Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day: June

Our overwintered geranium basket has finally come into beautiful bloom.

Our overwintered geranium basket has finally come into beautiful bloom.

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Carol Michel, an horticulturalist and Indiana garden writer, sponsors a wonderful meme called “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day” on the 15th of each month from her blog, “May Dreams Gardens.”

I dipped in for a visit last evening. What a wonderful way to share our gardens with one another!

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I enjoyed hopping around from garden blogger to garden blogger seeing what is in bloom.  Here is another opportunity to visit gardens and gardeners not only around the country, but around the planet, from the comfort of one’s armchair.

After a long hot day of deadheading and weeding, what a treat to enjoy what is blooming in others’ gardens!   Sadly, I wasn’t doing either again today; too hot again.  But that is beside the point, isn’t it?

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Our Allium flowers remain popular with the insects.  These from onion sets planted last year to protect other things growing in our stump garden.

Our Allium flowers remain popular with the insects. These from onion sets planted last year to protect other things growing in our stump garden.

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I finally suited up and ducked outside  this evening, once the sun committed to setting, admiring the flowers filling our garden tonight.  I’ve been looking forward to doing this all day.

Actually, my mind is spinning with gardening “to-do’s” which have gone undone.  Maybe tomorrow, when it’s cooler?

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The Foxglove has given us several weeks of bloom, and is winding down.  It is still lovely.

The Foxglove has given us several weeks of bloom, and is finally winding down. Considering how frozen it looked in March, I’ve been delighted with its performance.

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April, May and June bring rapid change in our garden as spring perennials burst into bloom and fade.  As much as I try to plan color to last the entire season, mid-April to early June remain a high point for us.

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Finally, at this point in June, we begin to see the flowering perennials, annuals and shrubs with staying power.  These same plants will bloom nearly continuously for the next three to four months; many until frost.

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This has been a week of firsts.  Our first Canna lilies bloomed; our first day lily and  our first Echinacea flowers opened; and our first Rose of Sharon shrubs broke into bloom today.

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I love this time of year when the planning and labor of the last many months come to fruition!

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Long time gardeners understand that a different garden grows in each passing season.  Last year’s lovely shrub might have died over winter.  Last year’s small new perennial has its roots and takes over the bed this year.  Things grow bigger and spread.  Beds fill in, or fill with unanticipated weeds.  The process of growing a garden remains perennially dynamic.

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We are celebrating our daylilies this year.  We celebrate them, because they have actually bloomed.  Although many grow in our garden, most years the deer have grazed them before a single blossom opened.  Last year our Echinacea were grazed early on and our only flowers came late, on stunted plants.

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The Canna roots we planted in 2013 are vigorously spreading now.  They look naturalized.

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The few small Colocasia starts from last season also multiplied over winter, or died.  We lost a few varieties, but C. “Pink China” has thrived and still needs more dividing.

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We’ve started several  new garden areas this summer, and our collection of pitcher plants has grown. We purchased a pot of our native yellow pitcher plant, Sarracenia flava, from Alan Wubbels at Forest Lane Botanicals several weeks ago for our new bog garden.  They offer an interesting variety of pitcher plants, Iris, and other marginal plants at their center in York County.

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It is hard to tell the bloom from the bright pitchers, which actually are leaves.  These flowers remind me a child’s drawing of a fantasy flower.

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We also choose to change things up from year to year.  Ivy geraniums grow this year in a series of pots where Basil has grown in the past.  Last year’s crop disappointed me, so I chose color over flavor this season.

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This Lantana returned for its fourth season in our garden.

This Lantana returned for its fourth season in our garden.

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Many of our lovely Lantana didn’t make it this past winter.  I’ve replaced some of  them with new plants, and planted other things where some Lantana once grew.

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We finally planted a few Penta plants last week, raised by the Patton family at Homestead Garden Center. We plant a few of these each summer for the hummingbirds.  The Pattons raise these lovely annuals from seed each spring in several different colors.

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Both this ornamental pepper, and the Petunia growing with it, came up as volunteers from seeds dropped by last year's annuals in pots.

Both this ornamental pepper, and the Petunia growing with it, came up as volunteers from seeds dropped by last year’s annuals in pots.

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The Zinnias I planted from seed in early May have not come in as expected.  Re-planting is on that long “to-do” list.  I would love to have Zinnias to cut for vases in August.

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There are other flowers coming in down in the lower garden, and on the patio and deck.  Perhaps we’ll visit other areas to see what is blooming in July.  Walking around the garden, morning and evening, always brings surprises.

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One of the perennial geraniums I planted in spring, growing with dusty miller, which survives winter here.

One of the perennial Geraniums I planted in spring, growing with dusty miller, which survives winter here.

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We watch for new flowers opening, and for the shy appearance of our wild companions.  One of our beautiful golden box turtles allowed me to take his portrait this evening as he strolled across the lawn.  We are glad the turtles enjoy living in the garden, and always thank them for allowing us to see them.

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I appreciate Carol’s encouragement to document what is blooming in the garden each month, and to share those photos with others.  I enjoy learning from other gardeners’ experiences, and always enjoy seeing how plants are used by others.

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I hope you will enjoy this quick look at some of what is in bloom in our forest garden today. 

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Parsley is ready to bloom with the geraniums near our back steps.

Parsley is ready to bloom with the geraniums near our back steps.

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Woodland Gnome 2015

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14 responses to “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day: June

  1. Always a pleasure to see what is blooming in your garden! Sorry the heat has been making your gardening a misery. No fun at all. Keep cool and hydrated!

    • Thank you, Eliza. I worked several hours outside this morning, and was beyond overheated when I came to a stopping point and went indoors around 1. There was just so much to do! We are hoping for some gentle rain tonight. I hope it is much cooler in your corner of the world.

      • We’re in another cool spell – high of 66 today. We had our yoga class outdoors today and it was so wonderful to be out under the leafy trees, listening to the birds!
        So strange that you are only a few states away, but very different weather patterns, I guess.

        • Outdoor yoga sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy the day. How nice that you can do that comfortably! It is interesting that latitude makes such a difference. But I believe a lot of our weather comes up from the Gulf, where your systems may be influenced a little more by the Lakes. I’m watching the tropical storm expand now that it is in TX…. Lots of strong little showers moving across the country headed our way.

          • I guess this is the reward we get for weathering a New England winter, a bearable N.E. summer! Now it is my turn to sympathize with you at the mercy of your weather, just like you did last winter when it was so very cold. Hang in there and stay hydrated!

            • Thank you so much, Eliza. We made the most of it today because it is supposed to turn up the heat again tomorrow. We are drinking sparkling water laced with a beautiful purple fruit/veggie juice mixture. Then I’m adding a little Apple Cider Vinegar to mine. It is good and helping us keep our systems hydrated. Your NE summer sounds so much nicer than ours- but then we get Indian Summer and love life again from September to November 😉

              • Yes, it all does balance out, weather-wise. Your rehydrating drink sounds so healthy! Mostly, I drink straight H2O, but I add a splash of lemon or lime juice when I need it to be a bit more refreshing.

  2. I’m taking a break from weeding and this was the perfect way to spend it.

  3. That was a very enjoyable visit around your garden. It’s always interesting to see what other gardeners have in bloom – wherever they are in the world. The pitcher plants are fascinating. We’ve seen them in botanical gardens with tropical greenhoused areas. How lovely to have visiting turtles – beautiful colour.

  4. The heat has been my excuse for not weeding, and I don’t see it getting cooler anytime soon so I’d better hop to it. At least, I’m watering! Your blooms are beautiful!

    • Thank you, Suzi. It is a little easier for me in the hour before sunset. When weeds are weighed against well-being, it helps put it into perspective. We have to be careful in this heat, knowing that eventually it will pass 😉 Best wishes, WG

  5. farseems

    Loved going through your garden, so much in bloom.

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