Well, here we are, the first Saturday in June! The calendar says so; the weather says so; yet I feel like time has stood still since the pandemic quarantines began three months ago! Time marches on, but I am not part of the parade this year. My gardens, however, are not experiencing the same time warp as I, and are progressing right along without me. Here are six things that stand out today:
- Clematis ‘Nellie Moser’
Nellie grows in the back corner of my vegetable patch, on a trellis that no longer stands up. Last year she didn’t bloom at all, and I thought I’d lost her, but this year she is back in spades.
Here is a shot of ‘Nellie Moser’ on the trellis, along with another clematis (#2 on today’s list). She seems to need some help climbing, but before the month is out, we will have a new fence around the garden (as well as a new adjoining patio) and a new place for these lovelies to climb. I’m glad they’re blooming now so I won’t have the heartbreak of losing unopened flowers when it’s time to remove the vines from the fence.
2. Unknown Clematis:
I cannot remember what the name of this clematis is, but it’s happily shared space with Nellie for a good number of years now.
3. Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa):
The Kousa Dogwood at the lower corner of my Terrace Garden has started “blooming”, with its bracts starting to whiten. Right now, they’re a creamy, yellowish shade of pale green; eventually, they will be pure white. The flower is actually the small green ball in the center of the bract. Over the summer it will develop into a red berry. The berries fall in the late summer and autumn, to be enjoyed by chipmunks, squirrels, and birds.
This tree is six years old now. It is largely unbothered by deer, but sometimes sustains minor damage from Japanese beetles. You can read more about it here.
I showed you the first of my rhododendrons opening last week. Here’s a shot of the three bushes (trees?) in the front garden. They sustain a good deal of deer damage over the winter; hence the absence of blooms below a certain height. Perhaps this will be the autumn that I finally follow through on my good intentions and put up some fencing around them!
The rhodies are at their peak now, and literally buzzing with bumblebee activity!
5. Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’:
I planted this shrub in the front garden five years ago, and this is the best it’s ever looked! I will trim it to a more rounded shape after it is done blooming. I love its magenta blooms, and its burgundy foliage when the blooms have fallen.
6. Streptocarcus ‘Little Kan’:
I’m ending with a houseplant (carried outside for the pictures!). This streptocarpus has been blooming for a few weeks now. It does remarkably well for me in spite of inconsistent care. During the winter, I keep it in a window that gets afternoon sun, and, because it’s in a seldom used room, I water it too rarely. Nonetheless, in mid-spring, it sends out buds and starts to bloom. This year, its first flowers were open for Easter (April 12). For the spring and summer, I do move it to a window on the northeastern side of the house (in a room we use every day!) so it gets just a bit of morning sun and bright indirect light the rest of the day. When I remember to, I feed it with African violet fertilizer (I like to use EarthPods organic capsules.)
I hope you’ve enjoyed these six things from my gardens this week. Thank you to The Propagator for hosting this meme. Why not pop over to his site and see what gardeners from all over have to show us this week!