Monday, June 22, 2015

One Bloomin' Season - Summer Starts

It's the first week of summer and week six on my garden tour.  It is slow going and I am not sure I will make a July 4 peak in blooming.  We'll see.  This first picture is of a single Dwarf Veronica plant with some budding daisies.  I only bought one Veronica, not knowing how it would take to my garden.  Now, having survived a few years, I might go looking for some more.

Next up is Astilbe 'Rheinland', of which I have several.  That's a Stella de Oro daylily blooming next to it.

And then I have Astilbe 'Visions in Pink' with Coral Bells 'Citronelle' on right.  I absolutely love that lime color!

Here is my rescued Double white peony.  It only has one bloom this year, again, but I am hoping that it continues to thrive.

No one grows Hosta for their flowers, with the exception of Fragrant Hosta, but here is a 'Frances Williams', one of the first hostas I ever bought.  It now grows all over the yard after several divisions.  Did I tell you that I have over 130 hosta plants?
This next one is Hosta 'Elegans'.  This is one big hosta!
And Hosta '???'  UPDATE:  pretty sure this is an unknown blue cup which I will try to identify.

I also have a patch of Houttuynia.  The blossoms are insignificant.  BUT, deer and rabbits do not like the citrus smell and will avoid the area.  It can be a nuisance since it spreads like crazy, but I have yet to deal with that problem in the area it grows.  What I call the 'back swamp'.
Here some Stonecrop sedum lines a pathway.  This has been growing since the garden was first planted 40+ years ago.
A border of Stella de Oro daylilies along the street are blooming.  A combination of smelly sprays and rosemary plants seem to be effective in keeping the deer away.  For now at least.
More yellow with a 'Connecticut Yankee' Oriental Lily...
and one lonely Meadow Rue blowing in the wind.  The Heliopolis flowers are just starting to open.

And so I leave you with this panoramic shot of that front area that I tore out in 2012, replanted, and blogged about.  I've posted pics of many of these plants already this year.

Have a great week and welcome to summer in my garden.

6 comments:

  1. You do put a lot of work into your garden Denise. Do you find it therapeutic? I know a lot of people do. Never been my thing although I love to see a beautiful garden.

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    1. I used to joke when I was working that after a bad day I could go home and cut the grass and pretend that everyone who irritated me that day was getting their head chopped off. So, yes. Very therapeutic.

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  2. Your garden is so beautiful. It looks like a park and i bet would be wonderful for wedding pictures. I always love seeing a garden and I liked working in it until the last couple of years when the pain was too much. The one thing-I am the kiss of death when it comes to plants-no green thumb just black. My hubby has taken over and everything is thriving

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    1. Well, thank you, but I do not have a green thumb with everything. I have just learned to grow what I am good at growing.

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  3. I love the Astilbe 'Rheinland.' Haven't heard of that plant before, but it is so pretty! Any idea what zone it is?

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    1. Hardiness zones are 4-9. I have had it for years and our last two winters have not harmed it. What zone are you in?

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