|Rosa 'Carefree Beauty'|
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|An eye-catching display with Mini Moo© cards to raise awareness for the Native Seed Gardeners program.|
I had been feeling very guilty about the six plants I'd received from the program (three of the Asclepias and three of a Liatris) because my plants hadn't produced seed. I know, don't count your chickens before they hatch, but the Asclepias hadn't even formed pods before this year, despite blooming beautifully. I had been thinking it was me, that I was doing something wrong, which is why I'm so thrilled and relieved.
If you live and garden in Northeastern Illinois, participate in this great native plant program. If not, find a similar program in your area, or start one. It's a great way to help out the environment and all those creatures that depend on it.
This post is part of Gail's Wildflower Wednesday series at Clay and Limestone.
Friday, July 20, 2012
In the prairies around here, its blooms are pinkish lavender to pale purple, but mine always bloom white to palest pink. I can't recall from where I got it, but I think I need the local genotype too. Allium cernuum is featured at the Lurie Garden (I grew it first). It self-sows a bit too prolifically in my garden and I always have too pull some bulbs in the spring. I wouldn't want to get rid of it, though, because it's a cute little native plant that is completely undemanding.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
|Phlox paniculata 'Goldmine' and Coreopsis 'Star Cluster' bloom with a crispy-brown lawn in the background.|
The drought has set the garden back to nearly the point where it should be. It's only slightly ahead of normal, which means coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea),
July also means daylilies,
July usually means lilies too, but most of the lilies have already passed.
This morning, I spied a hummingbird visiting the only Fuchsia that's blooming.
I don't know if the hummer has been visiting the honeysuckle (Lonicera 'Winchester').
The Pelargoniums have proved themselves through the heat and the drought.
What has really surprised me are the Clematis. 'Betty Corning', 'Evisix' (Petite Faucon™) and 'Madame Julia Correvon' have yet to stop blooming, and in spite of everything, 'Rhapsody' is beginning to rebloom.
Next to it, poor Hydrangea macrophylla 'Claudie' is reduced to only two bloom clusters because of the extreme warmth of March and then the freeze in April.
Just beyond the hydrangea, in the raised bed, the balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) is in full bloom. I don't know what cultivar this is, with its occasional double and semi-double flowers.
Who knew they were drought tolerant?
So much of the Woodland Garden is struggling in the dry shade, but amazingly, the spikenard (Aralia racemosa) looks no worse for the wear.
At the front of the Woodland Garden, Lobelia 'Monet Moment' has just started its show.
I wish there was room for a picture of each plant that has persevered in the face of adverse conditions as they deserve the tribute, but I'm happy there are so many of them. I'll leave you with my favorite little charmer, Geranium 'Bob's Blunder'.
May Dreams Gardens for all the Bloom Day posts from near and far.
Also in bloom:
Antirrhinum (a self-sown seedling)
Calycanthus floridus 'Athens'
Campanula persicifolia 'Alba', 'Blue Eyed Blond', 'Telham Blue'
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides making an early appearance
Consolida ambigua (larkspur)
Dianthus 'Cranberry Ice'
Eryngium 'Jade Frost'
Geranium 'Blogold' (Blue Sunrise™), 'Jolly Bee'
Geranium nodosum 'Svelte Lilac'
Hemerocallis 'Evening Seas', 'Grape Velvet', 'Little Grapette', 'Pink Lavender Appeal', 'Super Purple, 'Woodside Amethyst'
Heuchera 'Citronelle', 'Frosted Violet'
Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart'
Hosta 'Cherry Berry', 'Gold Standard', 'June', 'Maui Buttercups', 'Rainforest Sunrise'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer' (Endless Summer™), 'Penny Mac'
Hydrangea quercifolia ''Little Honey'
Knautia macedonia and K. 'Thunder and Lightning'
Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum)
Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'
Oxalis regnellii 'Triangularis'
Pansy (I know, weird!)
Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise', 'David', 'Grenadine Dream', 'Nicky', 'Red Riding Hood', 'Super Red'
Rosa Carefree Beauty (not worth showing because of the Japanese beetles)
Talinum paniculatum 'Limon'
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
|Cornus alternifolia 'Stackman' (Golden Shadows™) July 5 at 105F|
Similarly, the buds of the 'Purple Prince' lilies were unable to cope with the extreme heat, failing to open fully and toasting out.
The drooping response to the extreme heat shown by these oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey') is only temporary.
It's the browning of the foliage that has me concerned. They are prominent on the watering schedule.
Even native plants have started to struggle.
In the foreground at the base of the tree in the image on the left, Hepatica nobilis var. acuta is in distress. Watering in the morning of July 7 revived it (on right), but the infusion of moisture wasn't enough to help the Caulophyllum thalictroides in the background. It has started to give up the fight and is ready to doze off into dormancy. The Hepatica is evergreen and doesn't have that luxury. Watering has also saved the buds of Actaea racemosa.
|Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Polyganatum biflorum (Solomon's seal), and Phlox divaricata suffer alongside the Actaea.|
The crucible has had one positive feature. It has revealed the worth of Angelonia angustifolia Angelface series.
|July 7, 2012|
You didn't think I was going to leave you with just dismal thoughts, did you?
(All images were taken on July 5 or 7, 2012. I refused to leave the house during the 106-degree heat on July 6.)
Friday, July 6, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
|Phlox paniculata 'Nicky', Geranium 'Blogold' (Blue Sunrise™), Calycanthus floridus 'Athens', and Hemerocallis 'Woodside Amethyst'|
While the southeast border has benefited from some additional watering, the southwest bed against the house has not. It does get afternoon shade.
|Coreopsis 'Star Cluster', with Phlox paniculata 'Goldmine', Hemerocallis 'Little Grapette', and Hemerocallis 'Pink Lavender Appeal'|
|Coreopsis 'Star Cluster' October 2011|