I took photos of my blooms on October 1st, just because I expected them to fade by the time bloom day arrived. Surprisingly enough, all the blooms were still blooming — plus some more!
The daylight hours are shortening, and here in my NW Ohio Zone 6a/6b garden, things are starting to wind down in preparation for autumn.
This chrysanthemum hasn’t been happy or healthy for the past couple of years. Two years ago, she was full of blooms; this year, she put out a scant few while trying to battle whatever disease or insect is skeletonizing her leaves.
The Nikko Blue hydrangeas (I found a Nikko Blue tag in the dirt, so I’m guessing most if not all of my mophead hydrangeas are Nikko Blues) are reblooming in the cooler weather.
This month’s Bloom Day in Zone 6 features many more daylilies than I ever realized I had — so, about four, spread all about the property in unexpected places, as the previous owner was wont to do. Perhaps the deer repellant is working, or perhaps the mild winter helped coax some more blooms out?
Here in Zone 6, the late May / early June blooms have all but faded, and the summer blooms are just beginning. At first glance, things look sparse — no wide expanses of color like I saw a couple weeks ago — but there are still plenty of blooms. More so than usual, actually, and I’m assuming I have our mild winter to thank for that.
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!