gbbd for june

as summer solstice approaches, colors in the garden are starting to turn up a notch.

june's view of the corner garden

yellow has transitioned to orange and red, indicating the heat we’ve all been feeling and have yet to brace ourselves for. Canna ‘Wyoming,’ that i originally purchased in 2010 from old house gardens and have since transplanted to two other garden locations, is holding strong – even if its torn foliage is still recovering from an early may hail storm that covered the ground with ice. however, now that i read their website announcement indicating they aren’t currently selling cannas, i hope this stellar focal point hasn’t acquired a canna virus… i was just wondering the other day why the typically bronzed maroon leaves were so green lately… oh dear. i will have to look further into this.

Canna 'Wyoming' glows in morning light

Hemerocallis ‘Vanilla Fluff’ was also divided and transplanted earlier this spring, and seems to be establishing itself well, in spite of the high salt content irrigation water that its foliage appears to despise. Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (big muhly grass) doesn’t seem to mind.

Hemerocallis 'Vanilla Fluff'

even the sunflowers have increased their temperature. this here is Helianthus ‘Velvet Queen.’ i like the contrast its petals make against the blue trellis, painted in rustoleum’s ‘night tide.’

Helianthus 'Velvet Queen'

the Scadoxus (blood lily) firework show wasn’t as impressive as i’d hope this spring, as many of the bulbs sent up their foliage first, indicating they wouldn’t flower. perhaps i need to cut the flower heads off sooner, so their bulbs can get all the energy they need for next year’s blooms.  puma, you’ve got some work to do. get to it.

Scadoxus multiflorus (blood lily)

while admiring the lone blood lily, i came across a serpentine garden visitor, who must appreciate the cool shade of Sisyrinchium (blue-eyed grass) and ornamental kale. not sure what kind of snake this is, perhaps a texas brown snake, Storeria dekayi texana? if so, s/he is completely harmless and “a gardener’s friend.” carry on my friend.

a surprise garden visitor seeks cool refuge under the blue-eyed grass

up front, the Eupatoriadelphus purpureus (joe pye weed) is just starting to flower, surrounded by the ever blooming Knock Out rose. in front of it, Punica granatum ‘Red Silk,’ is preparing one hell of a pomegranate harvest. cheers to that!

Eupatorium, Rosa 'Knock Out' and pomegranates galore

the ‘Belinda’s Dream’ rose, while small from its spring planting as a six-inch pot, is already loaded with full, geometric blooms. quite pretty up close.

Rosa 'Belinda's Dream' already profuse with petals

another cooling color combo is Salvia x fruiticosa ‘Newe Ya’ar’ (silver leaf sage) and Salvia guaranitica ‘Black & Blue.’ i was surprised that ‘Black & Blue’ came back on it’s own from last year’s annual planting. perhaps the nearby shrubby mound of evergreen eversilver ‘Newe Ya’ar’ protected it though winter.

cooling Salvia 'Newe Ya'ar' and 'Black & Blue'

while also cool in color, the garlic scapes are turning out to provide their own delectable heat. these bulbils came from the fourth garlic harvest of the year, and we enjoyed them and a few of their cloves with dinner last night. needless to say, fresh garden grown garlic is THE BEST! i can still taste the fire on the back of my tongue… more garlic coverage to follow.

'Metechi' garlic scapes & bulbils

happy belated bloom day everyone. go see what other garden bloggers are up to over at may dreams gardens. next month we’re meeting up in seattle for the garden blogger’s fling… and i’m very much looking forward it.


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11 thoughts on “gbbd for june

    • thanks helen! i stopped over on your blog, but for some reason i am never able to add comments… which often happens to me with blogger blogs, regardless of how i try to comment (via google, wordpress, open id or name/url). i usually have success with blogger pop-up enabled comments. anyhoo, looks like your plants were playing along nicely together, if only the kitties would oblige. see you soon!

  1. I see when they built your neighborhood that not all of the wildlife was driven away, and I think it is fortunate that a snake is comfrotable enough to call your garden home, at least for a little while.

    • yes les. the critters seem to be finding us again, which is a good thing. now, if only i could figure out how to dissuade the rats from feasting on the compost piles…

    • thanks larry. it was new to me when we moved here as well. it’s a great substitute for Allium, as it’s too hot to successfully grow those here. also, i tried commenting on your blog without luck… your gardens are beautiful! it must smell amazing as the peony, iris & chionanthus fragrance wafts through the air. nice stone selection too… hope your back recovers easily & soon.

  2. your velvet queen is stunning. and yay for planet fox-murray, the island of welcoming habitat in the surrounding sea of turf. carry on digging!

  3. I love that your yard is becoming a refuge for critters with 2 or more (or no) feet – frogs, snakes, butterflies, birds, and one Dude and Pumalou. Are you sure that snake is harmless??

    • yep, pretty sure little snakey is harmless… unless you’re an insect or small amphibian, that is. and while ours is becoming a refuge for some critters, certain kitties keep escaping it in search of better digs… dude’s been gone since wednesday. i hope he’s found a cool place, wherever he is… it’s hot out there, and there are much bigger critters in the hood that might not play so nice with him.

  4. The blood lily is so cool (I mean hot!) – I can see why you’d want it to bloom gangbusters. Maybe next year! (But do you have to deadhead it before it’s done being outstanding?)

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