Saturday, June 16, 2012

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day: June, 2012

Color is everywhere in my gardens. Here's a sampling of 'what's blooming' for June's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day:

Front Gardens:

Top Left to Right, clockwise: Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus), Blazing Star (Liatris)--with Butterfly Weed, and BeeBalm (Monarda)

L-R, clockwise: Indian Blanket Flower 'Mesa Yellow' (Gaillardia) with Dianthus, Hydrangea, Veronica 'Royal Candles', pink Guara

There are at least 6 huge patches of Balloon Flower in the garden this year


Russian Sage with Butterfly Weed interspersed with the red blooms of Salvia greggi
Veronica 'Icicle' and 'Red Fox'



More Coneflowers getting ready to bloom



Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa) *Just brought this home from a plant sale at our Master Gardener's Teaching Garden








This Coneflower looks diseased or damaged; not sure what is wrong with it!
Front Porch:

Geraniums that I over-wintered from last year...in a cardboard box in the garage. They have come back nicely!
Back Gardens:

Asiatic Lilies:



Woodland Pinkroot (Spigelia marilandica)

Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)
Hydrangeas with insect visitors:




Astilbe

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Side Garden near garage:

Blackeyed Susan, Beebalm and the red bloom (center) of Coral Bells (Heuchera) 'Rave On'


Daylilies and Carpet Roses

Daylily 
Other Plants Blooming in Various Areas of the Gardens:

Japanese Aster going strong *from my friend Janet 'The Queen of Seaford'...
Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) 'Major Wheeler'
Spiderwort (Tradescantia) 'Sweet Kate'

Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) 'John Clayton'

Celandine Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) are still producing blooms!

Rosa Rugosa

Agastache 'Blue Boa' (new this year).
 Carpet Roses red, and pink:



Salvia

Lavender
Spurge (Euphorbia) 'Ascot Rainbow'

False Spirea



Aaron's Beard (St John's Wort)

Green and Gold


Many of the Hostas are now blooming (I would like to feature them in a future post).
Brazillian Verbena, Phlox, Catmint and even a Brunnera is blooming. Several water garden plants in my stream are also blooming. I have various containers with flowers such as petunias and impatience. And I want to show you what I did with some Succulents in containers and 'Watering Cans' that I punched holes in the bottoms and planted:












We are off to Maine to visit relatives all next week. I hope my garden survives while I'm gone;-)

If you'd like to see more blooms from around the globe, stop by Carol's May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,

Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @ http://www.thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/
Not to be reproduced or re-blogged without express permission of the author.

41 comments:

  1. Absolutely fabulous Jan. You do indeed have fantastic colour everywhere at the moment. I just loved your Asiatic Lilies and those Japanese Asters. The watering can collection is wonderful. The white Milkweed and the Spurge caught my eye today. They are both brilliant looking plants. Great GBBD post.

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  2. How beautiful, Jan! You are very creative in your garden!

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  3. I simply love the watering cans. Can't find things like that here. I love old things.

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    1. Thanks Lola! None of my watering cans were 'old', they aren't more than a couple years old. And I didn't get them from antique or flee markets; they were 'new' from places like Michael's or JoAnne's and other stores. I had kept them outside so a couple of them look a little worn...

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  4. What a fantastic collection of blooming plants!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  5. Beautiful Jan! The watering cans turned out great. I hope you have a wonderful trip to Maine.

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    1. Thanks so much, Alison! We had a great time in Maine.

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  6. Great blooms Jan. Glad the Japanese Aster is blooming nicely for you. Are all of them single blooms? Some of the ones I had were doubles.
    I have Ascot Rainbow too, love the great colors. Happy Bloom Day !!

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    1. Yes, Janet...they all seem to be singles. I think that tends to happen sometimes with plants, they revert back to their original. I love them though;)

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  7. Mmm, love your monarda. How long has it been established. I keep trying them here but they don't like our winters. Do you mulch yours over winter?

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    1. Yes, Linda, I mulch my flower beds...all of them. We are in zone 7-A, in VA. What zone are you in? It could either be too hot, or too cold, for their liking!

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  8. Jan what an amazing array of eye candy for bloom day...such vibrant colors and lush plants...I just adore all the watering cans as containers...such a cute idea...enjoy your trip to Maine...a state I hope to visit in the future..so many folks just love it and have shared it through their blogs that I cannot wait to make a trip there.

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    1. Thanks so much Donna! I hope you'll make it up to Maine. It's a beautiful state.

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  9. Oh Jan, it does my heart good to see others who subscribe to the Clown Pants style of gardening like I do. The more color, the better! You have so many different beauties there. I love it!

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  10. Jan, you have some wonderful plants blooming now! I especially enjoyed the Veronica and the Lilies. And your container plantings are impressive! Some wonderful insect shots, too!

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  11. Hi Jan - sorry it's been so long since my last visit with work I don't get a great deal of time for blogging but just had to leave a comment here - fabulous photos - too many to mention but loved the Veronica, the 2nd Bee and Salvia pic and the usual Euphorbia - (must admit I love these). Hope to be back again soon - take care Miranda

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    1. Thank you, Miranda! I am not on top of visiting bloggers either, so please don't feel bad!! Please enjoy your summer!

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  12. Have a safe trip Jan, and I hope you will share some pics from Maine. Maybe you will get some rain at home while you are gone to keep the abundance going.

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    1. Les, I will try to write a post about our trip to Maine! It seems to take me FOREVER to upload photos and get anything done online! I always enjoy your photos of the bay.

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  13. Beautiful.... You have a lot going on in your gardens! I had the Evening Primrose and it about took over a garden last year. I had to pull lots of the saplings this year to keep it at bay as I reworked that area. I love it though...

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    1. Roxanne, people keep telling me how much it is going to take over...but so far so good. I wouldn't mind if it spread a bit and covered the bare spots, though!

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  14. Your blooms are beautiful Jan. You have such a lovely variety. I've been thinking I have a lot less blooming this year than I did last year.

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    1. Thank you Jayne. I wonder why you have less blooming this year...too much heat or cold? The weather sure has been wacky everywhere!

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  15. Wow! I just love the colors. Although I am working on my Blue and White Garden theme now.

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    1. Thank you farm sheds...a blue and white garden sounds lovely.

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  16. Your blooms are amazing...I can't believe how far ahead of us you are out there! Your coneflower my have Aster Yellows...look it up and keep and eye on the plant. If it is infected, you need to pull it up and destroy it...it can be spread to other plants by insects :-(

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    1. Thanks Scott!! I had actually thought of Aster Yellows before I wrote this post but didn't want to 'jinx' anything by mentioning it. But, I am sure you are correct. It's kind of sad to think what I will need to do to control it. I just wrote a new post about just that very issue.

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  17. Looks like you only have a few things blooming. The astilbe looks incredible. You have to keep us updated about the Oenothera. I heard it is an evil spreading fellow that doesn't get eradicated too easily.

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    1. Thanks Swimray. So far the Oenothera has stayed very small in one area. In fact, it goes for days with no blooms. The hot weather is hard on all the plants. If it does spread, I only have it here in the two corner driveway gardens, so it would be welcome to spread and cover up any bare spots;-)

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  18. Hi Jan,
    Look at all of those blooms! From your photos on FB, it looks like you are having a wonderful time on you vacation, but I bet you will enjoy getting back to your garden.

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    1. Thanks Sue;-) We did have a nice trip to ME but it was good to get back to my gardens, despite the 100 degree temps. I'd like to live in ME for the summers, if I could, though. When it's hot there, it's NOTHING like when it's hot here!

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  19. Hi Jan, everything looks wonderful. I really love your containers as well as your flowers. That cement one with the geranium and the one in the second to the last photo. Your Spigelia is amazing and the milkweed blossoms. I love them. I want a whole section of garden devoted to them. I need more room. :) Thanks for sharing such awesome photos.

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    1. Thank you Grace! I wish I could get my garden to look like YOUR garden!! YOURS is what I have in my mind as an 'ideal' garden! I can't get my blooms to be full and lush and long lasting in these gardens. Either it's just too hot, or the soil has too much clay, or the plants don't like to be mulched (which I continue to do) and they die (such as poppies, and many others I wish I could grow). My Spigelia is just a very small plant...I would love it to spread and grow. Better yet, I would like to add a couple more but only have the one. And I only have one of each variety of milkweed, as well, exept for the swamp milkweed, which I've got quite a few of. I would love to be able to stand back and take a long view and see what I've seen on YOUR blog;)

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  20. As usual, your photos are fabulous! We have many of the same plants, but I'm a few weeks behind you. Loved visiting your blog today!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! So glad you stopped by:)

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  21. Really beautiful your garden and very creative, photographs enliven the view...

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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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