Welcome to May Dreams Gardens, home of Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, the place to leave a comment if you’ve also posted about what is blooming in your garden on this 15th day of June.
Comparing what is blooming in gardens across the U.S. and around the world once a month has given many of us a broader view of gardening and helped us to better understand what it’s like to garden in other climates. It has also increased the size of our “wish” lists of new plants!
For those of us who have been posting about our blooms since the first bloom day in February 2007, we now have an online record of when flowers bloom in our gardens, so we can compare this year ‘s bloom list to last year’s list.
I’ve done that and I can confirm that my garden continues to be a week or so behind in blooms compared to last year.
But I still have plenty of flowers, including the sweet pea shown above. That’s ‘Old Spice’ and it smells just as pretty as it looks.
In my miniature fairy garden, Heuchera ‘Petite Fairy Pearls’ is putting on a grand show for such a small plant.
There are also a couple of little hostas starting to bloom in this fairy garden, but the dwarf meadow rue, blooming last year at this time, hasn’t bloomed yet.
I found this white columbine, hiding in front of some tiger lilies on the east side of the house.Last year the tiger lilies were also blooming on the 15th, but this year, they are still buds. I don’t know where the white columbine came from, as this is late for them to bloom around here. I didn’t plant it, it’s like a ghost.
Here’s a new plant I added last year to counteract all the yellow and gold colored flowers in my garden. It’s Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’ Yes, it is related to the fuzzy gray-leaved Lamb’s ear, Stachys byzantina. I’d show you some of those Lamb’s ear blooms, but I always cut them off to keep the plant from getting all floppy.
New this spring are these pretty blues flowers, Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’ Behind it is the variegated Heliopsis ‘Lorraine Sunshine’, which is under strict orders not to re-seed all over the place. Half of its seedlings aren’t variegated, they are just plain old False Sunflower.
The Beard-tongue is putting on a good show, although I thought the stems were redder last year. This is Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ To the right you can see a few of the hot pink blooms of Rose Campion, Lychnis sp.
One of the plants that seems to like all the rain we’ve been getting is the ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea.
You can see that I don’t so anything to the soil to try to get these flowers to turn blue.
Across the way is this shrub clematis Clematis integrefolia ‘Alba’. I have to give it some support to keep it from flopping all over, but otherwise it is a relatively easy plant to grow.
This clematis definitely needs support.I think it is ‘Comtesse de Bouchard’ and it has taken me a few years to get it to grow and flower consistently.
Out in the vegetable garden, the nasturtiums are blooming, but I wish the tomatoes were further along and blooming like they were last year at this time.
With no blooms on my tomato plants out in the garden, I’m not counting on breaking any records for any early tomato, unless I count this Micro Tom tomato in a container on my patio.
I’ll have to move quickly when this one ripens or the garden fairies will beat me to it.
Here’s a list of everything in bloom right now.
Alchemilla mollis – Lady’s Mantle
Allium – variety unknown but it is a late bloomer
Anthemis tinctoria ‘Kelwayi’ – Golden Marquerite Daisy
Chamaemilum nobile – Chamomile or it would be if I hadn’t cut it all back!
Clematis integrefolia ‘Alba’ – Shrub Clematis
Clematis sp. – probably ‘Comtesse de Bouchard’
Coreopsis lanceolata – Lance leaf Coreopsis, started from seed
Geranium sp. – a pass along plant
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’
Hemerocallis – ‘Stella D’Oro’ – I have too many of these – boring!
Heuchera ‘Petite Pearl Fairy’ – Coral Bells
Hosta – several blooming, varieties sadly not known or are all mixed up
Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’
Lamium maculatum ‘Aureum’ – Spotted Nettle
Lychnis coronaria – Rose Campion
Nasturtium – several varieties
Oenothera tetragona ‘Sunspot’ – Variegated Evening Primrose
Potentilla fruticosa ‘McKay’s White’- as much bloom as I’ve ever seen on these
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Rosa – White Flower Carpet
Sedum sp. – various ground covers, some with white flowers, some with yellow flowers
Spiraea sp. – variety unknown but has white flowers
Spiraea x bumulda ‘Crispa’ – Cutleaf Spirea
Spiraea x bumulda ‘Monhub’ – Limemound Spirea
Spiraea japonica ‘Golden Elf’ – A true miniature
Stachys byzantina – Lamb’s Ear (but I usually cut off the blooms)
Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’ – Betony
Sweet Peas ‘Old Spice’
Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’ – Japanese Tree Lilac
Thymus – Thyme
Tradescantia – Spiderwort, shades of blues and purples
Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ – Golden Spiderwort
Veronica repens ‘Sunshine’
Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’ – Spike Speedwell
Viburnum dentatum ‘Synnestvedt’ – Chicago Lustre Arrowwood Viburnum
What’s blooming in your garden in mid-June? We would love to have you join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. It’s easy to join in. Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden, then leave a comment here so we can find your blog and come and virtually visit your garden and see your flowers. Be sure to leave a link to your blog in your comment text.
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence