Bloom Day – June 2010

Oakleaf hydrangea

The garden is far ahead of where it was at both a year ago and two years ago.  It’s also in a bit of a bloom gap: the hydrangeas are just starting to decorate the very enthusiastic foliage in the back yard.

In bloom:

  • Oakleaf hydrangea (above – Hydrangea quercifolia)
  • Hydrangea “Annabelle”
  • Grape woodbine in bloom

  • Grape woodbine (a.k.a. Virginia creeper, but with tendrils – Parthenocissus vitacea)
  • Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
  • Marsh phlox close-up

  • Marsh phlox (Phlox glaberrima)
  • Awl-fruited sedge

  • Awl-fruited sedge (Carex stipata)
  • Lavender “Blue Cushion”
  • Sedum kamkatschicum
  • American linden
  • Snapdragons
  • Day lilies
  • Water lilies
  • Oregano
  • Chives
  • Thyme

In fruit:

  • Volunteer black raspberry (or mutant Caroline?)
  • Raspberry “Caroline”
  • Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis)
  • Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

The robins ate all of the serviceberries a week or two ago, before I even noticed them turning red!

Coming soon: more hydrangeas, Joe Pye weed and Culver’s root, and blooms in the pond.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Nice blooms! I had to fence our young oakleaf hydrangea – the rabbits here seem to have quite a taste for hydrangeas, and have killed a few of them. Now the oakleaf is fenced, it’s finally leafing out. I doubt there’ll be blooms this year, so I’ll just enjoy yours!


    • Posted by lakechicagoshores on June 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      The bunnies are rather persistent, aren’t they? Fortunately, my 3 oakleafs are big enough now that the bunnies can’t hurt them much unless there’s enough snow that they can reach the higher branches. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your oakleaf blooms next year!


  2. Love the hydrangeas. I’ve never seen ones with cone-shaped flower heads. I have heard of the oak-leaf variety, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of the flowers, just the leaves.


    • Posted by lakechicagoshores on June 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      I believe there are other cone-shaped blooms in the hydrangea family like PeeGee (H. paniculata), but it certainly is a different look than the mopheads like Annabelle. The oakleafs are especially nice because they do not need to be pruned – they bloom on old wood.


  3. The marsh phlox is pretty. Does is need boggy soil or will it grow in regular soil? I think I need to try it:)


    • Posted by lakechicagoshores on June 21, 2010 at 9:13 am

      It doesn’t like to be dry, but will be happy in regular garden soil. My plants are in part shade, and they seem happy there, but they’d like more sun as well.


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