The plentiful rain and lack of frost that characterized this spring is still bearing fruit. I can’t remember ever seeing my daylilies so floriferous. The whole garden has a feeling of lushness that I soak up every chance I get. So it was tough choosing photos for this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. For the most part, I picked combinations of plants that I particularly liked.This lily is the exception to the plant combination criteria; I like it just for itself. Besides looking gorgeous, it is a sentimental favorite. I grew it from seed that my grandma gave me. It has been ravaged by untimely hard freezes these past several years, knocked back before it could even form buds. Its sister bulb failed to even make an appearance this year, so I am mighty pleased to have this one flower. Build up your strength, my dear lily, so you may bloom more bountifully in years to come. I’ve written about Allegheny vine and Black Negligee snakeroot before. I think they are perfect partners. The vine’s foliage looks more blue-green than it appears in this photo, a wonderful contrast to the dark purple foliage, while the pink flowers echo it. The foliage of ‘Nordine Red’ smokebush isn’t as dark as that of the snakeroot, but it’s another great plant to play color games with. Here it is partnered with ‘Ice Cream Parlor’ daylily, ‘White Wonder’ feverfew (a free sample from Renee’s Garden Seeds), and a self-sown black-eyed Susan. Yummy. I just noticed that each combination I’m showcasing has an element of purple. Here it’s the ‘Lauren’s Grape’ poppies and the foliage of the ‘Dark Towers’ penstemon. I first got the ‘Lauren’s Grape’ seed as a free sample from Botanical Interests. It has since reseeded itself over several years, for which I am very glad, as Botanical Interests didn’t carry it this year. I’ve had’Whimsical’for many years and it has far more buds on each scape than I’ve ever seen before. It is the kind of daylily where the spent blooms get very mushy; you have to keep it deadheaded in order for it to look good. I prefer daylilies where the spent blooms don’t make such a spectacle of themselves, so ‘Whimsical’ may one day be replaced by a less slovenly–well, I have seen it called “bright purple,” but it is pretty darn close to magenta–daylily. I have to admit I’m not looking too hard. And that last poppy–what serendipity! I don’t think I could have picked a better color echo for the flowers of the penstemon if I’d tried–which I didn’t. Laissez-faire gardening suits me very well.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.