Peonies are so BEAUTIFUL! They have a short blooming time span, but they are well worth the wait each year. I've been anticipating their blooms for weeks now. Now I need to add to my collection. I can't have just one with all the gorgeous varieties to choose from.
For the first couple years my peony bloomed, I watched these beautiful blooms unfurl only to be disappointed when the stems flopped over from the weight of the flower. This year I wised-up and staked the plant as it was growing. As you can see in the image below, I placed three bamboo stakes close to the plant, and in three sections, tied twine around the entire plant to help keep the peony together and support the weight of the blooms. The leaves covered the twine quite nicely. My idea worked perfectly, and I love the organic look of the bamboo stakes.
These baby peonies are waiting patiently for their time to bloom.
Next is my beautiful clematis, 'Little Duckling'. It's on the east-facing side of my home and it seems to like it there. My Japanese maple is reaching its branch out to steal a little attention in the shot too.
Thought I would zoom in for a closer look so you too could appreciate the detail.
Since taking this photo a few days ago, there are even more blooms open today. Each day this month is a gardener's adventure watching to see what will bloom next!
I don't own a wisteria vine, but this tree called 'Purple Robe' Idaho Robina Ambigua 'Idahoensis' locust comes in a close second to the wisteria. It's blossoms remind me of a cluster of wisteria flowers, and even the leaves look similar to wispy wisteria leaves.
Idaho Locust Robinia x ambigua 'Idahoensis'
Not sure about the variety of this columbine. It's my neighbors.
I think old-fashioned bleeding heart 'Dicentra spectabilis' is an interesting perennial. Its name suits it well. I was reading recently about good companion plants for bleeding heart. They are hosta, false spirea, and ferns. Try tucking a few of these plants around your bleeding heart.
Ornamental strawberry ground cover grows well in full sun as well as part sun.
If you are trying to attract pollenators like honey bees, they love this stuff.
My husband and I planted this Dwarf False Spirea ('Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem') just a couple weeks ago. Even though it's not blooming yet, I thought I would post a picture of it. The leaf structure reminds me of a fern and the pinkish tipped new growth gives the plant interest. Apparently it has white blooms that bloom all summer.
Over by my mailbox I've planted guara (Guara lindheimeri 'Perky Pink') with a few zinnias tucked around for more color. The guara has not bloomed yet but gets wispy wands of pink flowers. Even better is that guara is drought tolerent and is a very hardy plant here.
Pretty chives blossom in my garden. Chives are an herb that is hardy in my zone 5 area and will return each spring.
Baby romaine and rosemary planted in my concrete block raised vegetable garden.
This is another view of my vegetable garden. Growing right now are my snow peas, garlic, tomatoes (in my wall-o-waters), herbs, and lettuce. I used bamboo stakes to trellis my snowpeas with string attached for the peas to have something to climb onto. It's working very well.
Closer view of snow peas...white marigolds and lobelia are planted to soften the edges and attract pollenators.
This romaine mix has been delicious! It's so attactive too with its speckled, burgandy, and chartreuse leaves.
The next few photos of the bearded iris' are gorgeous. Unfortunately I do not know the varieties because a neighbor (who has since moved) gave them to me when she divided them one year. I'll have to investigate I guess.
Hope you've enjoyed viewing what's been blooming in my garden. Happy gardening and happy GBBD! Go visit May Dreams Gardens to check out more garden blogs. http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/2011/06/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-june-2011.html