Ah, yes, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day has rolled around again. I always seem to have trouble finishing these bloom day posts on time. Even though I take photos for days ahead, the actual middle day of the month always seems to be a busy time. I should probably make it short and sweet, but making anything with words short seems to be difficult for me. I wanted to start off with larkspur, just to astonish all those Austin bloggers who seem to think it is a spring blooming plant. Are you kidding? Mine hadn’t even germinated for the April bloom report. Johnny’s is one of the few seed merchants that sells larkspur by color, and I always get this dark blue-purple to sow in the peony bed along with peony-flowered poppies, so there will be some color here after the peonies are done blooming. That’s the plan, anyway. Germination of both poppy and larkspur is always sporadic, and the poppies often look spindly. Maybe the peonies are just too much competition. Or those dratted Canada thistles.
The biggest, bestest feverfew I ever grew
Feverfew always sows itself moderately around my garden, and the plants function like fillers in a bouquet, poking out between perennials with a spray of miniature daisies. I don’t know what this particular feverfew found so much to its liking, but boy, is it one happy plant. I included the child’s wagon to give you an idea of its scale. Feverfew has seeded itself there before, but it’s never been so spectacular.
Also Blooming Now
- Daylilies–this is the first week they’ve been blooming, except for Stella
- My one and only Asiatic lily
- various mallows
- Heliopsis ‘Summer Sun’ (or descendants thereof)
- Roving bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)
- Unidentified thalictrum
- lady’s mantle
- unidentified single rose
- one bright red zonal geranium that someone gave my neighbor and she didn’t want it
- flowering tobacco
- two kinds of foxglove
- ‘Concord Grape’ spiderwort
- tall meadowrue
- tunic flower
I have pictures of all of them, so please let me know if you are unfamiliar with something, and I will do a separate post on it. And always, stop by May Dreams Gardens for a list of everyone who joined in the fun.