Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra
We’re in the midst of an extra-busy week at work, hosting a photo shoot for a food magazine today and Thursday and preparing for a busload of plant fanatics coming to see the gardens and check out our nursery on Friday. Still, I couldn’t skip Bloom Day, so below are some highlights from here at Hayefield. You’ll notice that most of the shots are closeups, because the garden as a whole is still looking pretty hairy!
Above is a bloom cluster of shredded umbrella plant (Syneilesis aconitifolia).
I know that when I think of July flowers, I think sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus). Well, no – not really; the splendid abundance is thanks to our mostly cooler-than-usual summer so far. These blues came from ‘Old Spice Mix’:
And ‘Black Knight’:
This is the amazing 7-foot-tall Orienpet lily (Lilium) known as ‘Robina’:
I grow daylilies (Hemerocallis) mostly to provide summer evening snacks for my alpacas. But this ‘Nona’s Garnet’ is one favorite we all share (I like the form and color, and they seem to prefer its flavor over all others):
‘Milk Chocolate’ is also a favorite with both people and camelids:
Ooh, I love that color. There’s a paler version here too, in ‘Tinkerbell’ flowering tobacco (Nicotiana):
There are plenty of spikes for the midsummer season, including Agastache mearnsii…
Giant rusty foxglove (Digitalis ferruginea ‘Gigantea’):
Variegated pokeweed (Phytolacca americana ‘Silberstein’):
Eastern gama grass (Tripsacum dactyloides):
Pink vervain (Verbena hastata ‘Rosea’):
Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum):
And a teasel (Dipsacus), which is sort of spiky and rounded/oblong too.
Drumstick chives (Allium sphaerocephalon) is a pointy globe:
Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is even more rounded…
And buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is a true globe:
For sheer flower power, it’s tough to beat the giant clusters of smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens):
At the other size extreme is this tiny-flowered mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum, I think). Insects love the blooms, but the powerfully scented foliage is why I like it:
Two bloomers with nice flower fragrance: swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)…
…and gold flame honeysuckle (Lonicera x heckrottii):
To finish up, a few odds and ends. This, I think, is a variant of Coreopsis tripteris:
A seedling clematis:
Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata):
And wispy Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima):
What I’d really like to show you is some of the glorious flower action going on right now over at Linden Hill, but I probably won’t have time to take any photos there until this weekend. I’m thinking that a Bloom Day Part Two post may be in order for next week! But for now, remember to check out the many links to other Bloom Day posts from around the world at May Dreams Gardens.