Monday, June 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - June 2009

Another month has passed and it's time for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, is the mastermind behind the parade of blooms from all over the world. You can visit her post to see a list of participating garden bloggers.

As is usually the case in June, Our Little Acre is blooming all over the place! It would take me more time than I have, to post a photo of every flower blooming here right now, so I'll just post some of the better photos that popped out of my camera.

English Rose 'Abraham Darby'

Floribunda (indeed!) 'Topsy Turvy'

The roses are doing exceptionally well this year and I wonder if it's because I fertilized them when they first started growing again this spring. I've never fertilized my roses before. Yes, I think maybe that's the key. ;-)

Gaillardia 'Lemons and Oranges'
I lost this one from last year, but I loved it so much I bought it again.

Giant Yellow Foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora)

Heucherella 'Stoplight'
Who need flowers, with foliage like this?

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker's Red'
This is a plant so easy to grow, it doesn't even matter where you plant it - full shade or full sun - it does equally well in both places.

Red Hot Poker Plant (Kniphofia uvaria)

Asiatic Lily 'Matrix'

Japanese Honeysuckle
This was here when we moved here and has never been a problem for us as far as being invasive is concerned. The smell around our patio area, where this is, just can't be described. It's especially wonderful in the evening.

Delphinium elatum 'Magic Fountain'
I finally found a Delphinium that I can grow and that comes back every year! It even reseeds for me if I allow it.

Campanula persicifolia 'Kelly's Gold', with a couple of nearby daisies peeking in.

Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles'

Variegated Sedum kamtschaticum

Astilbe 'Peach Blossom'
This Astilbe is near and dear to my heart, because it's the first one I've ever gotten to bloom. I had several others before I got this one, but those would never bloom. They do now and I swear it's because they didn't know how until 'Peach Blossom' showed them the way to do it.

Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) - always a conversation piece!

Astrantia major 'Roma'
Astrantias are among my very favorite perennials.

Argeranthemum 'Madeira'

Allium schubertii
Romie asked me if I planted these on purpose this way - small, medium, large. The bulbs were all the same size, but they did come out like this. They opened in order too, with the one on the far right being first and the far left one being last.

The first daylily of the year is also blooming - 'Black-Eyed Stella.' And 'Lollipop' Asiatic lilies have begun. When those are in full bloom, I'll post a picture, because that is quite a sight. I love this time of year, because each day when I go out to the garden for a walk-through, there is always something new blooming.


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Beautiful Kylee! Why did I think that Abraham Darby was yellow? I will have to see what I was thinking of-- not sure. I love the bright colors of the Argeranthemum 'Madeira' - wow. Tried to grow Edelweiss one year, not exactly the right climate. Kudos to you for having it.

Victoria Williams said...

Lovely! Those Campanulas are gorgeous.
Do your allium schubertii come back every year for you? I thought they were zone 7?

Town Mouse said...

Beautiful! Love the Husker's Red! And the Edelweiss is just amazing.

healingmagichands said...

I like that allium Schubertii a lot. I planted one here but it never did the "extended arm" thing that I was counting on and that yours are performing with such abandon.

And that pale yellow foxglove! Beautiful.

Kara said...

Oh my word. My 'Lemons and oranges' died, too! And it was a showstopper last summer.

Your allium schub. crack me up!

Anonymous said...

All so gorgeous, Kylee, but I must say that "Matrix" lily is just breathtaking! Now THAT'S what I call colour. :-)

Sweet Home and Garden Carolina said...

Great June blossoms, Kylee ! Your garden looks gorgeous.

Shady Gardener said...

Kylee, I guess it would make sense that I have some of the same flowers blooming! :-) Would you describe 'Peach Blossom' as pink flowers? Your photo certainly looks that way... and my pink ones were original to the house when we moved here. I don't know the variety, but they bloom very heartily, as do yours. I just posted mine a day or so ago...

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Wow, Kylee, except for the roses, we have very, very similar plants. I have that very same delphinium (for the first time this year), and have been looking and looking for one that will come back for me. Here's hoping! :)

Shirley said...

Hi there, Kylie it’s been a while :-)

Oh my… oh my… so many plants that I’m saying oh… some I loved (like Edelweiss) but where is it now or… oh I’ve always loved that plant why have I never added it to my garden (royal candles).

However, sending a huge thanks for introducing me to some others that have seriously caught my attention like - Giant Yellow Foxglove, another heuchera (foliage is definitely not uninteresting), Penstemon digitalis 'Husker's Red' (loving the deep foliage), Campanula persicifolia 'Kelly's Gold' (loving the gold foliage – got a green version of this plant), Astrantia (love these blooms and just have to add them to my partially shady back garden)… yep I’ve really enjoyed the blooms in your garden.

Ok… left the best to last… I love alliums and schubertii has let to play music in my garden… that really has to be remedied!!! Great posting. Happy Bloom Day :-D

My post is up too if you would like to visit. I’ve videos for this month :-D

Diana said...

Hi Kylee -- Happy GBBD. That Edelweiss is just adorable and I love the Alliums. I so wish we could grow them here, but I will settle for looking at them on your blog!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Argeranthemum 'Madeira', made me smile. Wow, is it colorful!

Unknown said...

Oooh... I adore that golden-leaf campanula! And the penstemon is the one thing I wish I could find a place for in my garden, but haven't yet.

That Japanese honeysuckle, I have such a love/hate relationship with it. I see it apparently behaving in many gardens around houses, and the fragrance IS heavenly... but then I see renegade ones in different spots throughout the nearby Metroparks, choking out native vegetation. And I can't help but think that those bad guys must come from some of these well-behaved-looking garden specimens. *sigh*

Oh, they, that astrantia... did you buy that 'Roma' while you were up here visiting? I kept thinking that my astrantia is 'Hadspen's Blood' (because that's the one I wanted) but maybe I bought 'Roma' instead, when we met up at Petitti's? Hmm...

Kylee Baumle said...

Janet ~ Yes, Abraham Darby is pink. Blooms are usually more tight and typically English Rose, but this one was looser. I've had Edelweiss for several years now...maybe four? I know they are reputed to be short-lived in a garden, but they seem to do okay for me. My original plants did not come back as strong as they did in past years, but we had a brutal winter, too. Plus, where I have them is a popular napping spot for the cats. I bought some more at Petitti's to add to the originals and I moved them to a place where they're less likely to be smooshed by a fat cat.

Kim and Victoria ~ Well, these were planted as bulbs last fall, and we had a really cold winter, so I guess they do okay, in general. That being said, this is the second time I've had them. When I started Max's Garden in 2005, I planted some of these and they came up and bloomed that year, but didn't return the next. We'll see if they return next spring. There's really no reason they shouldn't. I think the first location where I planted them was just too wet and they probably rotted with excessive spring rains in 2007.

This is one of those things that no one can agree on. Dave's Garden says zone 3, Tulip World says zone 4, Nature Hills Nursery says zone 5, and Brent & Becky's says zone 7. Guess no one really knows for sure!

Town Mouse ~ Edelweiss is just plain fun to grow!

healingmagichands ~ You should try A. schubertii again! I generally have no luck with foxgloves, but this one does great for me!

Kara ~ You are the third person that has reported that their 'Lemons and Oranges' didn't make it through last winter. Wonder what's going on with that?

Nancy ~ You aren't kidding! It truly is that intense. Just amazing!

Carolyn Gail ~ You should come and see it for yourself! Really! You know you are most welcome here. Grab your daughter and head east! :-)

Shady Gardener ~ Yes, 'Peach Blossom' is a pale pink, although it's got a different hue to it than some pinks. I've got 'Apricot Blush' Jacob's Ladder and it definitely is a peachy color, but not the Astilbe. I'm so behind on my blog reading...I want to get over to read yours soon!

Monica ~ I hope your delphiniums do as well for you!

Shirl ~ You sound just like I do when I see other peoples' gardens! Always something that I have to have!

I'll be over for a blog visit soon!

Diana ~ I wish you could grow Alliums, too. There are so many lovely ones. But remember, you have those marvelous tropicals that you can leave in the ground all year round that we can't! :-)

Robin ~ My husband just loves that one, too. He's disappointed that it isn't a perennial. I hope I can find it next year, because it is such an easy plant that just keeps blooming and blooming with no deadheading!

Kim ~ Oh come on! There's always room for Jell-O! LOL.

I won't ever get rid of that honeysuckle. Here, its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages. I've not seen it anywhere around here, in our treks through the woods and along the creeks. That doesn't mean it isn't here, but we've not seen it. There are other bush-types we've seen and I absolutely HATE those, including the one we would love to be rid of in the corner of Max's Garden.

If you bought the same Astrantia I did, it was 'Hadspen Blood.' I lost mine. :-( I've got a 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Ruby Wedding'. They are side by side and only one is blooming right now, but neither is a strong plant. At the moment I don't know which is which, they're so similar.

Kit Aerie-el said...

Everything is so beautiful! I know what you mean about the fragrance in the evening - it is incredibly delicious. Sadly, my honeysuckle and part of the rosemary were the two things in my gardens to succumb to our wicked winter weather.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Your 'Abraham Darby' Rose makes me want to plant more Roses. It's just lovely. I wish my Penstemon 'Husker's Red' looked half as good as yours. It must be the good soil that makes the difference. Love the Delphiniums with the bent willow chair, it looks so peaceful there.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You have so many pretties in the garden Kylee. Are you ready for the garden tour yet?? Be sure to take lots of photos then.

Kylee Baumle said...

Aerie-el - I have never been successful at overwintering rosemary here - neither inside or outside - so now I grow bog rosemary, which really isn't rosemary at all, but it looks similar.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter ~ It IS peaceful in Max's Garden. I could spend hours there. I don't know about the good soil thing. Even though we amend it, we've got that horrid heavy, gummy clay. As my mom likes to say, "We should be making pottery, not growing flowers." LOL

Lisa ~ Well, I'm not exactly ready for the garden tour, but we're getting there! I still have some mulching to do and a few little plantings here and there. But for the most part, it's business as usual around here!

Oh you can bet I'll take lost of photos! I'm thinking of doing a video tour of the garden that I'll post the day of the tour. We'll see!

Unknown said...

Hmm... I wonder if we're just a touch warmer than you are, and that's why the Japanese honeysuckle seems like it's more invasive here? Funny how things can be so different in just a day's drive!

Okay, now I HAVE to post a photo of my astrantia once I get my brother's old camera this weekend. Because I'm pretty sure that I bought mine with you, and it definitely doesn't have the gorgeous color of yours. (But thanks for the feedback on the other two types as well... I'll have to remember to look for HB again instead of one of those, since I really do want a vigorous red astrantia.) :)

Kerri said...

I visited yesterday, Kylee, and left a comment, but I guess it didn't post. My IE browser was acting up on your site and others, and still is tonight. Apparently it's a problem that Blogger is working on. I'm using Mozilla Firefox tonight, with much better results.
Abraham Darby is a dream! Your Astilbe is ahead of mine. How pretty! The edelweiss is so sweet! I'm amazed at how large that argyranthemum is already. I have a cutting of what I think is that same one. The allium schubertii look like little aliens :) So cute!
I have snowdrop bulbs for you, and will mail them later when the initial spring frenzy of planting is over and things calm down. Could you please send me your mailing address when you have a minute?

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