Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day–July 15, 2011

'Johnson's Blue' Geranium w/ no color alteration

Prosanthera cuneata and a bumblebee

My husband and I have a ritual.  After dinner each evening, we grab a cup of decaf and take a walk in the garden.  We listen to the bird song as we wander, observe and talk about what’s next on the project list: new beds, plants that need transplanting, patches of blackberry that have snuck up on us.  But mostly in summer, we notice the plants that are flowering for the first time and pick a few strawberries.  It seems daily there’s a new bloom to admire.  Last night it was a freshly cracked lily that has proved itself too pastel for the “hot bed”–another candidate for the transplant list.

Digitalis lutea--starts very easily from seed

Other favorites at this time of the year: Digitalis lutea (yellow foxglove), Phlomis russeliana (Jerusalem Sage), all the Asiatic Lilies, Dracocephalum, Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Lychnis chalcedonica, Prosanthera cuneata (Bush Mint), Veronica, Geranium sanguineum ‘Album’, Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’.  There are plants at the tail end of their show, like the cerise peony, the Hamiocistus rock rose.  Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ is STILL blooming and attracting bees.

Asiatic lily I purchased as 'Halloween'

A few umbels of a golden Alstroemeria are blooming from a clump that has taken over an entire bed.  This makes me scowl like Sacha Baron Cohen in the ridiculous movie Talladega Nights—“Ricky Bobby–this means war!” The only thing that has saved the Alstroemeria thug this long is the fact that it has swamped some of my favorite lilies, like the asiatic ‘Halloween’ that I have to dig first before the Peruvian lily is a gonner.  Somehow it all gets back to the project list.

© Colleen Miko, 2011

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About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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2 Responses to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day–July 15, 2011

  1. Happy bloomday, Colleen! I’m a little slackerly and missed posting for this one. It’s nice to see some of what’s going on up there. I didn’t know that alstroemeria was problematic up there too. Home Depot had a selection of 2-gallon special selections of easy-to-grow and drought-tolerant plants which included a couple of natives and then the evil alstroemeria and pink Mexican primrose. I wanted to yank them out of their little green pots before anyone took them home!

    • Colleen Miko says:

      Hi James! Yes, the alstoemeria is a pain and unfortunately I have to admit that the worst weeds in my garden I purchased and planted myself. And beware when someone has so much of a plant in their own garden, that they are offering you plants–the rest of my garden bullies arrived that way. Ah well, live and learn.

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