Monday, June 14, 2010

Lots of Blooms for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Bloomin' Tuesday

It's the middle of June already!  We've had so much rain, that it's been hard to get out and finish up the planting, but I have been able to get some things in the bare spots I'm finding.  I'm also potting up more plants than I planned to, but fewer than in the past.  I'm also putting pots in some of the bare spots.

I went out specifically to take photos for this post, and ended up taking over 300 photos.  Don't worry, I didn't post them all.  I did go back to last June's GBBD post to see how many photos I had, and it was around the same number as this. 

We had a busy day today, and then had company.  My daughter hogged my computer, and I was chomping at the bit to finish the post.  I am not going to have time to say what each flower is, but if you want to know about something, go ahead and ask, and I'll let you know.

I started in the front yard.

The next group are from the curb areas.

The next photos are from the larger front yard bed.

This is the first of the pia hydrangea buds to open.  I am pleased that it has more than one bud, which is what it had its first two seasons.

I've been saying I'm not going to grow cosmos anymore, as they have not been blooming until fall, and flop all over the place.  I decided to try again, by planting some in a pot and not taking the buds off, like I normally do.

I looked this foxglove up, because I don't think it bloomed last year.  It looks to be a biennial, digitalis ferruginea.

The clematis, 'Purpurea Plena Elegans' is just loaded with blooms.  This is its third season.

The next photos are from the side yard.

This was supposed to be a blue hyssop, but it's not.

I haven't shown the area in front of the veggie garden much this year.  I'm in the process of making it a mostly yellow and white blooming area, with different colors of foliage.

This clematis has been getting brown leaves in the summer.  I need to thin it out a bit after it blooms to see if that helps.

The rue bloomed all summer last year.  I hope it does again.  Yellow loosestrife is planted to the right and back of the rue.  The celandine poppy to the right, and in front of the loosestrife is doing well.


From pots in the driveway:

From the veggie garden:


It looks like the veggie garden has been taken over by borage, celantro, larkspur, and dill.

There are some hollyhocks back there, too.

Larkspurs are one of my favorites.

There are several clematis plants blooming in the back yard.  These are on the east side of the deck.

The next ones are on the west side of the deck.

Several of the thymes are blooming, too.

This photo of a false sunflower in the side yard was taken from the back yard.

Well, I hope you are enjoying some blooms your way, and your spring is going well.  Go to May Dreams Garden, Carol's blog for more GBBD posts and to Jean's for Bloomin' Tuesday to see what's blooming in different places.


  1. I love all the clematis!!! Beautiful!

  2. WOW!!! Your garden has so much blooming! I love it and I am especially excited about the foxlgoves~ my oh my!! Just beautiful! I had a great time touring your gardens :-) Happy gardening!

  3. Hi Sue, My you do have many blooms. I love your various Clematis and the perennial Foxglove is wonderful! I would love to see a bouquet from just one of each of these flowers! ;>)

  4. You do have alot in bloom right now. Love that trellis area with all the Clemmies. :) Good idea posting for both Bloomin Tuesday & GBBD. I always forget GBBD and I did again. ;)

  5. Hiya Sue,

    What interesting photographs. The area below the tree is lovely. I enjoy seeing the setting of your plants. BTW, is 3.jpg a Stoksia? I have never seen one and am not sure.I have to be patient as we are on dial-up, and it will take twenty minutes for all photos to appear. Is that a working fire hydrant or an ornamental one?
    Kerbside planting wouldn't last very long over here we are not as well behaved :-). Cats, dogs, cars and children would soon mess it up. You have the place crammed full with interesting plants and the viewpoint of your pix is very interesting. I will leave the post to unroll while I go for a walk. Very enjoyable so far, thanks for letting us visit.

  6. You have so much in bloom! The shade grouping around the tree is also stunning. I'm a big fan of larkspur, too. I've got borage for the first time, but put it in a temporary bed that's far away from my usual gardens.

  7. It looks like full summer in your garden, with those coneflowers in full bloom. Hasn't it been a great year for Clematis? It almost makes all this rain bearable. If your Clematis with the brown leaves is a Type II Early Large Flowering hybrid, try cutting it back by half after it blooms & fertilize it with rose food, although I suspect that's a Type III cultivar that gets brown leaves. ('Pearl d'Azur?)

  8. Beautiful, beautiful flowers! And such a variety, I don't know where to begin. Everything looks so pretty - I really enjoyed your garden tour!

  9. People must walk by your house very slowly. You have so many beautiful flowers to look at.

  10. Wow! So much to look at in your gardens and borders. Wonderful variety of flowers. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Kalyani NandurkarJune 15, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Wow!! Your garden is so fabulous!! I love the flowers that are blooming all over the place!! Could you kindly tell me what are the blue flowers in the first photo? They are just lovely!

  12. You have a very flowerful blooms day post. Mine pales by comparison. Love the photo with the two clematiseseses behind the deck. I had high hopes for my clematis this year, but looks like they've been knocked by critters and are drooping from the accident. Enjoy your garden, it's lovely.

  13. Wow! What a fab tour! Your clematis are just gorgeous! :)) Happy Bloom Day!

  14. Stunning. I just found your site and will be following it. I live in WV and we are in the mountains. I just found out we are a zone 5 also. I have been thinking we were a 6!! We live out in the country now and I am learning a lot about deer resistant plants.

  15. Thank you so much for sharing! I really like all of your climbers! I can't wait until my garden 'fills' in :)

  16. Wow! You do have a lot of bloomin' goin' on! I love all the color variations and foliage textures. Beautiful! Jean

  17. Too many beautiful and artistic things to comment on. The blog header of your yard and house is so nice- the landscaping is just gorgeous as a whole and as seen as individual specimens!!!

  18. All lovely blooms, and so many in your front garden, - a lovely plot. It amazes me how different the plants are that are flowering, compared to here in Surrey UK, - while i've got clematic and lychnis flowering, my nasturtiums are only just through and it will be several months before the coreopsis looks like yours. but I do have a paprika Achillea looking bright like you.

  19. I love your white garden - I have a white/silver garden started too.

    I so wish you had he names of the plants in this post. I do my shopping lists from GBBDs. What is that deep blue bell-shaped clematis?

    (Love your garden beds :)

  20. You have a very full garden right now. The clematis on your front railing makes a welcoming entrance, while the two clematis on the white lattice in back look good together. The blue one is spreading well across the top. The cloud of blue next to the fire hydrant is lovely. I've admired it in the last few posts. I also like the little shade garden around the tree trunk, such pretty leaves together.

  21. Hi, Sue,
    My, what a lot of gorgeous blooms for this special day. I really like your planting around the base of the tree at the beginning of your post!
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my "Aggressive and Invasive plants" post. Like you, I have difficulty differentiating between native plants and wildflowers. A clear definition for me is:
    "A native plant is usually defined as one that was growing naturally in a specific area before white or European settlement. A wildflower, also called a forb, is a native plant that grows without human care." (University of Minnesota). Hope this helps you, as it did me.

    Your native plants obviously receive lots of loving care from you! P. x


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