Six on Saturday – 06/07/2019 – Yellow

I saw, earlier this week on Instagram, a daffodil blooming, In July. In Canada. It reminded me how much I love yellow flowers, either planned (as in the masses of daffodils I have every spring) or unplanned (as in the masses of dandelions I have every spring). Right now I have both planned and unplanned yellow blooms. The most prevalent unplanned would be the sweet smelling tall yellow clover (Melilotus officinalis), and the ground hugging, bee magnet bird’s foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus).

Here are six planned, more or less, yellow blooms.

1 – This is one of my favourite photos of the year. Not perfectly composed, I know, but the space that, theoretically, should be to the left in the photo – the space Shileau is gazing into – has other things growing in it; hence, I have the empty space to her right. Still, I love the bright yellow daylily in front of our fuzzy old yellow Lab in the midst of all that green.
2 – Verbascum ‘Mullein’ self seeds everywhere. Farmers don’t like it much and it can take up a lot of space in a home garden, both horizontally and vertically. It’s easy enough to pull up; however, when it appears where not wanted. I let a few stay where they land – they add fabulous architecture (often growing to six feet or more) and pollinators love them.
3 – I have Coreopsis here and there; it also self seeds quite readily, and it’s really more orange than yellow but in front of this patch of Ox Eye Daisies, which do have yellow centres, I think it fits my theme.
4 – I have four rose bushes, all but one now in bloom (the fourth seems to attract insects or other critters that like to decapitate rose buds just before blooming…). This yellow beauty, a Kordes floribunda called ‘Friesia,’ is poorly situated – hemmed in by a gargantuan Sedum spectabile and some very vigorous daylilies. I’ll likely move it this fall or next spring.
5 – I had a Popcorn Plant (Senna didymobotrya) last year and wanted to plant three this year – but for some reason wound up with another solitary specimen. No matter. The flowers are still profuse and yellow, and the leaves still smell like buttered popcorn!
6 – I love Caroline Lupine (Thermopsis villosa) not just for its statuesque spires of bright yellow but also, after the flowers fade, the huge, funky seedheads. Not a true lupine, and not native here (I don’t think anything in today’s Six is native here!), it would really prefer a plot of land that is more naturally moist. I have to mulch it heavily and water it more than I would prefer just to keep it alive each summer. Worth it, I think, though!

And that’s what’s growing in my Prince Edward County, Ontario, garden this first week of July. We’ve had a mini heat wave this week, with humidex values in the high 30’s, tempered by a cool breeze from nearby Lake Ontario and the occasional burst of rain to keep everything perky and green. To get a glimpse into gardens around the world, visit The Propagator’s site!


  1. The last photo is really nice too ! I love the blue sky !…
    …but you’re right the one with your dog is a success. About plants my preference goes to this yellow rose. Have a good weekend Chris


  2. How surprising to see popcorn cassia there. There happens to be a few that work as street trees in Capitola near Santa Cruz. Otherwise, I think of them as something that prefers to be in Southern California. I never considered how tolerant they are to frost.

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