Bloom Day – June 2007

Blue Cushion lavender
Lavender “Blue Cushion” with Durango Flame marigolds and strawberries in the background.

Just missed:

Coming soon:

  • coneflower
  • daylilies
  • pickerel weed and water hyacinth in the pond

And what is blooming today:

  • water lily (check out this year’s first bloom!)
  • marsh marigold
  • Heuchera
  • marigold (next year, I want to get a non-hybrid variety and see if it self-seeds)

Pass-along, self-seeding snapdragon

  • pass-along snapdragons I got from my father-in-law last year

Oakleaf hydrangea

  • oakleaf hydrangea

Annabelle hydrangeas, with Solomon's seal in the foreground

  • Annabelle hydrangeas (here with some huge Solomon’s seal in the foreground)
  • thyme
  • rosemary “Benenden”
  • lavender “Blue Cushion”
  • chives
  • tomatillo

Now for the mystery: one of the Annabelles had some atypical flowers last year. They looked a lot more like the native smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) lacecaps, with only a couple of the showy sterile flowers on the outside. Since the local pollinators loved the atypical flowers (and ignored the standard Annabelle blooms), I didn’t trim those stems back this spring. Result: lots of lacecaps, although they haven’t bloomed enough to bring in the bugs in full force yet.

Annabelle, now blooming like the species?

Has anyone else seen an Annabelle revert to the species? Or seen any other cultivar do this?

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve seen variegated plants revert to their green form, so I assume plants can revert to the species? Your flowers look great. I love the lavender and the oak leaf hydrangea. I’ve had them in the past, but for some reason never planted them in my current garden. I need to fix that after seeing yours!

    Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

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  2. Love that oak leaf Hydrangea of yours, very pretty. Annabelle is both surprising and goodlooking. 😉 Hurrah for that first pretty pink flower of your waterlily. My blooms are up too, if you’re interested.

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  3. […] hydrangeas — oakleaf & Annabelle — are in full bloom now, and the bees just love the Annabelle blossoms that have reverted to the wild type. The oakleafs are the bees’ second choice, and the regular Annabelle blooms are practically […]

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  4. Posted by Larry Kmetz on June 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Mine did the same thing! Don’t know if I should trash it or if it might come back like a proper hydrangea next year. What do you think?

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