june bloom day

it’s the 15th and you know what that means… time for the monthly garden bloggers’ bloom day post:

back garden view

here’s a view of the back garden at noon today.  if it looks hot and humid to you now, just wait another month or two.

the Belamcanda chinensis (blackberry or leopard lily) bloomed for the first time TODAY!  i started these from seeds my mother-in-law sent from her gerogia garden about a year and a half ago:

Belamcanda chinensis (blackberry or leopard lily)

you can see why it’s called leopard lily.  the blackberry aspect comes later, after the petals fade and dry below a cluster of black seed heads.  it makes a striking addition to a cut flower bouquet.

the Eupatoriadelphus fistulosus, a.k.a. Eupatorium fistulosum ( joe pye weed) that i cheerfully found at a nursery an hour south of here has finally bloomed.  it reminds me of prairie-style plantings i designed in michigan and new york.  i wasn’t expecting it to be adaptable here, but it must like its damp location near the french drain.

Eupatoriadelphus fistulosus (joe pye weed)

E. fistulosus (joe pye weed)

E. fistulosus (joe pye weed) at dusk

i love the contrast of the purple-red stems against its own green foliage and that of the blue-gray panicums (switch grass) and Rudbeckia maxima (giant bog coneflower) leaves.  i was also surprised to find the flowers slightly fragrant at sunset with a light lilac-like scent.

another plant they say you can’t grow here are hydrangeas.  well, i’ve given this one some tough garden love and it’s finally found it’s moment in the limelight:

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'

the “tough” love consists of soil amended with peat, composted oak leaves and expanded shale, and the occasional dousing of said soil with left over iced coffee and grounds from mr. grwhryrpltd’s morning pot of joe.  seems to be working, so far…

the last blooming surprise this month is the Scadoxus multiflorus (blood lily, torch lily, or fireball lily).  the hexagona iri planted nearby have somehow ventured into its own personal growing space, so i wasn’t expecting to see it anytime soon.  actually, i thought the freezing temperatures of this past winter (18 degrees) sent the bulbs to an icy grave, but not this one:

Scadoxus multiflorus (torch lily)

you can read about my first foray into growing this stellar bulb in a previous post here.  i’ve since purchased more of them, so i hope to see them all flower within the next month or so…

until then, happy bloom day!

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9 thoughts on “june bloom day

  1. Your garden is looking wonderful. Glad you are having success with Joe Pye weed as it is such a dramatic plant, and as you say, a nice link to the Midwest. On another note, the way you have your photos framed in pale gray with space for the cutline/name below is very attractive as well as making it easy to know what’s text and what’s photo info. Great design solution.

  2. WOW! Your yard has certainly changed in a year’s time. You two have been working overtime. Glad the blackberry lily came up. And hopefully your hydrangea will give you many years of pleasure.

  3. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Joe Pye weed! It’s fab! I’m now on the hunt for some plants. As you know, I lost mine to the cold MI winter. Your backyard is looking great. All that hard work the two of you have been doing is showing the results. Great Job!

  4. Wonderful lilies! Congratulations on the hydrangea…they don’t grow well here either but you seem to have provided what yours needs!

  5. Beautiful!
    And not enough people use Belamcanda so please shill for them by posting photos of their blackberries later in the season!
    Fine work, A!

  6. Hey! And isn’t that yard fantastic?! Tremendous beds, my dear. We have Joe Pye with the giant coneflower, too 🙂 I love that combo. Both lilies are stunning–looks like you’re discovering those more southerly plants!

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