New Shrubs to Identify: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day August 2012

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Perhaps it was the hot, dry spell we had, but there didn’t seem to be too much blooming the past month. Much of what is blooming is woody. Once again, identification help is welcome, as most of these were already here when I moved in. This shrub is in the bed that borders the parking pad.

Clethra alnifolia Summersweet

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) I am guessing this is ‘Ruby Spice’. It does smell wonderful, but I wouldn’t call it a spicy smell.

Yellow rose

My sister bought this as ‘Reine des Violettes’, obviously not violet. She knew my daughter loves yellow roses, so gave it to her. Any guesses as to its true identity?

hydrangea endless summer maybe

I am guessing ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea, alkaline color. That in itself is interesting to me, because elsewhere on our property it is acidic enough for wild blueberries, but here, not so much.

Did you know there are now own-root David Austin roses? That means no need to bury the graft union four inches deep. It means if your rose dies all the way back to the ground, it will come back true from the roots.
Rosa 'Strawberry Hill'

‘Strawberry Hill’, a David Austin rose

‘Strawberry Hill’ was sent to me as a trial plant last year. I potted it up, knowing I was going to move. It survived the admittedly mild winter in that pot, buried under leaves. Imagine what it will do once it gets its roots into some nice, rich soil! And it is wonderfully fragrant.

For the past two weeks, I have seen Rose of Sharon shrubs blooming wherever I have gone, and yet this one just opened its first bud today. If I had posted for GBBD on time it wouldn’t have been in the lineup.

Rose of Sharon

Which Rose of Sharon do you think this is?

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.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Les August 20, 2012, 8:35 pm

Perhaps your Rose of Sharon is ‘Helene’, if it is not ‘Lil’ Kim’.

Kathy Purdy August 20, 2012, 10:00 pm

Oh, I think it is ‘Helene.’ It is too tall to be ‘Lil’ Kim.’ Thank you for stopping by, Les.

Dee Nash (@reddirtramblin) August 18, 2012, 2:54 pm

Lovely blooms Kathy. Simply lovely. I also grow the David Austins on their own roots. They seem to weather better.~~Dee

Karen August 17, 2012, 2:16 pm

Your Rose of Sharon looks like it is Lil’ Kim, a newer variety that is supposed to be smaller than most. Haven’t grown it, but have been tempted. Ruby Spice clethra is great although I agree that the scent isn’t particularly spicy.

Donalyn August 17, 2012, 9:36 am

Exciting to uncover these potential treasures – I had two rose of sharon shrubs that both died during a particularly horrid winter – maybe I need to give them a try again. My under-achieving Endless Summer is just now putting out a couple buds. It stays because I like the leaves.

Frances August 17, 2012, 6:14 am

All lovely, Kathy. Like your daughter, I adore yellow roses, but find they are nearly impossible to identify without some very unusual characteristic. Lucky Titi! Your trial rose is sumptious! It will indeed look fabulous in the ground if it looks that good in a container.

Donna@Gardens Eye View August 16, 2012, 10:54 pm

Kathy that is Ruby Spice and I would say Endless Summer…nice shrubs to inherit.

Linda Lehmusvirta August 16, 2012, 10:52 pm

Gee, wish I knew! Can’t wait to see what others say! In any case, you’ve got some beautiful plants at your new home. And I’m envious about the blueberries!