June 17, 2024

Roses in a 'Vase' on Monday

bowl 1

Many of the Roses are blooming at the same time this year! They do tend to begin blooming in early to mid-June most years, but generally on a more staggered schedule. I'm loving the deluge and the bounty, probably due to various weather factors.

So, I put several in a bowl all together for happy viewing.

at last 2

The star in the middle is the hybrid tea Rose 'At Last,' which is so stunning, fragrant, and disease-resistant.

double pink

The outer ring includes the prolific and beautiful Oso Easy Double Pink.

sweet mary 1

Also, I included Fred's 'Sweet Mary,' my great-grandfather's hybrid. This Rose is particularly lovely as a full, lush bud.

sweet mary 2

But beautiful, also, when fully in bloom. I don't spray/treat my Roses, so some years the outer petals are a little brown on this one. But, oh my, the scent of 'Sweet Mary' is unequaled!

shrub rose

I didn't include this lovely shrub Rose in the bowl, because the color didn't seem to work, but it's a beauty, too. It was here when we moved in, so I'm not sure of its identity.

bowl 2

I have a limited collection of Roses in my garden, because of the shade conditions. Two others are not quite blooming yet, but I'll share their beauty in the coming weeks.

Rose blooms signify summer to me, and pleasant thoughts. I'm linking in to Cathy's In a Vase on Monday meme. Join in with your vase creations!

June 08, 2024

Nifty Garden Views and Vignettes

potted oxalis

Do you ever notice appealing (and sometimes surprising) vignettes, plant combinations, and pleasing views? It's been happening to me a lot lately.

By the time I've gotten around to photographing them, however, several examples have passed...I tried to capture a few others. With some, I stepped back to get a broader view, and then photographed single blooms or smaller groupings.

The play of the light on the Alliums and Fiddlehead Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) was fun the other day:

ambassador 1

With morning indirect light, they were warm and glowing.

ambassador 2

Same plants and roughly the same angle--but with more cloud cover and more overhead light, the colors are totally different. And the shadows and variations in exposure are lessened.


The Alliums currently blooming in this particular bed are 'Ambassador' and...


'Globemaster,' which starts blooming earlier and is a bit shorter. I love them both, and the rabbits don't eat them. Yay.

mixed pots

We've had plenty of warm weather and plenty of rain, so most of the plants seem happy. The potted arrangements are coming into their own. Soon they'll be lush and full and spilling over the edges for the rest of the growing season.

calla lily

The Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia spp.) are full and bright. They're from a mixed grouping, so I'm not sure which species/varieties they are. They overwintered in the sunroom, so they had a head start when I started watering them in March.

impatiens and coleus

Many of the pots have various Impatiens and Coleus combinations.

mock orange and sumac

The Mock Orange (Philadelphus coronarius) is full of bright blooms and framed by the Staghorn Sumacs (Rhus typhina).

mock orange

The blooms are so graceful and gentle.


In addition to the potted Oxalis (O. vulcanicola 'Zinfandel') in the first photo of this post, I noticed several more "happy" plants. This Bigleaf Hydrangea (H. macrophylla) is full of blooms--more than I can remember from the past. Perhaps it's not surprising with all the rain and mild weather we've had this spring.

red admiral on allium unifolium

Another quick vignette--a graceful red admiral butterfly on American Garlic (Allium unifolium).

 It's a beautiful season! What scenes are catching your eyes these days?

Because I've included six basic "areas" of the garden, I'm linking in with "Six on Saturday" at Garden Ruminations. Head on over to view scenes and amazing plants from around the world.

May 27, 2024

A Simple Vase for Memorial Day


Since today's In a Vase on Monday meme falls on U.S. Memorial Day, I thought I'd aim for red, white, and blue.

Weigela florida

The red was easy, because the Weigela shrub (W. florida) is currently blooming.

Weigela shrub

I don't remember which hybrid this is, but it's been a reliable spring-blooming shrub for many years.

Maianthemum racemosum

Also blooming are the native False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) plants, not quite white but close. They're welcome bright bloomers in the woodland, and they have a long vase life.

Iris sibirica1

The blue was a little trickier. I used a blue vase, but the closest blue-blooming flower was the Siberian Iris (I. sibirica), which is actually a violet-blue. But again, close enough. I picked it as a bud and...

Iris sibirica2

...a couple days later it's blooming.


Wishing warm thoughts for Memorial Day to those who celebrate, and thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting In a Vase on Monday!

May 15, 2024

Woodland Blooms for
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Trillium group

It's a joy when the native woodland plants take the stage for their brief spring performance. While some of these photos were taken a few days ago, and the blooms are fading a bit, it's time to celebrate them for May's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

Trillium grandiflorum

The Trilliums seem so joyful and bright, with plenty of rain and sun this spring. And the temperatures have been cool to comfortable, which has kept them blooming longer. Great White Trillium (T. grandiflorum) is plentiful, and always takes center stage at this time of year.

Trillium recurvatum

Prairie Trillium (Trillium recurvatum) appeared here only a few years ago, and I'm thrilled to see it returning each spring since. Some of its other nicknames are interesting: Toadshade or Bloody Butcher.

Trillium erectum

Red Trillium (T. erectum) also has some other fun nicknames: Wake Robin, Purple Trillium, Bethroot, or Stinking Benjamin. It's appeared in the back woodland for many years, but the patch appears to be expanding--yay!

Podophyllum peltatum

Then, we have the Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum), which create an excellent groundcover, with beautiful flowers under the foliage. Conventional wisdom is that when the leaves are horizontal and the plants are blooming, it's time for Morel mushrooms. I've never found any Morels here near home (although we've found some up at the cottage).

Galium aparine

Catchweed Bedstraw or Stickywilly (Galium aparine) is pretty, even if it sticks to your clothing as you pass by. I like the way it blends with the ferns.

Viola sororia 1

Viola pubescens

Viola sororia 2

Several species of Violets (Viola spp.) are still blooming. There are so many in the woods, and I welcome them since they compete well with the non-native, invasive plants.

Viburnum trilobum

The Highbush Cranberries (Viburnum trilobum) are approaching peak bloom time (several days after this photo was taken). The flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) has fun little flowers under its foliage. This plant has expanded at the woodland edge, which is wonderful because it also competes well with invasive plants.

Hydrophyllum virginianum

Some Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) plants are blooming...but I think they're even prettier just before the buds break--so delicate and fuzzy.

Arisaema triphyllum

And, of course, it's always a thrill to find Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) flowers. They help define the native woodland, and it's fun to observe insects attracted to them.

Soon many of these plants will fade and/or go dormant with the coming heavy shade and heat of summer. So it's fun to celebrate them now. Thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day! What's blooming in your garden?