Some of my favorite flowers have finally begun to bloom. With all of the heat we've had (in the 80's) I've been out watering at least once a day. A few of my newer plants have been pretty droopy, actually some of the plants that have been here for many years have been droopy. I've got some plant moving I need to do, but it's just too hot for both me and the plants. Until then I've got a running mental list going of what needs to go where.
Here are the latest blooms, with more coming soon:
Baptisia is giving me flowers it's first year in my garden. It's an even prettier shad of blue than I imagined.
Red Valerian (centranthrus ruber) is a real favorite of mine. It blooms all summer, and has fluffy seed heads when it's done blooming.
Syringa x prestoniae 'Miss Canada' is in full bloom. It's blooms didn't last long at all. I think it's because it's been in the 80's and it's just too hot. This has been in our garden 2 years and it has quite a few blooms this year.
Knautia macedonia is another favorite that will bloom all summer. It looks a lot like Scabiosa, which is what it was marked as. I finally learned that this is in fact Knautia thanks to Sue at A Corner Garden.
Persian Cornflower (centaurea dealbata) is only about 1 foot high, but has lots of buds on it, just a few have opened so far. I've read that it can spread, but no problems with it here.
Mock Orange (philadelphus) has gold leaves and I wish I knew the variety. It's just beautiful and smells so good. I moved it recently to be closer to the deck so we could enjoy it more.
Clematis 'Ville de Lyon' was the first Clematis I ever planted. It has been very easy and no problems with wilt which can affect Clematis. It grows up the post of the birdhouse where the Chickadees are now. Every year I need to tie it up and it always coincides with the babies being fed. I just love the sound of hungry baby birds.
Lupine that I thought was light pink. It actually looked light pink until it opened all the way. Now it's more red looking.
My favorite new bloom of all, Water Lily 'Sioux'. I worked near the pond for hours yesterday before I noticed it. How could I have missed this? There are 5 more buds now above the water and 2 are close to blooming. Each flower lasts about 3 days and each day the flower gets a darker shade of apricot. I'll take pictures of it as it ages. It also closes up each evening and then reopens as the next day progresses.
It's supposed to be in the mid 80's again today, so I'll be out watering again soon. The good thing about watering frequently is that it gives me an excuse to be looking for more flowers.