Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lots of Blooms for June GBBD

I am participating in Carol's Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, with less than 2 hours left in the day. 

Our yard was on our neighborhood's annual garden tour last week.  Larry manned the back yard, with his water garden the star.  I had great fun visiting with folks about native plants and where to get them. 

I forgot to ask Larry what this plant is.

People at the tour loved all of our tubs, watering cans, and other stuff, that borders on being a bit junky. 

In the front yard, the Purple meadow rue plants, towering over the other plants, were the ones most asked about.

Love lies bleeding:

I have been amazed at the changes a week brought.  Plants, such as Common milkweed grew, and new flowers opened their blooms that had been not ready at the tour. 

I'm not sure what the little insect on the Wild quinine is.

A lot of people liked the Golden alexanders, too.

I have several Purple poppy mallows around, and this sure seems to be a good season for them.  They are full of blooms, and sending out lots of stems.  It's too bad the stems don't send down roots so they can be divided and shared or moved around.

I sure am enjoying the Purple milkweeds this year. 

This clump of Echinacea paradoxa has been here a few years.  I sure like it.

I'm pretty sure this is Echinacea angustifolia. (I copied and pasted this name, and now, I can't get the normal font to work in this spot.)

Butterfly milkweed:

Lanceleaf coreopsis:

I can't remember the name of this coreopsis.  I sure am having issues!  I don't know why this is centered.

Purple prairie clover is one I have to put a cage around so the rabbits won't eat it.

I like how Fleabane helps to fill up spaces with blooms.

The Foxglove penstemons needed to be staked.  I am hoping more plants fill in so that they can support each other in the next few years.  It sure has been windy lately!

The plant in front is Salvia nemorosa Pumosa, and the one in back is Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'.

The Larkspurs, annuals that self sow in the vegetable garden sure are looking good right now!

There are Borage blooms already.  These self sow in the vegetable garden, too.

I don't know the names of most of the Clematis plants anymore.  This one is on the fence next to the vegetable garden.

The Bachelor buttons also come up each spring in the vegetable garden.  I like having all of those choices for the pollinators.

I decided to go back to the front yard to get a photo of the Clematis on the front porch that are bluer than they look in the photo.  People on the tour liked these, too.

I wanted to be sure to include one of the several 'Spooky' dianthus plants, because the nursery I've gotten them from over the years will be closing after this season.  I've done a post on B&B Gardens before.  It's owned and operated by a couple and their daughter.  I hope someone buys the property who will continue the operation, but it doesn't sound like that is going to happen.  I wish them the best as they figure out what their next steps will be.

We are in the process of helping our daughter move.  She is due June 21st with a girl, so I may be blogging even less than I have been for awhile, but I hope to see some other bloom day posts.  I hope you are having a good garden season.


  1. Hi Sue! Your gardens are looking fantastic! I can't believe how much is blooming for you already :) I really like the salvias that you have growing and the milkweed. Milkweed is something I need to add to my gardens. Happy GBBD!

  2. I LOVE your collection of native plants, Sue! You have so many large groupings of Milkweed--the monarchs must love your yard. Purple Prairie Clover and Purple Milkweed are so lovely! Happy GBBD!

  3. Your garden was likely the most popular on the tour, Sue. I know I would want to linger there where there was so much to see. It's amazing how quickly you went from winter to springtime and so many self seeders made a show.

  4. I am just amazed every time I visit, Sue, because I've planted so many different native seedlings and seeds that haven't made it here. You certainly have the golden touch when it comes to growing all these natives. I'm glad others were able to tour your garden--I'm sure you inspired a lot of people to plant more natives. That 'Spooky' Dianthus is a new one to me; really unique! Good luck with the move, and best wishes to your daughter. Happy times ahead!

  5. Your natives always look great, congratulations on the grandbaby! Is this your first? I see the east coast natives and want to grow them but they are mostly not native here, and don't do as well as yours. My poor Asclepias tuberosa doesn't seem to have come back. I did get germination from some annual curassavica so I will hope they can bloom before fall. I do have the related houseplant Hoya giving me some of those great waxy blooms, and perfuming the air as well!

  6. Hi Sue! You got a lot of plants blooming, beautiful pictures! I'm here googleling about the milkweed, I want to plant it for the monarch butterflies. Love your Larkspurs!

    Wishing you a smooth move for your daughter and congratulation for the baby girl!

    ( Now I live in Virginia)

  7. Hi Sue, What fun to give a tour of your gardens! The water garden in the tub is very pretty. I love your Salvia memorosa and the Prairie clover is so different from anything I've seen around here. I'm so happy for you that you will be a Gramma again. A little girl. How wonderful......

  8. Hi Sue, Your garden looks great! Love the water garden and the purple poppy mallow. Congrats to your daughter!
    Today I saw my first monarch in the garden. I also was thrilled to find 3 black swallowtail caterpillars!
    Enjoy that new baby!

  9. Sue, I suspect that your garden tour was a great success as always. Maybe some day I'll be able to have tours of my garden but right now it's still under construction. I'm still struggling to get everything planted as the extreme weather this spring has caused replanting some things three times. Yesterday, I replanted my sweet corn because it was pounded by hail and washed out with six inches of rain racing down the steep bank behind my garden. I still have cucumbers to get planted from the seed starts. Never have I had such late plantings as this year. With 117 days of frost free growing there's still hope for a harvest, don't you think? There's always hope when gardening.

    How do you keep your water garden from becoming a mosquito breeding ground and growing algae? My rain water collection tank has a water fountain in it to keep the water circulating. It's also mostly covered with a tarp to keep the algae from growing. I still am hopeful that I can catch some fish from the local water shed ponds to live in the big tank until I drain it in the fall. At that time I'll just return them to the lake.

    Have a great day in the Nebraskan garden.

  10. What an honor to be on a garden tour, I bet you were thrilled! But I also bet it was a lot of work. Everything looks great, now is the time to sit back and enjoy it.

  11. I'm sure everyone loved touring your garden, Sue. I agree about a week making a big difference right now. I am in England for 8 days and I know my garden will be completely changed when I get back to PA. Lots of blooms, like my milkweed, were in bud when I left. I hope the move went well and that we get to see pictures of your new granddaughter! P. x

  12. Olá, suas fotos são maravilhosas.
    Belas flores.
    Adorei conhecer.


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