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sprig to twig » Blog Archive » june bloom day

june bloom day

Welcome to all visitors from Carol’s May Dreams Gardens site…as well as to all ye who enter here from parts unknown. It is a bit frustrating to note the few blossoms that put in a brief but glorious appearance between the days we have committed to posting (15th of each month). They shall remain unheralded, unless they rise to the level of meriting their own posts.

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This Aquilegia ‘Swallowtail’ was an exclusive offering from High Country Gardens. Note the long spurs, which can reach 4″.

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Allium karativiense ‘Ivory Queen’ is low-growing and long-lasting. It has been blooming for a month, and it’s furry balls are just beginning to show signs of exhaustion.

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The alliums keep coming up with aliases. This one used to be called christophii, but now goes by albopilosum, and I can’t begin to decipher what’s up with A. bulgaricum aka Nectaroscordum siculum. It remains one of my favorites, even if I don’t know what to call it. The Alliums, with their pungent bulbs, foil whatever is tunneling through my beds, so I will continue to experiment with the many offerings, along with the killer (and I mean that literally) daffodils. My A, schubertii was drowned by late rains, but I will simply move it to one of the berms rather than give up on its Sputniky, space-agey presence.

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This is the last blossom on the tree peony ‘Chinese Dragon’. I use a combination of cutting bouquets and elaborate staking to keep the masses of blossoms from breaking off branches. I am told that as the plant matures it will become sturdier and more compact.

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The foxgloves that grow wild in the meadow and along roadsides have migrated to several cultivated areas, and welcome to them.

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My current favorite of the bearded irises is this flesh-toned beauty, but my fickle affections will no doubt transfer to the brunette when she comes along.

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Philadelphus arrived as a mere stick from one of those cut-rate catalogs, but see how it thrives…and this is definitely where scratch and sniff would come in handy.

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I have more appealing photos of Phlomis russeliana, but this one shows the architecture of the plant, which I find to be its most appealing feature.

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The flowers on Rodgersia aesculifolia are just coming on…merely an excuse to show you the fabulous leaves, which run 26″ or so across.

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The earliest of the lavenders is the bright and witty Spanish.

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Buttercups sprinkle themselves everywhere. What could be more cheerful?

And there you have it for June. Still blooming from before are hellebores (they seem to go on forever), euphorbias (some just coming on and a few ready to be cut back), weigelia, blue-eyed-grass, silene, strawberry and blue star creeper. New bloomers that didn’t rate photos are dogwood ‘China Girl’, California poppy, chives, roses, snapdragon, catmint, heuchera, Lecesteria formosa and Viburnum dentata ‘Blue Muffin’.

5 Responses to “june bloom day”

  1. Tina Ramsey Says:

    You have some beautiful flowers and a well written blog. I enjoyed it very much.

  2. Cindy Says:

    All your blooms are so nice. I especially like your tree peony. The color is so rich.

  3. Shirl Says:

    Hi there Ricki :-)

    I love the alliums – great to see them in your garden too. I also loved the flesh toned iris although I don’t have enough areas in full sunshine for them in my garden!

    Enjoy the rest of your week :-D

  4. Sarah Says:

    Hi Ricki,
    I’m amazed at foxgloves growing wild! How lovely it must be to have them turn up in your garden. I really like your “pistil” banner-it’s so reminiscent of really great quilts and a nice palette too. Thanks for checking out my site, too. I also love the sword like leaves of the iris. all in a row they make their own neat looking fence. Sarah

  5. Carol, May Dreams Gardens Says:

    I love that yellow columbine. Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

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