We’re coming out of a lull in which the Front Garden was almost entirely green. Sure, I know green is a color but still – it’s not a color. You know what I’m saying. Now, as we shift into summer, the real colors are coming back.
Clematis ‘Betty Corning’ has been blooming all through the color lull, and it’s still going strong as other plants start to pick up the slack.
It is now full of blossoms from top to bottom. Bless its long season of bloom.
A new flower in the garden for this year – Bush’s Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe bushii). I was briefly obsessed with this native perennial last year and planted half a dozen. This is a more upright cousin of the sprawling Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe involucrata).
Too late I discovered that Judy is not thrilled with the color. I’m not normally a big magenta guy either but something about this plant is compelling. Maybe because it is a host plant for the Gray Hairstreak butterfly.
The earliest of our Monardas to bloom, ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is now full of flowers reminiscent of red pompoms.
We have some growing by the back porch windows so we can watch the hummingbirds up close as they arrive for drinks of nectar.
Not as much Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) blooming this year as there was last, which I plan to write about in an upcoming post. Still, there’s still one good patch at the edge of the Crabapple Bed.
Clematis ‘Multi-Blue’ is having a second flush of blooms even better than the one in May.
Its leaves have also turned a golden hue, something I never noticed in prior years.
I’m guessing the name comes from the different shades of blue that the flowers show as they age.
And Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is still displaying substantial flower power.
I wanted to mention that next week I am starting an online garden design course. It’s supposed to be fairly intensive, so my posts on this blog will likely be shorter and/or less frequent.
What colors are you seeing in your garden these days?