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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2016

Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata' 
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for June 2016.

Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the garden is beginning to transition into summer, which is gardener's code for "get out there and weed".

Everywhere I look, it seems there is a weed or two or one hundred to pull, but that doesn't keep me from enjoying the many blooms, starting with the tiny blooms of Fairy Bower, pictured above.

It has the big name of Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata' and used to climb up a nearby serviceberry tree. When I had that tree removed for very good reasons, I thought I'd lost this clematis, but it survived and is scampering about the garden once again.  It is one of my favorites.

Elsewhere in the garden, me thinks this bayberry, Myrica pensylvanica, is not terribly happy to be upstaged by the lovely white blooming clematis.


And readers may not be happy with me because I do not know the name of it.  I will look for the tag when it gets hot in the summertime and I'm looking for indoor tasks to keep me busy. Until then, isn't it pretty even without a name?

In that same area, a bush honeysuckle planted last year is blooming.
Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle, Diervilla rivularis
Proven Winners sent it to me last year to try in my garden. It goes by the name Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle Diervilla rivularis.  It is a native shrub, not the invasive Japanese honeysuckle we see invading any wooded area.  I have the northern bush honeysuckle, Diervilla lonicera, blooming now in the front garden. It is also native and though it isn't invasive, it likes to run, sending out runners in all directions.  They are easy to pull up and cut off and so that's what I do to keep it in its bounds.

Another shrub blooming today is Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus floridus.
Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus floridus
I planted it because I like the unusual blooms and it will become a nice tall shrub, good for birds to hide in.

One more shrub small tree now blooming is the smokebush, Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’.
Smokebush, Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple
There's nothing native about it but it is interesting in full bloom.  Once those blooms fade, I'm going to cut that back a bit.  That's the nice thing about smokebush.  You can whack it back and it will return.

Perennials you ask?  Do you have any perennials in bloom?

Of course I do.

There is coreopsis, probably Coreopsis tripteris, but don't hold me to it.

And there are daylilies, like this peachy one.

And the lamb's ear, Stachys byzantina, that shows up throughout the garden, wherever it decides it should be.
It flops over quite a bit but the bumble bees love it so I let it grow and then when the blooms fade, I cut it back.

And did I mention Clematis?
This one is 'Comtesse de Bouchard'.

And let's not forget the vegetable garden where the tomatoes are all blooming.

And finally, the first coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, is blooming.


It looks like it didn't bother to get fully dressed before showing up.  I think the others should take their time and wait for July, when they'll surely have more petals, don't you?

And that's a bit of what's blooming in my garden on this lovely June morning.

What's blooming in your garden today?

We'd love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and show us. It's easy to participate and all are welcome. Just leave a comment below about what's blooming in your garden and then leave a link in the Mr. Linky widget to help us get safely to your bloom day post.

And remember, "We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

45 comments:

Sarah Shoesmith said...

Your tomatoes are well ahead of mine. I planted them out about half an hour ago and there are still no flowers! You have some gorgeous Clematis. I particularly like 'Rubromarginata'... another one to add to the wishlist! Thank you for hosting GBBD.

Commonweeder said...

I love calycanthus - and hope to add one to my new garden. I'll have to check and see if it is wet tolerant - at least intermittenly. Everything looks beautiful in your garden!

Layanee said...

Thank you for another Bloom Day. Not the best in my garden but the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day.

Tina said...

Gorgeous clematis and I love that Carolina Allspice--not at all familiar with that one. Thanks as always, for hosting!!

islandgal246 said...

Happy GBBD to all!

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

Your gardens are looking lovely as always Carol and it's nice to see some natives in the mix as well. The Clematis is gorgeous and makes me want some for my own garden, so I'll have to work on possibly finding a space for some! Happy Bloom Day to you and thank you once again for hosting my most favorite meme!

Rose said...

Love all your clematises! You have some lovely, interesting shrubs as well--I didn't realize there was a non-invasive bush honeysuckle. I've only grown the invasive kind--accidentally, of course:) By the way, I'm thrilled to be so early in adding my name to Mr. Linky today; I'm glad you can sleep in now that you're retired, Carol:)

Jennifer said...

I love this time of year with so many lovely blooms. I really enjoy your smokebush and purple clematis. Thanks for hosting!

rusty duck said...

So many wonderful blooms in your garden today. Have a lovely day and many thanks for hosting Carol :)

ks said...

Happy Bloom Day Carol !

outlawgardener said...

It seems like there is a clematis (or 20) for any taste any you've got some beauties! Happy GBBD Carol and thanks again for hosting the floral fiesta!

Kalantikan said...

May all our gardens be always blooming, so we gardeners be happy too!

Erica Smith said...

Happy Bloom Day - thanks for hosting!

The Freckled Rose said...

Such lovely blooms in your June garden! I love seeing the gorgeous clematis and stunning honeysuckle. I am drawn to blooming vines & would love to have a garden bursting with them one day. I try to add one or two perennial varieties each year. I have added Duchess of Edinburgh and Blue Light clematis this year. They are bare-root, so I have to be patient before I get to enjoy some flowers. Gives me something to look forward too. Happy Bloom Day!

danger garden said...

How funny, it has never occurred to me to include a photo of my blooming Cotinus! Poor thing, ignored every Bloomday.

Kris Peterson said...

I envy your your lovely Clematis. Thanks for hosting, Carol - Bloom Day has become an integral part of my schedule each and every month.

ramblinginthegarden said...

Thanks for hosting - good to see old favourites returning, isn't it?

thesalemgarden.com said...

oh my tomato blooms already! Everything looks beautiful and how great that your clematis survived the serviceberry removal! My post is wordless (people will be way more unhappy with me than they will be with you :( ) but I wanted to post and I just can't settle down to write. Anyway, thanks for hosting!! Happy GBBD!

Wendy Moore said...

I am SUPER excited about the prospect of Smoke Bush blooms here in Austin! It hasn't happened yet, but I moved it from shade to sun so fingers crossed....

LOVE the Allspice, so interesting! I wish I could grow that here! Thanks so much for hosting this!!

MulchMaid said...

I love the blooms of that Calycanthus! I'm happy to be here posting for June Bloom Day, since for the first time in years, I missed last month. Now I'm back with lots of white blooms.

theblooominggarden.wordpress.com said...

It is lovely to celebrate Bloom Day in June, we have such an abundance of wonderful flowers to enjoy. I see you grow Comtesse de Bouchard too, it is a beautiful clematis.

Alana said...

I love that honeysuckle with the purple leaves and oh, happy day, it is hardy in my zone 5b garden. There is even a red leafed variety (yes, I had to check it out online) even hardier. Loved your garden as always.

Amy said...

Such wonderful clematis blooms! And the Calycanthus looks intriguing! June is the month when I don't have to weed much... but this year I have summer flowers :)

linda coombs said...

Happy Bloom day! I just planted a Calycanthus , and it's blooming .

Les said...

It is not difficult to upstage Myrica, whether you know the name of the clematis or not. Thank you for hosting, and happy transition to you.

That Bloomin' Garden said...

I love reading about your garden. You grow so many plants I am not familiar with. Love the Cotinus, I have one too. Such a great plant and wonderful foliage.

Amy Mullen said...

Everything seems so happy in your garden! But do the plants know that you've retired?

Pam's English Garden said...

I began my Bloom Day post with a clematis, too, but not one as unusual as yours -- I love it. Thanks for hosting our favorite meme. P. x

Rebecca said...

My first Garden Blogger's Bloom Day post. Thanks for hosting.

Evan Bean said...

Thank you for continuing to host Bloom Day! My Calycanthus floridus are all but finished now, but my tomatoes haven't even started blooming. I grew them from seed and started too late. I think I'll be lucky to get tomatoes at all.

Jennifer Dennis said...

Hi Carol,
I echo your sentiment about June and weeding. I'm not sure how many weeds I have pulled but my back is reminding me that I need to work on my mulching. Happy GBBD!

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Anna K said...

You can never have too many Clematis! They are such great plants. I covet your Calycanthus - I adore their rusty brownish-red flowers. Happy GBBD, Carol, and thanks for hosting!

Pauline said...

You have so many beautiful plants flowering in your garden. Our garden is a bit battered after a couple of days thunder storms, but I have managed to find plenty of blooms for Bloom Day. Thank you for hosting!

Angie said...

Everything is getting going in your garden Carol. I love that sweet clematis at the top of the page. One I've not heard off before. Happy Bloom Day and thanks for hosting.

WashingtonGardener said...

I'm a bit late due to a critically ill kitty - but my post is now up :-).
I love your Smoke Bush. I have long envied one a neighbor has, alas I have no room for one nor the temperament to keep up with pruning it properly!

jayneonweedstreet.com said...

So glad to find you again. WIth my new computer, I lost some old favorites!

jeansgarden said...

Carol, I know there's some point in the summer when my Maine garden catches up with your Indiana garden, but we're not there yet. I'm just starting to see buds on the clematis and daylilies. Thanks again for hosting. -Jean

Kathy said...

I decided to give a tour of all the gardens around the house for this bloom day. The gardens are only four years old, but there's a lot to see.

Linnae said...

This must be the time for clematis! You have so many varieties blooming right now! Beautiful flowers.

ValHalla said...

I'm so sad a rabbit destroyed my clematis. happy summer!

Vicki Green said...

I love flowers that attract hummingbirds and pollinating insects so am interested in your Kodiak honeysuckle. It looks lovely. This month I have lots of native plants blooming and had to look in my field guides to identify several wildflowers that were new to me. Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop.

John said...

Your Fairy Bower Clematis is lovely as are the other Clematis in bloom now. I can't believe I'm so late in posting this month. Ah, well, the joys of flowers everywhere...

Dee said...

Great, glorious blooms. Love smoketree. Sorry I was late to Bloom Day.~~Dee

RobinL said...

You can hack away at a smoke tree/bush? Hmmm, perhaps mine would look better if I had known that years ago!