This is the time I start looking for the next round of flowers. The first flowers have either started to finish or are getting ready for another bloom. I've started seeing buds on the phlox, echinacea, rudbeckia, lilies and some flowering shrubs.
I've found some that usually bloom in July, but have decided to start the show early:
A very long stemmed scabiosa that was given to me by our neighbor. It's stems are about 18" long. He said they are used by florists, but didn't know the variety. The shorter scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue' and 'Pink Mist' have been blooming for awhile now, but this one is usually later.
One of my favorite hydrangeas. This is Oakleaf hydrangea 'Snow Queen'. The poor shrub has lost quite a few branches between tree trimming and snow the past few years. It should get to be around 6 feet and does great in dry shade.
Hardy Fuchsia 'Queen Esther'. I can't find anything, including the plant tag, that says if this is a magellanica. Everything I find just calls it a hardy fuchsia. Something has been chewing the leaves, and whatever it is isn't eating anything else nearby.
Fuchsia magellanica that grows near the pond. This one seems to like the sun. It gets really big and will bloom until the first frost.
Monkshood (Aconitum) is starting to bloom. This was the first plant I bought years ago at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and this is the best it's ever looked.
Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue' an easy and old fashioned one. This has grown huge and is one of the few I don't worry about when we get a late freeze. I love the color, the flowers will eventually all turn the same light blue.
I think this is a Verbascum, which must be a gift from the birds. I remember seeing the foliage last year and left it because I thought it might be a foxglove. As it grew I kept thinking it could be a foxglove. Once it started to bloom I knew it wasn't. It decided to grow right next to a Columbine as yellow as it is. If anyone has an idea of what this is I'd love to know.
Today is the first official day of summer vacation, so days will be busier with the girls at home. I usually reply to individual comments, but may not have as much time to the next few months. I will definitely answer any questions. So please still leave me comments, I really enjoy reading them, I just may not have time some days to reply to each of them.