Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Steamy June Bloom Day

It has been most warm and quite steamy for the last week. We are having okra weather. The Lush is responding. This is what makes plants GROW. There are ever more new blooms about to go with all this expanding green biomass. Thermopsis caroliniana is showing yellow.

What is blooming in my garden on this June Bloom Day you may want to know. This is but a sampling. The weed flowers are too numerous to count. The Kousa Dogwood is now shedding petals. It has had a good showing this year.

Spirea japonica has flowers. They make seed and self sow. Quite a bit more than I like. I wouldn't mind if they were easier to pull. The seedlings go for instant tap root.

Up by the roadside

The Meidiland Rose is in full bloom. I don't like roses. They have thorns. This is a rose you can completely ignore. I like that.

Up by the roadside, the feral Parsnips are in bloom, in a vegetable garden that was assaulted by the digger last night. There was a minor loss of beet seedlings. Damn varmints! I sowed more. If the Peckerhead comes back, it will be to a snoot full of hot pepper.

This picture of flowering parsnips should help make all the others look more in focus.

The last poppy in the patch. Cool seed heads. Looks like you could milk them.

I planted a rooted stem piece of the Meidiland Rose on the other side of my driveway because you can completely ignore them and balance in the landscape is a good thing. I hate roses. They have thorns. I had to whack a patch of Goldenrod so you could see the rose. I found a liatris in there and left it. A garden thought for this space bubbled up.

There are a variety of wild orchids that bloom in my garden.

In the hot and steamy, the shade of the forest feels a good ten degrees cooler.

A Japanese iris, the first to open.

I planted Milkweed many years ago. It promptly wandered off. Not a problem in my garden. I let it be. This is the first year it will be doing a real bloom. Nothing is eating my milkweed though. I'm not on the route.

Persicaria polymorpha frames the Great Lawn.

And the first to open Louisiana iris, 'Black Gamecock'.

And for a little of the wild side, Carrion Flower, Smilax herbacea. It stinks.

And in the deep shade of the forest, the plant that dare not speak its name. That is some of what is blooming in my garden in the steam heat of June. By the way, the fireflies are out.


Gypsy said...

Good morning Christopher: Hope you got to enjoy some of this momentary cool morning weather. I awoke to hear the birds singing up an opera; there were so many it was downright noisy. Joyful noise, though. So after reading your most recent blog entry, I went outside to look for fireflies last night. Sure enough after standing in the yard for several seconds I started to notice them. What started as just a few, multiplied tenfold and all of a sudden it was magical. Singing birds and fireflies, such wonderful blessings. Warm regards, Gypsy

Swimray said...

I laughed at your milkweed comment. My neighbor has the same "problem."

Christopher C. NC said...

It's a jungle out there Gypsy.

Ha ha Ray. The "problem" with milkweed.