Here it is the middle of June already! Where does the time go? I almost forgot it was Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of the month, bloggers from all over the world showcase what is in bloom in their gardens over at May Dreams Gardens. Let’s see whats in bloom in the garden today. The Hydrangea are all out a month earlier than normal. This shrub had a hard time over the last couple of years due to drought conditions and severe water restrictions. This year we have a cooler spring. The flower I am holding is bigger than my hand. Is it the plants last hurrah? I hope not as I love the flowers. I took a cutting from this plant and moved it to the front garden and its blooms are purple.
This year I grew all my own flowers from seed for the garden. What I didn’t think about was which flowers would do best in containers. I had overwintered the canna and got them started in the greenhouse in early spring. The funky plants with red tassels are Amaranth caudatus or Loves Lies Bleeding. In the ground they can grow to five feet tall so I am taking a chance planting them in a container. Will they look crazy with the cannas? I think the flowers will cascade over the sides of the container later in the season. I was trying to keep with the red tones with this planting combination. I also grew mixed Impatiens from seed. The red and pink flowers have gone in the containers and they love it there. I also added some purple millet grass which was so easy to grow from seed. It will add not only a vertical element but the purple striping will blend nicely with the colours of the other plants.
The roses, well what can I say, they are rocking the garden arbor. The white and yellow roses are finishing just as these tiny pink roses explode into bloom. Honeysuckle and Clematis are tangled in its branches making this a mass of colour and fragrance. Don’t let that blue sky fool you. Its been raining heavy here and the weather can change in a few minutes. Of course, the sun came out as I finished placing temporary covers over the tomatoes, Murphy’s law, right?
I have an extensive shade garden and have looked all over for a hardy white Fuchsia and finally found one. It’s not all white but the Hardy Fuchsia society members said it was as close as I would find. Its called Fuchsia magellanica var. molinae ‘Alba’. I love it. It’s still tiny but seems to like its new home. So why white flowers? White flowers really brighten up a shady garden.
Clematis hangs casually over old fences and arbors in the garden adding to summer colour. This plant has been here for over fifteen years. Each year it is covered in hundreds of flowers.
Oh, the sweet peas! They seem fine after the heavy downpour and cold temperatures. It dropped to 9C last night. This one is my favourite with its two-tone flowers.
As long I keep cutting them they keep on producing new flowers. They should bloom for another month at least. By the time they are done the Dahlias in front will be in bloom. There are so many flowers to come and lots of vegetables to harvest. I am already busy picking berries, picking peas and canning season has begun. The best part of all is being able to bring a bouquet in the home or harvest something for dinner.