Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for June 2012.
As I looked around my USDA hardiness zone 6a garden early yesterday morning, before the sun was bright, I was surprised to see how many red and red-toned flowers I have in bloom.
There was a time when I could never have imagined that red would ever be that prevalent in my garden, especially in June. But times change and so does a gardener’s willingness to expand the color palette of her garden.
In Plopper’s Field, so named because it is where I just plop plants in wherever there is a bare spot, a new bloom of Hemerocallis ‘Longstocking’ , purchased from nearby Soules Garden, brings some red to that border.
Just down the way, on the edge of The Shrubbery, a mass of shrub roses immediately draws my eyes to the area, and I think briefly about sitting for a spell in the garden before heading off to work.
|OSO EASY™ Cherry Pie, Rosa ‘Meiboulka’|
But I keep going on past the roses, past the gate to the vegetable garden and find some yarrow casting a reddish glow on the day.
|Yarrow from Blooms of Bressingham|
I moved these plants at least three times while re-doing the garden. I think I’ve found them a good home now and will just leave them be for awhile.
The yarrow watch over the beginning of the path I call Ridgewood Avenue that divides Woodland Follies from August Dreams Gardens. Here I stop, surprised to see an aster starting blooming.
|Aster novae-angliae ‘Alma Potschke’|
This aster is supposed to bloom in late August and early fall. What cue did it get that made it think that now was the time to bloom? I guess I shouldn’t really be that surprised. This has been a mixed up season so far this year.
Elsehwere in August Dreams Garden, sneezeweed is starting to bloom, too.
|Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’|
It’s just a happy coincidence that the blooms of the sneezeweed match part of the sculpture in that garden.
Of course, all is not red in my garden in June. The shasta daisies, coneflowers, and coreopsis bring white, purple and yellow to Ploppers’ Field. In front there are pink blooms on spirea and yellow blooms on roses, mixed with the hint of blue on newly planted butterfly bushes. Much of the garden is the same as it was on previous bloom days in June in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, give or take by a few weeks and give or take a few new plants each year.
But red is the color I see in my garden today, in 2012, in the middle of June.
What’s blooming in your garden?
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“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence