Monday, June 14, 2010

GBBD June 2010

Shastas are beginning to bloom along the front entry path as well as in several other spots...always cheerful, always reliable, their only fault is they are so enticing to earwigs. They lose something when their centers are eaten up. So far this year the earwigs have not attacked, a wonderful and perplexing situation. I've certainly seen plenty hiding under things so I know they are there. I think I will not question it and simply enjoy the intact shastas.
Glossy Abelia Edward Goucher blooms for quite a while. Sweet tiny trumpet shaped blooms cover the shrub.

Scented geranium Lady Plymouth is beginning to bloom along the driveway.

Hemerocallis Exotic Echo blooms surrounded by Salvia May Night.

Dwarf Carnation Evermore blooms almost year round here. It is truly one of my favorite old reliable plants. But today it surprised me when I was taking photos. One flower, out of maybe 50 presently on the plant and after 5 years in the garden, appeared as an all pink bloom. Kind of cool to do so for Bloom Day!

The Bat Faced Cuphea is just beginning to bloom. I bought this plant several years ago after seeing it on Annie in Austin's blog, The Transplantable Rose. I had a young girl in my child care who was batty about bats...and so had to plant this for her. Here's your plant, Heather!

Strangely enough, there are a few bearded iris just blooming, long after the main iris show. They seem to be trying to show up the agapanthus that is just beginning to bloom. Rosa Berries and Cream and Regina alstroemeria are in the background.

Also blooming today:

Wax begonias
Salvia Caradonna
Salvia Blue Hills
Salvis Victoria Blue
Spanish lavender Pastel dreams
Lavandula Provence
Lavender Goodwin Creek
Lavender Melissa
Society garlic
Solanum jasminoides
Star jasmine
Pink pandorea
Geranium Rozanne
Cranesbill Biokova
Ivy geraniums
Bell peppers
Lemon verbena

Carol at May Dreams Gardens invites gardeners around the world to share their blooms on the 15th of each month. Visit her to find other gardens and see what's blooming this month!


Jean Campbell said...

It has been a good year for Shastas here too. Love the daylily/salvia combo.

Happy Bloom Day

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I didn't know earwigs favor Shastas. I just bought one for the girl. Hopefully they'll content themselves with the Clematises instead. That's a beautiful Hemerocallis. The Salvia sets it off perfectly. I wonder why your carnation is sporting? It's lovely in original and intense.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Gorgeous blooms in your garden. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Lots of overachievers there, from your iris to that unique little carnation! But I'm with Heather--the batface cuphea is my favorite. :)

Annie in Austin said...

Everything looks just right for June, Leslie! So far the Shastas have been 'cheerful and dependable' plants here, too. I haven't noticed earwigs on them, but sometimes cucumber beetles go for the pollen.

How fun that you added a batfaced cuphea - is this plant one that lived over winter? My plants didn't like 13°F so I had to buy a new one. And yes, I had to buy it! Love the batfaces!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Sylvana said...

I love your carnation with the tiny edging of pink.

Andrea Fox said...

hi leslie, i really like the exotic echo lily / salvia combo - striking!

Melody said...

How neat to find an all pink flower on your carnation:) I have several varieites but I don't have that one - the bicolor ones are my favorites.

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

Leslie, it all looks so restful. I didn't know that info about the earwigs. Thanks.~~Dee

Cindy, MCOK said...

Your garden looks lovely and I'm so glad the earwigs are leaving those Shastas alone this year!

Sue Swift said...

Got home to London to find shastas had invaded my lawn. loved them, and was sad to have to mow them down. Will try to move them to a flower bed.

Laura said...

I love all of your garden flowers.

The best advice I was ever given regarding those nasty earwigs was to put a container with a couple ounces of cheap vegetable oil and add a couple dashes of no name soy sauce. They love the soy and the oil won't let them escape. In one summer I am sure I eliminated well over a thousand and the next summer there were very little.