Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in Connecticut

Mid-way through June and it’s again garden party day in the garden blogging world. On the 15th of each month, Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. She posts what is blooming in her garden and gives bloggers all over the world the opportunity to share what is blooming in their gardens. Whether you garden or not, the photos are wonderful and inspiring. In my Connecticut garden 2012 blooms continue to be about two weeks earlier than they were in 2011.

The Endless Summer hydrangea (H. macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ is already showing color.


Most of the iris have gone by but this Iris louisiana ‘Black Gamecock’ is still in bloom while my two types of iris ensata should open any day.


My favorite weird bulb, Allium Hair, is at her peak.


Nasturtium, self-sown from last year, are happily dressing up a long planting bed near our pool where I grow potted peppers, cherry tomatoes, and lettuce.


Some nasturtium flowers peak out from under their variegated leaves.


Rose campion in front of a blue spruce play nicely together.


Spirea Double Play Artist, a 2011 gift from Proven Winners, has grown quite a bit from its tiny 4-inch pot size and now begins to show its true colors.


Rose bloom has been spectacular so far this spring. The current star in my gardens is a shrub rose, Mystic Meidiland, that struggled for years in a different location. It’s very happy now that it is protected from browsing deer.


Foxglove have also bloomed amazingly well. This bed of foxglove dresses up the edge of our front yard. The photo shows it’s peak, on June 6. It still has color today, but is nearing the end of its show.


There’s so much more – daylilies just opening, sage and salvia, astilbe and more roses, lamb’s ear and lavender, yarrows, sedum and scabiosa – but now it’s time to visit the other gardens on display at May Dreams Gardens . Enjoy the show.

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10 comments for “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in Connecticut

  1. June 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    aloha joene,

    what a fun tour of your garden, i loved that odd looking allium also so ET like…you have alot of beautiful blooms in your garden, thanks for sharing them 🙂

    • June 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Noel,
      So glad you stopped by for a virtual visit. Allium hair is definitely a conversation-inducing plant.

  2. June 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Your garden is lovely with so many beautiful elements and combinations. I like your nasturtium. I usually grow it in the vegetable garden to help with pest control. I am a little late planting it this year, however. Happy GBBD!

    • June 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      The nasturtium did all the work themselves this year, Sate Butterfly. Every one self sowed from last year. My kind of plant!

  3. June 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    You do have quite a show going on! The foxglove stand is enchanting. And allium ‘Hair’ is strange but intriguing. Isn’t this time of year great? (And I love the long line of happy looking nasturtiums)

    • June 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Laurrie, one of the best parts about the foxglove and nasturtiums is that all I had to do was get out of the way and let each plant sow where it wanted. The allium hair is pretty much the same. Planted it once an it has self-sown since. I now have enough volunteers to transplant elsewhere. No muss, no fuss. Every garden, and gardener, should have plants like these.

  4. June 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I love the Allium Hair, that’s a new one for me. And the combo of the rose campion and blue spruce is wonderful!

    • June 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Allium hair is very easy to grow, Debbie. It self sows but is not a pain. The foliage is almost chive-like but the plant does not clump like chives. I’ve transplanted it with much success. It works well in my gardens since I allow many plants to self-sow and simply rearrange those in less desirable locations.

  5. June 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Joene, Your flowers are looking wonderful. I’m interested that your garden is still about 2 weeks ahead of last year; I guess you were spared the unseasonably cool and very wet weather in May and early June that slowed things down in Maine. Currently, my flowers are running about 3-5 days ahead of last year, but later than they bloomed in the very early spring of 2010. Some of my plants seem to have been put off their games by the very changeable weather: Siberian irises have not bloomed as profusely as usual, nor have my cantabrigiense geraniums. And alliums have made a particularly poor showing. I’m hoping that later plants will behave more normally. I especially loved seeing your hydrangeas.

    • June 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Jean, flowers are generally still two weeks ahead of ‘normal’. Siberian iris did not bloom profusely here either. In fact none of my irises had a spectacular year. I also had allium that I planted last year that only put up a few leaves, but no blooms. We are having a period of chilly nights, lows in the mid-50’s, so this may slow things down a bit. We had frequent rain in May and early June so I’m happy to now have a dry period. I’m concerned that too many more rainy days will cause fungal diseases to explode.

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