Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GBBD - June 2010

Nothing seems to be cooperating with me for this Garden Blogger Bloom Day post. It was raining when I wanted to take pictures and Blogger was having issues with uploading the pictures. And now, as I am writing this, the sun has finally come out after days of hiding and I can't seem to type. Ugh.

But I did it! A GBBD post on GBBD! Yay. I am trying something new this month. Instead of writing the post and plopping the pictures into it, I am using hovertext to label -- so, if you'd like to know more about a picture, just hover!

As always, thanks so much to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for creating and hosting GBBD. If you'd like to see more blooms and maybe even share in the fun, go to her June post and include your blooms!


Anonymous Megan said...

Glad the rain stopped for a moment. Your pictures are beautiful!

-Former Wisconsin Gardener

6/15/2010 12:18 PM  
Blogger Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I love photographing flowers just after a rain, they look fresher somehow. Your photos are lovely!

6/15/2010 2:08 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

A rained on garden looks so satisfied. You've got some really amazing blooms in your garden. I like all the shades of pink, especially that magenta flower with silver foliage.

6/15/2010 3:22 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Megan, oh, but it was raining mosquitoes! I'm surprised that any of these pictures turned out clear. Every time that I would try to snap a shot I'd have to swat at a mosquito too.

Curbstone Valley, these pictures actually turned out a lot better than I thought that they would. My garden looks pretty green from a distance, so it nice to get into it to take these pictures every month to remind myself how many things are actually blooming.

Amy, the flower that you like is a lychnis coronaria/rose campion. The Maltese Cross are are related: lychnis chalcedonica. The rose campion are very easy to grow and transplant. I had a hug clump of them growing in a nursery mess tray for two years because I ran out of room to move the volunteers that I had plucked from the garden.

6/15/2010 5:01 PM  
Blogger MulchMaid said...

I love all your yellows, reds and oranges...who needs sunshine when you have that color bounty?! I'm always wistful when I see beautiful delphiniums like yours. I just haven't had good luck with them, although you'd think they'd do so well here in the Pacific Northwest.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

6/15/2010 8:35 PM  
OpenID jeansgarden said...

Hi Sylvana, Your peonies had a familiar look to them. We had hard rain here yesterday, too, and today my peonies were all bending and sighing and dropping their petals. I love that heuchera-columbine combination. Regarding the delphinium, you might be interested in checking out the New Millenium series from New Zealand. My local nursery has been growing them from seed and then selling the seedlings; they are sturdier and longer-lived than the Pacific Giants. -Jean

6/15/2010 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Northern Shade said...

When I read about your reclaiming the bed form the creeping charlie, I had to tell you that they actually sell the stuff in plant stores here. The first time I saw it I couldn't believe it. They sell it with the 'pot stuffers' of annuals for planters, but I know what it really is, a cunning little devil. I guess that it is either not hardy enough to withstand a winter here, or the plant stores are selling it to westerners before they discover what a weed it is. Anyone who has ever tried pulling it out of their lawn in the east would never buy it.

Your bed around the speedwell is looking good, a nice grouping of plants.

6/15/2010 9:43 PM  
Blogger Town Mouse said...

Great collection of blooms! I love the peace offering.

As for the hovertext, it was a little tiresome because it kept wanting to disappear before I finished reading. But I like the idea.

Happy bloom day!

6/15/2010 10:04 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Mulch Maid, I do admit that delphinium are not easy plants to grow. But they are no where near as hard to grow as roses! Seriously. I kill them all. Carefree is the lone survivor in my massacre.

JeansGarden, I think I am going to try winter sowing some delphinium. I might try with those varieties. It's not unusual for my delphinium to give up after three years, but I do have one out there that is over five years old!

Northern Shade, I have seen that too! What's up with that? I still see gout weed being sold too (and I'm talking the green/green stuff not the green/white stuff). Oh, that people would be foolish enough to actually pay money for that invasion.
I was really enjoying that little combination of plants myself.

Town Mouse, I'm so glad that you said something. I had checked both browsers before using it to be sure that it worked, but I didn't realize that Explorer drops the text after a few second of hover. How annoying. That's why I use Firefox. Explorer is annoying. I will have to think of way to improve this idea.

I guess squirrels aren't all bad.

6/16/2010 7:57 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

I have never seen 'Molten Lava' before, but now... I NEED some! On the bright side, all of your rain really left the garden looking fresh and lush, Sylvana--just lovely!

By the way, in the speedwell picture, what is the twisted metal behind the veronica? That looks like it one cool sculpture--I'd love to see all of it. :)

6/16/2010 9:41 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Blackswamp_Girl, well, if you find some, let me know where because I want more.

Every year we have Art on the Kinni a show/sale for local artists, and that is where I got it. It is an ironworks sculpture of cattails. I still can't believe that I got it for $40! He didn't have any more last year, but I'm hoping that I can get another this year.

I'll try to post a picture of it in my next post.

6/16/2010 2:34 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

You certainly have a wealth of blooms! I'm so glad everything finally cooperated for you...I loved seeing your garden.

6/16/2010 3:54 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Leslie, I love GBBD because it makes me realize that even when my garden looks very green from afar there really is so much blooming in it.

6/16/2010 6:47 PM  
Anonymous joene said...

Your photos reminded me that I forgot to take photos of my feverfew ... some years it's not so nice ... this year it's wonderful. Great photos, glad you worked out your posting kinks.

6/16/2010 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Cyndy said...

Hi Sylvana - A friend gave me some of that native anenome and I do think it's very nice. Your garden is so full of pretty things - love your hovering text!

6/16/2010 8:24 PM  
Blogger pamsenglishgarden said...

Dear Sylvana, Your garden is beautiful! The squirrels did a good job with the lilies. I love the way you have reclaimed the creeping charlie area. Great post. Pam x
PS I had no trouble with the hover text at all... I like it. I use Firefox.

6/16/2010 9:11 PM  
Blogger garden girl said...

So many wonderful blooms! I know what you mean about Bloom Day making you more aware of how much is blooming. I'm often surprised realizing how much is blooming is blooming out there, when, as you say, it looks pretty green. I wish the squirrels would plant some lilies in my garden. They dig them up, but they don't replant them here.

6/16/2010 9:41 PM  
Anonymous teresa said...

I am so glad I stopped by. You have the maltese cross flowers that I have and I have been wondering what the heck they were, so now I know. Thank you. all your flowers are beautiful

6/16/2010 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Love the lily pics!!

6/16/2010 10:48 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Joene, this feverfew was a lucky left over from a long-ago garden that was on this property. And lucky me, it was the double variety.

Cyndy, yay! Someone likes the hover text!
I will be getting more of those anemones. They are the only thing blooming in the rain garden right now.

PamsenglishGarden, I really like that area too. I am going to use what I'm doing there throughout the rest of the garden to spice things up a bit.
I think the hover text makes the post easier to skim through, a very good thing for GBBD!

Garden Girl, the squirrels have planted tulips in my yard too. Most are ones I planted that the squirrels thought should have been placed differently, a couple were "imported".

Teresa, I really like the maltese cross. The wild ones were really easy to transplant. The Molten Lava were a bit touchy. I used to have four of them. I transplanted them to more sun and lost all but the one in the picture -- but it is doing great!

Dirty Girl Gardening, thanks! I really like Asiatic lilies. I have at least 7 other varieties waiting to bloom. My favorite is Italia.

6/16/2010 11:12 PM  
Blogger jo©o said...

Great idea, using the flags for text. Pity I lose the last bit of your little blurbs. Possibly because the specific font for flags is set too high on my pc. It doesn't change when I alter the text size (Firefox).

I am going to experiment with interspersing images with tiny ones to get an extra flag line when the sentences are too long.
The basic concept is brill. Especially for us still on dial up as it gives us something to read while waiting for the pictures to show up. Needs a bit of tweaking though.

Maltese cross a wild flower in Wisconsin??? It is a precious blob of red in a tub for me.

Great collection of flowers, even though roses don't agree with you :-)
Thanks for stopping by.

6/17/2010 2:24 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

You sure did it! Wow! I love all your wet blooms. Your garden is lush and beautiful! ;>)

6/17/2010 4:34 AM  
Anonymous Debbie said...

Your garden looks loveley, especially after the rain. I love the wooly yarrow, regular yarrow doesn't do much for me but I am intrigued by the look of the wooly version. Glad to see you got all your technical issues worked out.

6/17/2010 4:54 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Hey Sylvana! Your June garden is stunning! Love the colors and variety!!

6/17/2010 8:02 AM  
OpenID kanak7 said...

Hi Sylvana, what a treat to come and see your blooms....each one more beautiful than the other. Your garden is gorgeous!

6/17/2010 8:16 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

jo©o, hmmm... maybe it is a coding issue. I think what I might do is include a link to a full text/picture version for those having trouble with the hover text.

The Maltese Cross isn't a native here, but it has gotten loose, so to speak.

Carol, lush is a good word for it, but jungly would probably be more accurate. I weeded yesterday. Much better!

Debbie, this is my second year with the wooley yarrow. One more year should tell me how aggressive it might be.

Kimberly, nice bird. Is it yours?
June is usually a good month for my garden as the drought months haven't hit yet.

Kanak7, thanks. I love hearing how beautiful my garden is even if I never get used to it :)

6/17/2010 9:23 AM  
Blogger Liga Greenfield said...

Love the hovertext capability - is that available easily through Blogger, or is it something special you have?

6/17/2010 9:09 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

I enjoyed hovering over your garden, Sylvana! So many lovely blooms. The delphiniums are particularly beautiful; I wish I could grow them. But I do have a green thumb when it comes to growing creeping charlie:)

6/17/2010 9:18 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

looks wonderful! I like that area that used to be overrun with creeping charlie.

6/17/2010 9:29 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Liga Greenfield, I use HTML coding for hover text (you can write that in the HTML tab in Bloggers post edit/creator). I found the best one to use for Blogger is title="WORDS" in the hyperlink coding between the <> that include "a href" - in this case, in the picture hyperlink coding.
The hardest part is reading the HTML code and finding where the "title" code needs to go.

Roses, I could feed the world with my creeping charlie!

6/17/2010 10:04 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Wendy, that is such a nice grouping. I didn't really plan it. I just bought the plants then walked around my garden with them to find a good spot to plant them. That's mainly how I design. I buy the plant without a thought of where/how/if it will fit in, then I find a spot for it in the garden. Sometimes it works :)

6/18/2010 7:39 AM  
Blogger Liga Greenfield said...

Wow - I'm not alone in the more random approach to garden planning. Seeing how lovely your plants are, it's encouraging to know that this approach works. I do the same,and if they don't look or feel right, then the next year I move them, until they are clearly where they belong. Sometimes that serendipity results in truly lovely combinations.

6/18/2010 7:58 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Liga Greenfield, I am constantly moving plants. In fact, today is all about moving plants where they have either outgrown the space or just don't look right with the other plants that I have plopped in.

I only have one flower garden that I planned out before I even bought the plants: the rain garden. It was necessary because we were part of a funded project and they wanted plans. I have only had to move a couple of things in that garden because they didn't grow as tall as they were said to. The garden turned out great. But truth be told, I prefer my main garden because I like to move things around ;)

6/18/2010 10:07 AM  
Blogger Rosey said...

So glad you posted! I love all your blooms. Lovely Delphs!

6/18/2010 11:48 AM  
Anonymous ryan said...

It's a very nice collection of flowers, many more showy ones than I have. Flowers wet with rain is a lovely look for June.

6/18/2010 12:05 PM  
Blogger Country Mouse said...

Gorgeous woodland blooms. your thimbleweed is a bit like our thimbleberry in CA. I also have one rose that didn't die from my lack of care and attention. It even got rototilled a couple times and has been nibbled to the stems by deer more than once. I bless it's little cotton roots every time go by and enjoy its sparse but pretty blooms.

6/18/2010 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Denise said...

Wonderful blooms. I envy you your trollius/globeflowers and native anemones.

6/18/2010 6:57 PM  
Blogger Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Sylvana,
You have some lovely blooms there. I wish I had room for anemones and such that like to spread. I do have a fall blooming one, September Charm, that hasn't spread too far, but I found out it does after time. It's in a corner, so I'll have to keep it where I want it.

You asked for the name of the blue clematis on my post. It's 'Bushy Blue Bell'. I love your bell shaped one, too. This one only gets a few feet tall. I have it supported.

6/18/2010 8:52 PM  
Blogger Les said...

Your blooms are beautiful, and I really like the hovertext. I may have to look into this feature as I tend to get too wordy sometimes. I hope you had a great GBBD!

6/19/2010 6:18 AM  
Blogger ConsciousGardener said...

Love the hovertext! Wow what a show!

6/19/2010 6:33 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Rosey, thanks. They really do grab the attention.

Ryan, the rain did add something nice to the garden.

Country Mouse, I really like the thimbleweed. Someday maybe I will figure out roses, and boy am I glad that I don't have deer to worry about!

Denise, those globeflowers were tricky to get growing. The first four I planted died. Then I bought three to plant together and watered them regularly. At first they looked like they weren't going to grow, but then they took off. Now I don't even have to water them. I'm so glad I kept trying.

Corner Gardener Sue, I've had these for three years and only have one seedling from them. I was kind of counting on them multiplying.

Les, glad you liked the hovertext. I thought it would make the post cleaner.

ConsciousGardener, thanks!

6/19/2010 11:27 PM  
Blogger Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

June is a special month, isn't it? Everything is fresh and new, and we are excited to see eash new bloom. You showed us a lot of pretty ones! Thank you!

6/20/2010 9:05 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

What an amazing display of flowers on Blooms Day! I am a little bit envious.

6/21/2010 3:18 PM  
Blogger Zoey said...

Some of your pics make me think I am in my own garden! LOL - especially the lychnis and feverfew. I like that combination.

Your delphinium grouping is gorgeous! Also lovinhg that Speedwell.

6/21/2010 4:05 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Tatyana, I really like June. Things are usually still fresh and pretty.

Ellie, awe! That's so sweet.

Zoey, I WISH my garden looked like yours!

6/21/2010 11:34 PM  
Blogger Grace Peterson said...

Love all your blooms and foliage. I've never heard of 'Lime Frost' columbine. I've got the 'Woodside Strain' with more yellowy chartreuse, but not this creamier ne. I must look in to it.
Silver Scrolls heuchera is a winner, isn't it? ... I also bought 'Betty Corning' on a whim and am glad I did. Can you ever grow wrong with the small flowered Clems? I daresay not. :) ... I love the rose that seems to fare well in your garden. She's a beaut. :)

6/26/2010 4:48 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Grace, I like the Woodside Strain too. The columbine worms have eaten one of these columbine to almost nothing and i was worried about finding a replacement. Thanks for the heads-up on that Woodside Strain.

You know, I was looking at Pewter Moon and Silver Scrolls pictures for over an hour trying to make sure that I had labeled this correctly. I have determined that they are so close to each other - I don't care anymore. They are both winners!

6/28/2010 7:43 PM  

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