bloom Day! The purple, and gold crocus I planted last year have bloomed!  The gold crocus is just about done, and the purple crocus no longer seem to be attracting the honey bees. I think the bees drank them both dry. This photo has a second purpose – besides showing off the blooms – I wanted a record of where they were coming up so I could plant more this fall.



I love scillas – in large swaths. I am finding it hard to think why I planted three little clumps where they are easily stepped on.  I think I will dig them up and replant them when they are done blooming.

I have nothing else to celebrate this Bloom Day – except buds on the hydrangeas (newly pruned), on the lilac, viburnams, willow, Korean spice bush, and raspberries. Oh, yes, and startling green shoots of daylilies, asters, waldsteinia, and foam flower. Spring is coming. Slowly here in Massachusetts. The thermometer went up to 70 degrees this gray  day, and heavy rains are scheduled for tomorrow. Once again my garden will be flooded, but not where these bulbs are blooming.

Thank you Carol, over at May Dreams Gardens for inviting us all to show our gardens on Bloom Day! This is the third spring for our new gardens in the valley.

Scheduled Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – October 2018



On this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day here in western Massachusetts I am ready to celebrate annuals – and others – who have survived the rains of this summer. Look at this sunny nasturtium – a volunteer from last year who swam happily this year through the summer.


Zinnias and



are always stalwart and shining.  The bees love them and are grateful for their long season. There are a couple of other other potted (nameless) annuals that also keep us cheerful.



This cheerful annual in front of the yellow twig dogwood found out it knew how to swim.



This geum, blooming next to the scaveola must have been inspired – enough to put out a couple of new blossoms.

Joe Pye Weed

Variegated Joe Pye Weed

This variegated Joe Pye weed is in full bloom – finally.

"The Fairy" rose

“The Fairy” Rose

The Fairy” rose will stand in for the other roses still putting out occasional blooms. “The Fairy” is just tough and remarkable.



The three hydrangeas are in full glorious bloom, but they are bowed low by all  the heavy rains.

Red Winterberry

Red Winterberry

Though not strictly in bloom, the red (and gold) winterberries have really enjoyed all the rain. We are swamp plants, you know, they remind us.

I thank Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the wonderful Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Visit Carol and see what else is in bloom over this great land.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day Early – or Late?


“Alma Potchke” asters on a early Bloom Day – or late – depending on  your view

I missed Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in September because we were out of town for a few days. So now I am posting an early view of my garden – or perhaps I am just later. Either way, there was and is, still  color as long as my ‘Alma Potchke’ aster is in bloom. No frost yet.

Boltonia and asters

Boltonia and asters

Boltonia is a wonderful perennial blooming lushly and late in the season. Usually it doesn’t need propping, but with all the heavy rain this one is laid a little low. The boltonia next to a rose bush in the South Border can relax a little on the rose.

variegated joe pye weed

Variegated Joe Pye Weed

This variegated Joe Pye weed is still in bloom, but the more common version which grows in a shadier spot in my garden is well finished for the season.

chelone or turtlehead

Chelone or turtlehead

My stand of chelone is substantial, at least 6 feet tall, and mostly upright, but again the heavy rains have given some stalks a bit of languid relaxation.

Red winterberry

Red winterberry

gold winterberry

Gold winterberry

The four winterberries in the garden are doing magnificently – Two red, one gold and one male. Please note that the winter berries, like the joe pye weed, amd chelone are all plants that often grow in the swamp. They are water lovers! Knowing that our garden was wet, we have chosen other plants (not blooming at this season) that are also water lovers – the dappled willow, elderberries, yellow twig dogwood, clethra and river birches. However, while the water lovers have thrived this year, other plants have struggled.

Potted annual

On the  other hand, there has been so much rain that this potted annual continues to bloom even though no one has been around to water it.

Nameless annual

And this nameless annual has grown happily all summer under the yellow twig dogwood, perfectly happy in the swamp.  As I have always said, there are many mysteries in the garden.

Water Gardens on Bloom Day – August 2018

bloom day

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day waterworks

On this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day the big event is water and more water. Just to give you the full force you  can see  how deep the water is right in front of the garden shed at the back of the garden. This is the worst spot, and it is the beginning of the lake the garden has become.

Black eyed susans

Black eyed susans in the bed nearest the back door

One of my hose guard wine bottles in ready to float away.


Thalictrum aka meadow rue

Meadow rue has such tiny delicate flowers it doesn’t photograph very well, at least not for me, but I love it and don’t want to leave it off the Bloom Day list.

Cardinal Flower, daylilies 'altissima' and joe pye weed

Cardinal Flower, daylilies ‘altissima’ and joe pye weed

Beyond the joe pye weed is  the dappled willow – thriving in the flood – but it confuses the photo.

Joe pye weed

A different joe pye weed

This joe pye weed grows on the other side of the garden, next to a lavender Monarda fistulosa that is too weary and laid down to be photographed.

Honeysuckle and morning glories

Honeysuckle and morning glories

Set against the south fence the honeysuckle and Grandpa Ott morning glories don’t suffer very much.

Hydrangeas, phlox, roses

Hydrangeas, phlox, roses

These hydrangeas, phlox and roses are growing in the South Border, the driest part of the garden. the closer you get to the back garden, the wetter it gets.

Flowery hellstrip (tree strip) in front of the house

Flowery hellstrip (tree strip) in front of the house

I can give a nice Bloom Day hooray when we get to the hellsrip – echinacea, yarrow, still a couple of daylilies, Centaurea montana, and bee balms.  The rain has given rise to many many weeds.

Bloom day

A final Bloom Day view

On  this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day I give thanks for plants like the blacked susans and to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens who hosts a day when we can all share the delights and challenges of our gardens.