Between Morning Showers In Early June

Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’

A series of light showers this morning were welcome after the previous two days of temperatures in low 90s. Gardenias are fully awake today; a few more red lilies shout their presence.

Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’

Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’

Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’

Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)

American Goldfinches keep us entertained. Today I watched one floating from flower to flower on Blue Sky salvia, the slender stems arching gracefully downward with the bird’s weight, then popping upward, the goldfinch having moved on to the next flower effortlessly, like an acrobat on a trapeze .

Salvia uliginosa ‘Blue Sky’ (Bog sage)

Salvia uliginosa ‘Blue Sky’ (Bog sage)

I do not have an adequate camera to film birds but you may be able to see four goldfinches sitting atop sturdy stalks of echinacea in the meditation circle yesterday. All too soon one signals, “let’s go.”

Verbena bonariensis is going to seed and needs to be trimmed back. The finches love it at this stage so I will leave it a while longer.

Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

Among the signs of early summer in the garden are this lusciously deep, purple gladiolus just coming into bloom.

Gladiolus ‘Purple Flora’

Gladiolus ‘Purple Flora’

Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’ embraces the hot weather.

Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’

From the back porch I spied a black swallowtail, I think, on this bush. I searched later but the butterfly had moved on.

Buddleja davidii ‘Adokeep’ (Adonis blue Butterfly Bush)

Wordless Wednesday – Red

Hemerocallis (Daylily) from Mercers’ in Fayetteville (may be ‘Michael Arnholt’

Hemerocallis (Daylily) from Mercers’ in Fayetteville (may be ‘Michael Arnholt’

Hemerocallis (Daylily) from Mercers’ in Fayetteville (may be ‘Michael Arnholt’

Hemerocallis (Daylily) from Mercers’ in Fayetteville (may be ‘Michael Arnholt’

Ruby Slippers, which opens pure white and then turns red, is shifting its color.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

Amidst chaos in our cities and sadness profound, the first lilies and gardenias opened yesterday. They sit solemnly, quietly; a somber lament.

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

Materials
Flowers
Antirrhinum majus ‘Speedy Sonnet White’ (Snapdragon)
Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Foliage
Gardenia jasminoides ‘August Beauty’
Vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

In A Vase On Monday – Heartsong

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place in a vase this week. Peace to you.

After-The-Rain Mystery And Tomatoes

Recognize this? I encountered this beautiful fungus in my garden yesterday and photographed it this morning, but I have not been able to identify it. This first image with the tips of my pink garden gloves will give you an idea of its size (maybe 8-10 inches across).

Fungus
Fungus
Fungus
Fungus
Fungus

After a week of continuous rain the sun is shining today. 88F. Everything is growing. I hope the fungus is not problematic. I planted two tomatoes nearby this morning. I have been itching to visit garden centers but am still staying home. My good neighbor Gary ventured out though. He picked these out and gifted them yesterday.

Tomatoes ‘German Johnson’ Heirloom and Grape (Tami G) Hybrid
Tomatoes ‘German Johnson’ Heirloom and Grape (Tami G) Hybrid

Thursday Notebook – Dahlias

I intended to dig up dahlias last fall after first frost, but after joining a Facebook group and reading details of storing and dividing them to plant in spring, I was overwhelmed and just never made the move toward doing the work. Fortunately the winter was mild enough. Many of last year’s dahlias overwintered and seem ready to fill the garden with color this summer.

Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’
Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’

Longfield Gardens sent replacements for some mislabelled ones I received last year and for several that did not grow. I appreciate how very nice and friendly they have been to deal with. All spring sections of the borders have looked empty, covered in brown mulch, but finally these areas should come alive.

More Dahlias

There is endless choice in types of dahlias one can grow. I might try to order another one or twelve. Do you have a favorite?

Wordless Wednesday – Late May

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)

Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear) needs to be trimmed back and thinned out, but the bees convinced me to keep it awhile.

Currently lighting up the meditation circle Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue) is a another favorite of the bees.

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)