Given how hot it is in much of the eastern part of the country, and how scorching hot it is in the west, it’s hard to fathom that summer is only a week old. Talk about starting with a bang! Also given the heat, it’s pleasantly surprising to see a few peonies still hanging on. […]
Tough flowers can be really, really beautiful!
Here’s a flowering shrub that’s native to much of North America – Physocarpus opulifolius. We call it ninebark because the bark, with as it ages, peels back in layers. Loved by pollinators, I’ve found it seeds easily in my back, wildish area, likely thanks to birds disbursing the seeds. For my conditions, the best thing […]
I have childhood memories of running through fields during summer holidays, laying in the grass, bees buzzing, fluffy white clouds in a clear blue sky, picking daisies, Today’s vase, on this first Monday of summer, brings back these memories, with Ox Eye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare – not native to North America but now found in […]
Hot summer flowers have started to bloom.
I have three Clematis in my garden: a rambling C. x durandii, which has just started to bloom, the C. viticella ‘Etoile Violette,’ which usually starts blooming around July 1st, and this C. texensis ‘Gravetye Beauty.’ In my experience, this last one doesn’t start to bloom until around the second week of July, but for […]
It was labelled ‘Black Iris’ – but would be more accurately called Deep Purple.
My yellow tree peony has bloomed!