Summer is still over a week away by the calendar, but I'm going to call it officially summer as of now (even though our rather cool temperatures don't seem to agree with me). So, I give you...the summer blooms thread!
I'll kick it off with aconitum. This is the first time I've grown monkshood and I have to say I really love it. It's thriving in my garden and has put on a huge amount of growth since I got it as a tiny little plug early this spring. And the plant is covered in buds! These are just the first of many blooms.
Mine is in bright shade with a little dappled sun and maybe a teeny bit of direct sunlight at certain times of the day. It stands about 6 feet out from a very large maple tree, which is to the south of it, and in the shadow of my house. There's plenty of light, but none of it direct. It must really like the conditions, though, because it looks to be a blooming machine as all these buds open.
For what it's worth, my soil is a nice sandy loam and I top dressed with compost at planting time earlier this spring. This plant was about 4" tall tops when I got it, and now it's a good 3 feet tall. This soil is well-drained. I had aconitum in heavy clay at my old place. I planted it later in the year (after it would have bloomed), but I can tell you that it got about 4 hours of sun in that spot, and in the clay soil it just never seemed happy. I'm not sure if it's a sun or a soil thing...or both.
Mine gets the very early monrning shade about 8 a little sun then my 11 shade til late afternnon...The soil is well-drained and not really alot of clay. When I ordered it 3 years ago it came as a 2 inch seedling (yeah) Its grown more this year than it ever has and has never bloomed I am so envious of yours.
okay. I'm probably in the wrong thread. And should have taken better note along the way. I AM SORRY!
Where is everyone meeting on Saturday? I know Olbrich, but at what time and where. I don't know if I can make it but I want to try.
Been busy lately. Harvey is here now. at 10 wks he needs lots of attention. We garden together. I weed, prune, and mulch. He chomps off the heads of flowers and then makes sneezing noises to get rid of the petals.
Is that Johnson's Blue? I like it! The plant I had at my old place was a monster...it spread way more than I thought it would and it was bushy and beautiful. I'm going to have to get another one just as soon as I have a spot for it. :)
It is Johnson's Blue. I bought it because it said "blue" :) Mine is not spreading all that much, but considering where it grows I am happy. It's very dry, but sunny. I planted half of the plant I bought in half-shade and that one is barely making it :(
We are planning on thinning elms out in that area, so maybe next year it will do better.
I love peony and yours are my favorite color! I am walking to work now and stop at every house that has peonies - those are just blooming their heads off right now.
It's not a very nice picture but it give you an idea of a depth of color. I waited for this iris to bloom for 2 years. It was supposed to be a black siberian. It is not black but really dark purple and it's a late bloomer for me.
[quote]Seems very early for aconitum, but it being a new plant can explain it. I'll bet next year it will bloom later.[/quote]
I thought aconitum bloomed in late summer, myself...although I haven't bothered to research. I was surprised when I saw buds on this one. I'm sure this one's had a head start because it was grown in a greenhouse very early in the season. I planted the one that's blooming in mid-April. I added another plant about a month later, and although that one's quite a bit shorter it also has buds. I bet it'll be blooming in a couple weeks.
Ok, I thought this was heliopsis 'Summer Sun' but after looking at other pics in PlantFiles I'm not so sure (I got it from FreeTreesandPlants.com last year). I like it though; it's so cheery, especially with all the clouds and rain!
Jeannie, love your bed - there color even without irises blooming. Funny how I have most of the plants but mine are scattered all over. Did you plan the bed this way or changed it over time to get this effect?
cece, I am enojoying your peonies :) There's a house on my way to work where they planted a row of peonies all colors. When in bloom it's a show stopper. But it always rains during their flowering and the plants lay prostrate on the ground after it. It's such a bummer for me every time because I plan my walk to pass that row of flowers in the morning.
Thanks Jeannie, that makes me feel better. I do love how every plant shows up and complements the neighbor in color and height, will try to copy some.
cece, that's sure beats half an hour on a bike. That's what my HD says you need to do to channel that extra adrenalin to your muscules. Just looking at them made me feel better (had to deal with stolen trash can this morning). I adore digitalis, grew some from seed two years before. Mine were biannual :( I really want to get a perennial one if there is such a thing.
cece,You have given me ideas ,I think I just might make a rock for my best freind,ahh I just love this place,keeps my mind very busy,and the DH !!!!This was my purchase last wk,a 4peice fountain,with only 2 peices left,most important ones,they wanted 106.00,noway I told her,Ill go 50.00 ,I had a pump at home,so here it is,now imagine clematis growing over the stump.
cece,thats great,my son in law just set up a rain barrel,the collapsible is better yet.And I have 3 different climatis That I need to move, so it worked out well with the new fountain.We are working on a project that needed finishing a long time ago,part of the fountain area I will post some pix.here is the east side of the project now.
I'm not sure if he ordered them from gardeners edge or gardeners supply store. I think the newset catalog was Gardeners Edge and that was the one he was looking at. There's 3 different sizes, small holds 55 gal., med. holds 104 gal and then the large at 156 gal. He figured one large one for front and one for back could help the ouch to the water bill.
Tomato house is booming!
Tomatoes are all nicely pruned & tied up, thanks to my new worker, Allison.
Poor economy is good for something. Her & the other guy, Tim are both very good workers. These types wouldn't have applied a couple years ago.
Oh, cece...I love those delphs! So many beautiful pictures.
I deadheaded my foxgloves and get a small rebloom on them. You won't get that central spike to rebloom, but the side buds will. Do leave a couple stalks with seedheads, though. I've heard some people say that you can make foxglove behave more like a perennial than a biennial by cutting back after they bloom, but I take no chances. I'm the same way with my delphiniums, too. ;)
My del's I cut back after bloom and always get a smaller re-bloom in early Sept. I cut the stalks off of my foxgloves last year and had to buy new ones this year so I'm not doing that this year. I'll just let them go to seed and fall where they may. Maybe I won't have to buy more next year. Here' to hoping anyway.
I love Mock Orange bushes. Back in March I ordered a Philadelphus cymosis 'Bouquet Blanc' from McKay's Nursery. It was delivered May 6. I was told at the time of delivery that it most likely would not bloom this year due to being transported. Well guess what?
Isn't it gorgeous? They said it had a strong fragrance but I can only get a whiff of a slight orangey scent course I am on antibiotics for a sinus infection and bronchitis as well.
Nice foliage while you're waiting for it to bloom though!
Our little linden tree is in bloom. The flowers aren't impressive, but they smell wonderful. Last year was our first summer here and I was so excited when I figured out that scent was coming from the tree of all things!
Not the best pic I could've taken but I ain't goin' out there right now for another. Too stinkin' hot.
Love the mock orange and the linden! They're beautiful.
I have a soft spot for the catalpa trees that are in bloom in my neighborhood right now. I know they're big, and the bloom is short, and the flowers aren't particularly fragrant, and the fruit (those long beans) is messy, but...my parents had an ancient one in the yard when I was younger and I always loved it. (Of course! I had already moved out and didn't have to clean up after it.) I was sad when the old tree declined and they finally cut it down.
the philadelphus cymosis was delivered to me at 4 feet tall so I was real impressed. It pretty much gets a lot of sun...the variegated doesn't get very much sun and I'm thinking I may move it the end of August to a bit more sun.
Took my youngest DS to WCTC to register for fall classes this morning and he's all enrolled, registered and ready to start classes Aug 29th! He wanted to stop at Sentry to pick some soda and water up and well they have this greenhouse in the parking lot?
Well I got out of the truck and heard this yelling Cece take us home, Cece we know you want to, and we need tlc!!!! Will you just look what followed me home?
Tag says 'Big Sky Sundown' Echinacea hybrid. It flollowed me every where just dragging it po behind it. He was thirsty too because she had gotten that far out yet to water so I brought him gave him a drink and will plant we it gets cooler around 7 or so...I'll take care of him. The 2 Alstromerias had been watered real good so I set them out in the container garden in their containers yet. I still have a pinkish rose one I bought in 2007 when the sun room went in and have over wintered successfully twice now. Each year it begins blooming end of February and last continued til the middle of October. I saw the purple one last week but didn't have my purse with me and dh wasn't about to buy it. Saw that one and the orange right next to it and well as they say the rest is history.
I thought that might be Sundown. I was kinda disappointed in the one I had in my old garden. It never bloomed well, and the blooms I did get always looked somewhat distorted and pathetic. I wonder how it's doing this year.
Yours looks great, though! Hopefully you'll have better luck than I did.
Here I thought I was being so sly...took the alstromerias out to the container garden and mixed them among the ones I already had out there, and the echinacea I put with a couple other plants that need to get planted eventually. Figured DH wouldn't know; Was in the back bedroom when dh got home from work. Suddenly I hear fee fi fo fum I spell the blood of brand new plants. Went out into the living room and he said come ere, just come out here. Walked right to the new ones and said Where did they come from??????He took off earlier from work and when he got home the "rat" ds told him that I bought new plants and hid them so he wouldn't know and showed him where they were. Traitor child. humpf see if I help him do anything in the very near future.
He didn't believe me when I said they begged for me to take them home and they followed to the trucks with their little pots dragging. Sometimes the man has no sense of humor.
Actually what he said exactly was "Yeah right and tomorrow I will wake up to a full head of hair. (He's bald)
Maybe he's changing if he actually cares.
I don't understand why most men love grass. Make a new flower bed or two with scalloped edges so he has a challenge mowing around them.
I got stuck mowing today. What a pain. Spruce tree branches scratch something awful.
Bernie that is the whole problem having to mow around them first with the weed whacker at the edges and then the mower. Told him we could avoid all that by putting in gravel, mulch or stepping stone walkways. He wants grass. Course he is getting better about it. Clover seems to be taking over the yard and he doesn't like the clover. that's how I got the last bed; clover and the mid-summer what grass there was turned all brown. He being such a perfectionist about most things is just something that really gets in the way.
jcoakly- The evening primrose on the previous page may be 'Oenthera fruiticosa' and the helenium may be a coreopsis. I haven't had them for years (bunny salad) but I am remembering name of "Early Sunrise."
I have been remiss on photos and right now not much is going on except hot/humid.
I really wish that I had done a photo on some of my Siberians that finally found their "voice" this year.
My DH (we reunited recently after being separated for quite a while) could care less about grass--he loves my gardens. He compliments them all the time. He wouldn't care if I made the entire yard into one big garden, and he isn't fazed much when I buy new plants. (The only time he ever questioned me was when I bought a maidenhair fern. He said, "You bought a fern? We have a hundred ferns!" But...they're ostrich ferns. Different! lol)
I pretty much do all the yard work around here unless I request help from my husband or kids. I even mow the lawn...just as long as I have my little John Deere to do it. I enjoy it. :)
DH are funny things arent they,mine mows, now that he is retired,he would prefer to have no grass to mow,he said a path around the house is enough to mow !!! He mows the whole thing ,OMG sooo scary though.The first yr. he mowed,he rolled the tractor down the hill,Iam picking up trash along the road and I get to the north side and I see the tractor upsidedown at the bottom of the hill,I run down the hill ,he is sitting on the screened porch JEEEZZ,I mowed this hill for almost 20 yrs without rolling the tractor!!! After he mows I always tell him how nice the yard looks ,while Iam grinding my teeth,he is getting better at it,Iam just glad I dont have to mow any more,I still work too.But this year is the first time in years he is not grumbling about me buying new plants,I have not had to hide them,as Ive done before,who is this man,i almost stopped buying new varieties,his famous last words are always this ,whadda ya need that for,where are you gonna put it,dont you have enough already,thats why i have a lot of the same stuff every where,I just split it up.Iam going to take advantage of this man who ever he is !!!! Got to love em
Yeah one of my dh's famous lines are What'd ya need that for don't you already have like 10 of 'em? A lot of mine of divisions of original ones but I simply can't drive by a plant sale or nursey or a Steins. The car obtains a will of its own pulls itself in the parking lot, parks itself, shuts itself off and opens its door for me. What am I supposed to do then? I get out and look. I don't always buy but chances are better that I will than that I won't.
cece,My car did that yesterday,and some impaientents,jumped in !!! they said they needed a place to stay for the summer,I said I have the perfect shady spot,and Iwill serve you water,if you flower for me!!!!LOL
[quote]Kayly I didn't u had reunited. I am so happy for you... All my best to you and hubby. i am really happy for you.[/quote]
I should've posted an update to my divorce thread here, but I didn't really think of it. We're still reeling from the financial losses as a result of separating, and I still lost my old garden (which I felt compelled to drive past yet again today, even though it was out of my way), but we found out that neither of us liked the idea of growing old without our best friend by our side. It's taken a lot of work, and we're both still in counseling to work things out, but it's going well. :) Thanks!
I love that "leaping" clematis! I'm going to have to get some for along my fence line. Won't happen until next year, though. Does clematis get heavy enough to damage a wood privacy fence?
The fact that you could say "your best friend" is proof enough that divorce is never the answer. I am so very happy for you. Then again sometimes it pays to take a step back and review your situation. I'm glad that you are still in counseling and I hope and pray that you'll both will come out so much better and happier in the end WITH EACH OTHER. (((((((((hugs))))))))) for you both.
the clematis well to be honest I'm not sure, I think its about as heavy as a morning glory and we have morning glories on out lattice fence. course they're not doing too well seeing as the neighbors trees have got to the point where they shade them.
I was about ready to give up on trying clematis because they just sat theire and didn't get very big the first couple years. They'd bloom but not really very many. But this year!!!!!!!! I love 'em!
cece & kayly,I was about ready to give up on my climatis too,I have 3 different varieties planted together(NOT A GOOD CHOICE) any way the old purple one has done well this yr. One of them is puny as all get out and its been there 4yrs,and the 3rd one iam waiting to see if it blooms nicely it looks ok not robust with growth,and its 4yrs too,Iam tired of waiting !!!here is the purple one
Hugger on the oblisk I had 2 purple one white and 1 red. there is one blossom on the white which is early usually its July that I notice it with the red. A purple on the other side died but this purple already blooming seems to have 2 different shades of purple on it. I'm confused but NOT complaining!
I don't know if it is normal or not but I'm not complaining about it. I like the different hues makes it interesting to look at. I can try and find out for you if you'd like... I've a couple resources I could try.
cece,Iam not concerned either ,its just weird,ive never seen it have mauve blooms,this climatis is 10 yrs old,I moved it 5yrs ago.I was just suprized at the 4-5-6petal blooms,its probly normal,kinda like me normal,weird.LOL
MarciaGeiger . . . just checked in on this thread and saw your note . . . thanks for helping me ID my coreopsis! I just knew it didn't look like those pictures of the heliopsis, but I guess that's what I get for ordering from a "freebie" web site. Funny thing is that I transplanted a clump of coreopsis from my Dad's yard last summer as well, and I think it is the same thing. Ha. So I have it in the front yard and the back yard. Which is fine because I like it a lot. Bunnies munched off most of the buds last summer but this year I don't seem to have that problem; it's doing great!
Are hollyhocks supposed to get this big? They tower over me. Last year they didn't bloom and something was eating holes in its big leaves. This year there are flower buds at the top...not open but they are there.
Had to go back up and check and yes I did post the orange and purple Alstromeria. Now I have the yellow one, a pink one I already had. yep hubby gets home from work I will go buy the red for a complete set. I'm obsessed so what can I say?
Here's my tiny Abutilon with the purple Alstroemeria
Wow, I've been so busy planting, I haven't had a chance to look at these gorgeous pics! Country Gardens, your gardens are beautiful - great compositions! Cece, as always, one beautiful pic after another! Kayley, Cece, and Hugger - don't give up on clematis. Once they find a spot, you can't stop'em, it's finding the spot that's tough. I have two purple ones on a small trellis. They've been there since 2003. They were very puny the first few years. Here's a pic of them in their first year . . .
They took about 3 years to take off, but here is the right hand one I took a pic of this morning. It would have collapsed on the puny trellis like the left hand one did this year, but for a wind chime. It climbed around that and is still going to the skies!
Long shot of yard. (I haven't sent pics of other yard areas because they're works in progress, which I know a garden always is, but these are sloooowwwwer - in progress for about 6 YEARS! I keep ripping out and doing something new.)
Kayley, congrats on your reunited state! What a beautiful thing to call him best friend! Mine is, too. And it's his B-Day!!
I have those. The tag called them 'Butterfly Blue' delphiniums. Mine aren't blooming yet but they are growing so good. I see buds forming. Started out with 3 but have 5 now. So I'm thinking they multiplied somehow and I'm not complaining. the whole darn bed can turn in to them.
jcoakley - You know, I was never a fan of the big orange ditch lilies but the more I see them along the road the more I'm beginning to appreciate them. I think they're maligned by gardeners (especially those who love hybrid daylilies), but...I don't think they deserve it. In the right space, they really are pretty! Yours look nice with the coneflower and monarda.
I have ditch lilies growing amidst ferns and peonies here, and while they're big and take up a lot of space, I have to admit they're pretty in bloom right where they are. I'll probably let them be. :)
We had them along the north side of our house when I grew up. They were always there.
This house also has "corn" lilies on the north side. They were here when we came here, have lived through many things. Couple years ago, we had a late freeze that got most of them. They are filled back in now.
Everyone beautiful pictures of everything !!! My gardens are so boring this year,lots of green ,I have soo much more shade every year,need to make changes ,Iam lacking in, summer bloomers.ooops I posted the wrong pic.
hugger, what are you talking about . . . boring??? I think not! All you ladies (and gents too!) give me inspiration and remind me of what I have to look forward to in a few years as my stuff fills in (and I plant more & more).
Boring is what you see when driving around. A fancy-dancy house, a dozen or so pine type shrubs along the front, sitting in a pile off wood chips or crushed rock. Then in front of them is a row of some blooming thingy, all the same, that will be done in a short time. That way they can mow their carefully manicured grass the rest of the summer. Or at least until the dry weather hits. NOW THAT IS BORING!
I agree Bernie I agree. I might have a mish-mash of things but there is always something blooming with lots and lots of colors. I'm working on getting rid of as much lawn as I can and adding lots and lots of color along the way. Hows the glads doing so far this season? Pic please.
Brrrrrr its actually cool. Only 61° and very little sun. I have sweat pants and a sweatshirt jacket on and a afghan on my lap wrapped around my legs. I'm in the sun room...with windows shut. I thought I heard somewhere it was summer now. Guess they were wrong. All kidding aside it may have been hot and humid last week but I prefer that in the summer time as to this...
cece,64 here,got jeans ,longsleeves,socks too,sounds like thats what we will have for a few days,going to buy decking material today,good weather for that.I just hope I can sneak off to the garden section.LOL
Some people (very few, I suppose) call the White Bleeding Heart - Naked Lady in a Boat. An 80 year old lady told me about this.
Pluck off an individual flower. Turn it upside down so it points up. Gently pull apart the two lobes, using the stem as the hinge. That forms the boat. The naked lady emerges, complete with legs, arms, head and boobs!
It does work with the pink and white form. Something about the boobs being deformed or on both the front and back of the lady. I don't remember which.
My lupines are going to come to an end soon, and the peonys are just about done, but the peony poppy is going strong.
Some of my plants are north or me, at my boyfriends house...near the Wisconsin and UP Michigan boarder.
That's why I hardly have any lilies in bloom. And the alaskan daisies are just getting ready to open.
My balloon flowers and my anise hyssops don't even have buds yet.
This picture was taken a couple of years ago, of a pink peony poppy in front of an anise hyssop.
I have both the pink and the white bleeding hearts plus the fringed leaf one Dicentra exima that one blooms all season on and off.
Like KaylyRed said our peonies, bleeding hearts, columbines are all done for the season. Yours are beautiful My anise hyssop hasn't buds on it yet either that I can see.
Can anyone give a suggestion as to what this is? I don't know what it is or where it came from. But its blooming in one of my front beds and I know I didn't put it there.
cece,I dont know what it is ,but its really pretty,love yellow.Here is what I bought yesterday !!! The blue one says it is a butterfly blue larkspur? The leaves are similar to my larkspur,but not as fine,or lacy,but not the same leaf as a delphinium,are they in the same family??
The blue one reminds me of my Butterfly blue delphinium...Its not in bloom just yet but when it does I have people stop while driving by asking what is that and where can I get one! Like the Foxgloves too.
Cece, is your yellow flower maybe some kind of oenothera, or evening primrose? It looks similar to some I have (planted on purpose) with variegated leaves and I like it. It could be that some people pull it as a weed if it spreads too much, but I transplanted some from my MIL's garden and I think it's cheerful. And with mine, the leaves are interesting even after the blooms are gone, and they turn a pretty red in the fall. I'm still at the point in gardening where I want things to spread because I have a lot of bare space. :) http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/71989/
I have evening primrose way in the back of the property by lattice. This bed is out front by the sidewalk next the road. I don't think the rhizomes spread that far. I'm inclined to take Bernie's take that its a weed and just pull it. Thanks Bernie.
Those are beautiful Marie. I've always wanted to get a couple Martagon's but heard they were extremely temperamental. With 4 adults living in this house I have all the temperaments I can handle at the moment. Are they hard? Do they play disappearing acts one year and come back the next like what did you forget me?
So far I have been lucky with the ones shown. They came back from the 1st year that I planted them and have continued to increase. However...in another location...I have given up any hope of every seeing them. They've been there for 4 years now (planted on the same day as all of the others) and I've never seen them. If they are sulking, they've really taken it too far. My guess is that they croaked or a varmint ate them. I just received some potted baby martagons from a friend this Spring, and all 5 looked great and I even thought that they might bloom this year, they shut down. I'm not sure how else to describe it. They were healthy little plants, some with blossoms and then they dropped their blossoms and most have whithered. I've checked the bulbs and they still appear healthy, so it must just be a martagon temper tantrum. We did also have some blistering hot weather, before it got cold again so that might be it too.
The dark colored ones what is their cultivar? Where have you got them planted? Full partial sun? shade? A lot of moisture? I may get some and try them if I have a proper place for them, How about morning sun only?
Really, martagons are only temperamental in that they might sulk for a season after transplanting. In this case, sulking means not even emerging above ground the entire year. There is the rare case when sulking can be taken to the extreme - two years. This is a characteristic of some other species too. But the bulb keeps growing nevertheless, and if it likes where it is planted, it will be larger the year after sulking, then if it had not sulked at all.
Martagons are from cold regions of Asia and Europe (hardy to zone 2). Of course they wouldn't like the heat. But I wouldn't call that temperamental; show me any plant that is native to a zone 2 region, and I will show you a plant that doesn't like heat.
With the exception of a few american species, lilies (including martagons) suffer from water logged soils. I suspect Marie's "shut down" was due to the heat, too much water, or both. It should be back next year.
With all the rain and a bunch of hot weather, my plants are doing great. Blooming full tilt are the daylilies, hydrangia bushes, coreopsis, bee balm, shasta daisies, false sunflowers, gooseneck loosestrife, mints, dill, rue, spiderwort, and yarrows. Just starting are coneflowers, hollyhock, hosta, phlox, liatris, and I have tennis ball sized green tomatoes. Life is good.
Meet Mallory,we watched 2 of the grand kids on friday ,I gave them my camera and they took 115 photos,and as you see here not too bad ,I set the camera on auto and turned them loose ,some pics are really funny,shes just home from a dive meet got 1st place medal
Cute grandkids, hugger! I am going to have a new niece in a few weeks and her name is going to be Mallory too. :)
I took some photos at the Chain 'o' Lakes State Park up near Antioch, IL this past week. It was so so so pretty (buggy, but pretty). I really wish I had a better camera (and was a better photographer) because these photos don't do it justice. Oh well!
This is some coneflower and maybe butterfly weed? Anyone know? There were a lot of butterflies, monarchs especially because of all the milkweed.
Jcoakley don't know about the yellow flowers the orange sure looks like butterflyweed to me. The yellow might be Brown eye susan like I got at Reutzer Nature Centre a couple years ago. Boy do they take over though.
jcoakley,Gosh I thought when you said chain o lakes state park , you are right out my back door,but we are in indiana !! Our chain o lakes st. park is about 10 miles from here !! Great photos.looks like you had a great day at the park!
cece,I brought a bract in the house a few yrs ago ,they were actually dripping with nectar,had to put them on the porch,I was shocked at the amount of nectar,they were just star gazers,I learned leave them outside !!! the hummers loved them.