Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for June 2009!
Today’s post is brought to you by a cool spring with rain whenever we seemed to need it. I wish that every spring could be like this one.
It’s also brought to you by the color yellow.
From the first tomato blossoms to the ubiquitous ‘Stella D’Oro’ daylilies, which I swear every year I’m breaking up with but don’t, I have an abundance of sunshiny yellow and gold colored blooms right now.
In case you have just joined us in this world of gardening and don’t know what ‘Stella D’Oro’ daylilies look like, here’s a picture of some in my garden.
Yes, it is the very one that is planted in the landscape of every shopping mall, office complex, and gas station in every zone it can grow in. Do you like how I combined it with that garish magenta of Lychnis coronaria?
I don’t. I need to do something about that, but I probably won’t.
I also have golden yellow Coreopsis lancelota blooming in my garden, started from seed several years ago.
I once thought I had pulled all of these out. Guess not.
And I have these yellow daisies, also started from seed, which now self-sow freely about the garden.
If you know its name, please let me know. When I am pulling it out by the handfuls, I would feel less guilty about it if I knew its name.
Then there is a big patch of Oenothera something or other, which I refer to as variegated Sundrops.
Seen enough yellow? Me, too, so I’ll skip showing you the yellow flowers of a passalong sedum, the bok choi that bolted in the garden, my new Knockout roses ‘Radsunny’, and the tiny blooms of Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’.
However, I would like to see some sunny yellow squash blossoms and think I will in a few days.
I’ll also soon see yellow flowers on this Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Lorraine Sunshine’.
I mostly grow it for the foliage. Without that foliage to redeem it, I would have banished ‘Lorraine Sunshine’ from my garden years ago because it is always leaves a lot of seedlings throughout the garden, many of them just plain ol’ green Helopsis heliananthoides, False Sunflower.
I do have some other colors besides yellow and gold in my garden, like these pastel colors of the sweet peas in the vegetable garden.
It took me quite a while to find some sweet peas that would perfectly match that bench.
I’m kidding, of course. That color match was just a happy coincidence, the kind every gardener likes to see in their garden. It kind of makes up for that first plant combo, the daylily and Lychnis, doesn’t it?
But enough about my garden and its blooms in June. What’s blooming in your garden? We’d love to see!
Please join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day by posting about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month. Then come back here to my bloom day post and leave a link to your post in the Mr. Linky widget below, and a comment, too, so we can know a little more about you before we visit.
Remember, the rules for bloom day are simple. No rules! You can include pictures, lists, no lists, common names, botanical names, whatever you’d like to do to showcase your blooms.
All are welcome to participate!
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
Phillip Oliver says
I love your heliopsis!
The variegated foliage caught my eye on that Heliopsis. What a happy coincidence with the Sweet Peas & bench, I just love when that happens. 🙂
I have coreopsis this year, too! love the bench and sweet pea color match!! that sort of thing makes me inordinately happy.
This is the earliest that I've every posted for Bloom Day! Hurrah! Love the sweet peas, they are such a sweet flower. I grow perennial sweet peas – just cause they bloom all summer even during the hottest of days.
What a difference a continent makes: there you have an abundance of flowers on your Stella, and I could only manage one single one.
And I really crave those tiny dainty bright yellow flowers. I wonder why I can't get it to flower better. Maybe I have to pour some petrol/gas over it 🙂
The sweetpea colours against the blue bench are lovely.
Not much yellow in my garden at the minute but my reds, whites and blues are here.
LINDA from Each Little World says
I am ambivalent, too, about Stella. But then I just can't imagine having daylilies and not having Stella. She'd be so hurt if we sent her out of the garden. Happy bloom day to you — now that we've finally had a chance to meet you in person and not just on the blog!
The lychnis and Stella combo remind me of fireworks. What's funny is that I have these same two next to each other in my garden – it was a pure accident: the Stella I moved to the area to fill in a huge hole left by a dead plum, and the lychnis moved themselves there!
Those yellow daisies look like Golden Marguerite – a kind of chamomile.
chuck b. says
Happy Bloom Day! I forgot to claim vegetable flowers in my garden too.
Oh, such beautiful sweet peas! Lots of yellow, but yellow is such a "smiling" color. 🙂
Hi Carol! This is my first GBBD. I posted about Foxgloves today on MySecretGarden. They steal the show in my garden and they are mostly purple. Thank you for hosting GBBD. I've been enjoying all the beautiful blooms on Blotanical since January. Happy gardening and blogging!
Corner Gardener Sue says
I especially like your sweet peas. I'm excited to have some blooming, as I haven't been able to get the annual kind to come up before. My coreopsis never lives more than a few seasons, but after seeing it around town the last few days, I'm thinking I want to try some again.
Happy June GBBD, and thanks for hosting it!
Hi Carol~~ How about Anthemis tinctoria or A. carpatica? Beautiful photos.
All I see is orange when I look out my window, even though there are lots of other things blooming as well. I like the oenothera.
Hello Carol. That Heliopsis helianthoides 'Lorraine Sunshine has some awesome foliage!!! and those sweet peas look great against that blue/purple bench. I submitted my Bloom day post although I was a bit early and posted it on Friday XD.
Heliopsis looks great, but I love also picture with your blue bench – gives nice contrast.
Petunia's Gardener says
Sweet peas, blooming already – really? I cannot believe how you go from much colder than us to summer so quickly. We're having warm and dry weeks that make gardening such a pleasure, but a little rain would sure be nice!
I'll have some more blooming additions on Tuesday. Only got so far with the camera today.
Thanks for Bloom Day! – Paula
I kind of feel that way about yellow – okay in April, tired of it by June. I think I have that oenothera, was going to post a "Please ID this plant" pic but I think you solved the riddle. That happened last month too, as I recall! I miss my coreopsis, it died out a few years ago. I need to get some seeds for next year. With you on the Stella d'Oro but somehow I keep dividing and re-planting it anyway. Did you know the flowers are edible?
Gold Coin is one of those omnipresent landscaping plants that gives me very little shame when I use it myself. Every other daylily we've tried has been somewhat disappointing in comparison. Yours look happy, as do all the other yellows. I wouldn't have minded some coreopsis moonbeam, actually; I really like them
Thanks for hosting.
Sue Swift says
Super – as always am green with envy at how much you've got blooming.
Silvia Hoefnagels . Salix Tree says
Love those yellow daisies! Looks like it has the foliage of chamomile, yes? I want some of those too.
Yellow is my favorite color for flowers. Such a happy and friendly color.
Thanks for giving me the giggles this morning Carol 🙂 I'm particularly with you on the putting something on the list to do and then doing nothing about it front!
All yellow has disappeared from here – that's reserved for cheerful spring and hot late summer. VP Gardens has a tasteful pastel palette at the moment, so do take off your sunglasses before popping over 😉
WV says buddiz – how apt for Blooms Day when we pop over to see how all are gardening friends across the world are doing!
Nan Ondra says
It's been a cool and wet spring here in southeastern Pennsylvania, too, so it sounds like we're at the same stage, Carol. Thanks for sharing your selection of flowers and foliage with us. My offerings are up at Hayefield this month. Happy Bloom Day to all!
I am glad to see I am not the only one who had to get a sponsor for this month's Bloom Day. Yours was brought to us by the color yellow and cool spring rain. We have had rain, but it has been falling in torrents and sheets accompanied with bolts of lightening and claps of thunder. Thank you for hosting yet again. My post is here:
Bloom Day: Brought to You by the Letter "H"
Craig @ Ellis Hollow says
Thanks again for hosting Carol.
My bloom day scans are here: http://www.remarc.com/craig/?p=692
Debbie @ GardenofPossibilities says
I enjoyed seeing all the yellow in your garden this morning, it's so rainy and overcast here in CT that the yellow is a nice pick-me-up. Happy Bloom Day!
Love the striking foliage of the Helopsis. The bench and the sweet peas combination look great.
Love the Sweet Peas with the bench. My Sweet Peas fizzled out before I could get any decent blooms. Guess it doesn't like upper 90 degree weather. Will be making it in the triple digits this week…
Carol, thank you for hosting GBBD. I enjoy it immensely. Call me crazy but I don't mind what color is next to what other color in the garden, as long as it all grows and blooms. And so I find your yellow daylilies combined with the magenta of Lychnis coronaria appealing. The foliage on 'Lorraine Sunshine' is gorgeous. May Dreams Gardens is a fun place to visit.
Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence says
Love the blue bench matched perfectly with the sweet peas. I can't grow them, but wish I could. Very pretty yellows too. A great color to attract bee pollinators. H.
Thanks Carol for being a great host of Bloom Day…I bet it's really going to be a big one! It's 6 ish and the list is long! Love the yellow flowers. gail
Yellow flowers are happy flowers. I can never tire of them. I know what you mean about planting something that every gas station grows, like the Stellas. That's how I feel about the 'Radrazz' roses, but I still love them too much to cast them aside for something less popular.
Cathy S. says
You can never have enough yellows,
your garden flowers is just beautiful!
Wow that is a lot of yellow. The yellow in my garden haven't come out much yet. I have a small bit here and here, but it is mostly white, pink and purples.
Sweet Home and Garden Carolina says
I love yellow as well, Carol and especially the Stella'd'oro daylily which I also have but hasn't bloomed yet. You're about 2 weeks ahead of us here in Chicago.
Love the Sweet Peas !
Mr. McGregor's Daughter says
Oh, I've got a bad case of Sweet Pea envy! Next year I'm soaking my seeds overnight before I plant them, and I'm planting them somewhere sunnier. And yes, the Sweet Peas make up for the Stella photo.
I have that ubiquitous Stella, too, Carol. I always liked them, but it seems you can get too much of a good thing. Love that purple bench with the sweet peas!
Thanks again for hosting! I love that blue bench with the sweet peas, and that heliopsis is incredible. I can understand why you grow it. It seems your garden is a few weeks ahead of mine, so I'm looking forward to my lychnis and other things blooming soon.
I have NO yellow in my spring garden! What explains that? Lots of pink though. I'm happy to show off the first roses, but I don't think I'm going to get any sweet peas at all this year. A lasagna garden failure.
Happy Bloom Day! I feel ambivalent about Stella too, but I think now she's in a spot that shows her off to best advantage. You have to admire her.
Your yellow Stella with the lychnis reminds me of a patch of plain old coreopsis and lychnis that my grandmother had growing next to the raspberry plants. Neither is my favorite color and especially not together but it always makes me smile to think of Nanna.
I have posted a picture of my favorite, and very old rose, that I saved from near extinction in my back yard. I believe the original rose had been in place for about 40 years. I cut some stems and stuck them in the ground – no special preparation – and they have grown to about 6 feet tall!
My mystery plant this month is also yellow: some sort of groundcover left from one of the previous homeowners. Any plant detectives out there are invited to stop by my place and see if they can ID it.
Otherwise, the same cool and rainy weather you have had has slowed down the blooms in my garden. It looks like we'll be warming up this week, though, so swamp phlox and hydrangeas should appear soon!
Everything looks wonderful, Carol. If you have to have Stellas, those are the kind to have! and thanks for identifying that coreopsis lancenota! I just posted it on my blog without a label. See? I should have come here first! Off to correct….
Lovely – just lovely! I'm a fan of yellow – there is something so fresh and summery about it. Of course – I live in WNY where I see nothing but snow for 6 months or longer. I have the stella d'oro, false sunflower, and tickseed coreopsis growing in my yard – but it hasn't warmed up here quite enough to be able to enjoy them yet. I suppose it will, soon. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful collection of gardens here, I wish I could participate. I'll keep my eye out for more, and join in later! 🙂
This is my first time participating. Thank you so much! 🙂
Annie in Austin says
Good morning, Carol! The view of your bench with color-coordinated sweetpeas could make me forgive you just about anything – even Stella in combination with that Lychnis. It was called Agrostemma when I first got it as a passalong 20 years ago.
Your garden looks wonderful, and the rain-when-you-need-it sounds like a Dream for any month, not just May.
I managed to get my GBBD for June up before 2AM, but didn't remember to add the link until now.
Annie at the Transplantable Rose
Ramble on Rose says
I'm with everyone else–the sweet peas and bench combo is great!
I love all the yellow, it's so happy. Your sweet peas do perfectly match your bench, what a nice coincidence. I had no luck with sweet peas this year, I miss smelling them. Oh well, I'll try again next year.
Thanks again for hosting, always lots of fun to see what's in bloom everywhere else.
Carol, I'd concur with others about the yellow mystery daisy: Anthemis tinctoria, the golden marguerite. I had it once, and it's one of those perennials that knocks itself out with blooming and is therefore short lived. You're lucky to have it self-seed. But then your garden looks to me like a lucky garden!
I have to forgive the bright yellow-hot magenta combination, as a) my yellow lilies are fragrant and b) the geranium at their feet fall into that knock-out category. However, I'm going to take a lesson from my husband, who plays guitar: if you play the wrong note, don't apologize — do it again. Because not much grows in my dry shade garden, I might have to make a virtue of yellow and magenta.
Happy Blooms Day, everyone.
There are so many of those oenotheras, I find it very confusing. Wow, that's a lot of yellow! I don't get my yellow until the rudbeckias and heliopsis jump into the mix.
I have a Stella too. They were very cool at one time!
Susan aka Miss. R says
I managed to screw up my first link! So now there's two. Sorry for techno blip.
Wonderful! Tomatoes will be coming soon, Carol! And the yellow is gorgeous! I need a lot more yellow in my yard. I do have the Stella day lilies too- I really don't care for them as much as my others. We've had nothing but 'lettuce and pea' weather- great for my lettuce and peas- not so good for the tomatoes!
Happy gardening to you!
Town Mouse says
Ah Carol, quite a crowd of visitors today! Can't wait to visit some of them, and thanks so much for a glance at your garden. I do love that matching sweet pea color, intentional or not.
Happy Bloom Day to all! There is something about yellow that just brightens the mood. Wish gardeners embraced it more. I hear from so many who want to shun it from their gardens along with orange because they are too bright or gaudy. But a nice yello with purple/blue/green is just such a beautiful combo and pop, they don't know what they are missing.
I love Bloom Day. Many thanks for hosting it!
Melanie Jolicoeur says
Funny, seems like my whole garden is pink and purple…but I bet the yellows will come next!
Carol, what a beautiful scene with the blue bench and the sweet peas! I can almost smell their nostalgic, orange blossom fragrance…ahhhhhh
Thank you so much for my "virtual" rest in your garden.
Your garden looks full of sunshine Carol 🙂 I'm afraid that I have slipped up with Mr.Linky hence two entries with my name – 77&78. I don't know whether you are able to do any editing but if so could you please delete 77 as it takes you back to May 🙂
Jean Campbell says
My blues would be super matched with your yellows.
Thank you for Bloom Day. The hardest part is deciding which ONE flower I'll show so Bloggers can view, gasp, and move on.
Hi Carol, I'm glad to have the reminder to share what is currently happening in the flowers around our garden. And it's nice to see what everyone else is up to. Thanks for hosting this party every month.
Scattered Gardener says
Lychnis coronaria ? I've always wondered what that plant is called, I pull up loads every season and it still comes back – I love it, it's just prolific. Keep trying it in different places.
My first GBD, reminded by Sue Swift's post this morning. Such a good idea, thank you!
Since April, I have published next to nothing on my blog, but I'm trying to jump on the wagon again. Not an extensive list of every single flower in my garden this month, but only some pictures.
I just love the coreopsis! So very pretty. I wish more people grew it, but here in California so many are turned off by the constant deadheading. I think it is so worth the effort! They make a lovely cut flower and add a spark to any bouquet.
Your sweet peas look lovely against the bench. Our sweet peas are done by May here. I just finished tearing them out. On to dahlias for us!
Thank for a lovely Bloom Day post!
Your sweetpeas and purple bench just made my day, Carol. Thanks!
Hi Carol, thanks for hosting Bloom Day. This is my first time and I look forward to many future blooms captured on the 15th. The veggie flowers are my favorite right now, small advertisements of tasty fruit to come.
mss @ Zanthan Gardens says
I'm glad that this GBBD is brought to us by the color yellow because I led my post off with yellow sunflowers.
I love both the Coreopsis lancelota (a lotta!) and the yellow daisies.
It seems strange to me that you have sweet peas and tomatoes flowering at the same time. I love sweet peas and try them every year with so-so success.
Made it! An early-morning power outage (and the sun not rising in my part of the world until the rest of you are halfway through your day!) made my post a little later than I would have liked, but better late than never!
Thanks for a great site and great idea. Oops if my links are off. I don't have an up-to-date blog.
Love, love, love looking at other's gardens!
Lovely yellow blooms, carol but my heart has been most won over by your beautiful sweet peas against the blue of the bench.
I've added my post. Thank you for hosting GBBD.
great blooms and i love that bench. Thanks for showing us
Hmm. I love yellow, and boy was it great to see all of it here, Carol! Personally, I love the combination of your lychnis and Stella. But I am a sucker for wild color combinations, and I particularly love that hot magenta color.
My post is up over here. http://healingmagichands.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-june-15-2009/
Hoping to see you there.
danger garden says
I love that you started the post with a tomato blossom. Very fitting for the time of year.
Garden Dreamer says
First time Bloom Day contributor and a newbie garden blogger. Your garden is beautiful and thanks for the blog. Very informative posts.
I have been gardening on my own for 5 years now, used to help my mom in her garden since I was a kid. Really love gardening and plants. I have a small plot in a community garden where I grow my vegetables and a patio where my container garden thrives.
Thats about me. And I tried to link my blog twice on your post by mistake. Sorry for that. Thanks.
kris at Blithewold says
There's nothing quite like that Oenothera is there? But what a thug. We just dug an enormous patch of it out but left enough that we'll have to do the same thing next year. Thanks as always for hosting GBBD!
Wow Carol, that's quite the collection of yellow you've got going on there. I can't wait until my tomatoes start to bloom, shouldn't be long now since we managed to skip over spring altogether here and plunged headlong into summer…
I love the bench and matching flowers!
How funny to read about the day lily that you were going to get rid of and here it still is a year on! Perhaps I'll revisit my decision to throw out my poppy!
I love your introduction of the yellow theme through the restrained tomato flower followed by all these zingy blooms.
Karen - An Artist's Garden says
Wow, I am number 105 – what a great turn out or June.
I am afraid Carol, yellow is my least favorite colour in the garden – although it does look very jolly in your post here to-day. However the perfectly matched sweet peas and bench are a delight.
Thanks or another GBBD – I love them.
Love your garden bench with the sweet peas! Love the bright cheery yellows in the coreopsis and heliopsis. Wow… look at the turn out for bloom day! Congratulations Carol!
Wow! My first post on your Bloom Day page. My daughter did it for me in May ans when I couldn't remember where she went to and googled Bloom Day and sure enough you came up number 5!
Our first three fish, we named. They soon fell prey to some unknown predator. The next time we introduced fish into the pond, they remained nameless for fear of tempting the gods. These anonymous fish are into their third year, growing fatter and oranger. Perhaps it's best to leave names out of it?
After reading your post, I decided to count my yellow flowers: 8 varieties (or 9 if you include the tomatoes). Yellow is a good color!
I've got the same variegated heliopsis and the same 'problem' with it. But you're right – it's worth it for the beautiful foliage.
Susan aka Miss. R says
Here's a link to a fact sheet for the Thermopsis caroliniana (hardy to Z3)
The variegated Heliopsis is gorgeous. Thanks for hosting such a fun event. It is nice to share my blooms and see everyone elses.
Aww, I love yellow! I actually don't have enough in my garden yet. But I'm getting there. First time Bloom Day participant here! I really like your colorful bench.
A wonderful turn out for a wonderful event! Your garden is really looking lovely…especially that tomato blossom! That's one of my favorite blooms in the world!
Hi Carol, I think your Stellas look very nice there, and I'm sure someone told you what kind of daisies those are. If they didn't let me know.
Now, just add a few gorgeous daylilies to the mix. 🙂 ~~Dee
I love all of your yellow, Carol, and your sweet peas. Mine did not do well at all this year, and I really missed not having them. My post is up. Thanks for hosting GBBD.
lostlandscape (James) says
I like how you began with the yellow tomato flower. Even if the season brings you lots of things that are yellow, things don't get much more optimistic than the promise of fresh home-grown tomatoes! Thanks for sharing your garden and for hosting again.
Julia Erickson says
My tomatoes are not yet blooming, but it's still high rose season in my garden. Enjoy!
I love the garden bench with the sweet peas!
Your garden is so cheery! We're trying to bring in more yellows this year into our garden.
I almost didn't do a June Bloom Day post due to lack of time, but I'm hooked, Carol! The internet was running slow and Blogger was hiccuping a little..both of which slowed me down, but perseverance paid off, and here I am at last.
It's ironic that we have so much to show at the busiest time of the gardening year.
I'm not a big fan of red and yellow together, but I actually quite like the magenta with your stellas. It's a bright and cheery combination, and your yellows are a happy lot!
Thanks for hosting another Bloom Day! I'm amazed that the number just keeps on growing!
My goodness the list of people taking part just keep getting bigger. I would love to join in again, but I'll have to wait to tomorrow, sorry. LOVE your garden and all the happy yellow blooms ~ rather jealous really x
Can anyone participate
garden girl says
Yep, Golden Marguerite it is Carol. I used to have them years ago in a previous garden, and I'm reminded how well they bloomed in that shady bed.
I'm envying your tomato blossoms – the tomatoes aren't doing much here with our cool weather. Thank you for hosting Bloom Day!
Andrew ViewGardening.com says
Your sweet peas do perfectly match your bench, what a nice coincidence.
Wow that Heliopsis is something. And all that yellow! Thanks for hosting Bloom Day. It got me to go take photos and post all in the same evening, and that's something, too 🙂
Kylee Baumle says
I thought I'd get in just uner the wire, but I fell asleep! Thanks once again for hosting this, Carol!
I like that variegated heliopsis, too. My garden has a true blue Siberian iris blooming, dark sweet William, and a deep pink rose: http://www.coldclimategardening.com/2009/06/16/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-june-2009/
July is our yellow month.
Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog says
Wow, I really like that heliopsis foliage as well. And your happy accident with the sweet peas. Can't wait to see that cue ball squash soon. Thanks again for hosting (and sorry for my tardiness).
Hey Carol, congrats on yet another successful GBBD. Wow… what a sunshine place your garden is at the moment 😀
Yep… and I joined you with a rainy day too. Never mind… the plants were happy to get rain at last. Happy Bloom Day 😀
kris at t.m. says
Hi again! I have a few fewer blooms at home than I do at work but they're all mine and I'm wicked proud. And again, I could have should have taken a pic of evening primrose… Thanks as always for hosting!
The sweet peas and bench combo is too precious. I wish I had all those lovely self sowers in my garden!
THe sweet peas are gorgeous! I just found you and am so glad I did- joined in the 15th linky late but I do so look forward to next month! Thank you for hosting this fun time!
GP @ ABloominBlog says
Have just found your blog and signed up for the 15th of the month linking. Very enjoyable to read and love your garden pics.
Diana Studer says
Sorry I'm a bit late, first time in. My June flowers are Lachenalia bulbs in glorious colours.
C atherine says
I write a local gardening page and did a general post for what is blooming in my city. Since it's not personal I'm not sure if it fits here, but I thought I'd give it a shot.