Friday, June 17, 2011

Colorful Perennials in June

Colorful perennials have been showing their beauty in my front gardens this month. As you can see, there are a lot of native plants in bloom, and of course, the bees just love them all. My collages can help you see what's happening right now:

Natives: Asclepias tuberosa, Echinacea purpurea, and Coreopsis grandiflora

Native Monarda didyma

Clematis (ID unknown)

Veronica spicata: 'Icicle', 'Royal Candles' and 'Red Fox'

Front gardens on either side of the driveway contain a variety of native perennials,
mostly natives and/or native cultivars

Day Lilies at the top of the driveway

Asiac Lilies, originally planted in my back gardens, were moved to pots and used for cutting

The back gardens are 'busy' too...but I'll share those in another post. Meanwhile I am joining Fertilizer Friday, where many garden bloggers are 'Flaunting their Flowers' this week. Why not go over and visit Tootsie Time and check it out?! Happy Friday!


Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
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43 comments:

  1. Fantastic collages, Jan, and so many beautiful blooms. Your garden must be humming with the sound of bees everywhere judging by the proliferation of them in your photos.
    Loved the colour of that Asiatic Lily and!

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  2. Beautiful Jan, each and every one. Very colorful too!

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  3. Lovely! I specifically like your daylillies...gorgeous! Your garden is so full of beauties.

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  4. Gorgeous blooms Jan! I actually broke down and bought a Coreopsis grandiflora a couple of weeks ago. I was desperate for a splash of orange-yellow in the garden. Your bees look delighted with your blooms!

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  5. Gorgeous, Jan! I can't believe how far advanced your season is in mid-June. You have many flowers in bloom that I won't expect to see here until mid-late July. -Jean

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  6. Jan, your pictures are beautiful! You have many flowers blooming ahead of mine.

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  7. A great way to group the photos. My orange milkweed has finished blooming and the coneflowers and coreopsis are just getting going.

    I've never grown Veronica. Love your colors.

    Your yarrow still looks good! Mine are fading.

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  8. Your garden looks wonderful, I like the collages very much and the pictures you put together are perfect! Your clematis is especially beautiful. :)

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  9. I love seeing all of those happy bees in your photos, Jan! You have so many beautiful flowers, it's no wonder they seem to love your garden. :)

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  10. Your collages are beautiful Jan! You have some wonderful summer blooming perennials in your garden. :)

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  11. Such vibrant colors you have captured. So happy to see so many bees too!

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  12. Great collages Jan. You have some wonderful blooms in your garden this time of year.

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  13. Jan your collages are a great way to show off all your lovely blooms.
    have a nice weekend.

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  14. June is just a great time to be alive, isn't it? Love your blossoms.

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  15. Your blossoms are truly something to be thankful for -- just gorgeous!!

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  16. I am so loving your mosaics, especially since you created them tone on tone. So easy on the eyes, and so much eye candy for us gardeners to enjoy.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous. I love the closeup and then the distance pics! Do you know what variety of daylily that is, the pink with the yellow center. Very pretty!! I love it near the Stellas. Gotta have it :-)

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  18. Colorful lilies and the Clematis is a knock out.Pretty creative pictures. Great photography !

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  19. Jan, Quite beautiful things are going on in your gardens--can't believe Monarda is blooming. I need to check mine. Carolyn

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  20. June is definately the best month for perennials around here, and your pictures prove it.

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  21. Dear Jan, I didn't think your photography could get any better, but it surely is superb. And your milkweed is in bloom! I planted some in the fall and it is thriving, but no flowers yet. I can't wait for the summer butterflies to arrive. P. x

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  22. You do have a lot of color in your garden ~ beautiful!! Your collages are a wonderful way to showcase your flowers.

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  23. Lots of beautiful blooms Jan! Your collages are wonderful. I think orange is about my favorite color in lilies.

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  24. Oj dzieje się pięknie w Twoim ogrodzie i pszczółki , jak zawsze pracowite. Pozdrawiam

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  25. Jan, I just cannot get over those bee photos!!! You have a real talent for photography as well as gardening.

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  26. You have some gorgeous blooms, Jan; your garden must be a riot of color! My daylilies are just beginning as are the coneflowers, and my butterfly weed is going crazy this year with blooms. But I don't have a clematis blooming anymore--that purple really pops!

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  27. June is a great month in our area, isn't it?!

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  28. Wow! Your collages are like a tour of a botanical wonderland.The photos of your front gardens are especially pleasing.

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  29. Your collage approach is just stunning Jan! Everything is so lovely!

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  30. I saw some Asclepias like yours blooming in a local library parking lot. I would like some - how long does it bloom?

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  31. You and I have a lot of the same flowers! Everything looks beautiful!!

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  32. I just love your collages! They capture so much color and movement. Beautiful.

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  33. Jan girl ! .. I have finally got over here and it is gorgeous !!!
    I love how you set up each group of perennials the colours are just stunning .. my favorites are the bee balm, clematis and lilies .. I want to arrange my layout like this too girl : ) You have inspired me !
    Joy
    PS .. thanks for dropping by my place .. I am so behind in visiting blogs it is making me red faced ;-)

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  34. Dear friends, thank you SO much for your lovely comments. I appreciate them all;-) The colors are brilliant and making collages and taking photos are fun and do add a dimension to the garden that isn't always visible when just standing and staring at it head-on. On that note, I'm not 'thrilled' with my perennial garden this year, because there are some plants, such as the Potentilla 'Melton Fire' that just 'took over' and spread out, leaving huge open spots and covering up other plants, causing a couple of them to die. I pulled out the Potentilla and planted a couple of things in their places. Gardening is a changing, evolving activity and you never really know how certain plants might behave from year to year. Long story short: I love photos, because I can make things look like 'all is well', even if it isn't;-) On the other hand, I'll be posting some of my 'real life' problem areas for your input just so you can see what I'm talking about.

    Swimray, to answer your question, the Poke Milkweed is finished blooming now. The Swamp Milkweed is just beginning to bloom. I think I like that the best because it blooms in summer when the butterflies are around. There were no butterflies when the Poke Milkweed was blooming. I guess it must have bloomed a couple of weeks. I only have 1 plant or I'd be happy to share with you. I don't think seeds work as well as getting the actual plant or I'd try to save some. A blogger sent me some seeds and they never grew for me, so I purchased my milkweed online. The nursery that I got my Poke Milkweed from is no longer in business. The nursery where I got my A. Incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) is Lazy SS Farms. This will be the first year to see real blooms on those plants...and it's the 2nd or 3rd season for them.

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  35. Jan,
    I did not mean that I wanted some of YOURS! But you are so generous to offer.
    Ray

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  36. June was grand as your lovely garden photos show, Jan. Let's hope July will be as kind :)

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  37. Rainbow would blush, seeing those colorful flowers!

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  38. Jan, These collages are so exquisite and joyful . . . what a lovely way to represent your garden! The pollinators seem to be enjoying the blooms too.

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  39. Love your collages Jan. They're just gorgeous. You know, I thought of you, too late, when I arrived in Washington DC a couple weeks ago. I was only there for two days, so really didn't have time to visit anyone's gardens. But next time I'll try to make it longer as I'd love to see your beautiful garden.
    Jean

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  40. Wow, those are beautiful images and collages! I'm hoping the slugs will leave my Monarda alone for long enough so they can grow. They are just little stubs right now--so sad.

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  41. Hello Jan - beautiful blooms and lots of bees, what more could anyone want? Heidi.

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  42. Your flowers all look wonderful! I'm getting interested in Veronicas - just planted 'Royal Candles' and have been thinking about white and pink ones as well. They make such nice cut flowers. Thanks for sharing photos of yours!

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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