Summer Is Here: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day June 2015

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We know it’s summer when the frost-tender mosaic bird bath (pictured above) takes its rightful place in the front garden. That move from winter storage was delayed because I was attending the Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Toronto. (There’s a good story about the bird bath here.)

All the usual suspects are blooming, so I’ll just give you the highlights. The front walk is turning into a garden in its own right.

Stone walk planted with violas at

Johnny-jump-ups are growing in the crevices of the front walk.

Now that it’s a garden, it needs to be weeded. Good thing I have knee pads in my garden pants and a CobraHead Weeder.

Violas in stone walk at

That plantain has got to go.

‘Berlin Tiger’ is one of my more unusual irises.
Berlin Tiger iris from

Berlin Tiger is a hybrid with I. pseudacorus being one of the parents.

‘Jaybird’ is probably my favorite iris.
'Jaybird' Siberian iris

‘Jaybird’ Siberian iris has got to be the bluest iris I’ve seen.

Someone from the neighborhood that I hadn’t met actually stopped by, got acquainted, and offered to trade some of this iris for plants he just “happened” to have in his car. That’s how lovely this iris is. The roses are starting to take off as well. The first blooms are open with more to come.
Darcey Bussell rose

Darcey Bussell: cold hardy, disease-resistant, fragrant, and RED.

Gertrude Jekyll rose

Gertrude Jekyll is another David Austin rose with a wonderful fragrance.

With its clay soil, rocks, and steep incline, the Slope Garden often gives me fits, but it does have its moments of glory as well.
Lupines and Siberian iris

Lupines self-sow in the Slope Garden so I never know where they’ll pop up.

A friend gave me a seedling of ‘Midnight Reiter’ geranium. One of the seedlings from that passalong plant lives up to the midnight in its name:
Midnight Reiter geranium

ex ‘Midnight Reiter’ geranium. This one’s a keeper

Love, love, love my peonies.
Bev peony

I’ve had ‘Bev’ for 13 years now and she never fails to delight. Never needs staking, either.

Last but not least, the highlight of this month and maybe this year, ‘Bartzella’ has bloomed for the first time.
Bartzella peony

Bartzella peony: the very first bloom since I planted her in 2012.

My sister gave me this peony as a gift in 2012. She found it bagged and bare root in a big box store, and it has taken three years to get to blooming size. Did I mention I’m excited?

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.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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Ruben June 27, 2015, 5:36 pm

Loved all of your photos, I hope you don’t mind me borrowing some ideas for my own garden. Thank you so much for sharing anyway.

FoA June 27, 2015, 3:21 am

I love the flowers especially Bartzella peony it took long but very lovely. A big thumb up to your sister

Mary Anne (Äiti) Arendt June 25, 2015, 2:44 pm

How do I get on your list of cold climate gardening? I am in zone 4 in Central WI. Mainly I blog about flowers, and in the winter I include arts and crafts plus tea activities.

Amy June 22, 2015, 3:40 am

I saw your pictures on blooming. Its wonderful and inspiration. I will adapt to your front walk idea! Thanks!

Ray June 21, 2015, 8:15 pm

The geranium is great; and if the leaves are that color normally, (not just when they come out) I may need to look into getting Midnight Reiter.

Mike the Gardener June 18, 2015, 7:56 am

Gorgeous Photos! I am looking forward to take pictures of all the veggies that I am growing 🙂

Alana June 17, 2015, 8:34 pm

Jaybird iris – instant love! My bearded irises were disappointments this year – hardly any of them bloomed. So, instead, I feasted on your peonies.

Kathy Purdy June 18, 2015, 6:24 am

A lot of my bearded iris buds rotted on the stalk. I think there was too much rain for them.

Barbara Phillips Conroy June 17, 2015, 6:39 am

Hi Kathy – got your note in the mail yesterday! Thank you so much. Your iris trader reminded me of a woman who just happened by with a trowel and plastic bag when she spied some ground cover she thought I might like to share with her. You just have to smile. Bartzilla is absolutely glorious! If you can bear to remove a blossom – they look wonderful floating in a bowl. B.

Kathy Purdy June 17, 2015, 11:02 am

Maybe next year I will remove a blossom. This year I just want to gaze in rapt adoration.

Jane / MulchMaid June 16, 2015, 6:23 pm

I’ve always been partial to Siberian iris, but ‘Jaybird’ is a knockout. That blue! Happy Bloom Day!

Amy Olmsted June 16, 2015, 5:51 pm

The siberian iris ‘Jay bird’ is gorgeous!! And I must have one….where did you get it? From Joe Pye Weed’s Garden?
I’m also loving the front walk with the Johnny Jump-Ups….so cute!

Kathy Purdy June 16, 2015, 8:19 pm

I got Jaybird from Seneca Hill Perennials, which is no longer in business. But Google it, I think I saw it in a catalog recently.

Thomas June 16, 2015, 5:37 pm

The Berlin Tiger looks wonderful. There seems to be some of them too in my backyard. They’re quite a sight for sore eyes.

Judy Goodell June 16, 2015, 9:06 am

Hi, Kathy; I always enjoy your newsletters. I would love to try a David Austen rose, but think of japanese beetles and how the fragrance would attract them. How do you cope with them?

Kathy Purdy June 18, 2015, 6:18 am

I just pick them off if they start to get really bad. If I didn’t grow a plant because a bug might get it, I wouldn’t grow any plants!

commonweeder June 16, 2015, 7:31 am

As we prepare to move into a new house and plant a whole new garden (this house has only bare flat lawn) I am encouraged to think how rapidly your garden has taken beautiful shape. Today I am particularly taken with that johnny jumped up stone path.

Kathy Purdy June 18, 2015, 6:20 am

The first year was tough, and so was the second. It helps to fill in with annuals, self-sowing or otherwise. And be generous with soil amendment, unless you bought a house with perfect soil.

Donna June 16, 2015, 6:08 am

I like your walk with the Johnny jump ups. They hop around my garden too and they are such cuties. Also, I envy those lupine. The native ones don’t grow here, and keeping the cultivated ones happy is difficult in our heavy clay, rocky soils.

Kathy Purdy June 18, 2015, 6:22 am

I have heavy clay soil with rocks, too, but the lupines are growing on a slope. That might be the difference. These lupines were here when we moved in. I don’t think they are natives. I think they are seed children of lupines bought at at store. Possibly they were a different color to start with.

Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern June 15, 2015, 8:20 pm

NEED that Geranium – beautiful. LOVE your front walk – don’t weed it. Love it all “cottagy.” Why don’t I have peonies? Really.

Kathy Purdy June 15, 2015, 10:12 pm

I don’t weed it; I edit it. I take out what I don’t want and leave what I want to seed around. I don’t want plantain in there!

Les June 15, 2015, 7:06 pm

Your sister is generous with her gifts, but you probably deserved it.

Kathy Purdy June 15, 2015, 10:13 pm

She is generous. Furthermore, she pays attention and remembers what I enthused about, so her generosity is spot on. And I hope I deserved it.

Jane Rutkowski June 15, 2015, 6:12 pm

Love your flowers! It seems like it’s taken forever to get to early summer. I winter sowed a lot of annuals and am just waiting on them to bloom during summer. My spring bloomers – bleeding hearts, daffs, etc. are long done flowering. Peonies? No flowers this year. Found the buds on the ground and the leaves all covered with small holes. Always next spring, I guess.

Kathy Purdy June 15, 2015, 10:15 pm

Oh, Jane, I’m so sorry to hear about your peonies! Having iris troubles here. Some bearded iris buds are turning to mush; others are being snapped off by–what?–and left lying on the ground.

Jean June 15, 2015, 4:00 pm

I love the little violas in your path! And I’m glad to see your ‘Bartzella’ bloomed. I have two intersectionals and like both. And ‘Midnight Reiter’? I’m envious as I’ve never gotten it to grow for me. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Purdy June 15, 2015, 10:16 pm

I’m still lusting after Cora Louise.