|Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’|
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for June 2016.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the garden is beginning to transition into summer, which is gardener’s code for “get out there and weed”.
Everywhere I look, it seems there is a weed or two or one hundred to pull, but that doesn’t keep me from enjoying the many blooms, starting with the tiny blooms of Fairy Bower, pictured above.
It has the big name of Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’ and used to climb up a nearby serviceberry tree. When I had that tree removed for very good reasons, I thought I’d lost this clematis, but it survived and is scampering about the garden once again. It is one of my favorites.
Elsewhere in the garden, me thinks this bayberry, Myrica pensylvanica, is not terribly happy to be upstaged by the lovely white blooming clematis.
And readers may not be happy with me because I do not know the name of it. I will look for the tag when it gets hot in the summertime and I’m looking for indoor tasks to keep me busy. Until then, isn’t it pretty even without a name?
In that same area, a bush honeysuckle planted last year is blooming.
|Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle, Diervilla rivularis|
Proven Winners sent it to me last year to try in my garden. It goes by the name Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle Diervilla rivularis. It is a native shrub, not the invasive Japanese honeysuckle we see invading any wooded area. I have the northern bush honeysuckle, Diervilla lonicera, blooming now in the front garden. It is also native and though it isn’t invasive, it likes to run, sending out runners in all directions. They are easy to pull up and cut off and so that’s what I do to keep it in its bounds.
Another shrub blooming today is Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus floridus.
|Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus floridus|
I planted it because I like the unusual blooms and it will become a nice tall shrub, good for birds to hide in.
One more shrub small tree now blooming is the smokebush, Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’.
|Smokebush, Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple|
There’s nothing native about it but it is interesting in full bloom. Once those blooms fade, I’m going to cut that back a bit. That’s the nice thing about smokebush. You can whack it back and it will return.
Perennials you ask? Do you have any perennials in bloom?
Of course I do.
There is coreopsis, probably Coreopsis tripteris, but don’t hold me to it.
And there are daylilies, like this peachy one.
And the lamb’s ear, Stachys byzantina, that shows up throughout the garden, wherever it decides it should be.
It flops over quite a bit but the bumble bees love it so I let it grow and then when the blooms fade, I cut it back.
And did I mention Clematis?
This one is ‘Comtesse de Bouchard’.
And let’s not forget the vegetable garden where the tomatoes are all blooming.
And finally, the first coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, is blooming.
It looks like it didn’t bother to get fully dressed before showing up. I think the others should take their time and wait for July, when they’ll surely have more petals, don’t you?
And that’s a bit of what’s blooming in my garden on this lovely June morning.
What’s blooming in your garden today?
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And remember, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence