Bloom Day: A Sampler

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Late spring became blazing summer this past week, and temps in the 90s, coupled with a dearth of rain, put an early end to much of the mid-June bloom. But the show goes on, here’s a sampler:  

There’s a kind of faded glory to the going-by blooms of Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ that makes them hard to resist.

Dahlia ‘Garden Princess’ made her debut today. I’ll grow some in my container zoo, a few others are likely to get put in the ground.

Love those amaranths! Love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) made a fine color echo for Perilla ‘Magilla’.

Wish I knew the name–even the species name–for these passalong iris. They just glow in the garden.  

Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Watanabei’) pumps out flowers all summer long.

Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersoniana) overlooks a path to my veggie garden.  

Mountian laurel Kalmia ‘Olympic Fire’) bloom along the path to my garden shed. I relocated them as part of my front yard renovations.    

What’s a summer without the fragrance of Angel’s Trumpets? Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’ is already a making a contribution. Pierre Bennerup of Sunny Border Nursery gave me some huge, 25-year-old plants from his garden. I’m expecting a real show later this season.

At Buddha’s right shoulder, a single spring of Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’ blooms. It’s a tender perennial, for me anyway, and tireless.

Steve Silk

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Helen/patientgardener June 15, 2008, 2:50 pm

I really liked the Ageratum – I would never had worked out what it was if you hadnt said.

Hi Helen–Yes, I thought it looked kind of unusual too. For those who don’t know ‘Blue Horizon,’ it’s a super ageratum–gets about 2 feet to 30 inches tall, and the flower’s color, shape and texture make a good pairing with almost any other bloom.–Steve.

Lisa at Greenbow June 15, 2008, 8:32 pm

I would love to sit there with the Buddah contemplating your gorgeous garden. I didn’t know that dahlias bloomed in early summer. I have always thought of them as fall bloomers.

Hi Lisa–We have a couple Buddha’s contemplating the garden, and they all welcome company. Dahlias will bloom in early summer and continue all the way to fall if you start the tubers indoors early then provide them good rich soil and care during the season.–Steve

Jean Ann June 16, 2008, 1:43 am

Those iris are to die for!! Would love to have them in my garden…

Hi Jean Ann–Yes they are charmers. I’ll have to see just how many divisions I can eke out of that plant.–Steve

Pam/Digging June 16, 2008, 3:17 am

Love your passalong iris, Steve, and your charming garden shed. It looks cool and wet in your garden—delightful.

Hi Pam–That little walkway to my shed is indeed nice and cool, a fine place to work on a hot day. I can only wish it was wet though, I ttook those photos on a alomst rainy day, with the humidity almost visible. And yep, that iris is a sweet one. I think I need to move some to a more prominent spot. –Steve

Phillip June 16, 2008, 9:10 am

Beautiful garden! I’m happy to hear that the viburnum ‘Watanabe’ blooms all summer. I just bought one this spring.

Thank you Phillip. I think you’re going to like that Watanabei. Be warned, it does get a little bigger than many sources say. Still, it’s a good choice for a smaller space.–Steve

Les June 17, 2008, 6:09 am

I too love those iris, they look like they are plugged in. I also like the amaranth/perilla combo, nice color echo.

Thanks Les–Sounds as if we’re on the same page for some of these garden gems. –Steve

Stacy June 18, 2008, 10:16 am

Oh that iris…drool. Gorgeous array of colors!

Thanks Stacy–Wish somebody could ID the thing for me. It’s a plant worth dividing–lots of times.–Steve

cindee June 18, 2008, 8:02 pm

Wow the princess is beautiful!!! I would love one of those too!!! Beautiful flowers!!! thanks for sharing!!!!

Hi Cindee–Yep, dahlias have lots of wow-power. I like them because they come in so many colors and shapes-always easy to find a home for a few, or a slew. –Steve

Carol, May Dreams Gardens June 20, 2008, 10:18 pm

I love to follow a garden path that leads somewhere, and I see you have a path to your veggie garden. I’d love to see pictures of that someday soon.

Hi Carol–My veggie garden at the moment looks like an overly tossed salad. But someday, maybe we’ll go there. I like paths that lead somewhere too, but I also like paths that don’t lead anywhere, that just suggest a destination–they make a garden seem larger. –Steve

Akinobu Nakashima June 30, 2008, 9:07 am

I have not seen such flower in Japan.Such wide tulip field has not been also seen.

Hi Akinobu–Ah, the grass is always greener–I have seen so many horticultural wonders from Japan that never make their way to these shores, save in photos. I guess there can never be enough exchange.–Steve