What’s in Bloom Here Now – June 2015

It’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day again!


In the scenery of spring, nothing is better, nothing worse; the flowering branches are of themselves, some short, some long.



Last month, it was all tulips, fritillaria, spring bush pea, brunnera, hellebore, and lovely weeds. The lovely weeds are still going strong, naturally (very naturally), along with a bushel of other blooms.


These are photos from the last week or so (click on any to enlarge).

First up, the veggies and other edibles/medicinals:

pea flower
pea flower
sage flower



Now some ornamentals:

'Lemon Meringue' baptisia
‘Lemon Meringue’ baptisia
'Carolina Moonlight' baptisia and chives
‘Carolina Moonlight’ baptisia and chives
blue baptisia and purple rhodos
blue baptisia and purple rhodos
pink dianthus and 'May Night' salvia
‘Firewitch’ dianthus and ‘May Night’ salvia
amsonia 'Bue Ice'
amsonia ‘Bue Ice’
two kinds of geraniums
two kinds of geraniums
lupine and 'Patriot' hosta
lupine and ‘Patriot’ hosta
cream azalea
cream azalea
red-orange azalea
red-orange azalea
iris buds, centaurea, rhododendron
iris buds, centaurea, red rhododendron
purple rhododendron blooms
purple rhododendron blooms
blue iris
blue iris
'Husker Red' penstemon re-seeding, Mother of Thyme, sedum
‘Husker Red’ penstemon re-seeding, Mother of Thyme, sedum
Rodgersia in bloom
Rodgersia in bloom, with hosta, astilbe, heuchera
Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle) with Gillenia trifoliata (Bowmans Root) in rock wall
Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) with Gillenia trifoliata (Bowmans Root) in rock wall
Gillenia trifoliata 'Pink Profusion'
Gillenia trifoliata (Bowmans Root) ‘Pink Profusion’
shasta daisy
shasta daisy
persicaria 'Painters Palette', trollius, and annual Cuphea 'Vermillionaire'
persicaria ‘Painters Palette’, trollius, and annual Cuphea ‘Vermillionaire’
peony bud
peony bud


And a couple of landscape shots:

backyard with 'Husker Red' penstemon, anemone sylvestris, dwarf weeping spruce, lilacs
backyard with ‘Husker Red’ penstemon, anemone sylvestris, dwarf weeping spruce, junipers, comfrey, lilacs
Gillenia trifoliata 'Pink Profusion' and anemone sylvestris with rose trellis
Gillenia trifoliata ‘Pink Profusion’ and Anemone sylvestris with rose trellis, Perovskia, Solomon’s seal, honeysuckle
border with 'Firewitch' dianthus, sedum, echinops, blue baptisia
border with ‘Firewitch’ dianthus, sedum, echinops, blue baptisia
front walkway with lupine, rhododendrons, hostas, bee balm
front walkway with lupine, rhododendrons, hostas, bee balm, leucothoe


And last, but not least, the lovely Hieracium aurantiacum (orange hawkweed) … invasive in some places:



If you can’t get enough June blooms, check out these bloggers’ Bloom Day posts.

Kathy at The Violet Fern (upstate NY)

Commonweeder (western MA)

Loree at danger garden (Portland, OR)

Flutter & Hum (Pacific Northwest U.S.)

Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog (Malvern Wells, Worcestershire, England)

homage to the garlic mustard at Veg Plotting (Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom)

Lee at A Guide to Northeast Gardening (Long Island NY)

… and so many more at May Dreams Gardens.


Come visit again in July!


There Will Come Soft Rains
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pool singing at night,
And wild plum-trees in tremulous white;
Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.”
― Sara Teasdale


  1. Thank you so much for the mention. I love Firewitch Dianthus – I have planted this where I work and it is worthy enough for my own garden. The blooms are electric! I envy that Rodgersia – the blooms remind me of Goat’s Beard. I may have to try one even though I don’t think it’s quite hardy enough here. I have that same Amsonia but it’s not quite in bloom yet – earlier Blue Ice and Hubrichtii. I love Amsonias. Such a beautiful garden!

  2. Kathy, I consider my NH garden to be 4b/5a. I have grown Rodgersia for years in both this NH garden and in my Maine gardens (including a solid zone 4). Rodgersia pinnata and Rodgersia aesculifolia are both rated to zone 4. Buddleia comes and goes here (lives about 2 yrs here before a too-cold winter kills it) but so far Rodgersia has not failed me. I love the tropical look! And the scent of the flowers, oh my.

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by! Your garden is stunning. I have a soft spot for Trollius. They grow wild in my native Sweden, and I used to love picking them in late spring. Tried to grow them here, but didn’t water it enough, so it perished under my stingy hand. 🙁 Might have to try again – your photo made me a little homesick!

    1. I don’t really water mine but we usually get enough snow and spring rain that the ground is plenty wet when they grow and bloom. They often rebloom in July and August. Thanks for commenting!

  4. We usually get plenty of liquid love in the spring (not so this year, though), but once July rolls around, it is dry, dry, dry until October. But still, my heart is aflutter. I just might have to try again… 🙂

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