June 15, 2021

Bloom Day on the Cusp of Summer

snapdragon

I'm sneaking in on the end of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. We're experiencing a moderate drought, with warmer than normal temperatures.

While the smaller gardens are watered, many of the native plants have deep roots and can take the tough conditions. The cutting garden is starting to bloom, and there are continuous flowers (like Snapdragons) for me to display in vases, here and there.

Sometimes, I'm more excited by the buds just about to bloom than the fully flowering plants.

butterflyweed
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

echinacea
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

And one of the best things about June is the roses. Two favorites are blooming now.

double pink
Oso Easy Double Pink (Rosa spp.

at last
'At Last' Rose (Rosa spp.)

Several others are approaching, or in full bloom.

poke milkweed
Poke Milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

kamtschaticum
Russian Stonecrop (Sedum kamtschaticum)

cleome
'Seniorita Rosalita' Spider Flower (Cleome spp.)

state fair mix
'State Fair Mix' Zinnias (Z. elegans)

Still others are waning, but still lovely.

alliums
'Ambassador' Alliums

The Alliums are a little further along than this photo from a week ago.

salvia
'May Night' Sage (Salvia nemerosa)

The Salvias need deadheading so they'll bloom again.

Overall, it's been a weird start to the growing season...perhaps something to reflect on in a future post. But there's always so much to be thankful for.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.

32 comments:

  1. The Alliums are picture perfect, Beth! I wish I could grow the larger ones like those. I love your roses too - I'm getting only one or two at a time right now.

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    1. Thanks, Kris. I have been pleasantly surprised during the past few years how well the Alliums fare in a deciduous shade garden. They have a chance to start forming their buds before the trees leaf out. Roses are really special in any garden, aren't they? :)

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  2. The Allium/fern combo is gorgeous. And I totally agree about the beauty of buds. Loved seeing images of things I am not growing that I would not have recognized at this stage.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I seem to keep adding Alliums; they're rabbit-repellent and they make a statement.

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  3. Just lovely. Here's to a happy summer.

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  4. Beautiful!
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thanks, Lea. Spring to summer is a special time. :)

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  5. Love that photo of the Poke Milkweed!

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    1. Isn't it an interesting plant? It's relatively new to my garden--four years. It seems to like the conditions, so I'm happy. :)

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  6. My roses smell so lovely this year. On a warm afternoon the fragrance drifts all over the garden.

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    1. Love it! Some of my roses have very pleasant scents; others are just pretty. I love all of them. :)

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  7. Beware the cleome. I ripped out about 2000 seedlings sprouting from last year, and kept about 6 for this year.-Ray

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    1. Wow, I've never had that happen and I've grown them quite a bit over the years. Maybe it depends on your garden zone. I'm in 5a, so probably not an issue here. But thanks for the info.

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  8. That At Last rose is an unusually beautiful subtle mix of gentle colours. Sunkissed would also be a good name for it.

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    1. I know! I really love it. But I love most roses for different reasons. 'At Last' is dreamy, though, for sure!

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  9. Your allium photo is woodland phot perfection. Ugh, I hear you about the drought. Thankfully we had some rain last night, but we could use more.

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    1. Thanks, Angie. The drought appears to be over (knock on wood). We got a good 1.75 inches on Thursday-Friday, so that helped tremendously...and, apparently more on the way. Fingers crossed. Hope you get more, too!

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  10. Lovely blooms! My Alliums right now are all seedheads, though some will bloom later in the summer. The 'At Last' rose is a real beauty! Looking forward to seeing you next month!

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    1. I'm looking forward to the garden gathering, too! The Alliums are now faded seedheads here, too. I have some later-blooming ones, too, but they're not as dramatic as the spring ones. Love them all, though.

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  11. Beth, your garden is fantastic! ... years of work I imagine. And what a lovely way to wind down the evening after another hot day in Wyoming.

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    1. Thank you, Hollis. After I read your comment, I realized that I planted most of these things, except the ferns. Truly, the previous owners created an amazing haven--most of the framing plants and the trees were here when we moved in. :)

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  12. Your garden is beautiful Beth and I tend to agree that sometimes the buds are just as beautiful, as on your Butterflyweed! Your Allium with the ferns in the backdrop and roses are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Lee. For some reason, the promise of buds is so hopeful. :)

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  13. Everyt(I got bright and beautiful . . .
    I love when my daughters Allium come in full bloom.
    She has a very large patch near a stream in
    their back yard. It was there when they
    purchased their home. Big Bright Beautiful!

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    1. Oh, yes. The Alliums have become favorites--partially because they're big, beautiful, and colorful. But also because the rabbits don't eat them! ;-)

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  14. Beautiful flowers and photos, we had a very wet month of May, cold too but in the end our wildflower look good this year.
    Amanda

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    1. Hi Amanda! Yes, our early spring was so dry and hot! And now we're having "normal" early summer weather. So, fortunately, the plants are OK. Many of them bloomed and senesced early, but the ones that bloom in summer seem fine.

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  15. Gorgeous Alliums, so photogenic, and the color of Mainacht is simply delicious. Happy (belated) Bloom Day!

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    1. Thanks! I should have planted the Alliums years ago. I want more! I've had the Salvias for years and years, and they're so reliable! :)

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  16. Did you find Poke Milkweed hard to establish? I tried a couple times without success. As always your photos are sharp and beautiful.

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    1. To be honest, the Poke Milkweed seems to have established better than some of the other milkweeds. But I did cheat--I have it double-caged so the rabbits won't eat it. Every year it gets taller and fuller. The past couple of years, I've found eggs and caterpillars on it. No eggs or caterpillars yet this year, though. I think the drought sent the monarchs in different directions. :(

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