Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day November 2022

As it turns to Fall (wintertime temperatures are on the way but we have been spared a hard frost so far) this GBBD post has to focus on Camellias.  It is always amazing to me what a long season we have with the Camellias.  Between the C. japonicas and C. sasanquas (and the various hybrids) we usually have Camellias blooming from October through April.  I began growing them with 1 gallon pots that brought on airplane rides from California and then put them in the basement each winter until I realized they were actually hardy here.  We had one really cold winter that seemingly killed this red sasanqua to the point where i actually cut it back to the ground.  And then the next year it came back vigorously.  So this bushy flowering plant is actually the second rebirth of our Fall Camellia.

Fall Camellia

Some of the others in bloom right now are shown below.

Camellia x ‘Survivor’

Camellia sasanqua ‘October Magic Orchid’

Elsewhere in the garden the Cestrum continues it’s flowerful display

Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’

Pretty special for a plant that dies back to the ground every winter.

Right next to it is the Japanese quince that has no business blooming in November (but it often does).

Red Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles)

We have had a very extended Fall and the roses are still putting out blossoms.

Rose ‘Knockout Red’

And out at the front fence there are a continuing sequence of flowers on the Daphne I planted there several years ago.

Daphne × transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’

In the pasture I still see spots of color from the gaillardia that have volunteered from wildflower plantings.

Gaillardia

In the alpine bed there is still a single Moroccan Poppy remaining from the many that flowered there this year.

Papaver atlanticum ‘Flore Pleno’

In the vegetable garden we not only have flowers of various sorts but fall peas and lettuce still coming in.

Fall Peas and a strawberry

Fall Peas

Calendula and Lettuce

Calendula (Pacific Beauty Mix)

Tithonia

And then lastly let me close with an indoor flower.  We see flowers twice a year from the potted Amazon Lily and once again it is doing its thing with a minimum of care.

Amazon Lily flowers

Highly recommended as a wonderful houseplant that can play outside in the summertime.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day October 2022

Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’

Just a few items for this GBBD since I’m a day late (as usual).  The blue monkshood shown above is sometimes called the autumn flowering monkshood because it comes to the very end of the season.  But wow, what a flower.  We’ve never grown it before because it is extremely poisonous but it has a long history of being grown in perennial gardens.

Also in the front yard I found the first of the fall blooming in Camellias.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Northern Lights’

This was planted last spring and I was surprised to see it in flower before any of the other sasanquas.

The first of the toad lillies are in flower now

Toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta ‘Sinonome’

Otherwise there are many of the carryovers from previous months still in bloom.

Colchicum ‘Bornmuelleri’

Princess Flower

Plectranthus

Cyclamen hederifolium

Out in the garden in raised beds the calendula continue with their wonderful flowering.

Calendula

Calendula

And with regard to raised beds I should mention that Josh and I installed a third raised bed for next year’s gardens.

Assembling new raised bed

And as we head out to the pasture there are late flowering sunflowers

Late Sunflower

as well as some of their smaller relatives

Swamp Sunflower ‘Helianthus angustifolius’

Gallardia in the pasture

I do have to take note of the Dahlias still coming into the house

Dahlia ‘Bodacious’

And the beautiful beautyberries by the driveway

Beautyberry

Finally let me close with our new approach to harvesting chestnuts.

Harvesting Chestnuts

Just stomp on the spiny balls and wiggle the lovely chestnuts out…

 

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day September 2022

Dahlia in the house

Well it’s Bloom Day for September and the weather has been spectacular the past week.  There are a great many annual flowers in the garden such as zinnias, cosmos, nasturtium, calendula, and daisies.  I’ll just represent them all with the this big Dahlia that Beth brought into the house.  And then maybe Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower) since it has grown to spectacular heights (at least 12 feet) this year.

Tithonia

Another annual that has grown on our porch this year is Plectranthus.  It was overwintered in the greenhouse and then took a while to catch hold in the spring.  But it now looks spectacular (and it makes a good cut flower in the house as well).

Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’

Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’ in detail

Another back porch item is the Princess Flower which continues its daily vivid flowers

Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana)

At the front porch is the very green welcoming garden that Beth built with deep black rectangles.

Entrance Garden

And a particularly striking addition this year is a Carex with pink flowers that we brought back from Plant Delights this spring.

Carex scaposa

From the greenhouse comes a very striking hyacinth relative from Madeira.

Scilla madeirensis

A few other items struck me as I walked about the yard.  There are marvelous peony seeds at this time of year.

Peony Seeds

The Pyracantha and Hyacinth have intertwined to create a lovely combination.

Intertwining of pyracantha (mojave) and hydrangea (limelight)

And a newly planted Arisaema consanguinum looks for all the world like a mother hen for the neighboring Cyclamen.

Arisaema consanguinum and cyclamen hederifolium

Then there are the still good-looking repeats from last month.

Cestrum x ‘Orange Peel’

Crepe myrtle white

And I discovered that the Clematis which I tried to remove at least two other times has sprung up again among the roses.

Clematis paniculata

This is a particularly beautiful and vigorous plant that is happy to take over your garden.

And if you go for a walk on the hillside you will see the Colchicum doing their fall explosion of color.

Colchicum ‘Giant’

The other thing that happens now are berries and other fruit.

Viburnum wrightii

Fig fruit ready for picking

Potomac Pears at harvest time.

And then I’ll close with one of the workers in the greenhouse that keeps the pests at bay.

Jumping Spider in greenhouse

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day August 2022

Gordlinia grandiflora flower closeup

Well, I missed last month’s posting to GBBD (first time in ten years) and I feel somewhat guilty so I have a couple of special items for this posting.  Back in April I received as a gift one of the largest plants I’ve ever gotten in a box in the mail (from ForestFarm).  

Gordlinia grandiflora arrival

It was a Gordlinia grandiflora, a relatively rare hybrid derived from a cross between Franklinia alatamaha and Gordonia lasianthus in 2003.  It’s a relatively small tree with absolutely gorgeous camellia-like flowers.

Gordlinia grandiflora

It’s begun flowering now and should continue through September…

Another special item for us this year is the Princess Flower.  I started this from a small 4 inch pot from Putnam Hill Nursery last year and it didn’t flower.  So I carried it over in the greenhouse and repotted it at the beginning of the season.  It has taken off over the last two months and it’s now 5 foot tall and still growing.  In the meantime I found another specimen growing in a pot twice as big as mine and just coming into flower.  Nonestop flowering is what it yields.

Princess Flower (Tibouchina Urvilleana)

Princess Flower (Tibouchina Urvilleana)

It will need to go into the greenhouse again but wow, what flowering!

Otherwise it’s pretty normal summer flowering for us.

The Allium are flowering in a couple of places

Allium ‘Millenium’

The Crepe Myrtle is finally in flower for the season

Crepe myrtle white

the Cestrum has recovered from its winter dieback

Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’

And the Crinum is showing its numerous hanging flowers

Crinum powellii

In the vegetable/cutting garden the Glads have yielded abundantly

Gladiolus

Picking Glads

and the Tithonia and Sunflowers are ten foot tall at least.

Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower)

Sunflower

In the greenhouse there are multiple pots of Cyrtanthus in flower

Cyrtanthus elatus

as well as a particularly nice Sinningia

Sinningia eumorpha

If we weren’t so busy picking fruits and vegetables I might actually finish weeding the greenhouse:)

Crispie Pears (these are very sweet)

Oh, I should mention that my excuse for missing last month’s posting was a trip to California where we relived our youth by driving down the California Coast.

Drake’s Beach Point Reyes

It was a wonderful trip…

 

 

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day June 2022 (very late)

Nightrider Lily

Well, I’m very late for posting this past month’s Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.  My excuse is that I was in Ithaca for the North American Rock Garden Society’s Annual Meeting.  It was a wonderful meeting but I was busy from dawn to later hours and it left me no time for posting.  And when I got back I had trunk full of wonderful plants to put in (Enkianthus, Epimediums, Spice Bush, etc.)  So despite the lateness there were a few points I wanted to share from mid-June.  Firstly it was lily-time as illustrated by Nightrider, the near black Asiatic shown above.  Both it and other of the new lilies this year came from The Lily Garden which was new and wonderful source to me.

Both of the next two were also Asiatics from The Lily Garden

Purple Marble Lily

Lily ‘Istanbul’

There was also a trumpet lily that I planted next to the grapes (from Brent and Becky)

Lily ‘Pink Perfection’

There was also a nice Arisaema below the lilies.

Arisaema candidissum (white form)

I also wanted to share more pictures from the wildflower meadow that we’ve planted in the pasture this year.  I mentioned it last month but it has continued to prosper with new flowers showing up every few weeks.  

Wildflower meadow

Monarda citriodora

Evening Primrose

Larkspur

Centaurea

And just to finish this belated post on a sweet note this is what we expect every evening at this time of year

Blueberries and ice cream

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day May 2022

Pileated Woodpecker

This bird has been a frequent visitor to our garden this last week so I thought you might want to join him in perusing the flowers at Ball Road for this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day.

Azalea Exbury Hybrid ‘Gibraltar’

It’s very much the Azalea time of year hereabouts.  What is especially nice this year is that we dug four layered offspring from this plant last year and they are now to be found in other parts of the yard.

New Azalea ‘Gibraltar’ from layering

One of our favorite Azaleas is beside the deck.  Azalea ‘Visco Sepala’ came from White Flower Farm many years ago, though it’s originally from England.  It has a spectacular fragrance.

Azalea ‘Visco sepala’

Naturally at the same time the tree peonies are stepping up to the plate.

Tree Peonies in Bloom

Yellow Tree Peony

Nearby is another very nice perennial.

Glaucidium palmatum

And a very distinctive Japanese Maple that is worth building a garden around

Golden Full Moon Maple (Acer Shirasawanum)

We also have a reliable showing of Lamium by the garage where it outcompetes the weeds.

Lamium orbala

One could easily get lost with trying to account for all the things in bloom right now.  If we go back to the Alpine bed there are some special repeat performances.

Dianthus petraeus ssp. petraeus

Aubretia ‘Blue Beauty’

Ornithogalum exscapum

Papaver atlanticum (Moroccan Poppy)

Lewisia cotyledon ‘Rainbow mix’

I want to take a few minutes out to share our meadow-like pasture.  Last year son Josh, cut the pasture ultrashort and then seeded the area with crimson clover and wildflowers from Wildseed in Texas.  The result has been wonderful.  It’s easy to get lost in just the crimson clover.

Wildflower meadow

Crimson Clover Flower

But amidst the clover are wallflowers, peas, flax, sweet william and POPPIES.

Poppy from wildflower mix

Pink Poppy

White Poppy

We also have for the first time Five Spot

Five Spot (Nemophila maculata)

As an ending point for this already long posting let me share the Viburnum on the hillside that overlooks these wildflowers.

Viburnum on the hillside

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day April 2022

One of many, many daffodils

It’s hard not to give credit to the daffodils for giving this spring a wonderful start on this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day

Daffodils everywhere

There are flowers literally everywhere on our property right now.  Spring bulbs, flowering trees and wildflowers are making it a joy to walk about the yard.  The hellebores, like the daffodils are in full display-mode.

Helleborus ‘Double Flowered White’

The various Erythroniums are displaying their hanging flowers from pink to yellow to white.

Erythrronium revolutum ‘White Beauty’

The standard trout lilies have been fully in flower the past two weeks in the raised bed by the deck.

Erythronium americanum

However, the same plants in the woods have never flowered.  I transferred them years ago and they have propagated like mad but do not flower.  Apparently I’m not alone in this observation.

The main thing blooming in the woods at this point are the bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Bluebells in the woods

Another wild flower is the Star of Bethlehem that is popping up in the lawn right now.  I should probably plan to move it to the woods where it can spread freely.

Ornithogalum nutans

Among the other things flowering right now are the double-flowered Japanese Quince, much bigger than normal quince flowers.

Double Flowered Japanese Quince

I noticed that the miracle pear tree is covered by flowers this year.

Pear ‘Twentieth Century’

Pear ‘Twentieth Century’ up close

We call it the miracle pear tree because it was completely flattened by a teenager’s car when it was young.  I was able to stake it up in place and it miraculously recovered.

A number of the plants flowering now stem from Illahe Nursery in Oregon.  Several Freesias, Watsonias, a Babiana, and the Iris shown below have been really strong growing beautiful plants.

Iris ‘Golden Beauty’

The Babiana has an unbelievable number of buds.

Babiana stricta ‘Dark Purple’

Well that’s a sampling from our hill on Ball Road.  Enjoy the Spring!

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day March 2022

Fritillaria stenanthera ‘Cambridge’

It is two days late for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, but I need to keep up my records.  There have been sooo many flowers and activities around our house that it’s hard to account for everything that is happening.  The daffodils are off to a fine start and all of their friends and neighbors are coming too.  I’ll focus on some of my favorites in the interest of getting this post out at least by St. Patricks Day.  The Fritillary pictured above is a reminder that some Fritillaries are willing face the viewer rather than nodding toward the grass.

It’s hard not to focus on the Hellebores for this time of year.  They are everywhere.

Hellebore x hybridus PDN Double White

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Kingston Cardinal’

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Winter Sunshine’

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Peppermint Ice’

There is even a black one that I’ve forgotten the name of…

Hellebore black

There are several unnamed seedlings to be found in our woods since they don’t seem to be fancied by the deer.

Hellebore growing in the woods

And in the yard and the woods we find a classic primrose

Primula vulgaris

Out in the front yard the Edgeworthia is announcing the beginning of Spring.

Edgeworthia in full bloom

Edgeworthia chrysantha

And then there are the classic spring bulbs

Iris histroides ‘Major’

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’

Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa)

And yet more out in the woods

Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe’

Scilla bifolia ‘Rosea’

A nice surprise for me was to discover this rock garden plant that I put in two years ago after a Yuzawa Engei order from Japan.  It’s original home is in the high mountains of Morocco so I’m glad it has chosen to flower here.

Ranunculus calandrinoides (High Alpine Buttercup)

I always feel good when little Saxifrages are willing to flower in our garden troughs.

Saxifraga ferdinandi-coburgi ssp. radoslavoffii

Saxifraga ‘Allendale Charm’

You can just barely see the little piece of tufa that Wrightman’s Alpines provides.

Another first time flowering for me is this little Clivia that I got from seed via the Pacific Bulb Society back in 2013.

Belgian hybrid orange Clivia (2013)

It has a few years to go to catch up with our normal Clivia.  But I’m more than willing to watch it try.

Clivia

Clivia miniata

And since I began the last GBBD post with the first Adonis image of the year, I thought it only fair to end this post with another Adonis posting, this time of the very special orange one (even though this image is from three weeks ago).

Adonis amurensis ‘Chichibu Beni’

I was afraid last year that I had lost this planting it was down to just two flowers, but it came back strongly this year — and I intend to take some seeds.