Thanks, Carol (May Dreams Gardens) for your wonderful job of organizing Bloom Day....and now the blooms.
Spring's fabulous rainbow is fading just as the hotter colors of summer begin to move in...
The Spring Garden is not completely gone...
native Columbine still has a few blooms scattered about....but during this transition time one looks toward the texture and color of leaves to bridge the time between Spring's abundance and Summer's exuberance.
What ever would a late spring garden be without Peony?
I have seen many peonies, beautiful singles and fabulous doubles, but what makes Peony one of my favorites is fragrance. My Peony, General something or other, has the perfect rose fragrance that every Peony should have. Now, don't show me a pretty face and distract me with hundreds of blooms on one plant, a Peony has to have fragrance! I am firm on this!
Speaking of pretty in pink, isn't this...You did think for just a minute that I was going to flash a big photo of PPPP , come on admit it, you did didn't you?Showy Evening Primrose (Oenothere speciosa) is another plant with a sweet face, fragrance and long bloom time (March to August). This could be a Practically Perfect Pink Plant except for its tendency to want to be the life of the party and shove everyone else out the door. Very naughty girl. She arrived accidentally, piggy-backed on another plant. One plant and now there are a dozen! I shall be pulling her out for years!
Spiderwort has a large presence in my garden...even larger since it has produced so many babies!
Who couldn't love this face...the yellow and blue are stunning together.
Sweet Kate is known to produce lots of off-spring that look nothing like her.
It's hard to tell which are Kate's children and which are plain old Tradescantia virginiana... since Spiderwort has successfully naturalized all over the place!
I love this pink and have no idea from whence it came!
Whites can brighten the shade or glow in the sunshine:
Bluestar....doesn't it look white...it's a very pale blue, rather underwhelming; if it wasn't for the fall coloring this one would be out of here! The fall color is brilliant.
Sedum ternatum, a native of Tennessee, prefers moist shade, but stays here anyway!
Thalictrum aquilegifolium alba
Western daisy in the sunny front lawn.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have waited long enough, let me introduce Practically Perfect Pink Phlox ... Ms P, please take a bow!
You have been a wonderful gift for almost a month...
and you are beginning to fade, the rain and wind have taken their toll.
Thank you for beautiful color, food for bees and butterflies and your sweet fragrance.
A few yellows:
This is either a Thermopsis or a Baptisia....I have forgotten, The yellow is lovely and never lasts as long as I wish.
Yellow Star Grass, new to Clay and Limestone and very happy in glade conditions. She's leaning against a pot I set in the garden last fall of Russian Kale gone to seed...pretty flowerettes.
Golden Ragwort glory days are fading. Check out the fluffy seed heads...this guy has no trouble spreading about here and there...a very nice ground cover if you have the space.
Do you think this might work?
Clematis Jackmanii...I am going to use this photo to convince Mr. I Don't Blog to paint the house gray! "Honey, the flowers would look better with a painted background!" What do you think?
There are more lovely flowers, but this is the second time I composed this post. The first having been eaten by the ogres that live under the bridge at Blogger. I shall say good night or good morning depending upon when I do post this!
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Thomas H. Palmer, Teacher's Manual