Search May Dreams Gardens

Loading...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2011

Diervilla lonicera
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for June 2011.

I feel like the garden is pausing momentarily between spring and summer here in USDA Hardiness Zone 5b. There are blooms but it doesn't seem quite as wild as spring did.

Diervilla lonicera, northern bush honeysuckle, is blooming in the front garden, attracting bees and other pollinators. This native shrub is a new shrub in my garden, planted last year as part of the garden re-design.  

Also blooming in the front garden is Triteleia 'Rudy', Ithuriel's Spear.

Triteleia 'Rudy'
Behind it is Heuchera 'Mocha'.

On the side of the house, tucked out of the way where it can't hurt anyone, Opuntia sp. cactus is ready to bloom.
Opuntia
People are surprised that cactus are hardy in Indiana, but here is proof that some are.

On the other side of the house, I still have common ditch lilies, Hemerocallis fulva, blooming.
Hemerocallis fulva
I plan to eventually pull these out and replant something nicer here, but eventually hasn't arrived yet. Perhaps I will dig them up once they finish blooming in a week or so?

In the back, in Ploppers' Field, the first of the daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.) just started to bloom. This particular one is 'Longstocking', I think.

Hemerocallis 'Longstocking'
It is either an unusual form (UF) or a spider type daylily. I'm trying to buy just those types because I like them better than the other types and it gives me focus when I see the 50,000 varieties of daylilies available.

Yes, I also still have 'Stella D'Oro' blooming in my garden.
Hemerocallis 'Stella D'Oro'
Our break up isn't going very well.

Nearby, one of the first of the lilies is blooming.

Lilium cerneum
It is possibly Lilium cerneum. Possibly.

What else is blooming? Well, clematis is blooming, including Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata', which I have given the common name Fairy Vine.

Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata'
And larger clematis are also blooming, including this "name forgotten and tag lost" (NFTL) clematis.
Clematis

It's actually blooming in the vegetable garden along the fence where I plan to grow more flowers and clematis. (Don't remind me that I haven't planted those flowers yet!)

Over in the high summer garden, known as August Dreams Garden, some flowers including Helenium 'Mardi Gras' are confused and have started to bloom now.

Helenium 'Mardi Gras'
It's not supposed to bloom until August. Perhaps it is confused because early June felt like August with record setting and near record setting high temperatures? I'm going to cut off the blooms on two of the three plants now and see if the plants bush out as a result, increasing the blooms of August. I suspect I should have done that in May, when I cut back asters and mums.

Finally, I would like to make note of one other bloom that I think is keeping the rabbits out of my vegetable garden.  It is one of their favorite foods and I'm more than happy to grow it for them if it means they will leave the green beans in the garden for me.  May I present...

Clover.

Clover for the rabbits
Is this the new secret weapon in my on going, years long battle with rabbits?

Time will tell, as it always does in a garden.

What’s blooming in your garden?

We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us.

It’s easy to participate and all are invited!

Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month and leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us to see so we can pay you a virtual visit. Then put your name and the url to your post on the Mr. Linky widget below to make it easy to find you.

“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

134 comments:

Heather's Garden said...

Wow, we don't even have ditch lilies blooming here yet. Spring has been an exercise in extremes. 90 one day and 60 the next. It's not only the plants that are confused -- I can't figure out what to wear to work!

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Now if the rabbits only eat the clover. Here it would be the asters. You have some pretty blooms for June.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

There is a lot going on at Carolyn's Shade Gardens especially with the trees and shrubs. I like the idea of feeeding the rabbits clover to keep them out of the garden. We give the squirrels corn to keep them off our feeders, and it works.

Cat said...

It seems we aren't the only ones with record heat...your garden seems to be thriving in spite of it though. Happy GBBD and thanks for hosting!

Missy said...

Your flowers are lovely and so different to the ones we grow here, except for the clover. I think it grows everywhere.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

I love that Triteleia with its stripes. Your lilies are ahead of us. Mine are still just buds though they'll be open by the end of the week. Just not in time from Bloom Day.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I enjoyed seeing your blooms. I've never heard of the Triteleia. I like those blue blooms. Even though we are in the same zone, your daylilies are ahead of mine. My early one is finished blooming, and I have lots of buds on the others, so hopefully, their show will begin soon. I have some kind of clover or alfalfa growing across the street, but the rabbits still visit my front yard daily. I am pleased that I have peas this year, because we put chicken wire around the home veggie garden.

I got ambitious/frustrated and sprayed Liquid Fence several times in the last couple of weeks, but it doesn't seem to stop the rabbits, although they seem to like whatever new thing I plant, so maybe it is working on the plants that were already sprayed.

Oh, and I did cut back my Mardi Gras Helen's flower a few weeks ago because I remember it blooming early last year, but it has buds now anyway.

Town Mouse said...

Not bad at all, Carol. I just love that lily...Thanks as always for hosting

garden girl said...

No need to break up with Stella Carol. She may be common, but she reblooms all summer. We have Happy Returns, and while there's way more of it here than is reasonable, as a prolific rebloomer it earns at least a little real estate. Just about anything perennial that blooms off and on all summer yet isn't invasive earns its keep in my estimation.

Larry said...

You are definitely ahead of us bloom-wise... after a week of 70's, we may be headed into the 90's again... this will certainly bring us into the next big bloom period. My post contains a lot of photos showing the various textures in the gardens just now, in addition to what's in bloom this week... thank you for hosting GBBD... I've really come to appreciate everyone who is active in supporting it through their excellent posts... Larry

Megan said...

Beautiful blooms! Love seeing the Opuntia thriving in Indiana!

Liza said...

I'm a big fan of your site, Carol!

Autumn Belle said...

I love your lilies. Happy GBBD!

rosalie+gesine said...

Dear Carol,
thanks for hosting!
I love your Clematis, however her name is! I think in a few years there will be a lot of unknown plants in my garden because I´ll loose all the tags...
;-)

Lydia said...

Thank you for hosting GBBD. If you need more rabbits to feed, you are welcome to mine):- They are getting so tame they are playing hide and go seek with our dogs!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful blooms... I think every gardener has (or has had) the common ditch lilies! Love the clover technique-hope it works!

dorothy said...

I really like that 'Longstocking' daylily! My two daylilies have finally decided to bloom. We have had an abnormally wet and mild spring but the temps are rising to the typical 90º days for June.

Wulf said...

This is a glorious time of year in UK gardens. I've managed to find something blooming every month since I started collecting my bloom day badges back in the winter but, this time round, I am spoilt for choice.

lotusleaf said...

You have such exquisite flowers blooming! The daylilies are my favourites. And, it is clever of you to plant clover for the rabbits!

Why I garden... said...

I really like your large cactus and the lilies are super. Its a great time of year! All the best, Kelli in Northern Ireland.

Darla said...

Love the Clematis..I do hope the clover keeps the bunnies out of your veggies..

Cyndy said...

Lovely lonicera - glad the bees like it too!

Trainer John said...

Great idea - I've just added some of the flowers in bloom in my Plymouth, UK garden

Christina said...

I didn't know that the orange Hemerocallis was called ditch Lilly. I have planted lots and I find them lovely, I have lots of other Hemerocallis too, they perform so well for me. We had a hot spring like you so everything is flowering extra early, will there be anything in July and August I wonder. Thanks so much for hosting GBBD again it is a highlight of the month. Christina

altroverde said...

Carol, I think your NFTL clematis looks very similar to 'Comtesse de Bouchaud' (group 3), I have it growing trough a eleagnus x ebbingei 'Limelight' and it looks good. Your posts are very nice, I hope to join your GBBD for next month, I'm not confident enough yet. Alberto.

PlantPostings said...

The Triteleia looks lovely framed by the Heuchera. Wonderful combination! That's funny that you mention you're planning to pull out the Ditch Lilies--my husband just loves those, so they're the focus of one of our perennial beds. Thanks for hosting GBBD!

Kate @ Gardening and Gardens said...

Hi Carol - Happy GBBD! You have a lot of beautiful things blooming. I especially like all your lillies and am intrigued by your clover idea too! I actually got my act together this month and joined in the community fun. Thanks for hosting!

Carol at OhWhatABeautifulGarden-Chicagoland.com said...

If I had to pick one of those lovelies, it would be the pear cactus. Like yours, mine bloom and thrive in zone 5. As in bloom profusely. The blossom everyone is seeing here is just a promise of that which is to come.

Landscape Design By Lee said...

Carol-your daylilies are lovely! I also like the Triteleia 'Rudy' and Coral Bells combination-very pretty! June is busting out all over here in the northeast zone 7-so I can't wait to see everyone's blooms! Thank you for hosting this wonderful event and Happy GBBD!

Sunray Gardening said...

Lots of nice things going on there. I linked up for the first time.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Marie said...

Prickly Pear is blooming in Pennsylvania too. Pretty blooms, wicked barbs! Any advice?

VP said...

There always seems to be something which flowers out of season to confound us isn't there Carol?

My garden outdid itself earlier this month: I had representatives from spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter all blooming at once :o

Have a great Blooms Day everyone :)

Lancashire rose said...

I knew it would be a treat to visit an Indiana garden. Love your variety of daylilies. I had no idea there were so many varieties. Hope your clover experiment works. I may have to grow a patch in my garden as I saw 2 bunnies in the garden one day!

greggo said...

Wabbits. Lets call Elmer.

As always thanks for the vine (that's GBBD)!

Les said...

I am glad you are letting the clover thrive. Not only is it good rabbit food, but it is good for your soil, plus the bees like it. Many of my lawn-obsessed customers come in looking for something that will eliminate it, like it is the scourge of the world.

Thank you for hosting another GBBD. One more thing - have you and Stella tried therapy.

Kimberly said...

Hi, Carol! I really love your daylilies and clematis! Beautiful! Neither have thrived in my garden (too hot) so I sincerely appreciate yours! Happy GBBD!!

The Constant Gardener said...

That Opuntia is amazing. I'm still trying to persuade my little girl that her cactus will be safe outside in the summer (our only option here in the chilly UK) but she doesn't trust me for some reason....!!

Anyway my GBBD post is here.

Diane said...

Thanks, Carol, for providing a wonderful venue to see what's blooming in others' garden's! Love to visit :)

Marc @ GardenDesk said...

Your June Blooms are great and I love the clover idea. My bloom day is mostly lilies and veggie blooms!

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!

curtissannmatlock said...

Thank you for sharing your many diverse blooms! And for actually giving the names of them. I try to save the names, but I'm now giving up. Our season is far ahead, though my Stella d'oros (I do know them!) keep trudging on, bless their hearts. Seeing your cactus made me homesick for old times in Oklahoma.

kris at Blithewold said...

Carol, I love that bush honeysuckle (why don't I have that?) and I can't believe you already have so many daylilies blooming. This is June right? Over at Bwold I'm wondering if there's a particular color that defines June... Thanks as always for hosting the party!

Wendy said...

Carol, you have quite a variety of beautiful blooms this month! Good idea on the rabbit food!

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

I am loving C. 'Rubromarginata'! Reminds me a little of C. 'Lil Nell' that is blooming in my garden this month.

Thank you Carol!!

Commonweeder said...

The only daylily blooming in my garden is Stella d'Oro. It was a gift years ago and eventually got added to a daylily bed. When we started deconstructing the daylily bed last year I couldn't identify which was which, but now that it is the only one blooming on the new daylily bank, all is revealed. I don't like it that much. I am always amazed at how far ahead you are.

Bumble Lush (A Garden Blog) said...

Your blooms this month are beautiful! Your break-up comment about Stella D'oro made me laugh. I clicked back...trying to break up since 2008?! That's a long time. :)
Happy GBBD!

Wendy said...

A meadow guarantees blooms for me. Your garden is looking lovely, as usual. Thanks for hosting!

Cre said...

I have a 'Fairy Vine' too, which has yet to bloom. Hoping it doesn't stay shy for long. Happy GBBD!

Xan said...

Such a chilly wet spring-- but look at the gorgeous blooms! Working my way through the list; I think I'll start from the back of the responses today. My mission is to get to everyone's blog each month, but I haven't gotten there yet.

Gail said...

It's full on summer in your garden! I love that rambling clemmie~That would look so sweet in my Susan's bed! I am so going to look for it for fall planting. Thank you for hosting Bloom Day my dear! gail

HolleyGarden said...

Like you, I feel the garden is going through a pause - except here it's been so hot it's more like the pause between summer and fall. Except fall won't be here for a while! It'll be interesting to see what these record high temps this early in the season do to the garden this year. I need some of your ditch daylilies - I bet they would bloom all summer!

Rose said...

I think it's been a strange year, too, with bloom times--my lilies are late, and the coneflowers are way ahead of schedule. Love all your lilies, Carol, named or not; the ditch lilies are so reliable and sentimental it's hard to part with them. I've also given away so many "Stellas," but they keep coming back here so I think they're here to stay. I chuckle whenever I see them for sale in a nursery.

"Ploppers' Field"--ha, that's the name I should give to most of my flowerbeds:)

The Violet Fern said...

I planted clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata' last year and enjoyed a few blooms but it didn't survive our winter ... very sad. Enjoying yours. I let clover grow for the rabbits, too. So many lilies blooming! Ours haven't begun.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Fascinated by the Triteleia! Thanks for hosting, Carol!

Andrea said...

This is my first post linked with GBBD, it was Carolyn at Carolyn's shade gardens who said i should link. I hope some people will see my post even if i am already at the tail end of the linkers. Your flowers are definitely not available in this part of the world. Thanks for allowing me to join in.

Melissa said...

Your lilies are beautiful. I was hoping some of mine would bloom today but alas they are still not quite ready.

Rhonda Hayes said...

I'm late for this very important date! I also forgot it's my 26th wedding anniversary. I can't believe I did a whole GBBD post with the date and it didn't ring a bell.
Lots of love to my husband for letting me garden and blog all the live long day!
Thanks to you Carol for giving us a place to gather.

Melanie Jolicoeur said...

We are still a few weeks away from having lilies here in Western MA but there are lots of Iris and peony in bloom at the moment...

Cherie said...

I broke up with Stella D'Oro a few years ago too. It was hard at first, but so worth it! You'll be glad you did!

Ruthie said...

Not a hint of a lily here in Rochester NY. This is 6B territory due to the mellowing effects of Lake Ontario. But maybe that reflects which plants will survive our winters and not when they will come into flower???

p3chandan said...

I have a Japenese honeysuckle a woody vine, which have the same flowers as your version and giving such a sweet fragrance in my garden. Love all your blooms in your June garden!

Muum said...

Thanks for hosting GBBD! I enjoy it so !

tangledbranches said...

Hey, I have a fall flower in bloom too and wonder why. Mine are chrysanthemums instead of heleniums.

Daylilies seem a little late this year, however.

Good thing we have GBBD to remind us of when things bloom :-)

Linda/patchwork said...

Thanks for hosting Bloomday.
Your garden is looking good.
Hope the clover works. Deer are our problem here.

Happy Bloomday.

scottweberpdx said...

That Lilim is so stunning...I definitely have to look that one up!

Country Mouse said...

My bunnies are eating a weed that grows around here! I'll have to try the clover trick too! - Better than keeping the weed around. I'll be back after work to check out the other bloom day posts! Thanks as ever!

Karen said...

Thanks for hosting! This is my first time joining in... Can't wait to see everyone's gardens!

karen

glimpsesofglory-karen.blogspot.com/

John said...

Carol, you have a wonderful combination of flowers for this month. I should have mentioned the triteleia in my blog as well - they are very nice after many of the little bulbs have finished.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Love that lily Carol. I don't have any of those tall droopy lilies. Seeing this one makes me want to get some. The yellow of that cactus bloom is striking. Your bloomers are lookin good. Happy GBBD.

The Sage Butterfly said...

All your blooms look beautiful! I particularly like the honeysuckle...so beautiful, yet interesting. Thanks for hosting GBBD!

danger garden said...

Opuntia in Indiana!!! YAY!

Anneliese said...

People are so often surprised that some cacti are hardy enough to grow in the upper Midwest! I have one in my Wisconsin garden, too. No picture of it this month, though. I do have a fair number of roses though, and they're just as prickly.

I enjoyed your post (as usual), Carol!

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

My heleniums are coming out early already, but our Spring has been so warm, we all feel confused! x

Garden Mentor said...

Love that you included a snap of the clover!!

Hoover Boo said...

I have that exact Clematis as well, and it's NFTL too. Perhaps the variety has the ability to destroy tags? Ha ha!

"Ploppers field": that's a good one. I wish I had one of those.

Ann said...

Nice bee photo!

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Yikes, I just realized that the first link I posted this morning was for the MAY bloom day. AAArgh! The correct link is now up t #105. Sorry for the confusion!

Kelly (The Sorry Gardener) said...

So nice to see some flowers blooming, especially daylilies. At this rate, I expect to see mine sometime around the September bloom day post. LOL

Thanks for hosting.

Erica Smith said...

Your cactus is very impressive! I'm starting a small Opuntia that my neighbor passed on - hope to have blooms some day!

Nell Jean said...

Earlier in the day I could not leave a message. Boggles my mind, blogger.

Thank you for another fun Bloom Day. So hot here -- see my post to see just how hot.

Hanni said...

Hurrah for Bloom Day! I had no idea that a cactus will grow here in Indiana...hmmm...may have just added a new plant to my list!

thanks for hosting GBBD again. I always look forward to it!

ValHalla said...

I am convinced the clover is working for me in the bunny dept--though they have munched my asters too. Gotta have a little variety I guess!

Barbara E said...

I've been away from GBBD way too long. Can't wait to take some time to enjoy everyone's garden.

Janet said...

I had trouble leaving a message earlier. I was blaming the computer".... Some lovely photos and such a great way to share everyone's flowers.

Lona said...

Your lilies are beautiful Carol and I really like your unknown clematis.Such a wonderful time of the year.

WashingtonGardener said...

I have the same thoughts on my "common ditch lilies" - debating what to replace them with, though never the time to follow through, but you know what? I'm leaving them. They fill a tough space in (between sidewalk and street) and moreover, they are edible!

Megan said...

Thank you for providing this community and all the lovely posts attached! It catapulted me out of the dirt and back to blogging after a long drought.

Many thanks again,
Megan

Mrs. Jennifer said...

I found your blog after searching for the tondo di...whatever, squash! The round green one. My husband bought some of the seeds from Baker Creek this year and now that we have some - I have no idea how to cook them! I saw you grew some too, any ideas for me? I really appreciate it as it seems to be hard to find any recipes!
Thanks!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Lucky you to have daylilies blooming already, I really like the spider type too. I'm very surprised that Cactus would grow outside there, I know your winters get very cold. Love all the Clematis!

Iris said...

Such beautiful, lush lilies! Thanks for hosting.

Kim said...

Love your blooms! I have my first ever Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post! I am very excited!

beangenie said...

I've just done my first GBBD post too - made me really look at my garden. (Your lilies look beautiful - mine are nowhere near. Next month, I hope..)

Thanks for hosting this!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

How cool your cactus is about to bloom. Have you ever considered eating it? Opuntia is a popular dish in the Southwest. Your lily is darling.

Ramona said...

This month for GBBD, my garden is bursting with blooms! It's so exciting! Hope those darling rabbits will munch on the clover to their heart's content and leave the veggies for you! Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day!

Kate said...

Hi Carol,

Summer does seem kind of suspended here for the moment too, but I love those in-between temperatures before the real sweat-fest kicks in! I think my peach daylily is the same variety as yours, but it's not near blooming yet. And I was so tempted to add the clover- I'm glad to see that you did!

If you'd like to see more roadside plants in bloom, definitely check out my selections for this month. They are an odd bunch, but each one has its own unique story.

Thanks again for hosting!

bookworm said...

We have had a very rainy and somewhat cool spring and June 15 brought me inbetween our late May bloom (almost a peak period) and the astilbes and hostas that will be out shortly. I hope you enjoy the pictures of a couple of "rare" petunias. Thank you again for hosting and Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!
ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

Paul From Alabama said...

I've met two people who love clover besides me today, outstanding for us, the rabbits and the bees......:) And thanks for you efforts for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, I've had hours of enjoyment looking at amazing gardens from amazing gardeners......thanks for the memories.

Donna said...

Rabbits found our clover last year and they and the bees have loved it although I have a love hate relationship with it...lovely blooms and I will link in tomorrow...life has been hectic and just getting the post ready

Nicole said...

Thanks for hosting another GBBD! Your lilies are all so pretty, I've only recently acquired some lily bulbs and hope to increase my collection.

Caroline said...

How Hot Is It? It's So Hot...my front garden looks like December! Love your day lilies, Carol -- I don't own a single one, a grievous omission that I must soon rectify. Happy GBBD and thanks for hosting us.

oakbloodthree said...

The cycles of heat and cold in Chicago have been a killer-- two days of 90s to force everything to bloom, then a few of 50 with wind and rain to knock everything off. Lots of ragged, fading blooms for the latest post.

Amy said...

So many lovely lilies! The Stella D'Oro has such an appealing, dreamsicle color. Happy bloom day!

Ginny said...

I love the ditch lilies! My son and his wife were discarding some and I brought them home - I'm so looking forward to those blooms next year.

Kathy said...

We had so little frost this spring. Many plants are growing by leaps and bounds compared to previous years, making me realize how much I'm denied by our typical weather.

Christopher C. NC said...

I've been busy, but I managed to throw a little something together for Bloom Day.

katsmama said...

oooh- thank you for reminding me to pinch back the mums and asters. I love your honeysuckle- so pretty.

Candy said...

this is my first post on Bloom Day!! I was so inspired by your blog and others that I visited over the winter and early this spring that I decided I had to build my own. Thanks for hosting this fun blog hopping event!

jeansgarden said...

Carol, I barely made it in under the wire this month. My garden is just in that first flush of profuse blooms, and there was so much to document. Thanks again for hosting. -Jean

Lee17 said...

I really like the clematis! I just planted a 'Duchess of Albany' clematis in my garden this year and it has finally begun to vine up the trellis. No flowers yet though.

MulchMaid said...

I love seeing your opuntia. It's pretty unexpected in your garden, Carol. Thank you again for hosting Bloom Day!

Cathy and Steve said...

I think this is a fabulous idea. But I'll warn you now.... with 31 separate beds in our garden, all of which are at their peak for blooms, this post was quite the production.

I would definitely pay a visit to the ladies; room and then grab a cup of tea (maybe you'll want to make that coffee and grab a sandwich too) when you sit down to go through the virtual tour of our garden. Enoy!

Houston Garden Girl said...

Lilies blooming all over the country! I would not have imagined the same flower blooming in both Indiana and Texas at the same time.

Jenni @ RainyDayGardener said...

Hi Carol, what fun it is to join in on GBBD! Did you ever imagine having so many participants when you started hosting this? I love it! I dug up my ditch daylilies this year. I'd had it with them only blooming a teeny bit and then hogging valuable real estate. I've created what I'm calling my 'wood cutters garden' in its stead. (it's next to the fire wood pile ;)

Gale said...

Almost missed this! Remembered about posting rather late today. Ah well. June has been especially hot...sweltering up to a Texas summer already with 100 degree heat all week. But since I'm "gardening" mostly with wildflowers I still have some color despite the heat.

Gale said...

PS: Love your clematis pictures. I really want to get some of those going in my yard. Tried this year but it was a dud, and I had planted it rather late already for Texas, so I will have to try it again next Spring.

_emily_rose said...

It rained all afternoon and evening yesterday, so don't have much to contribute this month. I'm container gardening this year, so I'll always take the rain!!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Carol, Happy Bloom Day!! We get that same pause in May. It is an interesting time. I like your 'Longstocking.' Looks super good. I didn't know there were cacti in Indianapolis. Now, I do. Hope you have a wonderful summer.~~Dee

Denise said...

Belated Happy Bloom Day! Envy you those clems and heleniums. Amazing to see heleniums so early.

Helen said...

A day late, but hopefully not a dollar short. Happy Blooms Day, Carol. Enjoyed your down to earth tour. We even have an Opuntia that's native to southern Ontario, so they can take some punishment.

grwhryrpltd said...

Lovely blooms there carol! I would love to hear how the Diervilla performs for you - the foliage and flower combo is really pretty. Let us know how the clover works out for you and the rabbits...!

Annie in Austin said...

Lovely, lovely clematis, Carol - the native honeysuckle sounds pretty cool!

Back in IL I didn't mow a patch of clover that grew halfway between our house and the vegetable garden, and watered it occasionally. The neighborhood groundhog was so happy with lush, green clover that he stopped before he reached the vegetables. Hope your bunnies got the memo ;-)

My post got up late - but it's up.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Cynthia said...

I'm late, too! Blooms are scarce here in central Texas, but I do have a few lovelies. Your flowers are beautiful!

Floradora said...

I grew that Helenium 'Mardi Gras' a few years ago and loved it! I need to find one of those again. And I always loved clover growing in a lawn. It always felt nice to walk on.

LisaJennings said...

Your shade blooms are gorgeous, if only I had more shade! Diervilla is a new one to me. Happy bloom day!

Desert Dweller said...

Better late than never! Looks like your cactus is Opuntia humifusa / Eastern Prickly Pear. But I must say your blooms up there are way nicer than here in the desert...amazing colors and health on all you show.

Kari Lønning said...

Another late entry. I'm loving having this a record of my own garden and as a way to see gardens in bloom all around the country.

Notcathy said...

Wow, wonderful flowers what I love most was a lilies.. It okay, better late than never, at least you try your best on this entry.

My garden haven said...

It is so nice to see your bloom day flowers. These monthly meetings here are such a pleasure.Here's to more GBBDs.
Rosie

Moomin Light said...

I've got a late post this week because I've been busy with sick kids (who are happily better today).

Thank you for hosting!

GardenAngelMum said...

Waiting for more roses to bloom. The lilies are all full of buds and will put on a wonderful show soon. The peonies are spectacular this year but fade too quickly. Other perennials will be blooming soon also.

Linda said...

You're certainly spanning the seasons. How frustrating about the clematis name, because it's really lovely. I'm very fond of clover! Have just sown some red clover as a green manure, and am looking forward to its blooms. No trouble with rabbits here in the city, but it certainly seems to have worked for you.

Craig @ Ellis Hollow said...

As usual, late to the dance. Scans are here: http://remarc.com/craig/?p=1274

Thanks for hosting.

b-a-g said...

I feel sorry for the common ditch lily ! Hope you like my roses.

angel said...

hi! it's my first time to join. i was invited by "the gardening blog."

happy GBBD and thanks for hosting!

btw, your clematis are lovely. i wish i could grow one in the philippines. :)

Sunray Gardens said...

Your blooms are lovely. Thanks for hosting.
Cher Sunray Gardens