Though May was unusually dry here, that situation resolved toward the end of the month, and things were shaping up to be a glorious June. And then this happened….
I remember an emergence of the Brood X cicadas (Magicicada) when I was a kid (though I try avoid thinking about that trauma), and I recall the last one 17 years ago. But gosh, I really don’t think either was as bad as this one.
Each of the three species has its own “song,” and when countless numbers of them synchronize into a chorus, the result is waves of piercing, high-decibel shrieking. That’s bad enough that I’ve had to resort to wearing ear protection just to go outside. But the last 10 days or so have gotten even worse, as they’re not just in the trees; they’re all over the garden plants as well.
Plus, they’re flying around and bumbling into everything. These suckers are big, so you know when they hit you. And when they land on you, they really hang on with their prickly feet.
The only ones happy about all of this are the birds, who are feasting on them, leaving wings and half-eaten carcasses everywhere.
Trying to get cicada-free pictures for this Bloom Day post has become a nightmare, so I have had to resort to photos from earlier this month. Looking back about 2 weeks, then, here are some highlights from Hayefield.
Baptisia season has become one of my favorite parts of the gardening year. I’ve grown blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) for decades and enjoyed it: it’s pretty in bloom and great for filling space.
Eventually I added other species, including yellow false indigo (B. sphaerocarpa), white false indigo (B. alba), and selections like ‘Purple Smoke’ and ‘Carolina Moonlight’. A while back, I collected seeds from ‘Purple Smoke’ growing near several other kinds and ended up with these beauties:
I have been collecting and growing out seeds from these and ended up with a seed strain I call ‘Hayefield Hybrids’: a beautiful range of blues, purples, and yellows, plus everything from white to cream to pinkish to peach to orange to coppery brown. The tea-with-lemon ones are my favorites…
…but each one has its own merits. And all together, they are quite a sight in full bloom:
Early June brought other garden classics, including roses (below is ‘Belle de Crecy’):
…columbines (Aquilegia), including ‘Nora Barlow’, below:
…alliums (Allium), including Sicilian honey garlic (A. siculum), below:
…various irises, including ‘Lion King’ Dutch iris, below:
…’Gerald Darby’ (Iris x robusta), below:
…and ‘Berlin Tiger’ (thank you so much for this beauty, Kathy!), below.
It’s also clematis time. Serious Black bush clematis (Clematis recta ‘Lime Close’), below, was at peak in early June:
Others just started around then, including pale leatherflower (C. versicolor), below:
…and this lovely unnamed one started from seed many years ago:
Some other perennial favorites for this time of year include Bowman’s root (Gillenia trifoliata), below:
…giant starflower (Ornithogalum magnum), below:
…Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), below:
…pink burnet saxifrage (Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’), below:
…’Zauberflote’ spurge (Euphorbia palustris ‘Zauberflote’), below:
…native purple rocket (Iodanthus pinnatifidus), below:
…Baltic parsley (Cenolophium denudatum), below:
…native downy wood mint (Blephilia ciliata), below:
…native tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana), below:
…native two-flowered Cynthia (Krigia biflora):
…yellow corydalis (Pseudofumaria [formerly Corydalis] lutea), below, which is thriving in a container with common sage (Salvia officinalis):
…and one of my time-tested trailing favorites for shady containers, white-veined Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia fimbriata).
The annuals are starting now, including Petunia exserta, below:
…divaricate phacelia (Phacelia divaricata), below:
…white lace flower (Orlaya grandiflora), below:
…’Miss Jekyll’ love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena), below:
…native annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus), below:
…California native fivespot (Nemophila maculata), below (notice the one with six spots!):
…blue tweedia (Oxypetalum caeruleum), below:
…and Venus’ navelwort (Omphalodes linifolia), below.
I have soooo many cool new things coming along for seeds, too! Some new annual additions this year include clasping Venus’ looking glass (Triodanis perfoliata), a charming little native, below:
…rock harlequin (Capnoides (formerly Corydalis) sempervirens), another native, below:
…a winner in the “neat common names” category: Jack go to bed at noon (Tragopogon crocifolius), below:
…California native Farnsworth’s jewel flower (Streptanthus farnsworthianus), with purple bracts and dainty white blooms (two photos below):
…’Takane Ruby’ buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), below:
…and yellow spiderflower (Peritoma [formerly Cleome] lutea), below.
A few leafy odds and ends include ‘Red Mountain’ celtuce or stem lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. asparagina), below:
…variegated rue (Ruta graveolens ‘Variegata’), below:
…’Sunspots’ sunflower (Helianthus annuus), below:
…and ‘Dragon Tail’ radish (Raphanus sativus var. caudatus), grown for its edible purple pods, below.
And to finish, a couple of garden shots and combinations. I’m happy that I had time to renovate parts of the courtyard a few months ago; it’s looking much tidier now:
Below, a cheerful combination of golden meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’), ‘Blue Ice’ bluestar (Amsonia), and red campion (Silene dioica).
And below: the flower spikes of lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) with white lace flower (Orlaya grandiflora), ‘Zauberflote’ spurge (Euphorbia palustris ‘Zauberflote’), ‘Miss Jekyll’ love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena), and unnamed red miniature rose, and catmint (Nepeta).
Well, thanks for taking a little trip back in time with me, and we’ll hope these things will be gone by the next Bloom Day. (Can’t promise I won’t whine about the damage they’ve left behind, though.)
A quick reminder about seeds: The cicadas haven’t kept me from collecting seeds (even if they have made it really not fun), and I’m adding new things every week, including bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Canada wild ginger (Asarum canadense), rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), and yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum), as well as the 2021 harvest of hybrid Lenten rose (Helleborus x hybridus) ready for sowing right now. Check out the Recently Added section to see what’s new or visit the Hayefield shop storefront for the complete listings. Thanks!