Bloom Day – July 2014

After a weekend full of sensory overload from all the gardens we saw during the Garden Bloggers’ Fling, it truly feels wholly uninspiring to look around my own muddy little paradise to see if anything is worthy of posting. I suppose there are a few things, but since I cracked my camera during the Fling, I have had to resort to phone pictures, which are okay, but not much more. Oh well – here goes:

On a good note, the lilies are coming!

On a good note, the lilies are coming!

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I’m glad to see them, but can’t stop thinking about the already spent Himalayan lilies in one of the gardens we saw during the Fling. I ground myself by remembering that everything is indeed relative…

Did you hear that you are supposed to know exactly where you want your Acanthus before planting it? Well, it's true. Once it has gotten established, it is very difficult to eradicate completely, as this Acanthus spinosa can verify. It's not that I mind it there - but it will never have the kind of space it deserves to truly shine. But as long as it is okay with that, I'm happy to see it pop up every year. It is such a cool plant!

Did you hear that you are supposed to know exactly where you want your Acanthus before planting it? Well, it’s true. Once it has gotten established, it is very difficult to eradicate completely, as this Acanthus spinosa can verify. It’s not that I mind it there – but it will never have the kind of space it deserves to truly shine. But as long as it is okay with that, I’m happy to see it pop up every year. It is such a cool plant!

Those who know me know that I have a soft spot for green flowers. So, I fell for a 'Little Lime' even though I most assuredly don't have room. It looks pretty good with the foliage of Carol Mackie - another victim of my uncontrollably voracious appetite for more plants.

Those who know me know that I have a soft spot for green flowers. So, I fell for a ‘Little Lime’ even though I most assuredly don’t have room. It looks pretty good with the foliage of Carol Mackie – another victim of my uncontrollably voracious appetite for more plants.

Here is another marvel in bloom - some kind of 'panax-something'. Not the most exciting flower, but the fact that it's green is a redeeming factor. It's reason for remaining in my garden is that I love its leaves!

Here is another marvel in bloom – some kind of ‘panax-something’. Not the most exciting flower, but the fact that it’s green is a redeeming factor. As with so many other things in my garden, the reason it remains is that I love its leaves!

The little blue bell ground cover never fails to make me happy!

The little blue bell ground cover never fails to make me happy!

Fiery hot Crocosmia 'Lucifer'. I understand why it's so popular...

Fiery hot Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’. I understand why it’s so popular…

All the plants I got at the Fling are still in the box I carried them home in. I'm giddily excited about the thought of dark blue Agapanthus replacement for the Storm Cloud that succumbed to this past winter's temperatures. This one is smaller, and came from Joy Creek.

All the plants I got at the Fling are still in the box I carried them home in. I’m giddily excited about the thought of dark blue Agapanthus replacement for the Storm Cloud that succumbed to this past winter’s temperatures. This one is smaller, and came from Joy Creek. And, of course, those infernal magnolia leaves have already started to layer themselves over the newcomers.

The last photo of the day is a Hydrangea tricolor that - amazingly - seems to do okay under that massive tree.

The last photo of the day is a Hydrangea tricolor that – amazingly – seems to do okay under that Magnolia. I like it mostly because the white variegation beam out at me from under the canopy of that massive tree.

Oh yeah - I almost forgot! The Teasel I wrote about a few weeks ago is blooming.  Kind of endearing, in an ugly duckling kind of way. :)

Oh yeah – I almost forgot! The Teasel I wrote about a few weeks ago is blooming. Kind of endearing, in an ugly duckling kind of way. 🙂

Not the most exuberant Bloom Day post I have ever posted… I think at this point, what makes me the most excited is the stuff that is not yet planted. Oh well, for more inspiring fare, head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to check out what is growing in other parts of the world. Happy Bloom Day, All!

 

 

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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12 Responses to Bloom Day – July 2014

  1. Alison says:

    Happy GBBD, Anna! What a bummer about your camera. Aren’t teasel flowers interesting? I’m not sure I’d call them ugly.

    • annamadeit says:

      Happy GBBD to you too, Alison! No, you’re right…. maybe “unique” is a better word. They are so funny – they almost look like bees. Some have a purple stripe around the middle, others have two. Others, still, are different. Such an odd plant! 🙂

  2. linda says:

    I love your garden , post more photos . I’ve got Acanthus and Japanese Anemone planted together forever !

  3. hb says:

    You have some wonderful flowers and foliage. Sorry to hear your camera cracked–ouch! I too bought an Agapanthus at Joy Creek–perhaps next year we’ll be comparing flowers on a summer bloom day post.

    • annamadeit says:

      Did you get the pretty little dark blue one? I so hope they makes it through the winter… My Storm Cloud was pretty new in the ground, and bit it hard. If these make it through – game ON! … lol!

  4. ricki grady says:

    All those apologies, and then a slew of beautiful photos…especially the greenish flowers and the teasel.

  5. I planted all my plants from Joy Creek today. 🙂 I thought everything was hardy but, nope. 😦 I’m going to try to over winter them this year so I can enjoy them again next year. Everything in your garden looks great! I really love the agapanthus and fuschia. I’d never seen a Himalayan lily before the Fling. Interesting form!

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, good you are! Mine are still in that box in the shade, waiting for attention. I have a day off tomorrow, so hopefully they will all find a home then! 🙂 What did you buy that isn’t hardy?

  6. Stef says:

    Hello Anna! That Acanthus is so beautiful. I had never seen it before the Portland Fling. How long does it usually bloom? I must also say the Teasel is quite interesting. It looks almost prehistoric. Thank you for sharing your garden with us for this past Bloom Day!

    • annamadeit says:

      I love the Acanthus too. If I had known you liked it so much, I would have sent you home with a start or two. It might survive if you plant it deep enough. I know now that it is nearly impossible to get rid of once it’s been parked in one spot for a while, so I have lots of starts to share. Anyway, it blooms for a long time. I’d say it starts in June, and it is still going strong as of early August. I’m looking at it now, from the kitchen table… It’s such a stately plant! 🙂

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