Posts tagged ‘Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day’

July 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July

Well, here I am again for July’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.  Thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this fabulous monthly theme.  Wander over and check out many gardens that will impress and inspire you!

It has been hot.  Oppressively hot, and I have been concerned I wouldn’t have much for this post, but as I am learning, there is always something going on in the garden.  All the real action is happening in the front garden right now.  The Echinacea purpurea and Rudbeckia fulgida are loving this heat, and I am grateful to come home to this colorful carnival everyday.

I planted these coneflower and black-eyed Susan plants last year after returning home from a trip to Ontario where I saw them growing in abundance in many front gardens. Before then, I don’t think I even liked coneflower very much!  I can tell you though, it was love at first sight when I saw them in combination with black-eyed Susan.  For them too, I mean, can’t you just feel the love…

BFFs...truly

…and the butterflies share in the love too…

I have a small bed where I planted two Coreopsis ‘Full Moon’ plants, originally thinking they would be on the smallish-side like the ‘Creme Brulee’ I have growing beneath the mailbox.  Well, these two have grown to diva proportions. They are spilling out over the wall and crowding some marigolds that have come back from last year. An azalea and a couple of boxwood shrubs are in the back, but have been blotted out from view.  I hope they are okay!  This fall, I will be relocating the ‘Full Moon’ prima donnas to the other side of the house to give them the room they demand…ahem…I mean, deserve.

Coreopsis 'Full Moon' & French Marigold Dwarf

Garden phlox is so old-fashioned and comfy-cozy in the garden.  I love it so much, I must have more.  I only have two plants, and I am already making plans to expand for more.  I love the delicate blossoms on the long stems that sway in the breeze…when there is a breeze, that is.

'Robert Poore'

Last, but not least, these little flowers have popped up all over the place in the weedy, rocky no-man’s land underneath the back deck.  I have no idea what they are or where they’ve come from, but they are very pretty and sweet in varying shades of pink.  They remind me of some kind of petunia.  Except for one hanging basket I had on the deck years ago, I have never grown any petunias.   So, where did these come from?  Like I said before, there is always something going on in the garden, isn’t there?!

Another mystery!

Sitting pretty in no-man's land

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June 14, 2011

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June

I am very excited to be joining Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month.  GBBD is a theme for garden bloggers to write about what is blooming in their gardens on the 15th of every month.  Since I usually like to keep a record of what is going on in my garden, this is a perfect opportunity to share.  It is also interesting to see what is in bloom in other parts of the country and world.  Take a moment and look at what’s going on this month over at the host of GBBD, May Dreams Gardens.

A huge source of pleasure this season is this little Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Dooley’, and let me tell you, it is a real trooper. For a couple of years, I waged a battle against this area of the flower bed.  Perennials previously planted in this spot had been lost due to terrible soil and poor drainage, which I could not seem to remedy no matter what I tried. Someone suggested I put in a hydrangea in this spot since they are known to tolerate such deplorable conditions.  To my satisfaction (and relief), it seems to have worked! The acidic soil is evident in how the blooms change from pink to a dark blue as they mature.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Dooley'

This is the second year for the Hemerocallis ‘Black-Eyed Stella’ and Clematis ‘Jackmani’.  I love the color combination of these two.  I broke down and bought the trellises after spending a huge amount of time last year building my own out of bamboo and fishing line, only to have a Moonflower grow to mutant proportions and bring the whole thing down.  I am lucky it didn’t take out the clematis at the same time.

Daylilies and Clematis

A single purple coneflower bloom graces the front bed.  Can’t wait for the rest of his buddies to show up…

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

A Coreopsis verticillata ‘Creme Brulee’ at the base of our mailbox is the first thing to welcome us home.

Street-side and sunny tickseed!

Last month my friend and neighbor “D”, left a bucket of primrose on my doorstep.   Having reseeded itself and spread in her garden, she dug a bunch up to share with me.  The note she left on my door instructed me just to “dump the bucket” wherever, and it would grow.  Me being me, I planted each individual stem/root, one by one.  A couple of weeks later, they were withered and pathetic-looking.  I instantly regretted not just dumping the bucket, figuring I must have somehow screwed it up in my careful approach to planting them.  Then this week, much to my surprise, I found these sweet blooms poking up from the ground.  From the little research I did, these look like they could be Oenothera speciosa.  It was a thoughtful gift, and one that will always make me think of her when I see them.  I have been trying to figure out what to get D in return, but now, I have an idea…

A friend's gift

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