We had another nearly 100-degree day yesterday and yet, a fresh daylily greeted me in the garden first thing this morning. A thunderstorm during the night brought welcome rain and it is cooler today, a mere 91°F. Starting tomorrow temperatures will climb again into mid-90sF for another week. When summer starts officially on Sunday what surprise can it bring?
Part of the Monarda border fell victim to the storm’s strong wind and rain, actually a small price to pay in exchange for not needing to water this morning.
I planted some new purple gladioli for cutting this year, but the first to flower is a salmon one from many years ago.
Several weeks ago I pulled up last fall’s snapdragons from the meditation circle, but as an experiment I left one along the front edge of the northern border. Surprisingly it continues to bloom despite the heat, its rich blossom, still drenched from last night’s rain, seems impossibly smooth and glossy red.
I added several new Liatris spicata (Gayfeather) to the border this spring. Rather than opening, some of the flower tips just turned brown from the heat, but this one is off to a good start.
With the appearance of its first multicolored flowers open today, Lantana camara is making a comeback in the southern border. It had died back to the ground during this year’s cold winter.
Just on the other side of the fence from the lantana, one of my favorite vignettes from this morning’s garden walk is a large patch of self-seeded Cleome at the southern entrance to the garden. While the gate and much of the garden was still in shade, the flowers were bathed in the sun’s early light.
A nectaring bee found the cleome enticing.
Each photo was more beautiful than the last. Wow – you are having one beautiful summer growing season. Thank you for sharing all of these flowers but especially the Cleome because I don’t have any. 🙂
Thanks Judy. Wish the entire garden was as full as that area of Cleome. The rest is smoke and mirrors and very selective framing on the photos! The heat here is making summer a challenge and it’s not even quite summer.
Well, there’s nothing wrong with good photography skills. 🙂 We have one day of rain and then one day of sunshine and we haven’t been over 80 in several weeks. 🙂
That sounds like a delightful weather pattern Judy. Enjoy.
I love that bee-balm and it looks rampant enough to easily recover from a few broken stems.
I have just planted about two dozen gladioli bulbs as well! They are sadly still out-of-fashion in gardens, but I hope that, like the dahlia, they will make a comeback given how easy they are to grow.
It is strange that the US doesn’t start summer until the solstice despite being so hot across 80% of the country by late May. In Australia, we use the start of the month to mark the seasons….incorrect I know, but it certainly seems to mirror the temperatures 🙂
You’re right Matt. There is still plenty of bee balm, but it’s looking a bit tired. The heat is strong, even for it. I have never seen such a warm June. Happy solstice to you.
100 degrees – oof. Beautiful photos, especially ‘Michael Arnholt’. I love Cleome, though I’m not growing any this year.
Fortunately this cleome grew itself or I might not have any either. My zinnias and cosmos seeds failed miserably, both are usually reliable.
Looks like the heat is failing to get you or your garden down…with the help of a little rain.
A sturdy rain rejuvenates plants in a way no amount of hand watering can do. But the heat is pretty tiresome.
Lovely photos. Thank goodness you got some rain after all that heat. I grow snapdragons, cleome and lantana as summer container plants and the snapdragons look good all summer even if we have a really hot spell. Stay cool Susie!
Thanks Cathy, that rain helped a lot. Good to know about the snapdragons. Everyone pulls them out around here, but now I know better.
Over here we say that summer starts on June 1st, which makes the iris, poppies and peonies the first flowers of summer. Love you beautiful day lily, ours are full of buds but they haven’t started flowering yet, it won’t be long now. I would never survive in your heat,, thank goodness for our cooler temperatures!
June 1st seems about right for start of summer Pauline, but I think my irises were done by then. Hope to see your daylilies featured on your blog.
I sowed Liatris spicata seed this year, interesting to see yours in bloom because the photo on the packet wasn’t very good. Looking forward to it now, if the slugs leave it alone!
Hope they do well and slugs stay away. You’re wise to use seeds. I bought several Liatris on a whim and they were a little pricey. Hope you’ll like them I think they add a nice vertical element (which my garden sorely needs).
I wish I had a 90 degree day up here. I admire your row of Monarda. Even when beaten up by the rain, they still looked much better than mine. How do you keep them from getting mildew?
I know you do need some hot days in summer to get those crops going well. The Monarda does usually get mildew eventually, but I don’t treat it. So far this summer it hasn’t been a problem. I actually watered it some which may be reducing stress.
Cleome are such cool plants, I really need to add some to my border. I love how dependable day lilies are. Your flowers are all so beautiful. :o)
Thank you. I agree, cleome have a great structure–very architectural–and so reliable. In NC large swaths of flowers are planted along the interstate highways for beautification. I saw day lilies this week in bloom, but the foliage looked like corn stalks do in the fall. Completely dried up.
Beautiful blooms Susie and I adore cleome…wish mine had germinated….god you have had some relief from the heat…it has been wet and temperate here….thankfully not too hot.
Finally getting a small rainstorm this evening. A large system passed us right by last night.