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Aside from my birthday month of April, I think June is one of my favorite months. The whole garden bursts into bloom and it’s such a joy to watch it unfolding every day. This garden needs a little attention. Some things have died off and others taken over. Some of the perennials need dividing. So it’s not in as full of glory as it was a couple of years ago. But it’s okay. It’s still a cheerful burst of color to enjoy.

The weather this year has been unusual to me. It’s been warmer and wetter than I remember from previous years. Muggy and overcast isn’t the most common condition where I live. Overcast, sure, but then rainy and [Read more…]

Garden in Bloom: July 2008

Purple Clematis Vine

Since the garden at Pear Tree Cottage appeared to be a blank slate when I bought it, there have been a few surprises. The biggest, and I mean that literally, is the clematis growing on the back fence, behind the pear tree that the cottage is named for. I had a hard enough time believing it when it spread out 15 feet on either side to cover the fence, but when it bloomed? Wow.


I tried to capture the vine’s immense size, but without anything for perspective, it’s hard to tell. I’m sure others have seen bigger, but *I* haven’t!


I took hundreds of pictures of it, trying to capture all of the shades of blue and purple on this one plant.

Clematis Blooms

It wasn’t until I looked at these photos that I realized there were two different types of blooms in two different colors. I know for sure it’s one plant (I had taken a good luck at the structure over the winter). Is it reverting to a species, perhaps? Or is this common to clematis? I don’t actually know.

Clematis Close Up

Either way, I love taking pictures of the blooms. I just think they’re beautiful.

July Blooms Mosaic

And, oh yeah, there were some other flowers blooming in July here.

1. Ditch lilies I brought from the other house (Hemerocallis fulva). I love these, taken them everywhere.
2. New Minarette lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus ‘Minarette’)
3. Some old-fashioned pincushion flowers that I found (Scabiosa caucasica). I like the height and larger petals on variety better than the more common “Butterfly Blue.”
4. Something new for me, a native plant, Oregon fleabane (Erigeron speciosus ‘Pink Jewel’).
5. Another volunteer, some feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium).
6. The rose campion (Lychnis coronaria) from June is still going strong.
7. This yarrow I brought from my old house. It’s called Cerise Queen and I never see it in nurseries anymore (Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’)
8. Another transplant, one of my favorites, the Brazilian verbena (Verbena bonariensis) brought from the other house.
9. And last but not least, that mystery rose from June is going and going and going…. 🙂

How about you? Did anything blow your mind in your garden in July?

~Angela :-)

This post is a part of the July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored each month by May Dreams Gardens.

Garden in Bloom: June 2008

Paeonia Sara Bernhard Peony

It’s my first summer at Pear Tree Cottage (what I’m calling my new home), and I’m still discovering what’s here in the garden. Despite it appearing to be a completely blank slate, there is still a fair amount of life here, despite the previous owners’ best efforts. Wandering through the garden today, I found equal measures of things I found and things I brought.

The pink peony above is something I brought with me, along with several other peonies. This one is a Sarah Bernhardt peony (Paeonia ‘Sarah Bernhardt’), one of my favorites.

White Calla Lily

I found another favorite flower lurking in my back yard by the fence, this dramatic white calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica). I really love these, and I feel lucky to have them in my garden. But I’m going to have to find a different spot for them, because the dog keeps trampling this spot trying to say hello to the neighbor!

Foxglove - Digitalis

The foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) I bought this year at the garden center. I didn’t have a chance to bring any with me. These turned out to be fairly pale. I’m hoping they’ll seed and some darker purple ones will come up next year.

Clematis Window

There are parts of my backyard that have some “secret garden” potential, like this one. There’s an enormous clematis growing on the fence–the biggest one I’ve ever seen. The neighor has an arched trellis there that it grows on also, so we trained it to leave a little porthole.

Rose Campion - Lychnis Coronaria

I have a soft spot in my heart for prairie flowers like this rose campion (Lychnis coronaria), so I had to bring some with me.

Mystery Rose

Another new discovery is this mystery rose on the back fence. It’s not a rootstock rose, those are a darker red. So someone planted this on purpose, but neither I nor my neighbor know who. It’s pretty, though, and surprisingly healthy and floriferous considering it is growing in the shade of an Ash tree and an arborvitae hedge. It doesn’t have a tag, but it does look kind of like this photo of Blaze climbing rose (Rosa ‘Blaze’) I found, what do you think?

How about you? Were you surprised by any of your June blooms?

~Angela :-)

This post is a part of the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for June 2008, sponsored each month by May Dreams Gardens.

Garden in Bloom: May 2008

Pink Dogwood Blooms

I’m still in my first year at my new-to-me-home, and the garden was nearly a blank slate when we moved in. So there’s not been much blooming. But I was prowling around today and was surprised to find several things blooming.

Blooming Pink Dogwood Branches

One of the things I was happiest to inherit in my new garden was a pink dogwood (Cornus florida var. ‘Rubra’), shown here and above. Isn’t it pretty?

Weigela Wine and Roses

Another pink blooming thing we inherited is this mature “Wine & Roses” weigela (Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’) that was along the side of the house. I tend to be fickle with the weigelas–I see them in other people’s gardens and love them but never make space for them in mine. But this one is staying, albeit in a new location, and even inspired the color of our front door.

Spanish Bluebells

Another surprise in the new garden is a small patch of Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica). They’re getting a little tattered now, but they were a welcome bit of color as I have no other bulbs planted yet.


Yet another previous resident of my garden is a sizeable patch of Lithodora (Lithodora diffusa). I have to say, despite the bright blue flowers, I’m not a huge fan. Anyone want a bunch of it?

Japenese Snowbell Bush

Interestingly, one of the plants that I really wanted to bring from the other house but couldn’t without leaving a gaping hole was a Japanese Snowball Bush (Viburnum opulus). As luck would have it, I have one at my new place, and it had several stem rootings going, so now I have a half-dozen. I know they only have this one show, but I just love them. I don’t know which variety it is–we’ll see if it produces berries or not.

Vinca Minor

I did bring quite a few plants with me, including several large container plantings. This one is overflowing with one of my favorite groundcovers, Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca minor). I don’t care how common it is–I love it’s draping habit, evergreen foliage and those pretty purple flowers every single Spring.

Viburnum Davidii

I’ve also installed some new plantings, particularly some foundation and “backbone” plantings in the front garden, like David Viburnum (Viburnum davidii), seen here in flower. This hardworking evergreen subshrub gets a bad rap for its extreme overuse in too-sunny parking lots and commercial landscapes, but in the right location it can add a wonderful backdrop and interest with it’s large, distinctly patterned leaves.

So that’s what’s blooming in my garden at the moment. Hopefully as the summer wears on and more plants find their way into permanent homes I’ll have more to show. But for now, I applaud all these pedestrian plants for creating a lush backdrop for the flowers yet to come.

How about you? What’s blooming in your garden?

~Angela :-)

This post is a part of the May 2008 Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored each month by May Dreams Gardens.