Garden Blogger Bloom Day: June 2013
I’m late with this post for some very legitimate reasons. It rained most of the day yesterday so photography was not an option. When it finally cleared, we were due to leave for Judy’s brother’s house for what turned out to be a wonderful dinner. Judy did take a few rushed shots but we didn’t get home until late. Plus the dog ate my homework.
The temperatures are finally getting to the point where there is a hint of summer in the air. Plants are growing lushly with all the rain, but blooms are coming late, especially compared to last year. On the other hand, they are lasting longer as well.
The roses have begun to bloom, though they are nowhere near their peak. First, my favorite, ‘Sally Holmes’.
Also, ‘Westerland’ had its first blossom, though its looking a bit sickly I think. (Not in the photograph, but some of the foliage doesn’t look right.)
A big old Deutzia is blooming. This shrub was here when we moved in, variety unknown.
There’s also a Weigela we inherited from the former owners, again variety unknown.
The Pansies and Johnny Jump Ups in containers are liking this cool spring. They are only now just barely showing signs of withering under the heat. I may replace them next weekend with summer shade annuals.
The Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) has been blooming like mad for weeks. I love this vine, not to be confused with the beautiful but evil invasive Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). I’ve planted another Trumpet Honeysuckle on a trillis by the back porch windows, by next year it should be drawing hummingbirds for easy viewing.
I have lots of Grey Dogwood (Cornus racemosa), a shrub dogwood great for wildlife. The earlier cultivars have begun blooming.
Sweet, sweet ‘Cassie’ is blooming her heart out with those adorable little white flowers. Only thing that bothers me is: why did I plant a white rose in front of a house painted white? Too late now, though, I like ‘Cassie’ too much to risk moving her.
The Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis) is just past its prime. This is a wonderful plant, with flowers reminiscent of sweet peas, though sadly not fragrant.
Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ still going strong.
Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) is looking really good this year. I have the straight species and the cultivar ‘Husker’s Red’.
The Ohio Spiderwort is just starting to bloom. They’re looking very vigorous this year, not weedy at all, thank you very much. Too bad the flowers close up in the afternoon.
And the Salvia is coming into its own. Some are blooming later because I cut them back in May. I really like my new ‘Caradonna’, and it will only look better as it fills in. ‘May Night’ and ‘Blue Hill’ are just starting to show a little color.
Garden Blogger Bloom Day is sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Pay a visit and see what’s blooming in other gardens.