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What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

Posted by pixie_lou 5 (My Page) on
Sat, May 31, 14 at 18:45

This is a place to post photos, and to discuss, what is in your garden. This is the first thread for June 2014. All garden photos are welcome. Since Summer is almost here, our focus will be on flowers in this thread. However, all landscape and garden photos are welcome. If it is a photo taken in your New England garden or your yard in the month of June, it is fair game to post it here.

Here is the link for the June 2013 Part I thread; and the June 2013 Part II thread.

For previous 2014 threads:
May 2014 Part II

May 2014 Part I

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

For all other 2013 threads, please go to the December 2013 thread and follow the links for the relevant month.

To see all of the 2011 and 2012 threads, please visit the
photo gallery
. (I requested that the photos be moved there. I am still waiting for the GW editors to move the threads. I just emailed the editors for the 4th time.)


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I bought this plant 4 years ago from Park Seed. It was a tiny thing when it arrived and it took 3 years before I saw a bloom. This year it's enormous and has about 50 blooms on it right now. Peony 'Singing in the Rain'

Peony Singin in the Rain

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Gorgeous peonie Steve.

Here was the view over Pepperell airport this morning.
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(I'm the one wearing orange!)


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May 29 2014 these are called either star of David or star of Jerusalem, they grow in clumps on the lawn and I rescued some a few years ago for my own garden, where they have thrived.They come back every year in sweet little bunches.


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Ledum groenlandicum, laborador tea, a Rhododendron relative that likes wet feet, that I planted in one of our seriously degraded wetlands. It was one of several and the only one that seems to have survived, but it's lovely at this time of year.


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Beautiful peony, Steve. Do you have a picture of the whole plant?

Pixie Lou, even thinking about that gives me the heebie jeebies! I hope you had a good time.


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It looks like the Show Us Your Gardens Threads will not be moving to the Galleries. After numerous attempts to contact the GW editors, I received the floowing reply
Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately we lack the manpower to move a large quantity of posts of this nature. Also, moving old threads to the Gallery section would automatically place them at the top of the Gallery page and bump down more recent posts.

rainy day woman - I always thought those flowers were called Star of Bethlehem!

As for my garden right now - the white pines are "in bloom"!
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Columbine
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Jack in the Pulpit
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A pot of coleus adding color amidst the day lilly foliage
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And, of course, the irises
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And this is the East side of the pond. The german bearded irises are in full bloom, and the siberian irises are starting to open.
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Peonie Festivus Maximus about to pop


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One of many shy ones in the woodsy part of the yard.


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Love that Peony, Steve, such pretty shading.

PixieLou, I’ll bet you were not thinking about your garden up there…lol.

Rainydaywoman, I like your screen name and that is a very sweet clump of flowers.

Babs, I’ll have to go back and check out the May thread, to see what you’ve been posting lately. That must be some project to restore wetlands. Have you checked with the NEWFS? They help with that kind of project, I think.

PixieLou, the edge of your Pond gets more colorful every year!

We've been reconstructing the vegetable garden this spring, and we pulled apart a perennial bed and our largest shrub /perennial border last fall. So everything has been in a state of transition. The vegetable garden at least is shaping up and almost done. I don't know what I'm doing with the rest. lol I'm waiting for some inspiration, but I'm distracted with the vegetable garden. My camera is not quite taking as good a photo as it used to, so I've been taking less photos, too, but....here is a Victoria Louise Oriental Poppy just getting ready to open. I lost two plants and I don't remember how, and this is the only one left. Last year it had one bud on it, this year it has three. I hope to collect seed and multiply what I have. Not sure if it will come true to seed though.


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Clematis Barnaby opened today!


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  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 4, 14 at 15:35

pixie_lou: I'm still stunned by the picture (and thought) of you having jumped out of a plane! Trying to get an aerial view of your pond, eh? You have an amazing assortment of plants in bloom already.

I'm disappointed that GW won't transfer threads to the Gallery any more. I'm thinking of posting a link there to the Birds, etc. threads for each year so even if they slide off the active forum they'll still be accessible. That way I won't have to keep referring to all of them in the new threads.

homegrowninthe603 has a lady's slipper! I don't recall anyone ever posting pictures of one in the forum, but I could be wrong.

Peonies and Star of Bethlehem (keep an eye on it) and poppies and clematis... such a nice season.

My irises are finally beginning to appear:

Bearded iris 'Wabash' - the old heirloom that all gardens of a certain age seem to have - I inherited it.
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And the Siberian irises:

With Geranium macrorrhizum:
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and on the other side of the deck from the viburnum:
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Little Geranium 'Biokovo' near the dicentra 'Goldheart' (and hosta 'Royal Standard'):
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Rugosa rose 'Yankee Lady' is filling in:
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And the rhododendron 'Roseum' (maybe 'Roseum elegans') which is another plant that all gardens of a certain age, around here anyway, seem to have. I bought mine so it's not as big yet as some of the huge rhodies in my neighborhood.
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Hosta 'Big Daddy' (and two 'Krossa Regals') is slowly emerging near the bluebells:
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Still waiting for peony buds to open and more irises, and a foxglove or two is looking promising.

Claire

This post was edited by claire on Thu, Jun 5, 14 at 12:02


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Hello All!

My tree peonies have been blooming for a few days now ... unfortunately I don't remember the variety names.


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One more tree peony


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Thank you Claire. We have always had quite a few ladyslippers on the property. I am a long time GW reader, but new to posting. Since I am a native New Englander, I thought I would start here. I very much enjoy all of the beautiful images, including the stunning aerial views from pixie_lou. I won't be jumping out of any planes for mine, however!

Susan


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Such lovely colors in this month's photos.

PankajT, those tree peonies are stunning!

PM2, I like the poppy buds beaded with water. You inspired me to take some photos of buds. Thanks for suggesting NEFWS. My wetlands are borrow pits, created when they removed sand and gravel down to a clay layer for the roadbed many years ago. Prior to our purchase the local off-road vehicle owners used some as mud pits, so they were ugly. We posted them, and that allowed the existing trees along the road (gray birch and white pine) to grow enough to keep vehicles out, and then I planted liner sized starts of native wetland plants such as Clethra, Rhododendron viscosum (swamp rhodie), Ledum groenlandicum, and Chamaedaphne calyculata (leatherleaf). There were already various sedges, maleberry, sphagnum, Rhododendron canadense (rhodora), sundew and Spiranthes odorata (ladies'-tresses). I still want to add some button bush. So they still don't look as nice as native wetlands, but they are slowly filling in with plants that don't mind acid conditions, fluctuating water levels, and poor soil. Here's a photo I took last fall, though none of the plants I added are visible.


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Babs, Oriental Poppy buds are pretty interesting. So big and fuzzy. I am enamored with Oriental Poppies this year. I was trying to take a photo of the flowers once they were open, but a photo just doesn’t do them justice. The black interior with the prominent stamen and stigma are exotic looking. The texture of the petals is like pleated chiffon. Followed by the interesting looking seed heads. I’d think there are many more interesting flower buds too.

Your photo of the area you are trying to restore looks really really good to me all on it’s own. I can only imagine what it will look like after the plants you’ve added have established. It sounds like a fun project, but requiring a lot of patience I would think.

Ladyslippers and Tree Peonies look luscious!

I like your ‘Yankee Lady’ Rugosa, Claire. How tall does it get, is it fragrant, and how long will it bloom for you? Pretty flowers!


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Nice lady's slippers, Susan ... I haven't seen any yet in my neck of the woods (metrowest Boston) ... I'm wondering if the deer got them all :(


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Gorgeous lady slippers. I had 1 in my yard years ago. But have not seen one since.

What is a tree peonie?

Another Lupine has opened. Russell's Hybrid Mix, wintersown.


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More poppies. Have salmon pink too, not open yet.


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  • Posted by corunum CT 6 Central CT (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 5, 14 at 10:17

pixie - you look great in orange. Good for you!

I think I'll have to plant some poppies after seeing all these beauties and the irises are wonderful. This must be a good year for lady slippers. In a woods near by, there is spread-out patch of 58 of them.
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Susan, your photos of lady's slippers inspired me to go out this morning again (even though it was raining) to see if I could find one. I have been checking in the usual spots and I saw two lady's slippers plants around, but no sign of blooms. But I did find this guy in a spot I know a little deeper in the woods. It makes my day when I see the lady's slippers ... I feel Nature is alive and well when I see them.

Prairiemoon, I love the color of your poppy ... mine (which are red) are budded but not yet open.

Pixie lou, a tree peony is a woody shrub of the peony family ... it doesn't die back fully as normal peonies do, but leafs up again on the old woody stems.


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pixie_lou, here's a pic of one of the tree peonies ... you can see the leaves are different too from the regular peonies.


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  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 5, 14 at 12:23

PM2: My 'Yankee Lady' rose is about 8 feet tall. I generally have let it grow as it wishes, and it wishes to grow tall - it also wishes to sucker so it's expanding sideways. I did prune it somewhat early this spring, around forsythia blooming time. I took out dead wood and a few really old canes but left the height as is. It took the pruning well.

If I deadhead the blossoms I can reach without getting stabbed, the rose will keep blooming all season, although not always with a Spring-type flush. If I don't deadhead it will go to hips, but the hips aren't as spectacular as some roses produce.

It is fragrant although that's hard for me to tell during allergy season.

I found this picture taken on October 9, 2013. The blooms were probably sporadic, but in October I'm happy to see any rose flower.
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58 (fifty-eight) lady's slippers, Jane? Don't tell anyone where they are or there will be a stampede of gardeners!

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What a lot of lady slippers! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lady slipper in the wild. I’m glad there are still stands of them left. And Claire, I would think most gardeners understand the fact that Ladyslippers will only grow with very precise conditions and in very specific locations and will end up dying if you try to lift them and move them somewhere else.

Thanks Panka, hope you’ll post your Poppies when they bloom. I love Tree Peonies but they don’t love me. I did try them once and they didn’t last long and I forget the reason.

Claire, very nice rose. I like the color and the size of the blooms. Wish I had room for one. Something that suckers like that would need to be away from the house and all my borders that are away from the house are mainly under trees and in the shade. Eight feet is a nice size.


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The bed at the top of the old barn foundation has a mix of blooms, many in the purple and yellow range now including azaleas 'Golden Lights' and an orange one, alium, lupines, Dicentra eximia, a Geranium that I think might be renardii, and false Solomon's seal.
From early June 2014

This Leucosceptrum 'Gold Angel' is becoming a favorite. It looks somewhat like a coleus but is a perennial.

From early June 2014

The native pagoda dogwoods (Cornus alternifolia) are blooming.

From early June 2014

The veggie garden is almost all planted for the season, though I still have melons, squash, and beans to add.

From early June 2014


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  • Posted by corunum CT 6 Central CT (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 5, 14 at 14:17

This thread is enabling. I just emailed a local nursery inquiring about Leucosceptrum 'Gold Angel' thanks to nhbabs' picture. It is a new plant to me, but one that I now want for darker garden areas. Very neat and can grow to a 3' ball. Also, if I recall correctly, some people on this forum sometimes have had difficulty giving away surplus veggies come the end of August. If we can help in any way relieve the burden of those surpluses, be sure to let us know. Enabling thread.
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I find the photos and feedback on GW rather enabling as well. I have L. 'Gold Angel' courtesy of the thread on foliage started by Katie (runktrun) in 2010 (linked below) which included her Leucosceptrum. I got mine from Avante Gardens in MA and they have it listed on their website now.
http://avantgardensne.com/leucosceptrum-japonicum-gold-angel
(How's that for enabling . . .)

Luckily, I am far enough north that some plants won't grow here, otherwise I would fear for my bank account, since my space won't limit me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Flaunting Foliage


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  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 5, 14 at 16:28

Plant Delights also has three leucosceptrums listed.

Space limits me severely.

Claire


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nhbabs, that's an impressive veggie garden :)

Does the Leucosceptrum grow to about 3 feet and around 3 feet wide? And do the deer leave it alone or do they go for it?

Pankaj


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Also impressed with that vegetable garden, Babs. Looks like you are off to a good start!


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The veggie garden is the size that pre-existed when we bought the house, and since we found a brass harness bell one year when cultivating, it has been a veggie garden since the plowing was done by horses. I prefer raised beds, but we didn't plan to stay in this house as long as we have, so it didn't seem worthwhile to build them. I don't plant the entire thing every year, but this year my time and the weather have made it possible to fill it. We produce all our edible-podded peas, parsley, garlic, leeks, hot peppers, and potatoes for the year, and and all our fresh summer veggies, plus the majority of our basil and onions and a good amount of frozen veggies. We are planning to cut down the old apple tree on the left side this year, after years of trying unsuccessfully to get it to produce edible fruit. It doesn't even bloom well every year. It shades a good chunk of the garden and sends roots into it, so it will be processed into wood.

Last year was the first my Leucosceptrum was in the ground (it got planted in the fall after a season in my pot ghetto) and the voles got to it over its first winter, so it didn't get quite that large, but I think it will this year, based on its growth rate now. I can't answer the deer question since in general I don't have issues with deer. They may occasionally take a nibble, but have only killed one or two plants. I think that there are enough alternatives for them elsewhere.
Here it is with faded blooms and starting to turn color in mid-October in the upper left of the photo. I am assuming that it will be fuller this year based on relative size last spring vs. this spring.

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A recent article re: ladyslippers...

Here is a link that might be useful: NH State Wildflower Blooming Across State


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Another iris has opened. This one was from a mixed bag I bought last fall.


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Wow, this thread is indeed enabling. I just googled that leucoseptrum Gold Angel. I am a bit scared off by it's common name, though - shrub mint. Hmmm.....

Had my first rose bloom today! Zephrine Drouin, on my arch over the sidewalk to my patio. Other than that, I have irises, geraniums (biokovo) and columbines and really that's about it. Sarah Bernhardt peony about to pop - I think I lucked out with the timing this year as there is no rain in the forecast for a few days!

Dee


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The kousa dogwood is in full bloom.


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Love the Kousa Dogwood. Here is our Snowball Bush (Sterile Viburnum) in full bloom:


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My "vision" was for a pond surrounded by Siberian iris. Since the pond measure 100x50, it was a multi year project to get rid of the existing weeds, but even longer to find that many irises (for free). Now that the project is complete, I have realized the fatal flaw in my vision. Sun patterns. The northeast side of the pond gets more sun than the southeast side. Which means that my blossoms move across the perimeter of the pond, kinda like The Wave at major sporting events. Short of deforestation, my vision will never come to fruition, but I'm learning to enjoy the phased blooms.

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Exciting stuff happening here and the flora is impressive as always!

Michelia alba, which smells like Juicyfruit gum:  photo 0b79c488-d097-40a4-956c-8efb13b016e9_zps3f93cd6d.jpg

More flowers to come:  photo 1e2853b7-7562-4a7c-aa3a-ecccd9d80b76_zpsc2933aac.jpg

Lonicera sempervirens with new trellis since it outgrew the last one:  photo e77e76c1-5ff2-42a2-ac93-5e8d60e58cf2_zps1843235b.jpg

Columbines like my yard...yay..:  photo 64acece4-0141-4405-a0e0-b5cf2c48eec7_zpsf0b02ace.jpg

-Tina


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The pond looks lovely, pixie_lou. And think of it this way ... you have a longer period of bloom thanks to the sun pattern :)


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The first poppy opened up today


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The pink peonies are blooming ... I feel like such a fool for not knowing the variety names:(


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... and a blood-red peony.


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pankajt, I'm not a huge fan of kousa dogwoods, but your's is beautiful! What a lovely form, and so big too! Just curious, how old is that?

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Dee, the tree was probably 3 feet tall when we planted it in 1996, so it's probably around 20-25 years old. I gotta turn you on to kousas ... this isn't even the best time for them (at least in my book). I love them when they load up with their "strawberries" in the fall. The pic is a close-up from last year.

I looked up my records to find the variety ... all I have is cornus kousa hybrid (Japanese dogwood).

homegrowninthe603, I really like your snowball bush. Is it fragrant? I'm looking for ideas for a fragrant viburnum (or alternative) to plant on the north side of the house ... any ideas? Preferably one that the deer won't be drawn to.

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Pankaj - the snowball bush is very pretty but, alas, it has no fragrance.

I had a kousa when I lived in MD for a couple of years. Forgot about the Fall "fruit"!

Your flowers are so colorful and gorgeous.

Susan


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Pankaj - I have Viburnum x burkwoodii because its wafting perfume led me to it at the Denver Botanic Garden, my introduction to this beautifully scented plant. It is a cross between V. carlesii (lovely scent also) and V. utile (don't know about scent). There are a variety of selections of both V. carlesii and V. x burkwoodii.

Right now the Kousa dogwood just outside the kitchen window is starting to bloom in a lovely creamy pale green that I have been total unable to capture in a photo. As the petals expand they become white, but I almost like this color better.


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Thanks, Babs. As I have read more, I discover that viburnums like full sun or part sun ... I thought they were a shade-loving plant. The spot I am thinking about is on the north wall of the house and there are trees around, so it's pretty shady. Looks like viburnums are not the shrub of choice.

What sort of sun does your burkwoodii get? I can think of another spot to put a bush, but that's pretty shady too, just not as shady as the north side of the house.

And any other ideas for a fragrant shrub that could go in a shady spot?


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Oh, and Babs, I know what you mean about the light green first blush on the kousa blossoms (actually bracts) ... they are gorgeous!


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Babs, looks like you are going to get a lot of produce out of your vegetable garden this year! I think I see corn growing too. That’s one of the crops I never have room for. I’m wondering which vegetables you will put in the freezer? And do you grow zucchini and if so, which variety?

I’m still waiting for our first rose to bloom, Dee. Irises are done and in need of deadheading. Columbine are still hanging in there, with Weigela and Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ that both just started blooming. Baptisia is still blooming with Geraniums [Biokovo and Karmina] Not a lot left to bloom for the summer, since I ripped out a lot of summer blooming perennials in the fall. So it’s lilies, roses and butterfly bush that are still to come. I’m going to be adding some annuals soon too.

That really is a very pretty Kousa Dogwood, PankajT! I love the shape of the crown. Poppy season still going, pretty!

And Snowball Viburnums are really cheerful, Homegrown.

Your iris are filling in, Pixielou.

Tina, I’m not familiar with that Michelia and had to look it up. It reminded me of a citrus or a jasmine, so surprised it’s of the Magnolia family. The fragrance sounds very different. I keep Agastache Honey Bee Blue around because when you harvest the seeds, you get a root beer scent that I love.

Babs, I’ve had trouble with Viburnum carlesii. Every spring after it blooms the leaves have become distorted. I have two and one is worse than the other, to the point where I am going to remove it in the Fall. Maybe I should try the burkwoodii in it’s place?

My favorite hosta is bigger and better this year….’June’.


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PM2 - 'June' is gorgeous! Does it keep those colors all season? No corn - too many critters like it, from beavers to raccoons to bears and the few times I grew it, it was critter-harvested the day before I planned to harvest it. Near view is garlic, mid view is onions, far end is leeks. We like Alliums! I freeze tomatoes and hot peppers mostly along with some herbs (lots of basil & parsley in the form of pesto), shredded squash for baking and stews, rhubarb, and eggplant. I don't grow zukes, I grow a firmer textured and more flavorful heirloom squash, Zucchetta Tromboncino, that if left unchecked grows to baseball bat-sized and has long vines.

PankajT - I have one Burkwoodii in western sun from late morning to sunset and the other grows more sparsely in only 4 or 5 hours of morning sun. They both bloom and perfume the air, but the one in more sun is denser.

I tried again this morning to capture the color of the Kousa's bracts and got a lot closer to what I see than yesterday's attempts.


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Babs, I do love the tricolor markings on ‘June’, and what makes it even better, is that the leaves are thick and it stays good looking all season. I am knocking on wood as I say that, [g] so I don’t jinx myself. It’s three feet across this year. I planted it in 2008, so that’s a six year old plant that has never been disturbed. I thought it might have been just a lucky placement but on the Hosta forum, a lot of people are very happy with ‘June’. Does it keep those colors all season? I haven’t really been paying attention I’m afraid. If I run across some late in the season photos, I’ll check.

That’s too bad about the corn, but not that surprising. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried to grow it. I was looking at the garlic and onions in your garden I guess. We used to use a lot of garlic but we’ve slowed down for some reason. I have not had any surplus from our small vegetable garden in the past to put up any in the freezer. I hope to have some extra this year, I planted one SanMarzano paste tomato plant that I have high hopes for. I think I tried that Tromboncino one year and I forget how that worked out. The neck is curved and the skin is pale, right? We are trying Costata Romanesca squash as a non traditional summer squash, this year.

I can see the bracts on your Kousa and it is a really nice effect. I’ve always found the process of watching the plants change and transform another interesting part of gardening. Like Hosta leaves in the time between when they emerge and when they unfurl. Very pretty, Kousa!


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My first poppy about to open. This plant hasn't bloomed the past 2 years. But I transplanted the overgrown irises fit hat were blocking it's sun, and finally got another lovely blossom!


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PM2,

June is one of the top 3 most popular Hostas according to the AHS popularity poll. It does keep it's color all year long, but it looks different in different light situations. In full shade the middle will stay more green/chartreuse and in more sun June will be gold in the middle.

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Steve, wow, I didn't even know what I was buying at the time. It was an impulse buy and I knew nothing about it. I bought it at a local plant sale and I was just happy I didn't get a virus. The top three most popular, well no wonder I like it so much!

Mine is planted on the South side of my property between two trees and about 4ft away from a fence. So it gets a little sun and then it's bright the rest of the day, with nothing overhead.

Thanks, Steve and yours is so healthy looking too. Not every hosta in my garden is looking as good as June. Some that were under trees, have damage from winter moths dropping down and chewing them. Guacamole for one.


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

I've been having computer issues, but here's a few photos that have been collecting on my phone's camera in June.

Here's a shot of the full plant of Peony 'Singing in the Rain'. You can see that the flowers have different amounts of peach and yellow in them and they change over time.
Singing in the Rain

This is Clematis Bourbon opening in front of Hosta Neat and Tidy
Bourbon

Clematis 'Omoshiro'
Omoshiro

Full Moon Maple (Acer Shirishiwanum) with Hostas 'Beckoning' and 'Brother Stefan'
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First bloom of Carefree Wonder. I bought this one after seeing Claire's.
Carefree Wonder

Peony Krinkled White, no staking needed.
Krinkled white

Intersectional Peony 'Cora Louise'
Cora Louise

Clematis 'Hyde Hall'
Hyde Hall

Geranium macrorhyzum 'Ingwerson's Variety' used as an edging plant and "shoes and socks" for the Arborvitae.
Geranium Macrorhyzum

Sunny Knockout Rose, this bloom only lasts a few days, but it produces lots of them
Sunny Knockout

Rosa 'Can Can' this one is climber from Bill Radler (inventer of the Knockout Rose). In a few days it will be full of open blooms. Mine is about 6 feet tall.
Can Can

Part of the white garden.
White Garden

An unusual allium, Nectoscordum bulgaricum
Nectoscordum Bulgaricum Siculum

Steve


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

Steve, you have a really nice garden from photos you’ve posted over the years. I’m sure you work hard at it and I hope you are happy with it. I always enjoy your photos. I love that Clematis ‘Bourbon’. Just love it! That is calling my name and I hope you don’t mind if I try to add it to my garden? And if you don’t mind again, do you have any special nursery you buy your Clematis from? I’ve not been all that happy with the last purchases I made and want to try somewhere else. All of your Clematis look very good and are not the usual varieties I have seen either.

Your Rosa ‘CanCan’ is very cute. I like the mossy stems and buds. I hope you will post more photos as it blooms more.


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

Wow, Steve, fabulous flowers ... I liked every one of them, plus the nice view of the white garden. Beautiful color choices on your part.


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

Lots of nice variety in peonies, roses, and clematis here. I'm jealous!

My only surviving lupine bloomed last week. I've killed a lot, but this one seems happy in its pot:
DSC_8900 lupine

My first clematis of the year, "Bonanza":
DSC_8909 clematis bonanza

First peony:
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This rhododendron came with the house. We moved it last fall, and I'm very happy to see it doing well so far this spring:
DSC_8911 rhododendron

I feel like there are far more iris plants blooming than I ever planted, but I have no complaints:
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Wisteria frutescens:
DSC_8915 wisteria

This rose is a volunteer that I first noticed last summer. It just started blooming, but it's got a ton of tiny buds on it. It's shockingly aggressive, so I may end up ripping it out, but I'm enjoying it for now:
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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

Thanks, PM2, Pankaj and Neko. I usually buy Clematis from Brushwood Nursery (link below). Like Hosta, Clems take a few years to fully develop, but once they do they can be beautiful. I've started to grow them on shrubs as well as fences and trellises. Right now Brushwood's inventory is low, but the are having a sale where everything is 33% off on orders over $50. Just paste "summervines" into the Discount Coupon box and click Update.

The funny thing is that Bourbon is one I picked up at a local nursery. Clematis that are blooming now are ones that need very little pruning (group 2). You just trim them. But if you can't remember which one's to prune how, you can always cut them all back in the Spring. It won't hurt them, it'll just delay the flowering of the group 2 plants. Bourbon is growing on a low shrub called Pinus strobus 'Soft Touch'.

I really like that Lupine pic, Neko. It reminds me of Prince Edward Island where the lupines self seed and grow wild along the roadside.

Steve

Here is a link that might be useful: Brushwood Nursery.


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Nekobus - that "volunteer" looks like it could be multiflora Rose - an invasive species.

Here is a link that might be useful: Invasive multi flora rose fact sheet


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What to do in the garden now

As someone who took up gardening seriously just last year, I have a lot to learn and am starting this thread so the more experienced gardeners out there (if you are willing!) could share their expertise. It would be great to hear what needs to be done at any given time and to hear about time-saving tips. I have a big yard and the work feels overwhelming at times. I know I'm not doing things as efficiently as I should. So what are YOU doing in your garden nowadays?

I'm still trying to finish weeding the perennial beds and putting down a nice leaf mulch. Of course some weeds come through the mulch anyway and I'd like to know how best to deal with those.

I am still planting as well as the beds have lots of gaps and empty spaces. This past weekend, I went to a plant swap in Billerica and came away with some Cranesbill geraniums, a hosta, a mukdenia, a spiderwort, a little lemon balm seedling, some campanulas, and seedlings of foxglove (mixed colors), rose campion, malva zebrina and nicandra. All have been planted and I am eagerly waiting to see how they turn out.


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

Hmm ... that was supposed to be a new discussion thread. How does one get a new discussion thread started? I obviously haven't been able to figure it out!


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Go to the main NE Gardening page and look at the very top for "Post a message."

Steve

This post was edited by steve_mass on Tue, Jun 10, 14 at 22:04


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

I have several areas with similar colors on adjoining plants, none of which were specifically planned.
Salvia, Penstemon, and Nepeta
From June 9-10, 2014

Nova Zembla rhododendron and Wine and Roses weigela plus just out of sight a primula with the same color I got at Annie's swap a year ago from Debra_Boston.
From June 9-10, 2014

Shade garden

From June 9-10, 2014

HF Young clematis (which is really a lighter, less purple shade, but needs just the right light to photograph the way I see it) with Deutzia Chardonnay Pearls

From June 9-10, 2014


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Pixie_lou, I fear you may be right. I planted a bare root Rosa carolina a couple feet away from it this spring, so worst case I just rip the white guy out and hope the native rose expands.

Steve, I ordered some Lonicera from Brushwood this spring, but never checked out their clematis selection. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to take a look...

Re: PEI lupines, I started a couple dozen of the native ones from seed this year, hoping to recreate some of that look. They're doing great so far in the greenhouse, but like I said, I seem to have a black thumb with them.

Nhbabs, I like your Penstemon/Salvia combo, and that clematis. Your Penstemons are so far ahead of mine.


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

Babs - I take it your allium don't mid the shade?

Another iris opened. It looks more pinkish in real life.


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

i just uploaded all the photos I took on Monday morning.

Alliums in the white garden
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Peonies in full bloom. I've gotten lucky this year - no rain!
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The lawn is a sea of clover blossoms
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I think this is Japanese Iris. Or maybe dutch?
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Another iris
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Gaillardia. I call this one Wellfleet Gaillardia. I Borrowed some seeds from a garden near Uncle Toms Bridge in Wellfleet.
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Another view of the iris lined pond. You can see the far side isn't in bloom yet.
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Clematis Barnaby
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And lastly Devils Trumpet
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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 12, 14 at 16:43

PankajT: So where's your new thread? I think it would be very useful for a lot of people who may hesitate to post, and there's always something new to learn for the more experienced gardeners.

As Steve said, you can go to the main New England Gardening page and look at the very top for a link to post a message. Or you can go to the same page and scroll all the way to the bottom past a lot of white space and get to a box that works the same.

You don't even have to retype your message since you've already posted. You can use the edit post feature and copy what you wrote here, and then paste that in the new thread.
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Back to the blooming thread - I'm getting dizzy with all the beautiful pictures and the succession of new flowers appearing every day!

Each garden seems to be on a different schedule, and so is mine.

My first daylilies!

Hemerocallis 'Orangeman' I just bought a bunch of these on sale this spring from Old House Gardens, and wasn't expecting anything this year (little bitty plants). One of them is blooming already, to my amazement. I love spider-type daylilies.
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Another daylily, 'Black Eyed Stella', just started also:
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The first foxgloves/digitalis have started. These planted themselves a few years ago by the rugosa roses and peonies and they match them perfectly, so I've encouraged them to stay.
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Pink:
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And white:
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Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake" is taking off now, while the doublefile viburnum is fading away.
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The doublefile blossoms are decorating the ground now.
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The little Calamintha grandiflora is quietly blooming.
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Along with the little Sedum kamtschaticum sitting next to the cotoneasters and a yucca.
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Two of my favorite irises:

'Rustler'
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and 'Beverly Sills'
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Claire


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Very pretty Iris on this thread. I've decided they're too much trouble for me and took most of mine out, but I do miss them. I have a heavier soil and I think that might be part of it. I still have a couple that seem to work out better than others I had.

Pixie Lou, are your Iris blooming longer this year? You still have a lot of bloom.

Babs, I have those two shrubs, Nova Zembla and Weigela 'Wine and Roses' but not next to each other. Mine are still very small and I'm trying to prune them this year for a more dense structure.

WAY too much cloudy weather this year. I thought last year was bad when the whole month of May was like this but here it is the 13th of June and we're still stuck in this. I always appreciate the rain, but right now the vegetable garden needs more sun!

Our Kolkwitzia is in full bloom and adding it's scent to the whole front yard. It normally is in bloom by the 1st of June, so it's late this year.


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A close up of the blossoms...


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Beautiful peonies and clematises!

Steve, the color of the Bourbon is so dramatic. Love it.

My foxgloves didn't make it through the winter this time.

pairiemoon2, very nice blossoms. And, they smell good too? Awesome!

-Tina


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

Tina - digitalis is biennial. So if you deadheaded, or if you have heavy mulch, you could have lost them.

My first coreopsis opened this morning.


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

So many lovely plants!!!! Here are some of mine! :)

Hyacinth bean vine




First gladiolus of 2014




First zinnia!!




African daisy hiding underneath my wallflowers




Wallflowers




Dianthus!!


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RE: What's Blooming in Your Garden - a Photo Thread - June 2014

June Part II is officially open!

Here is a link that might be useful: June Part II


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