It’s the 15th of June, so that means it’s time for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Special thanks to Carol Michel of May Dreams Garden who has hosted this meme now in its fifteenth season. It may be the longest-running garden meme there is, and it’s all about the bloom.
So, what’s in bloom?
In June there are lots of wonderful plants in flower. Let’s see what’s out there, shall we? Of course, there are daylilies. June in Oklahoma means daylily magic in my garden. I don’t know what my garden would look like without their fabulous faces. [Click on the galleries to enlarge the photos.]
Flowers make the gardener and pollinators happy.
But, it’s not just about daylilies. The roses may have come and gone, but we have loads of other flowers to make the garden happy. In the cutting garden, my favorite flower so far this year is Nicotiana ‘Lavender Cloud.’ I planted seeds for two other flowering tobaccos, but ‘Lavender Cloud’ has outshone everyone with her beauty. These flowers close midday and open again at night for pollinating moths. Yes, I like moths, and I plant for them.
Zinnias come in so many cool colors.
My friend, Karen, and I trade transplants in spring. She gave me ‘Will Rogers’ zinnias. In Oklahoma, we’re all about Will Rogers, our native humorist. These zinnias are a fabulous bright red. I like them a lot especially since my other zinnias, which I started outdoors from seed are taking their time to grow and bloom. Zinnias are perfect for a long spring and a hot summer. If I’d realized how red they would be, I would have planted them next to ‘Forest Fire’ salvia. At least I can plant them side-by-side here.
Coneflowers are really starting to shine.
In other happy news, I finally succeeded with echinaceas including uniquely colored coneflowers. ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ reseeded throughout the garden, and it comes in all sizes and shapes. It is a seed strain so you never know what you’ll get. If you’re OCD, you’ll probably want to buy it in flower. However, I like seeing what new flowers it makes.
Dark purple foliage sets off the flowers.
You may notice I use a lot of dark purple foliage in the garden like cannas and purple smokebush. Against dark purple and red leaves, bright colors really pop. If those leaves are also thick and large, even better.
In the vegetable garden–potager–I grow a lot of flowers.
In a classic turn, I bordered my potager with lavender last year. Most of it came through the bad winter weather just fine. I’ll shear all of it once it has finished flowering. I am also in love with the ‘Phyllis’ African marigolds I started from seed. They are super tall, and Judy Seaborn, owner of Botanical Interests Seeds named them for her mother. You should try these next year. They are fabulous. When you start your own seeds indoors, you create plenty of plants to grow and share.
I grow a lot of flowers in the potager. For those times when some vegetable plants are finished and others not begun, flowers carry the garden and keep it pretty.
Petunias were spring stars.
Petunias brought star power to much of the garden this year especially in raised beds and containers. We shall see how they handle this heat wave, and whether their flowers will stay consistent or wane.
Against the house, Hydrangea arborescens Invincibelle® Ruby is finally coming into its own. It was a tiny trial plant and took and a long time to get going. I’m now enjoying it very much.
With these last two pictures, I think that’s about it for this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
One more thing…
Oklahoma Gardening came out to video the gardens and chat with me this week. It was such an enjoyable day. I loved visiting with my friend and OG host, Casey Hentges, so much. Gardeners are just the best people, and I’ll let you know when the segments air.
Oh, another thing…
Bill and I are opening the garden this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. I hope you’ll stop by to visit if you can. If you need my address, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and one last thing…I promise!
Carol Michel and I have a new Gardenangelists episode this week. It’s on dahlias and growing fruit in containers. Hope you’ll give us a listen. and that you’re having a fabulous, if hot, week.