The extremely hot and sunny weather we've been having has pushed flowers into — and quickly out of — their bloom cycle. From hour to hour I keep discovering something has suddenly opened. So here's a look at what I've been enjoying in the garden recently.
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This spring I cut Clematis 'Guernsey Cream' way back as I wanted to add a cylinder of chicken wire around the upper part of the wooden post that supports the climber. It doesn't have as many blossoms as in past years, but it has many more on the back side that I can see from inside the house. So I am happy with my handiwork.
The view west over the upper pool with lots of lovely new growth on the Serbian spruce and a clump of pale yellow iris that blossomed for the first time this year. The tiny green plant in the bare space by the iris is a baby species peony. In a few years it will entirely fill that area.
The iris and spruce tree from the above view are in the back right of this image with an old Rodgersia enveloping its rocky neighbors.
Lilies and Astrantia awaiting their moment to shine in the Sacred Grove. The old trees that inspired the name for this area of the garden, alas, are almost all gone now; victims of age.
Directly across the pine-needle path is Cyprepedium 'Aki Pastel.' This lady slipper orchid is finally settling in and giving me more than one flower. Quite exciting.
Still trying to decide exactly which Trillium this is. Anyone know? Looks very nice with Hosta 'El Nino'.
Trillum luteum is always the last one to bloom for me. It held up to the intense heat amazingly well. You can tell how late this blooms because that is an Autumn fern coming up behind it. That fern is so late I mark it so I don't think something has died and left a hole to fill.
Nectaroscordum tripedale aka honey garlic! Absolutely adore these beauties. The only ones that have succeeded out of the 5 I've planted so far are these two. This is their 3rd year so maybe I should stop looking for the others.
Lilium mackliniae, pink form, just planted this spring. It arrived from Far Reaches Farm in full bud.
I caged Geranium phaeum var. lividum 'Joan Baker' after I discovered the first flush of buds had been nibbled away. Geranium phaeum varieties seed a lot if you don't cut them back after flowering. But they are among my favorite plants, so I let 'em rip and pull out unwanted seedlings later.
When I went out in the early morning last Thursday (5/24) the huge flowers on my rockii-type Peony had closed overnight.
This is what they looked like later in the morning once the heat and light increased.
The last flower bloomed Sunday (5/27).
Lots of lilies are reaching skyward and should soon present a completely different scene in this area of the garden.