Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2019

The sun is shining, the air is cool, and every leaf is dripping with a heavy dew. Such is a morning on one of the last days of spring.

Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for June 2019.

Here in my USDA hardiness zone 6a garden in central Indiana, mid-June has arrived, drawing to a close a wet spring but bringing with it lovely flowers that we can enjoy until the heat-loving plants of summer decide to bloom.

First up is a clematis vine near my patio. This vine gets little care other than a support to climb. Once thought to be a casualty of a new porch installation back in 2011, it has flourished every year.  I think it is 'Comtesse de Bouchaud' but I could be wrong.

I have several other clematis in full bloom, including this one that is using a chair for support because earlier this month, I cut down the large bayberry it used to climb up and through in previous years.
I have lost the name of it, but assume there is a tag for it somewhere around here.  For the moment, let's call it 'This Chair is Taken'.

Elsewhere in the garden, I have two butterfly weeds in bloom including Asclepias tuberosa, which never photographs very well for me.
My phone doesn't seem to know how to do orange and green together!

I also have swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, in bloom.

It's near a giant cup plant, Silphium perfoliatum, which is huge but I keep it around because it holds bits of water where the leaves connect to the stems for birds and butterflies to drink from.
Flowers and water! I am ready for monarch butterflies!  And any other insects and birds that care to stop by.

Elsewhere in the garden, spirea, veronica, roses, geraniums, coreopsis, foxglove and the first lilies are all in bloom. You can listen to me and Dee Nash talk about some of those flowers on our weekly podcast, The Gardenangelists.

Still here? Or did you skip to the bottom?  Anway, let us not breeze past Stachys officinalis 'Hummelo' just now blooming.

I know that's not a great picture but the sun is shining today! I had to include it in my bloom day post, bad picture that it is, because this little betony is the 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year.

And finally, as proof again that plants don't need gardeners fussing over them to grow and flourish, here are two varieties of lavender in a bed in the vegetable garden, blooming with abandon, even though the wet, cool spring we've had is not exactly their kind of weather.
Or maybe it is.

And look, squash blossoms!

Growing on a volunteer squash plant that just showed up out of nowhere next to the compost pile. This plant is huge compared to the seedlings I started elsewhere in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral.

And that's bit of bloom in my garden on this June morning. I'd show you more but the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I feel the call to go out and pick some peas and pull some weeds!

What’s blooming in your garden on this beautiful mid-June day? We'd love to have you share your blooms with us on the 15th of each month by joining us with your own Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post. Just post on your blog about what is blooming this month in your garden and then come back here and leave a link to your blog post in the Mr. Linky widget below along with a brief comment to entice us to virtually visit your garden.

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


  1. Oh, your garden looks so lush and just so healthy! I love all of the blooms you shared and so grateful you host this link up as I love to learn more from other gardeners and about other plants.

  2. Beautiful purple Clematis! Glad to see the Butterfly Milkweeds, too!
    I have tomatoes and cucumbers blooming in the garden, but forgot to get photos. Hope your vegetable garden produces lots of good food.
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  3. The Comtesse de Bouchaud is spectacular. Very little lavender here yet -- just buds. I wonder why.

  4. Carol - I never cease to be amazed at how much earlier your garden blooms than mine in Massachusetts. Lavender and aesclpius so early! But I have learned to be patient. Happy Bloom Day!

  5. Lavender! I can't seem to get them to grow here. Maybe I should try in the compost pile. ha... Happy GBBD.

  6. You have many of the same blooms I have except your butterfly weed is ahead. I will have to check out the podcast.

  7. I envy you the Clematis. I've got just one small-flowered variety but I'm committed to trying one of the flashier large-flowered varieties, provided I can find a suitable spot. As always, thanks for hosting, Carol.

  8. Carol, your comment about the cup plant for pollinators was so in keeping with your reverence for all in the garden. Thank you!

  9. Beautiful lavender and clementis. My butterfly weed died years ago - I should get another one. And, once again, thank you for hosting.

  10. Those clematis are something we all crave for in our hot and arid climate ....I envy the beautiful spring flowers your region enjoys when we desperately wait for the relief from scorching heat to bestow us from monsoon shower.
    Have a great week ahead.

  11. Happy Bloomday. Greetings from a small garden in the south of Portugal.

  12. I have Astilbe, Stella D'oro and Rosy returns daylilies, Asiatic lilies, Jackmanii clematis, salvia blooming! I also have two green yellow pear tomatoes on my plant.

  13. Carol, It was a beautiful day in Maine, too. I spent several hours out working on May chores that didn't get done in May because it was too wet. It's okay, though, because my garden is really in an end-of-May state of development. Very soon now June will begin "busting out all over" in my garden.

  14. I'd love to be picking peas today! That's at least a month away here, since we're about 3 weeks behind normal due to the cold spring. And squash blossoms!

  15. It is all looking fabulous - and I love that your table is set ready to welcome Monarchs! Please keep us updated on the self-seeded squash by the compost heap - my money is on you having a glut from that one plant alone!

  16. Your clematis are looking beautiful, I really like the one climbing through your chair! Thanks for hosting once more.

  17. Well squash blossoms are always welcome. Nice to see the proliferation of clematis. Hard to have too many. That Stachys is new to me, I'll have to check it out.

  18. I'm a bit late with my link, but then I was at the Fling. Sorry you weren't there Carol, but then it must be hard to leave your garden when everything is blooming its socks off!


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