Sunday, June 15, 2014

GARDEN BLOGGERS' BLOOM DAY JUNE 2014

Welcome to my garden on this special day of the month, when Carol of Maydreams hosts gardeners everywhere showing their June blooms. Here is what is blooming in my garden at the moment.


This day lily is a special bloom today. Among all the other flowers growing in the sunken garden I spotted  flash of color I had never seen before. It has taken 4 years and a move to get the plant to bloom. It was one of those sad looking plants on the sale table at Lowes. I gave it what I thought was a good home but when it failed to bloom year after year I finally moved it last fall. I think I have to do that with all my day lilies which have not done well this year.


The recent rain has been good for my flowers. The sunken garden is my most colorful garden with many self-seeding flowers.


Rudbeckia, Rudbeckia hirta, and cone flowers, Echinacea purpurea, and Monarda Peter's purple are among the most showy this year.


I think they are partly responsible for the day lily failure as they completely crowded them out.


My two jasmine plants, this first one on the pool wall, the white Trachelospermum jasminoides, and the second by the front door, with a more dominant yellow center, were badly damaged during that late spring freeze, when the temperature dropped as low as 18° Many of their stems split and the plant died back to whole wood. They have made a good comeback and are now blooming, probably the latest we have ever seen. Their fragrance fils the air in the early morning.



In the raised bed in the vegetable garden California poppies, both orange and white are blooming. Their blooms get progressively smaller as the plant ages but still make a welcome swath of color.


Wall germander, Germander teucrium is one of the few plants which I left along the pool edge when I cleaned and mulched this spring. I must remember to take more cuttings this winter.


In one of my hypertufa pots in the front courtyard, the balloon cactus, Notocactus magnificus, responded to rain by putting out 3 blooms. To bad this cactus is marred by the hail we had one day this spring.


Verbena bonariensis in the herb garden. Goldfinches love their seeds.


Clouds of pale pink blossoms on the showy oregano, Oregano pulchellum.


The Chaste tree, Vitex agnus-castus. There has been a lot of talk recently about this plant being invasive. It does seem to seed around my garden quite often so it is advisable to cut of the spent blooms.


Square-bud primrose, Calylophus drummondianus.



Water lilies are blooming in my stock tank water garden.


Wishing you a great bloom day, wherever you garden, and thanks for visiting.

29 comments:

  1. I'm glad your jasmine plants survived the late freeze. Temperatures are sure "all over the place".
    We didn't have our usual June frost this year--but 2 nights ago we came close--33 degrees. Incredible for mid June.

    I love the self sowers--it's always interesting to see where they pop up.

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  2. Things look swell at your place. Have you tried cutting back California poppies to see if they make a new start before it gets too hot? I think I'll try that.

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  3. Your waterlilies and water garden look great. your whole garden is looking really lush. Mine is getting ready for a last burst of color with daylilies, L. henryii and martagons all just opening. Then it will be pretty quiet and green until fall. I love that germander. I grew it years ago and should try it again.

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  4. Your garden is soooo pretty! Great to have flowers that self seed.
    Marian

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  5. So pretty! Have you been successful taking cutting of the Germander? I have some and would love some more but wasn't sure how to best go about that. Maybe I'll try following your example...

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  6. So beautiful! As usual:) Does your Rudbeckia hirta come back every year? I've never had luck over wintering this plant. I usually just pull it up at the end of summer. Maybe I should be leaving the roots in the ground, Ha! The Echinacea purpurea are so pretty! Do yours multiply? I've only had mine in the ground for 2 years. Love the Peter's Purple Bee Balm. This is my favorite plant in the garden right now and the hummingbirds LOVE it:)

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  7. Wow, what a beautiful garden you have! It was interesting to see your planting which is obviously for a dry garden, so different from mine which has been planted for lots of rain.! Even so we do have some plants that overlap, plants are so adaptable aren't they!

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  8. I adore that photo with the Chaste tree and sago (?)...so lovely.

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    1. Yes that is a sago. O used to have them in pots by the gate but they didn't do well. I moved it into the ground in the fall. ALl the leaves turned brown in the freeze but new growth started again and now it looks as healthy as ever.

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  9. So beautiful, as usual. Your jasmine is blooming late--I don't think I've ever seen it so late either. I love your wall germander. I planted some last year and it's green, but has never bloomed. I suspect it needs more sun. Bummer. I don't have luck with the rubeckia--though I can grow coneflowers. Lots blooming this June! Enjoy!

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  10. Happy GBBD, Jenny! Your early summer garden is very colorful. I wish I were as successful with Rudbeckia. I tried Echinacea for the first time last year - most are coming back this year so perhaps in future years I'll have a display as impressive as yours. My "new" home has also taught me to respect the value of the ornamental oreganos and germander.

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  11. From one garden blogging Jenny to another, what a wonderful post. I just love your sunken garden, so colourful!

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    1. Hi Jenny. So glad you came for a visit.

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  12. My Oregano pulchellum, which i got as a pass-a-long from you, is gorgeous as well. thank you!

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    1. I'm glad you are enjoying the blooms Suzie.

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  13. Beautiful and happy mix in your garden! I've got a showy oregano and verbena bonariensis waiting to go in the landscape...they look like they make lovely neighbors. How tall is your purple monarda?

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    1. Monarda gets about 4' tall and V bonariensis the same, Amy. The latter is usually an annual so you can expect it to make seed for next year. I usually find it growing all over the place.

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  14. What a beautiful garden! So many awesome plants in there, I'm very envious! I'm eyeing some jasmine to add to my garden here in Raleigh - it's all over the garden centers, and smells so nice! Just need a place for it to climb. Hmm...

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  15. Hi! You have a beautiful garden! I really hope the day lily does better from now on, it's so pretty. I also have "rescued" almost dead plants from the sale rack at Lowes :)

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  16. The perfume of jasmine wafting through the air - what a lovely way to start a day! Glad yours came back.

    I don't have the Peter's Purple but the hummingbirds are loving the old standby Monarda this year. I see at least one feeding daily out front and though I keep the feeders filled for them I am happiest to see them visiting plants I grew with them in mind. Some of mine are beginning to flop over a bit. Do you stake yours?

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    1. I don't stake mine Deb, bu they are starting to fall over now. It may have been the strong winds which weakened them. They have bloomed for weeks but are just now starting to fade. I shall be sorry to see them go. I tried cutting back last year with no success. Better to leave the seed heads to turn brown for the fall.

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  17. Love the purple and yellow cone flowers! Glad the day lily finally bloomed - very pretty. My mother loved cacti -your pretty yellow blooms make me think of her, lots of good memories.
    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog.
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  18. Beautiful, I like the combination of purple coneflower and monarda. It's one to remember though coneflowers haven't done well I might give them another try.

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  19. We have lots of same flowers, only my bushes are still small. How do you survive with California poppies? Our neighbor planted them last year and now they spreaded on my garden. I can't get rid of them, they are suffocating all my flowers. I had peony poppies and loved them but this ones are driving me mad.

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  20. Great shot of your stock tank pond.

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  21. Lovely. I think your garden is so floriferous and pretty. The flowers must really like the rain y'all have gotten down there. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

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  22. I'm glad to know the name of my little cactus which is blooming big, yellow flowers right now -- Notocactus magnificus. Thanks for posting about it.

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  23. I need to take notes because many of my flowers have stopped blooming and are going into a dormant phase. I think you may have had a little more rain this year than we have in DFW.

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