It seems that in every garden, no matter how much research, thought, and planning we put into plant placement, there are always one or two flowers that end up hidden in the back of the flower border behind a much bigger plant.
In my garden, that flower is the balloon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus. Even though I try to remember to move them, and do move some of the seedlings, the balloon flowers always seem to end up behind a bigger plant, like the willowy-leaved blue dogbane in the background of this picture. To even see my balloon flowers, I had to step into the flower bed, being careful to step only on the weeds, and look behind that blue dogbane.
I'm now making the balloon flower the first picture of my bloom day post, as a way to make amends to it and to show off its blue color.
Note to self, move balloon flowers in the spring.
Elsewhere in the garden there are swathes of blooms, including Shasta daisies, Leucanthemum sp.
These are just past peak bloom and are ready for a first round of deadheading
I have plenty of the ubiquitous coneflowers, Echinacea purpurea, because I rarely deadhead them in the fall.
Right in the center there is a blooming perennial sweet pea, Lathyrus latifolius. I’ve been pulling that out for several years due to its thug-like qualities. Looks like I missed a one. I'll pull it tomorrow, maybe the day after, definitley by the weekend.
Out in front, I let a few black-eyed susan’s, Rudbeckia hirta, bloom where they self sowed themselves, right by the front walk.
They’ve done a nice job there. Sometimes Mother Nature knows what she’s doing.
Elsewhere in the garden are the remnants of the blooms of June, a continuing parade of daylily and hosta blooms, some white-flowering marigolds that seem a bit stubborn about even forming flower buds, and some Phlox paniculata that looks like it will start blooming on the 16th. And some squash blooms, lots of squash blooms. Oh, and "little n" nasturtiums.
As we do every month, we are sure to welcome some new participants to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month. To bring them and everyone else up to speed on how this bloom day got started, I thought I’d reminisce a bit here in mid-summer going all the way back to a cold winter's day...
Bloom day started in February 2007 when it was cold and gray and snowy and icy in my garden and I was reading books by and about Elizabeth Lawrence, one of my favorite garden writers. I read where she wrote “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” We can? We can!
At the time, I had no flowers blooming outside in my garden, but knew others did. I wanted and needed to be reminded that some people were gardening where the earth wasn’t frozen, so I suggested that garden bloggers showcase their blooms on the 15th of the month so we could see who had what blooming where.
That first bloom day, 37 bloggers left a comment, and several of them posted about their blooms. This past month, June 2009, 155 bloggers added a link for their own bloom day posts!
I would like to thank all who have participated in the past, and all who will participate this month. I would also like to thank those who have helped to ensure that the garden world continues to know and learn from Elizabeth Lawrence, through her garden in Charlotte, North Carolina and through her writings, many now published as compilations. One day soon, I hope to visit her garden in person.
I offer one final bloom day picture, prompted by a post by Helen Yoest of Gardening with Confidence. She wrote that Elizabeth Lawrence displayed her cut flowers one per vase, to showcase each bloom individually.
And so with my nod to Elizabeth Lawrence, here's a sampling of what is blooming in my garden today, displayed in individual vases.
In the back are Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’, an unnamed Asiatic lily, and Sunflower ‘Earthwalker’. In front are Zinnia ‘Envy’, a Shasta daisy, and a purple coneflower.
We can have flowers nearly every month of the year. And we can share and learn from one another about plants and gardens, wherever we live and grow, by stepping outside our own garden gates and corresponding with one another through blogs and emails.
I hope you’ll join us for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month. All are welcome!
It's easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what is blooming in your garden on the 15th and then leave a link in the ‘Mr. Linky’ widget below and a comment. If you don’t know what to put in your comment, answer this question: Does your garden have more blooms or less blooms this year compared to last year?
I think my garden has more blooms. It’s been a good year so far.
Thanks to all for joining in for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day once again!
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