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 itΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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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! πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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