June 13, 2011
Brunnera, Aubrieta, Lilacs, Lewisia, Bleeding Heart, Carnations
Here is a roundup of some of the blooms in my garden lately. These first three are flowers on Brunnera 'Jack Frost'.
They remind me of forget-me-nots and are very true blue.
No doubt there'd be more flowers if my plant wasn't growing in full shade. Some morning sun would do it good.
I picked up some Aubrieta 'Axcent Antique Rose' at the nursery last month. It's more lilac than rose.
My clearance-rack 'Katherine Havemeyer' lilacs put out more blooms than last year, but still not a ton.
It's interesting to watch how the warm lavender buds open into cool silvery lavender flowers.
Holy cow, the Lewisia put out a ton of flowers this year. I forgot to get a picture when they were in full bloom, but it was impressive.
My white bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis alba) is gigantic this year, sprawling over its neighbors.
It gets plenty of water and shade in its position, so the leaves hang around until fall instead of going dormant in summer as they would usually do.
I brought home a few carnations from Lowes last month. Above is 'Ruby Tuesday'. Light clove scent, pretty bright red flowers, very nice for cutting.
Here is 'Rosy Cheeks'. No doubt these would not be in bloom yet if they had spent the spring in the ground instead of at a greenhouse.
This plant has a delicious clove fragrance and vivid cool pink blooms. I'm amazed at how many flowers it's putting out . . . of course that means a lot of deadheading, oh well.
Despite our unusually cool weather, the iris and early peonies are blooming and Asiatic lilies are ready to pop open soon. 'May Night' salvia didn't bloom in May, but it's blooming its head off now. I'll have to grab some pictures of the enormous 'Walker's Low' catmints with the fluffy big bumblebees that cover them on warm days. And that brings us up to date on what's blooming in the garden.