Three very hot days this week brought out quite a few blooms in my garden, just in time for June’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
The patch of Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ in the Terrace Garden really sprang up in the last week. It tends toward slow, thanks to the resident Bad Kitty regularly rolling and lolling about in it, but it always recovers. Three bumblebees buzzed busily in its blossoms today:
A clump of Dianthus (maybe ‘Fire and Ice’) blooms nearby:
Some pink Allium unifolium and Iris hollandica ‘Sky Wings’ are blooming among the foliage of the Obedient Plant. In an attempt at succession gardening, I planted some early daffodils (‘Jetfire’) here, as well as the Allium and Iris which are blooming now. It’s nice to have some color in there while I wait until July for the Obedient Plant to flower!
I think the irises should come back next year. The soil here is well drained, if not dry, and this space does get sun nearly all day.
Honestly, it was a surprise to me when these came up. I really did not remember ordering or planting them! Upon checking the shipping invoice from Scheepers, I recalled choosing the lovely pastels in hopes that they would bloom together, and now, here they have!
A bit farther down the Terrace Garden, the Spirea are beginning to open. Many bees were buzzing around here today, too!
At the far end, the three year old Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) is displaying its best bloom cycle yet! I didn’t see any bees, but found this moth (butterfly?) on one of its bracts:
Up the hill, near the house, my old reliable pink Knockout rose has only one flower open. It was covered in buds early last week. Then one morning I walked by it and noticed that nearly every one of those buds had been eaten! The air may have been a bit blue for some moments afterwards as I hurled some epithets toward the gosh-darned woodchucks! The rest of the plant was untouched, and it will probably go on to produce more buds for the chucks to eat. (Nothing but insects has ever touched this plant before–it’s been a VERY bad year here!)
A table full of cheerful pansies welcomes visitors at the front door. Just yesterday, I planted some pots of Impatiens for the porch. There are Caladium bulbs in the larger pots as well. I think they’ll be quite a nice sight for July’s Bloom Day!
In the rock garden, we find more Dianthus, and some yellow Allium moly:
My ‘May Night’ Salvia looks rather paltry. It’s partially the fault of the woodchucks, who felt the need to taste its earliest buds.
Here’s Penstemon ‘Riding Hood Marble Cream’, at most a foot high.
It grows next to Penstemon ‘Husker Red’, which towers over it! In the five or six years this plant has been here, this is the best it’s ever looked!
There are a few sweet clumps of Dianthus, such as this one hiding behind some Basket of Gold foliage, blooming in the upper rocks.
Finally, here are some Foxglove. The first is Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’. I don’t know what the other one is. Its flowers are very similar to ‘Candy Mountain’, but its foliage is different.
I’m happy to have shared my blooms with you, and look forward to seeing what’s blooming in your garden this mid-June! Happy Bloom Day!