May Bloom Day 2009

May 10, 2009 012 (2)Welcome to the big shebang known as Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens and famous magazine writer. (See Horticulture June/July 2009 page 16). May brings a multitude of blooms. We begin with Salvia pratensis ‘Eveline’.May 10, 2009 008 (2)On Mother’s Day morning I was greeted by this sight out on the deck. The Financier had been reading my mind it seems, for he had gone plant shopping at my favorite local nursery, Mouse Creek. He had chosen plants that I truly wanted, but had not told anyone about. The new Salvia is a selection from my hero Piet Oudolf even! The daylily is a very early bloomer with a tag of Lemon Lily, Hemerocallis lilio-asphodelus.May 12, 2009 006 (2)There are doubts about the identity though, for a google search revealed a similar early yellow bloomer, H. dumortieri, that had the reddish backing to the petals. This daylily does not smell even remotely like lemon, either. The scent is sort of yucky, in fact. Does anyone recognize this daylily as either name?May 12, 2009 037 (2)The recent rains have given a bloom boost to the roses. Another Mother’s Day gift, this one from last year from offspring Brokenbeat, Rosa ‘Carefree Sunshine’. The Carefree series is similar to the Knockouts in shrub like form and easy care season long blooms. We were lucky to find it at a nice nursery in Asheville, North Carolina, B.B.Barnes Jesse Israel. It was moved this winter to a better, sunnier location and is covered in blooms and buds.May 12, 2009 052 (2)We love the antique roses in the hybrid musk class. They are long blooming and very easy to care for. The colors we grow are all pale pastel fading to white. We have R. ‘Penelope’, ‘Danae’ and ‘Jeanne D’Arc’, among others, that have gotten mixed up as they were moved about the garden trying to find the ideal location.May 12, 2009 076 (2)Thorny, another antique rose, is in full out full blown bloom right now and will remain so most of the warmer months.May 11, 2009 new 029 (2)Real name, R. ‘Grootendorst Supreme’, Rugosa class. Thorny used to be pruned to try to keep him in bounds in the center driveway bed. That hopeless enterprise has been abandoned, and Thorny is growing there with wild abandon. Bad luck if a stray baseball or frisbee lands in there while the offspring of offspring are playing in the driveway, he is not called Thorny for nothing.May 12, 2009 018 (2)Residing here for a couple of years but rarely mentioned is Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’.May 12, 2009 020 (2)Newly added this spring is S. ‘Pink Mist’. May 12, 2009 022 (2)Shown in situ, there is very little difference between the two. The pink is in the foreground. Still lovely, both of them.May 12, 2009 005 (2)A definite must have plant, Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ is coming into bloom. Most seedlings of the original one plant have shown a lavender outer petal rather than the white of the named culitvar. We like it.May 12, 2009 055 (2)Speaking of Digitalis, the foxglove community of self sowns is opening shop. This looks like a D. purpurea offspring.May 12, 2009 065 (2)One lone Allium schubertii blooms each year in this bed. Five were originally planted but the others seem to have disappeared. We have found some types of Alliums do that sort of thing.May 12, 2009 061 (2) The annual poppies, Papaver somniferum are just beginning to open.May 12, 2009 040 (2)Cosmos sulphureus ‘Ladybird Scarlet’ is one of the successes of the indoor germination attempt. It is tiny but blooming. The failure rate was about fifty/fifty for those efforts. Starting too early is to blame, with things getting too large for the lights and being put outdoors in the cold frame too soon. Next year we will try to remember to wait, not a strong suit here. May 8, 2009 057 (2)Closing the show is the final of the deciduous azaleas, Rhododendron ‘Strawberry Ice’. The grand cascade of azalea blooming was dampened by torrential rains for many days. The petals were detached from the stamens, hanging like chandeliers. Then came ninety degree temps to finish them off. But time moves forward and the next pretty thing will delight the eye. And the next, and the next….
Frances

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50 Responses to May Bloom Day 2009

  1. linda says:

    Beautiful May blooms Frances! Your photos are fantastic. I especially like the dew-covered blooms photos. Happy Bloom Day!

    Hi Linda, thanks so much. The wet flowers with the sun just rising make good subjects for both cameras! :-)
    Frances

  2. Brooke says:

    Oh wow, I love them all, but the Blush colored rose is stunning! ~Hugs….Brooke

    Hi Brooke, thanks. Those three roses are planted very close together on the edge of a hill. It is hoped they will flop down the hill and mingle. :-)
    Frances

  3. Gail says:

    Good morning Frances~~To echo Linda~~Beautiful blooms! The flowers all look great in their closeups~~ Happy Bloom Day and have a delicious day. gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. Your own close ups were stunning, BTW! :-)
    Frances

  4. Janet says:

    Great blooms Frances, thanks for sharing the red rugosa!!

    Hi Janet, thanks. I thought you might like seeing Thorny. He is huge! A cutting was given to offspring Semi and it is not as large but will be someday. Placement is important as it would be difficult to move. :-)
    Frances

  5. OOh, so pretty! I have two Husker reds (and one potted up for the plant swap tomorrow, which has me running around in circles and not posting blooms on my own blog–um, the swap, that is, not the Penstemon!). Do love the old-fashioned roses (but don’t tell anyone; I’m on record as not liking roses!). I also have those cute orange cosmos, as winter-sown seedlings, yet. Your weather is definitely ahead of us and it’s a great preview of what will come in my own garden! Happy GBBD!

    Hi Monica, thanks. You would like Thorny, he is one tough individual and very hardy I believe. I am going to try that winter sowing this year too. Happy GBBD to you, even if you didn’t post. :-)
    Frances

  6. tina says:

    Looking mighty lovely! I am glad you told about the Shubertii. I was thinking of ordering some. I have a similar daylily to your early bloomer but without as much red. Mine is ‘Bitsy’. A different kind of daylily. Maybe there is a relative somewhere?

    Hi Tina, thanks. I would nix the Schubertii and go with Purple Sensation. One would think any early bloomer like that shares some genetic material with these two species. There are huge bud stalks on one of my regular daylilies too, surprisingly early. It has to be the rain.
    Frances

  7. lynn says:

    Frances, I love your iris collection from the previous post..just amazing! On your daylily question..I would tend to agree it’s the H. Dumortieri and not the lemon lily (H. Lilio.) Dumor. has the cinamon-colored buds and reflexed tepals in deep golden yellow with upright foliage like your photo, BUT, it’s non-fragrant. Nonetheless, it’s a great addition since it’s one of the first (originally from Japan) daylily that parents the thousands of new cultivars today! You’re doing well with your new camera :)

    Hi Lynn, thanks. I really like the timing of the bloom on Dumor., it is going to be hard not to call him Dummy. Maybe he will mix it up with some of my other daylilies, there might be an overlap of bloom with the earliest ones. We have seedlings appear around a few of the daylilies. All the photos were taken with the old camera, though.
    Frances

  8. Good morning Frances. I love the Thorny story! :-) He’s a handsome brute, though. You have such wonderful roses. I don’t know that daylily — the numbers and names long ago overwhelmed me and I stopped following the latest introductions.

    Drizzling rain here today. I had a back order of Double Click Cosmos seeds that showed up yesterday, so I scattered them with great abandon around the poppies to be the tall replacements when those girls leave the cottage garden.

    Cameron

    Hi Cameron, thanks. He is definitely a brute. The daylilies are hard to keep track of, I am working on a system though. Cosmos following poppies sounds like an excellent idea. :-)
    Frances

  9. gittan says:

    Hi Frances, the dew on Husker almost looks like frost (hope it’s not) Great May blooming and nice pictures. I love the picture on the right side at the top – the stairway to heaven? Looks heavanly to me =) Can’t help you with the Daylily, I have one that looks about the same but the tripes on the backing are darker, called ‘Golden Chimes’. Have you got that one?
    Guess what I brought home from the Gardeners today? Just another Japanese ‘Okushimo'(and maby a new job) / gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks. No frost here, thank goodness, but lots of dew in the mornings. I love that you called the step the stairway to heaven! I don’t have Golden Chimes, but I do have Golden Globes. And how exciting about the maple and the job! Hooray for both! :-)
    Frances

  10. ourfriendben says:

    Gorgeous, Frances! I especially love Thorny. I suspect my rugosa Alba girls would like to meet him! My lemon lilies smell heavenly (but not lemony, I think that refers to the bloom color), so I agree with Lynn that you’ve been misled on that one.

    Hi OFB, thanks. I remember that you always liked Thorny, he is a big boy! Your Albas sound quite seductive. I feel confident that the new daylily is Dummy. Unfortunate naming, but kind of fits the wrong tag thing. HA:-)
    Frances

  11. I must admit it right here and now – whenever I see any stairs in the garden I remember stairs in your garden and think how would they look with ajuga planted on it. I really love this idea.

    Hi Ewa, thanks for that, what a sweet thing to say! Ajuga is a good groundcover for steps. :-)
    Frances

  12. Randy says:

    Just fabulous! I can never seem to remember Bloom Day! Jamie and I are currently searching for Carefree Sunshine, I hope we find it soon.

    Hi Randy, thanks. Mark your calender! HA We had a hard time locating Carefree Sunshine. We had it on order from a good nursery near Knoxville and the supplier cancelled them last year. We happened to see it in Asheville and snapped it up. Good luck, it lives up to the hype. The Sunny Knockout is similar I believe, and also somewhat hard to find. I saw them at the same nursery near Knoxville for $10 more than any of the other roses. Hmmm.
    Frances

  13. Les says:

    I love that Azaleas shot! It is a shame more people don’t plant Scabiosa, they bloom for a really long time. Maybe the name is off putting, like Ilex vomitoria.

    Hi Les, thanks. I agree, scabby flowers sound gross, as do the vomiting hollies. I do love the yaupons though, we had lots of them in our Houston garden, came with the property. The berries stain carpets, BTW. In case one might use them as Christmas trees. Just for your information.:-)
    Frances

  14. I’m so glad to see things wet with rain in your garden. It must be such a relief. It also makes the flowers look beautiful.
    Thorny is a massive beast! I’ve never seen such a huge Rose. It’s magnificent.

    Hi MMD, thanks so much for that. Every time we have a sunny day, I worry that the drought has begun. I had forgotten what our normal rainfall produces here. Thorny is massive, but you should have seen Killer. Actually Killer lives in the compost slope at offspring Semi’s, even after being weedeaten. HA
    Frances

  15. commonweeder says:

    I’m so glad you included a photo of Thorny. I have great hopes for my newly planted Pink Grootendorst on the newly named Rose Bank. I was glad for the rain we had, but it wasn’t quite enough.

    Hi Pat, thanks. Thorny has been a popular fellow today. Your pink will be a fine addition to the Rose Bank, and what a charming name. We also hope the rain keeps on coming, the plants love it, even if the flowers are spoiled, it’s the roots that count. :-)
    Frances

  16. Robin says:

    Frances, it looks like a tropical paradise in your garden! Everything looks so lush and lovely!

    Hi Robin, thanks. With all the rain we have had this spring, it is way more lush than it has been in years. This is our normal rainfall actually. We are second only to the Pacific northwest in the US. Back in the day, before drought that is. :-)
    Frances

  17. Fairegarden loves May, too, it seems with all those blooms. I love your foxglove. I wish mine would self-sow, I had to buy new plants this year!

    (And thanks for the mention of my piece in Horticulture, that was very nice of you to do!)

    Hi Carol, thanks. Some years are better than others for the self sown foxgloves. Laying a spent stalk of flowers that has dried up in a protected spot is a good way to ensure babies. They can be moved about late winter of the next year. It was my pleasure to advertise your piece. I had trouble finding it so thought the page number would help. :-)
    Frances

  18. Dave says:

    Wow, very cool stuff Frances! Could you get a little closer on the first shot? ;) Your Husker is a little further along than ours. The scabiosas are pretty neat too!

    Hi Dave, thanks. I did stick the camera up close for that first one, I never know if those are going to turn out. This is the best year for the scabbies, must be the rain. Like everything else that looks so much better this year. :-)
    Frances

  19. Rose says:

    Your garden is bloomin’ beautiful, Frances! Everything is particularly lovely with the kiss of dew, or are those raindrops? I’m curious about the new salvia–I just bought a pink one, too, that I couldn’t resist. It’s called “Eveline.”

    Hi Rose, thanks. It is heavy dew, or leftover raindrops from the night before, hard to tell which. I thought I put the name of my new pink Salvia under the first photo. It is also Eveline. We can compare notes! :-)
    Frances

  20. Cathy says:

    Wow! such beautiful blooms, you must have the
    most beautiful garden. Happy GBBD to you!

    -Cathy

    Hi Cathy, thanks so much, so glad you enjoyed visiting. :-)
    Frances

  21. Helen says:

    Hi, Frances, Can’t help you with the ID for your daylily, but the one I have and call the lemon lily is H. flava; very fragrant. You just want to bend over backwards inhaling it. Not lemony, but the blossoms are a deep lemon yellow. For another large-headed allium, I grow A. christophii — more compact than A. schubertii. The latter, I’ve seen looking less wayward than the one in your pic (more globe formed) in what was perhaps a drier garden in Toronto. Maybe they do better in lean soils? My christophii is seeding itself abundantly.

    Happy GBBD. It’s my first.

    Hi Helen, thanks. I do believe this is not the lemon lily, but Dummy instead after several others mentioned the differences. I do grow A. christophii too, love it. This is the first year that seed started babies are blooming size, what a thrill. And a very happy first GBBD to you. I will be by for a visit to see what you have blooming as soon as possible. :-)
    Frances

  22. DP says:

    Hi Frances- All your blooms look fantastic. The roses in our garden are starting to bloom too. They are very fragrant and beautiful. I don’t like it when the petals fall off and go all over the soil though. That part is not so fun.

    Good luck with IDing the daylily. It is pretty!

    Hi DP, thanks. You are too funny about the rose petals. Think of them as homemade compost to the soil. :-)
    Frances

  23. Steve says:

    Lordy, once again you take the cake, Frances. That Allium is just plain bizarre, lol. I love your attitude about them. You definitely have to take the good with the bad.

    I had no idea this was GBBD – but then, paying attention has never been my forte! ;-) I do, however, have some competition today for you, by pure happenstance. Drop over.

    Hi Steve, thanks, I really love cake! HA No sense worryiing about things you cannot change is my attitude. I can’t wait to see what you have going on and will be by to check it out! :-)
    Frances

  24. nancybond says:

    All yer blooms are gorgeous, Frances. :) Your garden has really taken off!

    Hi Nancy, thanks. All this rain has made an incredible difference in the growth of the foliage and every other part of the plants this year. Weeds included! :-)
    Frances

  25. Liz says:

    Hi Frances – gorgeous photos. I love scabiosas and aliums! I haven’t been into the garden today as it has been chucking it down all day – glorious May just isn’t happening in England at the moment!

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog – glad you like the stream and the beach! Hopefully I’ll get into ‘real time’ soon, rather than writing about what we did last summer!:)

    Hi Liz, thanks. Sorry for your chucks, but know your gardening time will come sooner or later. I look forward to real time, but enjoy the past stories too. :-)
    Frances

  26. jo says:

    Hiya Frances,
    Don’t want to be rude – but that Salvia has a long way to go before it catches up with all your other lush growth. Is it steroids you are feeding them on?
    That palest of pale apricot rose is the one I would steal.
    Jo

    Hi Jo, thanks. The new Salvia does look a little puny, doesn’t it? It is not steroids, it is great quantities of rain, nearly every day. Our normal rainfall amounts are back, for now anyway and the plants are loving it. You wouldn’t have to steal that rose, it keeps popping up in the original spot where it was first planted. I guess I don’t get the whole root out, every time. You would be welcome to dig some for yourself. :-)
    Frances

  27. Kanak says:

    Simply stunning. Love your blooms, LOVE your shots. The last photo ofd the rhododendron is a fitting finale to your beautiful post.

    Hi Kanak, thanks. It was sad to see the end of the azaleas, a fitting end to the bloom day. :-)
    Frances

  28. Joanne says:

    Inspirational photos and flowers

    Thanks Joanne, glad you enjoyed them.
    Frances

  29. Beautiful as always! Have a great weekend Frances…it is thundering here! Let’s hope I FINALLY get some rain in my garden!

    Hi Princess, thanks and the same to you. I hope you got your rain. It is thundering here at the moment too. I have some gardening jobs planned for tomorrow, rain or shine, but lightning will send me indoors. :-)
    Frances

  30. nell jean says:

    What a bodacious presentation, Frances! Happy Bloom Day.

    Thanks, Nell Jean, and welcome. Glad you enjoyed the show. Happy bloom day to your as well. :-)
    Frances

  31. Racquel says:

    You captured some wonderful closeups of all your beauties this Bloom Day Frances. Thorny is really a massive Rugosa. I wouldn’t want to retrieve a ball from his or her clutches, lol. Happy Bloom Day!

    Hi Racquel, thanks. Thorny is quite picky, he even has thorns on the leaves! We have seen baseballs under there, if the rake won’t reach it, bad luck! :-)
    Frances

  32. Patsi says:

    Amazing clarity and color with all your pictures.
    Have to admit…
    Sometimes after viewing a few pics I forget if your describing the picture above or below.
    Maybe it’s ADD. lol

    Hi Patsi, thanks. For my blog, the caption is always speaking of the photo above. Backwards from most, but I am left handed. Supposedly you are looking at the photo while reading the words at the same time. :-)
    Frances

  33. Catherine says:

    The flowers look so pretty with the water droplets on them. I can’t wait to see my ‘Husker Red’ in bloom. You sure got some nice Mother’s Day gifts, I like that kind of gift too!

    Hi Catherine, thanks. The moisture seems to help the camera focus better. The Mother’s Day presents were perfect. Not too expensive but just what I wanted. Husker is such a workhorse here, beautiful even not in bloom.
    Frances

  34. Francis, Your photos are very stunning, but I feel as though I need to step back from my compter to be able to really enjoy them! ha. (almost like big-screen tv!) at any rate, I think I don’t have enough sun for digitalis. Perhaps someday, in another home. But, I’m not looking to move for awhile. Happy day!

    Hi Shady, thanks. HA I know the first one was really a close up, I think the camera may have even been touching the flowers. My Digitalis is in the shadiest spot we have. Try a packet of seeds for blooms next year.
    Frances

  35. Pam/Digging says:

    First he surprises you with a fancy new camera, and now he showers you with plants you secretly wished for??! Where did you find this Financier, Frances? He sounds like Santa Claus!

    Hi Pam, that is too funny. He really is getting good with the gifts. The number one though was the laptop, Christmas 2007. Little did he know about the blogging habit that would develop from that….. HA I was completely surprised with these plant choices. He usually gets the old stand by deciduous azalea, although he did get hesperaloe last mother’s day. He is full of surprises. :-)
    Frances

  36. chuck b. says:

    Beautiful flowers. What is that icy stuff on some of them?

    Oh Chuck, thanks, you are so funny. We call that dew here in the hills, what do you call it? Did you think it was frost? Thank goodness it was not, that would certainly spoil the show. We never have frost in May here. :-)
    Frances

  37. Lola says:

    Hi Frances,
    What a gorgeous bunch of flowers. Eye candy for sure.
    This is my first yr. to work with the iris so I’ve only had one to bloom as yet. “Royal Thunder” a deep purple. I had ordered a special in which “Lacy Snowflake” was included. Sadly I lost it & have not been able to find another. Would you know where I could find one?

    Hi Lola, thanks. I haven’t bought any iris in many years, so don’t even know of a good source, sorry.
    Frances

  38. Phillip says:

    Believe it or not, I don’t have any of those hybrid musks you mentioned! I do love them though and have quite a few. I also really like the rugosas. Such rugged performers. The lemon lily is really an eye-catcher.

    Hi Phillip, thanks, that is hard to believe. You have so many beauties, the best collection I have ever seen, and grown so well. We have decided the lemon lily is really Dummy. :-)
    Frances

  39. Those are pretty blooms, Frances. It’s like watching elegant and delicate women on a Sunny Spring day after the Spring rains! Well, what can a bachelor like me do? I’m lovelorn!

    Hi Chandramouli, thanks. You crack me up! But I do agree the flowers are very feminine, except for Thorny, he is definitely male. Funny how we decide which are women and which are men. Our old rose Killer was male also.
    Frances

  40. Darla says:

    Nice gifts…….did you make the wreath that is hanging in the photo with the red roses? My girls made some last year for extra Christmas gifts and I couldn’t beleive how well they were received!

    Hi Darla, thanks. This is going to be hard to believe, but The Financier made that wreath! Our gardening friend in Pennsylvania was trimming his grape vines and my husband was helping. Together they made this wreath and I treasure it. I have made many wreaths over the years, even sold some long ago. I am sure the ones your daughters made were treasured as well. :-)
    Frances

  41. Zoe says:

    Just beautiful, especially like the Hemerocallis, mine are at least a month away!

    Hi Zoe, thanks. That one is very early. It will be weeks before our others bloom too, although one has many buds now. This is at least two weeks ahead of schedule. Must be the rain, we are blaming everything on that. :-)
    Frances

  42. Kathleen says:

    I’m going to find me a guy like your Financier someday Frances. Plants for Mother’s Day is my idea of heaven. Once again, I forgot about bloom day but your garden is definitely bursting with fab blooms. I love the new salvia and the Husker Red penstemons with the lavendar variation is really nice. I just moved mine into a position of more sun so hopefully, they’ll bloom and multiply this year. I planted some Allium Schubertii bulbs last fall but haven’t seen them yet. I hope at least one makes it like in your garden. It’s so airy and delicate. As usual, we are way behind you in what’s blooming. I do have one iris beginning to show a little color at the tip of the bud ~ funny, because I read where yours are almost over. What a beautiful display you had while they were open tho. I’ll definitely look forward to seeing them again next year. :-)

    Hi Kathleen, HA. He is one of a kind. :-) Thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the bloom day show. Maybe next month you will remember, mark your calender! I look forward to seeing you iris, for ours are finished. It seemed so short, it was raining so much. Next up …. lilies!
    Frances

  43. layanee says:

    May Bloom Day is one of the best isn’t it? So much to see and such a relief after the long winter and cold early spring. Each day reveals something new.

    Hi Layanee, yes, it’s true. Maybe in May it should be bloom week for there is no way to show all that is blooming in one post.
    Frances

  44. Happy Bloom Day, Frances. I loved all of your photos. I can tell you got a new camera. Your photos were always lovely, but now (kissing my fingertips) magnifico! Since we’re both plant nuts, have you seen Penstemon ‘Dark Towers?’ Wow! Like Husker Red but taller & pink blooms instead of white. I’ll be taking a pic of it soon.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks and back at ya! I should have written it at the bottom, but these photos were taken with the old camera. Thanks for the Italian kiss anyway. :-) Dark Towers, love the name, sounds exciting! I will be on the lookout for it.
    Frances

  45. Sweet Bay says:

    I like Thorny a lot. Beautiful rose. I really like the azalea ‘Strawberry Ice’ a lot. Lovely dewy pictures!

    Hi Sweet Bay, thanks, he was quite popular this bloom day. The last azalea is now finished sadly. On to the next thing though, the lilies. Hooray for progession. :-)
    Frances

  46. Sonia/Miss Bloomers says:

    Beautiful post as always!! I enjoyed all the pictures of your flowers.. They just make me happy! Have a great weekend. Miss Bloomers

    Hi Miss Bloomers, thanks, glad you enjoyed the show. Enjoy your weekend too. :-)
    Frances

  47. joey says:

    Indeed a ‘big shebang’, Frances. How can you sleep with all that popping in the garden?Financier is a keeper … I’m sure many are wondering if you ‘rent him out’! Lucky for me, Mr. Ho-Hum ‘gets it’ or I’d be waiting in line!

    Hi Joey, thanks. When I go to sleep, rest assured I am dreaming about the garden. :-) Mr. Ho-Hum sounds pretty darn good too.
    Frances

  48. Jean says:

    It’s always a treat to see what you have in bloom and also to see your great photos. (I swear they get better and better!) About your new daylily, I once tried to identify the daylilies that came with our yard only to abandon it quickly. So many of them have just one or two differences that I never felt comfortable saying for sure which was which. Looking forward to seeing you at CSF. Are you bringing the Financier? Just wondering since I’m bringing mine and he might be bored out of his mind at the dinners. ;-)

    Hi Jean, thanks. I am still using the old camera, just getting better at understanding it. :-) I would never be able to identify the hybrid daylilies, thank goodness this one is a very early blooming species. You are right, like the iris, there are so many that are similar, it would be impossible to tell. Bloom time lets us know about this one, and the label led us to a starting point that led to the real cultivar. I look forward to meeting you too, but no Financier this time. He came with me to Austin last year and was quite bored. Also, I didn’t get to hang with the bloggers on the off times, having to be with the poor dear. Lesson learned. He didn’t even want to come this year. I do believe there will be other husbands though, Dee of Red Dirt Rambling is bringing her whole family.
    Frances

  49. Silvia Salix says:

    Oh wow, that Allium schubertii looks so cool, alien-like. I love it.
    Your entire garden looks beautiful, especially with the misty raindrops on everything.

    Hi Silvia, thanks. I do wish all five of the Alliums were gracing us with their presence but one will have to suffice. The camera loves those dew drops. :-)
    Frances

  50. Jackie says:

    Love all the photos. You are a talented photographer! They are all so beautiful I can’t decide which one I like the best!

    Hi Jackie, thanks so much. I appreciate your nice words but I don’t believe I am talented, just very hard working, taking so many pictures until there are enough for a post. :-)
    Frances

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