Belated Bloom Day Of June-Garden To Jungle In Seven Days

Well, maybe not a real jungle but that is what it seemed like upon return after a sun and fun filled vacation at the beach.
(Orienpet Lilium ‘Satisfaction’, over six feet tall.)

There were lilies in bud when we left the garden. It was hoped that they would still be in show mode upon the return. We are happy to report that they were.
(Chinese trumpet Lilium ‘Pink Perfection’, head snappingly fragrant.)

Some are new to the garden this year, so it was extra important to see what they looked like. Pink Perfection and the above Longiflorum Asiatic Lilium ‘Royal Sunset’ did not disappoint.

Some new last year have grown bigger and better with maturity.
(Chinese Trumpet Lilium ‘African Queen’ backed by the purple leaf peach tree in the black garden.)

Several newly added Monardas are standing tall with tasseled inflorescenses. This one was labeled Marshall’s Delight, but we believe it to actually be M. didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’.

A product of the successful slug repellent coffee grounds at the time of seed sowing, Nasturtium ‘Yeti’ brightens this raised planter by the garage deck steps. The color echo with Yucca ‘Color Guard’ works nicely.

Three of our deciduous azaleas are summer blooming. Rhododendron ‘Summer Lyric’ gives a nice contrast of bloom form to the surrounding fleurs.

Seed started in the greenhouse in 2009 has finally produced blooms. Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ was protected from freezing, varmints and critters with little forts of rosemary twigs around each. It is hoped that seed can be saved from these to keep this dark colorway going strong in the black garden. At its feet is Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’. The new name of Hylotelephium is simply ridiculous and will not be used here. What was wrong with Sedum? Too easy to pronounce and remember?

Staying in the black garden, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is seeking to dominate there. We welcome the initiative. May the best plants win.

Seedling Eryngiums, probably Alpinum types, have spread their magic in the shed bed area. Nasella tinuissima helps hide the rebar stakes that hold their floppy stems upright. We love the steel blue color that will last for several weeks before turning a dusty tan that will remain standing through the winter. That seems to be the secret of the seeding about, just leave them alone until spring then sprinkle the bits hither and yon.

This is the time of year when the jumbled jigsaw puzzle style of planting becomes apparent in the Fairegarden. If there was a master plan here, which is doubtful, it has long since been lost to memory. Monarda does not stay put, this is M. ‘Jacob Kline’, Asclepias tuberosa started from seed was plunked in a blank space, Ratibidia columnifera seemed a good companion for the butterfly weed and daylilies abound.

The view of the daylily hill from the lazyboy inside the addition is constantly tweaked and improved year after year. It may never be satisfactory to the gardener, that is the way of most things it seems. The anchor Japanese maple Crimson Queen, the chartruese Hosta ‘Sunpower’, the ring of Nasella tenuissima, Athena’s royal guard of Heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’ provide permanence to the ever changing backdrop of lilies and daylilies. Many more plantings in this bed will come into bloom then fade away until winter turns the whole of it shades of grey and brown after the final hurrah of a dazzling fall display. We hate to miss even one millisecond of it.

Our apologies to faire Carol of May Dreams Gardens for the tardy entry to bloom day. Since the blogging began in December 2007, we have never been absent from the fun and don’t want to start now so we hope she will accept this late submission.


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15 Responses to Belated Bloom Day Of June-Garden To Jungle In Seven Days

  1. Hi Frances, have just returned from France and it’s lovely to see other blooms on your blog than just roses, they were everywhere in France. Love the Daylilies! Hope you had a fab holiday at the beach.

    Yolanda xxx

    Hi YE, thanks. You poor dear, having to see all those roses! lol I hope your holiday was wonderful as well, with the exception of those dadburn roses. πŸ™‚

  2. Anette says:

    Hi Frances,

    What a beautiful “jungle” you have there πŸ™‚ I guess most gardeners would be more than happy to such a “jungle”.

    Anette the Gardener

    Hi Anette, thanks and welcome. The jungle is well loved here even though it seems to have its own mind. πŸ™‚

  3. gardeningasylum says:

    Hard to beat the lilium for showy elegance! Satisfaction indeed!

    So true, Cyndy! I believe the lilies to give the most bang for the buck! πŸ™‚

  4. Carol says:

    Late, long, short, early, no matter… always happy to see your garden with all of its wonderful blooms, Frances, and hope to see you in person soon!

    Thanks Carol. I felt bad about missing bloom day, but figured you wouldn’t disallow it! I too look forward to seeing you again. (And getting some growing tips for the Cereus.) πŸ™‚

  5. Valerie says:

    Many gorgeous blooms to look at. Even if you were a bit late it was worth the wait.

    Thanks Valerie. It was a joy to return home and see those blooms, and the whole garden, overgrown or not. We always miss it when traveling.

  6. Oh how beautiful everything is. I do not usually leave comments all the time, but I read all of your posts and you have such a lovely garden. I can just imagine how beautiful it is in person. God bless….Brooke

    What a sweet and kind thing to say, thank you so much, Brooke! I am very glad you enjoy the posts. πŸ™‚

  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What a lovely jungle you have here. Doesn’t it make your heart happy?. It makes mine happy to just see it in photos.

    You are a sweetheart, Lisa. Seeing the garden at any time makes me happy, but after a week away, it looks very welcoming, if overgrown. πŸ™‚

  8. Rose says:

    I knew you must have been on vacation, Frances, when you didn’t post on Bloom Day. Glad the lilies waited for you to return before blooming. I haven’t been away, but my garden has turned into a jungle,too–nearly daily rainstorms have made it impossible to keep up with the weeds growing at will here. But yours is definitely the prettiest jungle I’ve seen! Love the freckled faces of ‘Royal Sunset,’ and I’m envious of those Cherry Brandy Rudbeckias. I started some from seed this year, but they didn’t do much of anything. Sounds like I should have been more patient.

    Thanks Rose. We could use some of that rain, but most of the container plants survived without anyone tending and watering them, thank goodness. Each year when the beach trip rolls around, it seems the heat and dry descend here. Royal Sunset is superb. If it behaves like Royal Fantasy, we will be in for a treat, twenty bulbs were planted, most in the lawn fans. Cherry Brandy was considered a dud, low germination and very slow to grow. These few plants with the rosemary forts hung in there to bloom, despite many attacks of probably rabbits. I would never intentionally miss a bloom day! πŸ™‚

  9. Dave says:

    It’s amazing how fast things grow up when you aren’t looking. It’s like they add extra inches just because they know you are away! the blooms look great though. I like the monarda and those Asiatic lilies look awesome!

    Thanks Dave. So true, on the day to day, we don’t notice the growth as much, sort of like kids! πŸ™‚

  10. kimberly says:

    Frances, your garden is spectacular! There are so many and the landscape is unbelievable lush. NICE!!

    Hi Kimberly, thanks for those kind words. The garden is my passion, after the family of course, and gets quite a bit of attention. It did look lush after returning from the sandy beach.

  11. Jungle or not (and I do understand because we returned two weeks ago from vacation), it is beautiful Frances. I wish lilies liked it here. I guess just daylilies do. πŸ˜‰ ~~Dee

    Thanks Dee. While we love to go away for family vacations, missing blooms and general tidying up are a downside. I am sorry about the lilies, but know your daylilies more than make up for it! πŸ™‚

  12. Lola says:

    Even in your absence your garden has excelled. It does seem to grow taller in our absence. Like a watched pot never boils our gardens are the opposite. And may I add much to our delight.

    Hi Lola, thanks so much. You are right about the watched pot and/or garden. Like children, the growth and progress is more noticeable when there has been a break in the watching. πŸ™‚

  13. As always, your garden looks divine! Those lilies are beyond adjectives (in a grand way).

    I do believe that is monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ or a near twin as it looks remarkably like my RW. The Jacob was so far ahead of my other monarda varieties that I had to deadhead this week.

    Welcome home!

    Thanks Cameron. The Monarda looked nothing like the Marshall’s I had seen online and that nursery also sold RW which was purchased at the same time. Tags are easily mixed up. Our Jacob is ahead too but no deadheading needed yet, if ever. I am lazy. πŸ™‚

  14. ‘Pink Perfection’ is aptly named. It looks gorgeous. (BTW, one of the seedling lilies you sent me has a bud.) I’ve never seen Nasturtium ‘Yeti,’ it’s a great color. Sorry you don’t like the new name for Sedum. I think it’s kind of fun to say, if you modulate your voice up and then down as you say it.

    Thanks MMD. I am more than pleased with PP. The color is not my favorite but the scent is incredible. Wowee to the bud on the seedling, none of mine have such a thing! Yeti came from Baker Creek seeds, I have not seen it anywhere else. Cool to say or not, what was wrong with Sedum? Or Aster for that matter? lol πŸ™‚

  15. chickenpoet says:

    Found my sea holly & a baby, too!! They are just beginning!! I thought I lost them, and now I have two, nice. Love you.

    Hooray! I am so glad, the Eryngiums are such a delight with that blue. It took a while to get the babies going here, several years, but now there are plenty. You will have the same over time.
    Much love,

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