Once again, it is Bloom Day. It took a while for this spring to take hold, but now that it’s here, it is veritably racing by. June seems to be a lot about Asiatic Lilies for me. The first ones to show, are almost always the red ones poking through the barberry on the corner next to our driveway.
Having them weave through the barberry gives them good support. They are happily multiplying in there. For the past two years, I have wanted to dig a few up to spread them around a little, but every year I miss the right moment to do it. Once they get too tall, the barberry will protect them from my antics. By now, there is quite a sizable clump of bulbs and bulblets down there.
The lollipop-shaped Stewartia buds from a couple of weeks back…
… have sprung open.
The Santolina I cut back rather severely last winter has bounced back and is blooming full force.
Likewise, one of my trusted Hebes made it through our unusually cold winter just fine. It is said that the smaller the leaf, the hardier they are. This has certainly proven true for me.
Here is another one that breezed right through it.
At the bottom, another Hebe, and in the background the towering Black Lace Elderberry – still in bloom.
The flowers of Saxifraga ‘Maroon Beauty’ glowing against the dark foliage of Cimicifuga ‘Hillside Black Beauty’. Both are phenomenal shade plants with lovely foliage.
More Asiatic lilies. I am amazed at how shade tolerant they are. I’m pushing them pretty hard, and they are still performing!
This photo is a couple of weeks old. The Indigofera kirilowii is starting to fade, but has put on one hell of a show – especially considering it sat unearthed in a large pot in my unheated shed for the entire winter. And, not being a person easily swayed by pink – this one is really starting to grab at my heart strings! Happy to see that I’m still capable of change!
An oriental lily (Purple Prince, I think) on the up and up – this one weaving through my Edgeworthia for much needed staking. In the background you can see how the fading Indigofera from the previous photo looks right now. Love the foliage!
Yellow Eremurus towering over a baby Ensete maurelii.
What a great flower! Most of them went into a bouquet as part of an annual donation of monthly flower arrangements I give to my kids’ school auction every year, but I still have two left to gawk over.
With the winter we had, we technically had lots of unexpected “annuals”. I don’t often go for those actually sold as annuals , but here is a new one (to me), that I couldn’t resist – a Salpiglossis. You can learn more about it here. My favorite is the velvety brown one, but sadly, it doesn’t photograph very well – at least not when I do it. This one hammed it up much better!
But, don’t allow me to hog all of your Sunday morning! Head over to Carol at May Dream Gardens to see what grows in her, and other gardens throughout the world! Thanks for hosting Carol!