June 29, 2018
June has been a lovely month in the garden, but I've chosen to spend time outside instead of sitting at my computer to post on this blog. In the scene above, 'Blue Gown' bellflower (Campanula) is smothered in blooms in front of 'Evergold' carex, buds of 'Visions' astilbe, 'Elke' hardy geranium and 'Eola Sapphire' hostas.
In the northwest corner, the 'Caradonna' salvia and 'Moulin Rouge' astrantia are nearly finished while flowers on 'Visions in Red' astilbe and drumstick allium are about to open.
My two 'William Shakespeare 2000' English roses are blooming prolifically this year. Some of the blooms are too heavy for the stems, but I'm happy to cut those to bring inside.
I used to think alliums were odd-looking, but now I'm a complete fan. These dried heads from 'Purple Sensation' look nice against the dwarf Arctic willow stems.
The northeast corner is golden right now, and it smells like heaven with the honeysuckle in bloom.
I enjoyed creating these pots with a sunset color scheme. 'Hypnotica Bronze' dahlia, 'Perfume Purple' nicotiana, 'Honey' supertunia, 'Persian Chocolate' lysmachia, 'Lemon Licorice' licorice plant, and 'Inferno' coleus are planted together.
The perennial clumps of yellow Digitalis grandiflora are having a good year. The steel blue balls are Allium caeruleum.
Crambe cordifolia made a tall haze of white flowers behind 'Esther Reed' double daisies and the annuals in my broken water fountain. I had some friends over for a garden party mid-month, and the Crambe was quite the topic of conversation.
Backlighting at sunset makes the buds of 'Bridal Veil' astilbe and seedheads of 'Everest' allium glow. Soon the annual cosmos and black peony poppies will start blooming in this area.
June 4, 2018
After years of head scratching and transplanting, the Northwest corner is finally looking pretty good this year, and I think I've got enough later-bloomers to keep it in color throughout the growing season.
'Medallion' Oriental poppies are the stars this year. I nearly gave up on them when they were so floppy while growing in a more shaded site. I'm so glad I found a place for them in the sun and gave them a second chance. 'Caradonna' salvia, 'Totally Tangerine' geum and 'Caesar's Brother' Siberian iris are in the background.
Here is a broader view of the area with a pink 'Rivida' peony in bloom at bottom right.
The 'Ambassador' alliums are still my favorite large allium, although their great height (4-5' for me) makes it harder to place them in the garden. I never thought of purple as my favorite color, but it must be my favorite garden color since I have so much of it. Me and the bees.
This is the current view while standing at the entrance gate to the backyard and looking north.
And here is the view looking south toward the garden gate. I have the 'Firestorm' geum and 'Dusseldorf Pride' armeria planted in zig-zags across the path.
The peonies come and go so quickly. This is an early red that I received from a friend.
I have two small 'Buckeye Belle' peonies that have such deep color. Luscious.
My 'Stellar Pink' dogwood has recovered from transplanting two years ago and looks better than ever. It had to be moved to accommodate our remodel, and it gets a little more sun in this spot at the northeast corner of the house. That extra sun has paid off in extra blooms this year.
May 18, 2018
The best color in the garden will happen over the next month (and maybe again in August/September, if my dahlia dreams come true), but pretty combos are starting to appear around the garden. Above are 'Margarita' and 'Black Hero' double tulips.
'Black Hero' is such a fascinating color. It looks maroon up close and in some types of light, and then it looks truly black at other times of the day. It's also very long blooming, even though it opens at the end of tulip season. Above it contrasts with an 'Early Emperor' allium, 'Moulin Rouge' astrantia, Euphorbia polychroma and 'Totally Tangerine' geum in the background.
I finally planted some 'Purple Sensation' alliums last fall, and the purple color is fabulous! It also opens early in the allium season. This cultivar is inexpensive to buy but is a valuable addition in the garden.
Here's one more shot of 'Black Hero' in the black and white garden area. 'Blue Mist' fothergilla is blooming in the midground, and the annuals in my broken fountain are sporting new growth.
A newly planted 'Mai Tai' geum perfectly echoes the spring leaf colors of my 'Peach Sorbet' dwarf blueberry bush in the background.
'Banana Daiquiri' geum is blooming for the first time in a soft butter yellow.
Another striking harmony came from 'Axcent Blue' aubrieta and a saxifrage, cultivar name unknown. This photo is from over a week ago.
In the front yard, my 'Coral Supreme' peonies are about to bloom. This photo is from around a week ago and shows the new support ring I installed this year. I used this large Essex Support on three of my biggest peony plants, and I'm happy to note that they've grown to hide the metal and are staying beautifully upright for the first time.