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.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. ‘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.
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.