June 2011 Heat Lovers Bloom Day

June finds the sun bright and hot here at the Fairegarden. Some plants simply wilt and melt when Summer comes early. Some plants rise to the challenge. Rudbeckia hirta grown from seeds harvested at daughter Semi’s wild jungle garden belong to the latter category.

Sunflowers are the epitome of Summer sun-loving flowers. There has been a learning curve for growing them from seed here over many years. This year, it was noticed that there were babies sprouting from the birdseed, again, in the gravel paths. It seemed too cool and early, but a packet of Helianthus annuus ‘Evening Sun’ was direct sown into the chilly earth on March 16, 2011. Yes, you read that correctly, late winter sowing has produced flowers in June. Will wonders never cease to amaze us?

Not flowers but pretty enough to be included in Semi’s bridal bouquet for a late summer wedding in 2003, are the Hypericum berries from Hypericum androsaemum ‘Albury Purple’. Besides, they match the colorways we are featuring today.

Another heat-loving plant family is Hemerocallis, the daylily clan. These stout-hearted men, women and children keep their heads up, following the sun across the sky during the daylight hours. Chosen at random to represent this group is Hemerocallis ‘Closer Look’.

So maybe not loving the sun, but definitely not minding the heat is the named cultivar of our native Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. Growing in the dry shade under the stand of tall Loblolly pines at the edge of our property, there is never a complaint from Annabelle. She has been spread throughout the bed from rooted stem pieces dug in winter so that there is now a view of summertime snowballs from the street. Sweet.

Missing the memo about it being summer, the last of the orchids have finally been moved outside even though they remain in flower. The greenhouse/sunroom is too hot and lacks the humidity the Papiopedilums need to thrive and build reserves for their normal winter bloom period. Paphiopedilum Honey ‘Newberry’ x Paph. primulinus ‘Lemon Glow’ blooms will not last much longer after the move outside, but it must be done. Sorry, Honey.

The yellow/white bed is home to a diverse group of plants, some of which are neither white nor yellow, even. Rudbeckia maxima has reached the top of the rusted metal clothesline pole and continues to reach for the sky, pardner!

Getting a close up of the flowers means holding the camera up above my head at arm’s length and hoping for some kind of focus to happen spontaneously. This is the best we can do, but does show the tiny brown true flowers opening up along the tall cone. I love this plant!

The Bloom Day Procession, creation of sweet Carol of May Dreams Gardens that allows for a world wide sharing of what is blooming in gardens on the fifteenth, or thereabouts, of each month, now turns to the real stars shining brightly right now. The early morning light is full of pinks on the spectrum, letting the glamour gals put their best petals forward.

Smiling prettily is Lilium ‘Pink Perfection’. Pinky is in the Chinese Trumpet class of lily, also know as Aurelian hybrids. The fragrance in the simmering heat of morning is intoxicating.

Also blooming well above eye level is Chinese Trumpet Lilium ‘Golden Splendour’. Again the scent fills the heavy, humid air here in a wondrous way.

Tawny, tall and again, exuding fragrance is Chinese Trumpet Lilium ‘African Queen’. She is indeed royalty, growing in the knot garden quadrants in addition to joining many other lilies in the Black Garden. It has been noted that the full height range of these tall lilies take a few years to be reached.

For some perspecitve, the Financier, who is of average man-height, stands looking at the vines trying to reclaim the bamboo fencing that was attached to the chain link recently. This particular bulb of African Queen Lily has grown beyond all expectations of verticality. Long may she reign.


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22 Responses to June 2011 Heat Lovers Bloom Day

  1. debbie in knoxville says:

    Do you have a post about rooting the hydrangea stems? I would be interested in trying to do that. Thanks! Also your lilies are stunning. I enjoyed these pictures very much.

    Hi Debbie, thanks for stopping by. I have not done a post about that, but if you dig around the edge of the shrub, you will see rooted stems than can be removed and replanted. It can be done anytime, but with our heat and drought we find it easiest to do it when there is ample rainfall or else you will have to water constantly to keep the cuttings hydrated. Plant them deeply, roots will form all along the stem. Good luck!

  2. I love the lilies Frances. They take up so little room in the garden and give so much beauty.


    Thanks Eileen. So true, the footprint in the garden is quite small, the impact is huge, visually and in fragrance.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Wow, that is one talll lily. How exciting. You would have to have a ladder to look into her face. Happy GBBD.

    It is, Lisa. Lucky for us, the flowers hang downward, even if we cannot get up close and personal. Happy GBBD to you!

  4. Your gorgeous photography absolutely never fails to cause me to catch my breath, Frances. Of course, with your subject matter, it gets even simpler. I love journeying around your garden, Frances. You have an entire world, snuggled wonderfully inside the confines of your small borders. I can’t imagine anyone getting more out of a garden, and that’s the truth. I need to get back here more often, dear. But – Lordy – I’ve had a couple outdoor projects which all commenced when the heat smacked us upside the head. LOL, I tired, coach! Fabulous stuff, Frances.

    Thanks Steve, you are every so kind with those words, blushingly so! The heat has been a strength sapper, for sure. We seem to be having slightly cooler temps, for now, but it could and will change any minute. This garden allows for me to pass myself off as a photographer. I often wonder what a REAL photographer would come up with here.

  5. commonweeder says:

    Your garden is so floriferous and beautiful every day. I love the way you concentrated on choosing a particular spectrum for us today.

    Hi Pat, thanks, you are too sweet. Hot times call for hot colors!

  6. Everything is so pretty, but those lilies really take my breath away.

    Thanks Jennifer. If only there were smell-o-vision on the blogs, your breath would be overwhelmed by the lilies!

  7. Your Liliums are to die for! Really gorgeous!
    Happy GBBD

    Thanks Christine, the lilies are having a very good year so far, there will be more to come, too. Happy GBBD to you!

  8. Gail says:

    Dear Frances, You’ve heard me say this before~but, fairegarden is magical! Maybe it’s the soil, maybe it’s the slope, but I think it’s incredible love of and passion for gardening along with your rule breaking willingness to try anything, despite the plant labels. Steve S is right on (the 60s refuse to leave my brain) you know how to make the absolute most from your garden. xxoogail PS I took a page from your book and found just the right spots to tuck in a few lily bulbs.

    Dear Gail, thank you for those sweet thoughts. We agree, there is something magical about this property, saw it even before we moved here ourselves. Stuff just wants to grow. As for making the most of the garden, I plead guilty. I would hate to waste on precious inch of this earth. Hooray for your lilies!

  9. Larry says:

    And I thought that my African Queen lilies were tall. wow! I always enjoy your posts… Thank you, Larry

    Thanks so much, Larry. I do appreciate your readership. Only that one planting of African Queen is tall like that, the other four are normal, 5-6 feet tall.

  10. ricki says:

    Still waiting for hear…and hence, lilies. Thanks for sharing yours.

    Glad you enjoyed them, Ricki. Yours will delight you, when they show up.

  11. Carolyn says:

    Wow! I can feel that HEAT all the way from here! Which is wonderful because we haven’t felt much warmth at all this Spring… not that I’m complaining. Your African Queen is phenomenal!

    Hi Carolyn, thanks for visiting. You want heat? We got it! We would really really like some rain to cool things down, in fact. African Queen has hit pay dirt with her roots!

  12. Rose says:

    Wow! The Financier certainly puts ‘African Queen’ in perspective–I’ve never seen such a tall lily before! All your lilies are lovely, in fact; they must indeed enjoy the Tennessee heat. So you have a summer wedding ahead, too? So much to look forward to–enjoy these special days of planning with Semi.

    Hi Rose, thanks. These types of lilies do seem to enjoy the heat. There are others that have been planted that did not. Semi’s wedding was in the distant past, I am sorry to infer it was upcoming. We still enjoy days of fun together, with her little LTB, especially. I added the wedding year to the post to help make that clearer, 2003.

  13. Greggo says:

    I’m not a heat lover, but love the tall plants.

    I feel the same.

  14. I really enjoyed how each of your photos demonstrated the ‘heat’ as you seem to be experiencing it…very nice! Happy GBBD!

    Hi Sage, thanks so much. I appreciate your awareness of the colors. Happy GBBD to you!

  15. Scott says:

    OMG…that tall lily is amazing! I used to have ‘Golden Splendour’ (in my previous garden) and it was wonderful and fragrant, just like you say. I remember coming home from work during summer and the scent was AMAZING.

    Hi Scott, thanks for visiting. I am so glad to hear you had Golden Splendour, to get the word out about the scent filling the evening air. It sounds like you need to get it again!

  16. Holy moley, that is one tall lily! I’m wishing I had ‘Pink Perfection’ instead of ‘Black Dragon’ strain lilies (which seem to be the photographic negative of black). Your garden looks like the height of summer. But, wait, how did it get to be the middle of June already?

    Thanks MMD. Pink Perfection is really earning it’s space in the garden. It was new last year and there were not that many blooms. It is much taller this year with triple the flowers and much more scent. Highly recommended. I have babies from the seeds of Black Dragon you gave me growing in the black garden. I need to move them to a sunnier position, they are still tiny.

  17. I feel bad for all the states with the excessive heat. We have been lucky in that regard so far. Your blooms really are hot colors. Looking at them would make it seem even hotter. The oranges and yellows are sure pretty, though. I have never seen a lily that tall. Truly amazing.

    Hi Donna, thanks. The hot colors are better at shining through the brilliance of that hot sun, pastels simply get washed out. There is something going on underground with that lily, it is unexplainable!

  18. Town Mouse says:

    Amazing! And here I thought my 6 foot soap lily was something special.

    Happy bloom day!

    Hi Town Mouse, thanks and Happy GBBD to you! A six foot soap lily sounds delightful, I will have to dash over to check that out.

  19. Paul Daniels says:

    Everything was nice, I especially liked the rudbeckia maxima, I grow several stands of it and everyone loves it and asks about it..thanks for inviting my into your garden.

    Hi Paul, thanks for visiting. Several stands of Rudbeckia maxima? That must be a crowd pleaser!

  20. You know I love ‘Annabelle.’ She is the star of one of my pathways in the garden. I love your trumpet lilies. Must get some for my garden. So beautiful. Also, R. maxima is one amazing plant reaching for the sky.

    Thanks Dee, you do need some of those trumpets, that really make a statement and smell divine. They don’t mind the heat one bit, either. Rudy Max is something, isn’t he?

  21. Leslie says:

    You have all the best plants for that heat you’ve been having…your blooms are wonderful!

    Thanks Leslie. If a plant doesn’t tolerate heat, it cannot or will not grow here. We know, we have tried nearly everything! HA

  22. CurtissAnn says:

    Oh, darling, I soooo enjoyed my visit, looking at your blooms. You inspire me to learn more about my hydrangeas. They are not blooming as prolifically this year, because of drought, yet watering keeps them alive! Thank you for your set up for comments, too. So often I visit sites that simply do not take my comments, as I’m on a Mac and not Blogger. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

    Hi Curtissann, thanks for visiting here, so nice to see you. Annabelle and the straight native H. arborens can take this awful drought, but do so much better with water. WordPress can take the credit for the comment set up, I am not tech savvy enough to have anything to do with it, but thanks for leaving a comment.

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