Monday, June 14, 2010

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, June 2010

This month lots of things are starting to bloom:


[Photo: Anemone canadensis.]
  • Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone, anémone du Canada). I was thrilled when this pretty native volunteered last year. Unfortunately I've never managed to get a good picture of it.
  • Myosotis laxa (bay forget-me-not, myosotis laxiflore)
  • Oxalis stricta (wood sorrel, oxalide)
  • [Photo: Phlox divaricata 'Sweet Lilac']
  • Phlox divaricata 'Sweet Lilac' (woodland phlox, phlox bleu) is on its last legs; here's a picture of it in its prime.


    [Photo: Antirrhinum majus.]
  • Antirrhinum majus (snapdragon, muflier). These volunteered last year and managed to survive the winter! (Usually they're treated as annuals in Toronto.) [Photo: Digitalis × mertonensis]
  • Digitalis × mertonensis (strawberry foxglove, digitale hybride) [Photo: Heliotropium arborescens.]
  • Heliotropium arborescens (heliotrope, héliotrope du Pérou)
  • Heuchera 'Bressingham Hybrid' (coral bells, heuchère) [Photo: Impatiens walleriana 'Xtreme™ Pink']
  • Impatiens walleriana 'Xtreme™ Pink'. These are very vigorous and floriferous plants; too bad it turns out they clash violently with the strawberry foxglove. [Photo: Lilium]

    Lilium (lily, lys). Veseys sent some free mixed Carpet Border Lilies with my order last fall. They are lovely, until the lily beetles start nibbling them. (I don't feel comfortable killing animals, even insects, for what are merely cosmetic concerns. I would have squished the eggs but my son thought even that was "mean".) [Photo: Matricaria recutita]

  • Matricaria recutita (German chammomile, camomille vraie). I sowed this annual once a few years ago and it's been volunteering ever since. It has a lovely pineapple smell, like its less showy relative, Matricaria discoidea (pineapple weed, matricaire odorante) [Photo: Petunia 'Carmine Madness®']
  • Petunia 'Carmine Madness®'. My landlords get hot pink petunias every year.
  • Petunia 'Ultra White'. These are actually fragrant! [Photo: Rosa.]
  • Rosa. This is a fragrant variety, and the bees love it. I'm not sure what the green bug in this photo is. [Photo: Scaevola aemula.]
  • Scaevola aemula (fairy fanflower, scaevola émule), an Australian native (like my late father). [Photo: Tagetes 'Janie Primrose.]
  • Tagetes patula 'Janie Primrose' (French marigold, œillet d'Inde)
  • Tagetes patula 'Janie Tangerine' [Photo: Viola cornuta 'Penny Purple Picotee'
  • Viola cornuta 'Penny Purple Picotee' (viola, viola). This is my first year raising violas from seed—it was easy and fun. I got my seeds from Stokes, which has a great selection of viola seeds.
      My landlord just got this lovely planter, which includes Callibrachoa, Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant, plante araignée), Sanvitalia, Scaevola aemula, and a plant I can't identify.

    Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Be sure to check out what's blooming around the world for the June 2010 Bloom Day !


    1. green bug might be a sweat bee.


    2. I adore the strawberry foxglove. I keep saying I'm going to get it for the garden, but somehow... Oh well I'll just gaze at your for now!

    3. so grateful that I came across your blog. very inspiring, and educational. thanks so much for all that you are sharing.


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