But enough of excuses. I have a plethora of blooms to share on this Bloom Day, so let's get down to business.
One or two lonely peony blooms are still hanging on, but the big show was at the end of May.
Taking a month-long blogging break meant I didn't get to show off some blooms like these Allium.
I think these are Allium roseum.
Or these--maybe Allium unifolium?
The climbing roses are still blooming, but they, too, looked the best in late May. The pink one is 'Zephirine Drouhin,' which has done extremely well this year. But the red one behind it had three times as many blooms!
This is the first year I've had red roses on this trellis (and yes, it's leaning, and yes, I've tried to straighten it out with no success), and I was bewildered at first. Finally I decided they were from the root stock, which I apparently let grow too much. I suppose I should cut back all the canes from the root stock, but it's awfully hard for me after seeing all these gorgeous red roses mixed in with the pink!
One of the things that has kept me busy the past few weeks is planting containers, something I do enjoy. Sometimes I plant my "usual," but many times I just grab what appeals to me while plant shopping and see what goes together when I get home. This is one of those hodgepodge planters.
Another combo of Supertunias, 'Diamond Frost' Euphorbia, and Angelonia
that I plant in this container every year.
We're definitely into summer now with the hot temperatures we've had for the past week, and summer flowers are bursting into bloom each day. Red poppies are everywhere!
Two NOID Asiatic lilies are blooming--I still don't remember planting these:)
Always the first daylilies to bloom, old reliable 'Stella d/Oro' is also putting
out its usual prolific blooms.
Another reliable bloomer--a little too reliable, sometimes--
'Appleblossom' yarrow is at its best right now.
Lamb's ears are putting up their funky blooms, too.
In front of the house, the Spirea 'Magic Carpet' is also covered in blooms.
Once there were many hollyhocks scattered around the farmstead here. In recent years, they have succumbed to rust, and now only a few return each year. They usually appear in places they shouldn't be, like this large one in the vegetable garden. But I leave them be and scatter a few seeds in more suitable places each fall, hoping they will become more numerous in the future.
A perennial that I would recommend for anyone wanting a low-maintenance garden is the 'Walker's Low' Nepeta seen above in the lefthand corner. It blooms all summer long and is a favorite of the bees and Toby, too.
Now, a few blooms I'm especially excited about--Indian pinks, Spigelia marilandica, just starting to bloom. For a native plant, it certainly hasn't been easy to get started, but at least this one survived the rabbits this year.
A new daisy planted last year is looking good--another name forgotten, I'm afraid.
And what I'm really happy about is that the lavender has returned this year! I planted one 'Phenomenal' lavender on the recommendation of Kylee, which is doing well. But the one above--once again, I don't remember the variety--is especially thriving.
The 'Annabelle' hydrangea is beginning to bloom, but more exciting to me is this one that has grown so tall this year--nearly 4 1/2 feet. 'Mary Nell' is a lacecap, but classified by Michael Dirr as Hydrangea arborescens. It's quite a unique hydrangea: I got a start of this a few years ago from a fellow MG, and the story, if I remember it correctly, is that Dirr discovered this hydrangea growing on the University of Illinois campus and named it.
The first daylily bloom--other than 'Stella'--is 'Moonlight Masquerade.'
Soon it will be coneflower and daylily season. I'm hoping to get all the garden chores finished soon so that I can just sit back and enjoy my favorite time in the garden.
Thanks once again to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly celebration of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.