Bloom Day – June, 2014

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.

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.

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The Stewartia buds from a couple of weeks back...

The lollipop-shaped Stewartia buds from a couple of weeks back…

... have sprung open.

… have sprung open.

So pretty!

So pretty!

The Santolina I cut back rather severely last winter has bounced back.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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9 Responses to Bloom Day – June, 2014

  1. Oh your garden is looking wonderful Anna, I think you should have the fall swap at your place so we can all see it in person!

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, Loree – you just made me laugh out loud! (One can be very selective with a camera… ) You are invited to visit my ongoing, never ending project anytime! If, after having seen it, you still think I could have it here, I may start believing it is possible, but I really think I need another year or so to make it comfortable and inviting enough. Thanks, though!

  2. commonweeder says:

    Your salpigossis if fabulous. I remember the first time I learned about it I could hardly stop laughing. The word is so funny. The PNW is a great climate and I do get a twinge of jealousy on Bloom Day, but I guess I will be in New England forever.

    • annamadeit says:

      It is a goofy word, isn’t it? I really wonder how it came to be called that… While it’s true that the PNW is a dreamy place for a gardener, I don’t think we’re quite worthy of your envy. New England is a spectacular part of the world too, in my opinion. I actually lived there for a while. 🙂

  3. Alison says:

    My peach Eremurus has just started to open, it’s such a fabulous flower! Yours is so pretty. I do love Salpiglossis too.

  4. My Asiatic lilies still have a week or two to go before they bloom. The red lilies poking through the barberry is fantastic – I love that! Lots of intriguing plants in your garden – like the Saxifraga – and what is that blue flower than made it through the winter without problems?

    • annamadeit says:

      That is a Hebe – not sure which variety, but in general, I’m pretty sure they are not reliably hardy beyond Zone 7. It’s a plant I fell in love with upon moving here.

  5. Dee says:

    Anna, visiting with you was such fun. I so enjoyed seeing flowers that I can’t really grow here in the hot south. Happy Bloom Day!

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