Saturday, June 16
GBBD: June Blooms
There is so much color and texture in my garden right now. So I was amazed when I went out today to take pictures for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and discovered that very few things are actually blooming. I love my garden, and I love foliage... but on days like today when I'm posting a meager list in comparison to most other North American garden bloggers, I admit that I feel a little deficient! :)
When I started taking the pictures off of my digital camera, I found that one of my attempts at photographing the lavender had instead focused on the purple-leaf salvia behind it. That seems appropriate for my garden thoughts today, don't you think?
The other thing that struck me was just how many bees I was seeing. I've noticed a lack of pollinators around these parts lately, so it was nice to see them busily flitting about. The spanish foxglove, digitalis parviflora, is one of their favorites. It's one of mine, too: dark green, almost glossy foliage, blooms in more sun or more shade, and with flowers in an unusual chocolatey orange color.
Here's the rest of what's in bloom right now:
- goatsbeard 'Zweiweltenkind' (side note: I discovered in an Allan Armitage book yesterday that this cultivar name means "child of two worlds" in German)
- 'The Watchman' black hollyhocks
- 'Dortmund' climbing rose
- jackmanii clematis
- tiarellas 'Neon Lights' and 'Crow Feather'
- 'Whiskey' wax begonias
- 'Anne Greenaway' lamium
- 'Brise d'Anjou' jacob's ladder
- 'Olympic Fire' mountain laurel (almost done)
- 'Regina' heuchera'
- 'Chubby Fingers' sedum
- annual purple verbena
- alchemilla mollis
- thyme and lemon thymes
Notably in bud:
- dwarf oakleaf hydrangea
- drumstick alliums