Monday, June 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up June 2015 - Ready...Set...Color!

June 2015 Garden
Welcome to my Long Island garden.  Something can be said for two record cold winters in a row and the way perennials perform.  It could be my imagination but the blooms seem to be an intense explosion of color like I have never experienced before. The late arriving, cooler than normal spring brought a slow start to the garden, followed by a sudden rise in temperatures into the 80's over the past few days, leading to an array of abundant color.  Come take a walk with me to see what is blooming during the wonderful month of June! 
Allium Globemaster
I have always admired Allium in botanical gardens so I planted these Allium Globemaster bulbs last fall and waited with great anticipation all winter long to see their magnificent eight inch in diameter blooms on top of 30" high stems this spring.  I can say It was definitely worth the wait and their blooms have exceeded my every expectation!
Allium Globemaster:  A Close up View

Perennial Border
In the perennial border I added these Allium 'Mont Blanc' for some taller interest in the backdrop and they are fun as well. In the foreground are Astilbe, Daylily, Salvia and Lamb's Ear. 
Allium Mont Blanc
 
Allium 'Mont Blanc' is earlier to show its foliage and gets a little taller than Globemaster, topping off at about four feet in height with its pure white blooms that are approximately 4-5 inches in diameter.
Perennial Border with Salvia and Itoh Peony 'Bartzellla'

A little further down in the border you can see the Bartzella Peony I added last spring.
Itoh Peony 'Bartzella' Second Season
I am really enjoying this new hybrid Peony which has a longer bloom span than other varieties. Itoh 'Bartzella' is a cross between a herbaceous peony and tree peony and the blooms are just breathtaking!
Peony 'Karl Rosenfeld' and 'May Night' Salvia
Here are my Peony 'Karl Rosenfeld' which are going on twenty years now in the garden, along with Salvia 'May Night' in the foreground.
"Dafney"
This is "Dafney". She and her mate for life "Donald" visit our pool every summer when it first opens and think it is their own private wading area.  We love having them and they have good manners as far as leaving anything behind!  Instead of the well known Donald and Daisy, she was immediately given the name "Dafney" at first glance!
Backyard Island Bed
Now follow me around to the left side of the backyard to see what surprises lurk around the corner!
Around to the Left Border
This garden is one of the more recent additions developed a few years back when I planted these Nepeta 'Walkers Low' along with Spirea 'Goldmound', 'Summer Snowflake' Viburnum and several varieties of Heuchera in addition to the existing rhododendron, azalea and hosta.  My husband and I call this one of the secret gardens on the property that cannot be fully seen until you actually walk back there as we are now.
Rhododendron and Azalea

Aliium Globemaster and Spirea 'Limemound'
Back around in the pool garden the Spirea 'Limemound' is now in full bloom along with the 'Globemaster' Allium and the 'Stella D Oro' Daylilies should be joining in any day now.  After that the Stargazer Lillium will come into bloom in July.
Red Double Knock Out Roses and Nepeta
Here are Double Knock Out roses along with Nepeta 'Walkers Low', which will both bloom all summer long.
Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake'
Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' has such lovely dainty blooms which last several weeks throughout spring and summer.  These are located in the back "secret" garden.
Hydrangea Buds
Well, it looks like we will be having hydrangea blooms again this year after losing them all last year from the harsh winter before. I missed their bountiful blooms last summer so this is a very welcomed sight!
Full View of Left Backyard
Here is a long view of the back left gardens where we just came from...and now to the front.
Front Walkway Gardens
Welcome to the front gardens!  Here you can see what foliage and blooms are along the walkway...
Front Driveway Gardens
and to end the tour we are now at the gardens that border the driveway.
June 2015 Garden
Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who makes it possible for us to have blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Tuesday Garden PartyToday's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart MacroMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods.  I am so glad you came along for the tour and hope that you enjoyed the visit to my June garden. If you leave a note I will know you dropped by, and will be sure to visit you as well. 

  As Always...Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved



40 comments:

  1. What an absolutely stunning garden. Everything looks so lush and healthy. You are so lucky to be able to grow an Atlantic Cedar. I can only drool!

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. I know the Cedars can be tricky in some climates. I tried posting a comment on your blog several times and failed miserably but want to let you know that your lilies are just beautiful! Happy Bloom Day.

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  2. Your garden looks so magnificent, I would love some of those globe master bulbs but cant seem to find them where I am.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It's fun to see what is blooming in your winter garden as we go into summer here.

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  3. You have a beautiful garden there Lee! I keep meaning to get some alliums, and looking at photos like yours just reinforces that thought. Enjoy those lovely peonies too!

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    1. You have some wonderful blooms in your garden for winter season. This is the perfect time for you to plant those Allium bulbs! Thank you for visiting and for your lovely words!

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  4. I love the photos of blossoms, but the photos of garden areas are really inspiring.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the wider angle shots. I have gotten into the macro shots and have to remember to show the whole garden as well. Thank you so much for visiting!

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  5. I love how you have duplicate blooms around the garden, it really helps keep it all together. I lesson I could well learn from I think.
    Those evergreens give real structure. Nice to have your secret garden too. Your blooms are all lovely, especially the peonies Lee. I love them!

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    1. Thank you Angie. I enjoyed viewing your Lupines, Rhododendron and Zantedeschia aethiopica which are all so fabulous! Happy Bloom Day!

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  6. Your garden really is an inspiration and those alliums are such striking points of interest. I tried growing 'Globemaster' a few years ago and failed. I'm not sure what happened, but maybe it's time I tried again. They are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Dorothy. Your captures of the orange blooms and Monarch in the garden are absolutley lovely!

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  7. I love your beautiful undulating beds with mass plantings...June looks wonderful in your garden!

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  8. I am speechless - so beautiful! We had much the same late spring and sudden summer like weather - and you are right, so much "world record" beauty. I don't know which of your plants I liked the most - they were all beautiful. Makes me want to go out and plant more allium. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh... you just made my day! Thank you so much for visiting and for your thoughtful comment.

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  9. You have the most amazing swaths of colors in your garden! It is so amazing that I am at a loss for words! Just stunning! You have inspired me to break up my green with some more foliage colors! Happy gardening to you! Nicole

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    1. Thank you so much for you kind words NIcole. I always enjoy visiting your beautiful gardens and love your new Calycanthus Floridus...lovely!

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  10. Your garden is absolutely stunning with beautiful blooms everywhere. Love your peonies, they are such wonderful flowers aren't they! You have some gorgeous foliage which gives structure to your garden making a wonderful backdrop to your flowers.

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    1. Thank you Pauline! I look forward to my Peony blooms every spring, I wish they would last longer but at least the foliage is interesting too!

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  11. That's so beautiful! Beautiful garden and flowers! I really interested to the allium, I have never seen here. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Endah. I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your beautiful plumeria.

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  12. Your garden is so lush and beautiful, it looks like you live in a park. Oh, I can dream...
    Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon! I appreciate your kind words. I enjoyed visiting your lovely gardens for Bloom Day. Have a great week!

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  13. Your garden is the one of my imagination, Lee, but, living in a very different climate, my own is composed of very different plants - one day, though, I hope it'll be as full and beautiful as yours. I also hope that, next year, my Itoh peony, now in its second year in my garden, settles in and actually produces flowers as yours has.

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    1. I enjoy your variety of plants Kris and have always had a fascination with Agaves such as yours. Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words.

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing the distant views. You have lovely combos and I really enjoyed your collection of conifers.

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    1. Thank you Shelle. I enjoyed visiting your blog and June gardens. Happy Bloom Day!

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  15. What a gorgeous explosion of color! This might be the first time I've visited your blog, and I must say you have an absolutely beautiful garden!

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    1. Thank you so much Rose. The colder than usual winter really did make the colors this season seem much more pronounced. I am glad you enjoyed my gardens!

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  16. Your yard and flowers are gorgeous. I would love to spend time there.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog and for your kind words. I love spending as much time as possible in my garden.

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  17. This is laid out so beautifully. You must have 3 gardeners working to keep it up.
    You always have such an interesting post. It's nice you name the plants.
    yvonne

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    1. Thanks so much Yvonne. Believe it or not...it's really not that much maintenance except for a little deadheading and weeding here and there. Also I am happiest when in the garden! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Amazing shots! Love the alliums, especially.
    Many thanks for joining Floral Friday Fotos, look forward to your next contribution!

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    1. Thank you for hosting Nick. It is always a pleasure visiting!

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  19. Lee this is stunning....your gardens are incredible...beautiful. I cannot stop going through your pictures....wow! If only my gardens could look half this lovely.

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    1. Donna you made my day and thank you so much for your lovely words. Your gardens and photographs are always a beautiful site to behold!

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