June 14, 2011

GBBD: Timing issues

Weird how the weathers affecting blooming plants this year. Blame it on La Nina, I guess. The Peonies usually bloom near Memorial Day. And they’re just now popping in mid-June:

Paeonia lactiflora

Oh well, there are plenty of blooms to celebrate:

Philadelphus coronarius

Spiraea betulifolia

Polygonatum biflorum

Cleome spinosa

Weigela floribunda

And others to look forward to:

Hemerocallis fulva

Lilium (Asiatic hybrid)

Rosa 'Sweet Mary'

(Note: The milky white substance on some of these plants is...you guessed it! Cottonwood fuzz! I hope the rain washes it away soon.)

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

20 comments:

  1. Oh, dont't you just hate those Cottonwoods at this time of year? They give my air conditioner compressor a fuzzy white coat. My peonies bloomed off as well, but the bloomed before the iris. This has been a very strange year for the plants.

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  2. Lovely show of blooms, I love the Philadelphus coronarius!
    Happy GBBD.

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  3. Some wonderful photos here... thanks for sharing! L

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  4. Your peony is very pretty! Mine are all gone now. But there are other lovelies in the garden. I enjoyed seeing what's blooming in your garden. Happy GBBD!

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  5. Lovely blooms. Thanks for telling me what that white stuff was - I was really looking hard! Funny that your spring is just now really starting, and my summer blooms are almost all spent! Happy GBBD.

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  6. Beautiful philadelphus blooms. My "Belle Etoile"has buds on it but the other two (grown from cuttings) nothing. Lovely peonies. One of my favourite. I can't stop photographing them.

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  7. better late than never..lol,,

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  8. Lovely post...great blooms...I used to live at a house with a Cottonwood tree in the backyard...some mornings, I'd wake up and think for a moment that it had snowed the night before!

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  9. Your Cleome spinosa seems very early. I don't expect mine for several weeks. Most everything has bloomed early this year. I guess lots of rain helps. Then the confusing weather in May must have made the flowers say, "I give up, I'll just bloom."
    nellie

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  10. I have enjoyed the weird bloom times this year although some things just came and went in the blink of an eye....gorgeous blooms

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  11. @Donna: Yes, I'm not much of a fan. It's not my tree but it hangs over my yard. It is a beautiful tree, though. Just not much fun for a couple of weeks in June.

    @Christine: Mock Orange is one of my favorites. It has a light, sweet scent, and the branches can be used in floral arrangements.

    @Larry: Thank you! I need to get out there and take some better shots of the Peonies before they fade.

    @Sage: I was tempted to use shots from previous years, since this isn't the best year for my Peonies. But at least they're blooming now. Thanks.

    @Holley: Interesting that your spring flowers are our summer flowers. Peonies and Irises usually bloom here at the beginning of June. :)

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  12. @Janet: I'm with you on the Peonies. They're right up there with Magnolias for me in the photography department. And the Mock Orange is a sure sign of summer!

    @Greggo: Yes, I was worried that the Peonies would be a "never" this year. So at least they're blooming. :)

    @Scott: It's so thick some days, I'm surprised we can breathe. Some of us seem to have especially active allergies this year.

    @Nellie: I cheated with the Cleome. ;-) They're annuals here, and I bought plants. But they've grown quite a bit since I planted them in late May. We've had pretty good weather here in May and early June. April was a dud, though.

    @Donna: Thanks. Yeah, I know what you mean about the blink of an eye. The Irises were awesome, but they only lasted a couple of days because we had a big wind storm. I cut them for an arrangement, though, and they were pretty.

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  13. Everything looks its getting ready to bust open. I especially liked the peony. I don't grow those but would like to try. Thanks for inviting me into your garden.

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  14. Hi those plants are so unique to me because we have different climatic conditions. They are beautiful, but those cottony things maybe a bit difficult for us with allergic rhinitis. I just wonder!

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  15. I agree the timetable in the garden has been strange this year with some plants flowering late and others early. Not having any peonies of my own, other than a new one that won't bloom till next year, I was wondering why I wasn't seeing more blooms on other blogs. Now I understand--your gorgeous peonies were worth the wait!

    I don't have cottonwoods, but I think it's the locust trees here that are raining debris on my shade garden. All my hostas look dirty:)

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  16. Lovely pics. I love Paeonies. I visited a garden recently which had a huge Paeony collection. Every shade from white to deep red.

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  17. Great photos,lovely blooms.Enjoy your garden to the fullest!
    Rosie

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  18. It must be the weather, my peony are just beginning to bloom. The red are my first to bloom and just started. Even after the blooms are gone in a few weeks I still like those plants since the leaf structure is so interesting mixed in with other plants. The combination of textures does a lot for the garden. Jack

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  19. @Paul: It was a fun Garden Bloggers Bloom Day with so many things blooming at once. Now the welcome rain will bring more blooms.

    @Andrea: Yes, I think a lot of people are allergic to Cottonwood. It just keeps coming this year, making everything look messy. I'm looking forward to the end of the fuzz.

    @Rose: Thank you. Peonies are gorgeous and they have a sweet, pleasant scent. They're just about finished blooming here. :(

    @Bridget: It is amazing how many colors and hues of Peonies are available. And they look great as cut flowers.

    @Rosie: Thanks for the encouragement. I'm imagining an evening sitting on the screen porch with a glass of wine, and looking out onto the garden. Cheers!

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  20. @Jack: It must be perfect at the lake now! Especially on the hot days here. I look forward to visiting your blog and others after I get through the graduation party on Saturday.

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