This Spring in Zone 6a/6b started out on the fast-track to Summer, but then managed to slow down to a crawl. Some blooms were ahead of schedule last month, but now other blooms are a little behind this month. I’m fine with that — the more of Spring there is, the better, in my book.
Starting in the front of the house, here’s what’s currently blooming in my corner of NW Ohio:
Despite an early-spring false start and some hungry deer, things are looking like Spring in my Zone 6a/6b garden.
What I had been told might be a viburnum bloomed magnificently in its new location, at which time I realized that it’s actually some sort of Prunus — cherry, perhaps? It looked nicer before the snow, but it’s actually still quite nice.
Things are starting up much earlier than in the past few years here in Zone 6a/6b. Not only are the spring bulbs springing, but the crocuses are in full bloom — both the Spring Beauty crocuses I planted in the fall and the mystery yellow ones that are currently in a weird spot behind a bush next to the house and really should be relocated.
I can always count on a beautiful Valentine’s Day bouquet from my husband to really fill out Bloom Day in February — just in case.
As it happens, though, I do have some other blooms indoors this February.
Two kalanchoes, both alike in dignity… One remained in the sunroom over the summer, and one lived outdoors in a pot.
The outdoor kalanchoe is currently in a larger pot than the one in which it spent its summer, and is spending the winter in our front foyer, sporting a multitude of teeny greenish white flower buds ready to open.
The sunroom kalanchoe, while tall and spindly, has been in full bloom for weeks now.
This kalanchoe is the only bloom I have to share for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month, but hopefully I’ll have some forced forsythia and crocus blooms for February!
I took a few pictures for November’s Bloom Day, but I never got around to posting them, since things were a little hectic around here that week. The highlight, though, was my confused clematis:
A few days after the November Bloom Day, it snowed here in Zone 6a/6b — our first and only snow of the season so far.
Once the snow melted, the temps once again got unseasonably warm, so I went out on the last weekend in November to finish up some tasks in the flowerbeds before the lawn guys came out to do their leaf-blowing. Amazingly, I found one final fall mum blooming amongst the fallen maple leaves.
I hadn’t seen this one in full bloom, so I was glad I got to acknowledge it before the leaf-blowers decimated its delicate, wilty petals the following day.
Which brings us to December. This unseasonably warm December in northwest Ohio.
I haven’t yet planted any late fall or early winter bloomers, but the lack of snow cover means that the lamium are still in bloom (and visible). But I’m mostly relying on indoor blooms for the duration.
My kalanchoes might be ready for their GBBD debut next month, but for this month, only my late-blooming Thanksgiving Cactus has anything to contribute.
I actually had to pinch this bloom off yesterday, as it was pretty much done — but there are several more tiny flower buds that I hope will open up in time for Christmas.
Happy Christmahannukwanzakah to all, and to all a good night of reading Bloom Day blogs!
We’re closing out the third summer we’ve been in this house of ours in Zone 6a/6b, with all the established flowerbeds that seemed so beautiful yet daunting. I’m learning how true it is that a garden is a living, changing thing — some plants thrive, others get buried in mulch by well-meaning landscapers, still others succumb to a bad winter (or two).
Some of the color from previous autumns has failed to return this year — mums, Joe Pye weed, and late-blooming roses are all failing to come through for one reason or another (but mostly due to being the deer snack bar). So, I’m latching onto the few bits of color I can find, and making plans for the spring.
This mophead hydrangea, to my knowledge, is not a repeat bloomer, so I’m not sure what it thinks it’s doing, trying to bloom so close to the first frost. Guessing this confusion will mean no blooms come next summer…
I’m not sure what this slightly smelly groundcover is, but it’s turning a lovely shade of purple. I’ve given up trying to eradicate it and am instead letting it do its thing — but keeping it from crowding out other plants in the same bed.
This groundcover is in what I’m calling my Future Cottage Garden, where I’ll be planting pollinator-friendly flowers over the coming years. So, it will eventually be removed when I plant (or transplant) more things here, and establish some pathways through the bed. This weekend, I relocated a pink-flowering volunteer viburnum into this bed, and dug up a peony from another bed to transplant here. I sure hope at least a few divisions of that peony survive; I didn’t mean to break it up into 12 separate plants!
But I digress. Bloom Day.
In my Zone 6a/6b garden in Northwest Ohio, not nearly as much is happening as usually does in September. The early summer rains and the late summer drought (or maybe it just seemed like a drought by comparison) really confused a lot of the plants. And some of them, like the Joe Pye Weed and a few others, were possibly victims of the deer buffet.
I’ve also been slack with weeding — I’m still relatively new with this gardening thing, as I kind of jumped in with both feet three summers ago when we bought this house with all its established beds and borders. I find that I’ve gotten better at weeding and deadheading each year, but every year there comes a point when I just throw up my hands and say, fine. You win, weeds. Every year it’s a different dominant weed; this year, it was bermudagrass (if I identified it correctly).
But this is bloom day! What am I thinking? Less kvetching and more pictures!
Here in Zone 6a/6b, summer started off rainy and mild, but finally settled down to a normal, warmish, less-waterlogged typical summer.
I haven’t been out to weed or maintain my flowers for a few weeks — rain, houseguests, Life just getting in the way, as Life does (especially when one has a four-year-old son). Yesterday evening, after dinner, my son and I took the tour around my various beds and borders to document what’s in bloom this August. Here’s what we turned up.
As always, the hydrangea paniculata takes first prize amongst all my flowering perennials for Most Awesome Flowers With Least Amount Of Maintenance.
Even though I missed the 15th, I’m still going to post the photos I took on the 15th. Stuff happens, you know? The preschooler has a rambunctious bedtime or three and I get backblogged — er, backlogged. Anyway, here’s a quick tour of new things blooming since last month in my NW Ohio Zone 6a/6b beds and borders!
Starting along the front fence… A landscaper once told me this was lambs ear, but it wasn’t in bloom at the time. Turns out it’s actually rose campion. I cut a lot of it back two years ago, but I’m glad I didn’t remove all of it. This biennial offers a nice splash of color under the Rose of Sharon.