July 22, 2020

More Midsummer Garden Views


With temperatures hitting the 90's this week (upwards of 32 degrees C), it really feels like summer.  It has been a slow process to get more midsummer color in my garden, but I feel like we are finally reaching that goal.  In the front yard a few daylilies are blooming along with 'Walker's Low' catmint, but most of the interest comes from different leaf colors and textures.  


The long-blooming 'Walker's Low' catmint is ready for a trim to get rid of the spent bloom stalks, then it will keep producing flowers until frost.


I posted lots of pictures of this area last week, but I can't resist a few more.  The 'Red Velvet' lilies are at peak bloom and I've fallen in love with this new addition to the garden.  


'Arabian Night' and 'Purple Haze' dahlias are blooming behind fragrant 'Purple Prince' lilies.  Despite the name, this trumpet-shaped lily is actually a deep pink.  The color plays well with the second round of blooms on 'Caradonna' salvia and the main flush of blooms on 'Millenium' allium.


This is the best July ever for this section of the garden.  The lilies are such a special addition.


In this view the 'Fujian' Orienpet lilies are opening behind the 'Red Velvet' stalks.  'Fujian' is a show-stopper with large flowers that are strongly fragrant.  Both types were ordered from B&D Lilies last fall.


The 'Big Smile' daylilies are opening next to the swing set while the 'Lady of Shallot' roses in pots take a break from blooming.  The honeysuckle growing on the frame has hosted several Pine Siskin finch nests this year, and at least two of those nests have been taken over by bumblebees.  


A view toward the northeast corner of the backyard is very green and calm.


The area right behind the swing set is full of floppy 'Chantilly Peach' snapdragons (they'd like more sun) and several types of Veronica.


I just planted a 'Thoweil' Hinoki cypress in this area and have another in a pot to plant in fall after I transplant a viburnum.  The dark, wavy texture will be pretty all year.


The white section of the garden features an 'Annabelle' hydrangea and 'Meidilland White' rose in peak bloom.  Dahlias, anemones and more lilies are set to open soon.


I replanted another white clematis at the base of the arch after the first one died last summer (I think it had fungal wilt), and it's slowly starting to climb up the side. 


Just past the arch are 'Purple Candles' veronica and a young 'Invincibelle Blush' hydrangea next to the birdbath.  


I'll finish with the view of the east side of the house.  Short 'Maggie Dayley' and tall 'Purple Candles' astilbe are in bloom in front of a 'Comtesse de Bouchaud' clematis.  I love the chartreuse leaves with the mauve flowers.

July 15, 2020

July Bloom Day



July is here and the northwest corner of my garden is blooming hard.  Above are 'Arabian Night' and 'Purple Haze' dahlias, a second flush of bloom on 'April Night' salvia, 'William Shakespeare 2000' roses, and 'Millenium' allium.  I've linked to May Dreams Gardens for the monthly Bloom Day celebration.


In the broad view of the area, you can see that the 'Caradonna' salvia is nearly finished blooming while the 'Millenium' allium are just about to hit their peak.  'Blue Chip' butterfly bushes will soon start producing color at front, while 'Purple Prince' lilies, Russian sage (Peroskvia) and 'Jeana' phlox will come into bloom at the back of the bed.  Next year this view might include deep red blooms on the newly planted 'Florentina' roses on the tepees.  


The 'Berry Awesome' hibiscus will bloom sometime in the next month, but for now the mauve-green spiky leaves are beautiful against the darker smoke bush foliage.


First-time bloomers this year include 'Red Velvet' lilies with dark red candelabras.  I ordered a dozen of this type from B&D Lilies last fall, and the large bulbs are producing numerous flowers already.  This hybrid is supposed to be tough as nails, so I'm hopeful they'll continue to bloom reliably for years to come.


The 'Red Velvet' lilies are planted among 'Visions in Red' astilbe, 'Caradonna' salvia and 'Summer Beauty' allium.


A view of the area from the opposite direction includes 'Big Blue' sea holly along with drumstick alliums and faded seedheads from 'Ambassador' alliums.


'Darwin's Blue' veronica and 'Blue Paradise' phlox cool down the palette of deep reds and purples.


Just after sunset the area looks restful.  From this distance you can't see the jagged edges of leaves eaten by root weevils or the holes caused by slugs and earwigs.  We've been spraying Neem and Spinosad for organic control of these pests.  I'm crossing my fingers that the pest populations get knocked down by our efforts before the weevil larvae do more extensive damage to roots next winter.  Some of my peonies, hostas, geums and heucheras were smaller this year because of last winter's root damage by the larvae.  It's a continuing adventure, right?


June 15, 2020

June Bloom Day



Today is June Bloom Day with May Dreams Garden Blog, so here are some photos of the flowers from this morning.  We have had a long, cool spring here in Spokane Valley, Washington State.  The Ambassador alliums are in full bloom right now.  These are the most vigorous of the allium bulbs in my garden.  They multiply each year, their color is rich and deep, and their flowers last for a long time.


Two Galaxy Blue agapanthus plants are new additions this spring.  I have planted 'hardy' agapanthus cultivars in my zone 6 garden before and they've either languished or disappeared altogether.  This new introduction from Walters Gardens is supposed to be a vigorous perennial for zone 6, so I am hopeful that they will come back as promised next year.  I also planted two Galaxy white agapanthus from the same series.  I miss agapanthus from our time in California, so these cultivars are very exciting for me. 


A Masterpiece lupine blooms with the last of the Medallion poppies, Globemaster alliums, April Night salvia and Caradonna salvia.  A newly planted Boulder Blue fescue is shown at front.  I've become a big fan of these evergreen (everblue?) grasses for their year-round contribution of peaceful steel-blue color.


Prairie Dusk penstemon is in full bloom in front of a Red Dragon contorted filbert.  I thought these penstemons would be July-bloomers, but I was wrong.  Oh well, they look nice with the rest of the June show.


Big Blue or Sapphire Blue sea hollies are in bloom and starting to turn cobalt.  I planted both types, only one has started to flower, and I can't remember which one it is.  


In the West garden the Walker's Low catmint is in full glory, the Stella d'Oro daylilies are overgrown and asking for division, and the Crown Princess Margareta and Teasing Georgia roses are blooming lightly on the trellises.  


Blue Moon wisteria is blooming and smells wonderful.  I have two planted in the garden and they're not huge yet, but they bloom each year.


The climbing hydrangea is in bloom with white bleeding heart, Green Spice heuchera and mukdenia in the background.


Green Lotus peony has such an interesting flower.  They're still standing up despite lots of rain.


Both of the Korean Heartthrob dogwood trees have been in glorious soft pink bloom for over a week.  They're loving the cool, wet weather.

My Kopper Kettle Itoh peony is nearly finished blooming.  I have it growing where honey locust trees allow the emerging peony foliage full sun before the trees leaf out in May, then provide light shade when the peony is in bloom so the flowers don't fade as much.