The Flowers of Mid-June
It’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again, so let’s see which flowers are strutting their stuff at the Garden in a City.
This is a great year for Salvia in our garden. Salvia nemerosa ‘May Night’ and ‘East Friesland’, along with S. x sylvestris ‘Blue Hill’ are making a long patch of mixed deep and light blue – with no flopping. The lack of flopping could be due to a more compact growth habit, or one of those cheap 18″ high edging fences I bought at Home Depot.
Either way, I can’t believe I was contemplating pulling the salvias out of this bed last fall. Thankfully, Judy and my blogging friends made me reconsider.
There are also several patches of Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’, which is taller than the ones shown earlier but very upright and more purple than blue.
This year I’ve also put some annual Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ in the Driveway Border to keep things full and reinforce the other blue flowers. At this point they are blooming only modestly while still settling in. Last year I tried ‘Black and Blue’ in containers and was disappointed by the lack of flowers. But the flowers and gold-green leaves are so nice I’m going to see if it performs better in the border.
Penstemon digitalis has just started blooming and is full of flowers. ‘Hustker Red’ stands behind the salvias in the Sidewalk Border.
There is also some of the straight species here and there.
While the Amsonia in the back garden has finished blooming, the Amsonia tabernaemontana still has plenty of flowers. Here is a close up of the light blue, star-shaped flowers.
My other roses definitely took a beating during our harsh winter. ‘Cassie’, however, seems to have woken refreshed from her winter slumber, energized and ready to cover herself with blooms.
Nepeta keeps blooming, both the smaller Napeta x faassenii ‘Kit Kat’ and Napeta ‘Walker’s Low’, which is actually 2-3′ tall.
There are lots of gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa) in our back garden, and their flower clusters are just starting to open. Come fall there will be white berries that will be quickly eaten by migrating birds.
There is also this mystery shrub that I keep forgetting to identify. It is not fragrant but the flowers are lovely. Anybody know what this is?
There’s also this Weigela I inherited that continues to bloom pretty nicely even though I don’t do much for it and I would think it is in too much shade.
Getting tired of looking at flowers? Let’s break it up with a little real life humor. At least, I think it’s humorous. My younger son is something of a beer snob. One day he said to me, “Dad, have you ever even tasted a craft beer?” With my lighting-quick wit I responded, “No, but I’ve tried their macaroni and cheese and it’s excellent.”
OK, back to the flowers. At the risk of repeating an earlier post, here’s a picture of Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’. This is a very floriferous variety, in my opinion flowering more profusely than ‘Rozanne’, though ‘Rozanne’ certainly does flower for a longer period.
This spring I got some white-flowered Corydalis ochroleuca. Of the three I planted, one is doing fine and the others seem to be wasting away. This is surprising because I also have the yellow Corydalis lutea and it seem to be indestructible as long as it is given shade.
The Zizia aurea is still blooming, but seed heads are starting to form so I am beginning to cut it back. This guy self-sows a little too freely.
I know that Polemoneum reptans is the native Jacobs ladder, but the European Polemoneum caeruleum blooms for a much longer period. The American species is more compact, though, if that’s important to you.
The cool spring is extending the bloom time of lots of plants, including Aquilegia canadensis, here with Geranium ‘Biokovo’. ‘Biokovo’ is turning out to be an intrepid ground cover, with profuse pinkish white flowers.
Lonicera sempervirens has had a lot of winter dieback. This year it is showing only a very sparse flush of blooms, compared to prior years.
And I will conclude with a close up of Baptisia australis flowers, which are still going strong.
If you want to see even more flowers, head over to Carol’s May Dreams Gardens and see what other garden bloggers have got going.