It’s almost the 15th of the month, and time once again to celebrate Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens! I’m a little early for this month, but well, at least I’m in. To start, I should apologize for jolting your retinas with the above image of Knock Out rose (Rosa ‘Radrazz’) in front of giant fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha). But I can go even more shocking than that…
Ow, I know. It’s good old Knock Out again, this time behind ‘Golden Queen’ globeflower (Trollius). Let’s move on to something a little more harmonious.
Now, that’s cheery, I think, without being overwhelming: ‘Susanna Mitchell’ marguerite daisy (Anthemis) with ‘Screaming Yellow’ baptisia (Baptisia sphaerocarpa).
Most of the bloom color right now is in the side garden, which means that the palette is primarily blues and white. Above is a drift of self-seeded larkspur (Consolida ajacis) with a bit of baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata).
Below is more of the larkspur, this time with clary sage (Salvia sclarea), in front of the delicate white flowers of Bowman’s root (Gillena stipulata or Porteranthus stipulatus). At the lower right is ‘Cramer’s Plum’ love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena).
Why is it called ‘Cramer’s Plum’ when it’s white? Because the seedpods really are a terrific plummy purple color. You can see a few of them near the middle right above, jusa starting to color up. There are also a few below, mingling with the spiky blooms of ‘Caradonna’ sage (Salvia), the variegated foliage of ‘Silver and Gold’ yellow-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea), and wispy pony tail grass (Stipa tenuissima).
While we’re on the subject, here’s some more variegated foliage paired with mid-June blooms. Below is a self-sown seedling of variegated kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate (Persicaria orientalis ‘Shiro-gane Nishiki’ or Polygonum orientale ‘Variegata’) with beach wormwood (Artemisia stelleriana) and English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).
The KMOTGG isn’t long for this world, because it’ll get much too big for that spot, but it’s quite nice there for now. Below is variegated pokeweed (Phytolacca americana ‘Silberstein’), just coming into flower.
And below is ‘Harlequin’ firethorn (Pyracantha) with crosswort (Phuopsis stylosa).
I have no idea how the crosswort got here, and I’m a little nervous about the way it seems to be spreading. But for now, I think it’s cute.
Pony tail grass (Stipa tenuissima), also known as Mexican feather grass, is coming into bloom now, but the flowers are so tiny that they’re hardly noticeable. They give the whole plant a silvery blond cast, though, which pairs prettily with the blue-purple of ‘Brookside’ geranium above. Below, taken from a different angle, the pony tail grass is in front of more giant fleeceflower, which is itself in front of silver willow (Salix alba var. sericea).
To finish, a few clematis…below is leather-flower (Clematis viorna).
While leather-flower is typically purplish on the outside, the one below, from another batch of seeds grown out many years ago, is distinctly pink. I think it is C. glaucophylla.
And one more from the same group: Addison’s leather-flower (C. addisonii), below. All three of these clematis are deciduous, dying back to the ground each year and flowering on new growth. Unlike the other two, which are getting to be quite tall vines, this one reaches only about 3 feet.
That’s it for the highlights here at Hayefield. I look forward to visiting the rest of you through your links at the main GBBD post at May Dreams Gardens.