Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: December 2015

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:

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.

snowy november morning

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.

last bloom of 2015

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.

Thanksgiving Cactus

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!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: October 2015

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.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, October 2015

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…

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, October 2015

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.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: September 2015

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!

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: September 2015

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: August 2015

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.

Bloom Day, August 2015

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: July 2015

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.

Rose Campion

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: June 2015

Earlier this month in Zone 6a/6b…

Clematis

Clematis were blooming by the end of May

Pink Peonies

Pink peonies (and white ones, too) were in bloom by the end of May, as well.

Double Peonies

These come up at the base of my tree peony. I can’t bring myself to yank them out, though, just in case they’re not actually suckers.

Poppy

My poppies may have been killed with Round-Up or smothered under mulch by well-meaning landscapers. Only one bloomed this year.

The Front Fence in Bloom

Usually, this front fence is also filled with purple Siberian irises and orange Oriental poppies. This year, they were smothered by new mulch at bloom time. I think.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: May 2015

Mid-May is a time of excitement in my NW Ohio garden, because the late-spring crowd is almost ready to bloom. The peonies and the poppies are leafing out nicely, the roses are breaking dormancy, and the leaf buds on the summer bloomers are just starting to break.

Of course, a few plants have already peaked and faded. My volunteer viburnum has already bloomed and faded, and now I’m trying to decide when would be a good time to move it to a better location.

The Dwarf Flowering Almond only bloomed for a scant few days, and I was lucky to get a photo of it in its prime.

Dwarf Flowering Almond

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: April 2015

The garden is finally starting to awaken from the long winter.

The first to awaken were the crocuses, which have already come and gone.

Instagram Photo

These are in the front of the house, viewable only from an awkward angle looking out the dining room window. I think I may move them to a more easily-seen spot in my early spring border out back, and plant some other early bloomers to keep them company.

After the crocuses, the first real wave of early spring flowers came in: daffodils, muscari (grape hyacinth), pink and purple hyacinth, and brunnera (false forget-me-nots).

Daffodil

Daffodils

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: March 2015

I’m a day early, for once, instead of posting my monthly Bloom Day post at the very end of the day on the 15th of the month. To be early is to be on time, as my high school band director used to say.

But anyway.

Technically, the only thing in bloom right now in my Zone 6a/6b domicile is one confused Thanksgiving cactus.

Confused Thanksgiving Cactus

However, that’s not going to stop me from documenting all the greenery that’s popping up now that the snow has melted!
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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: February 2015

Valentine's Day Carnations

They’re in bloom, so the Valentine’s Day carnations count!

Apart from the cut flowers my husband bought me for Valentine’s Day (above) and the poinsettia that is still mightily hanging on (and looking pretty good, I must say), the only blooms in this wintry house are forced branches from the Dwarf Flowering Almond.

Forcing Dwarf Flowering Almond

Dwarf Flowering Almond

I’ve been changing their water daily for weeks, and recently moved them to a sunnier and slightly warmer location where I could enjoy their new, tiny blooms — but I’m doubtful that I’ll get even a single branch full of the pink blossoms that I’ll see outside this May. I’ll take what I can get, though!

My first attempt at forcing muscari and pink hyacinths isn’t going so well — bulb rot all around for the muscari, and lots of leaves but no blooms on the hyacinths. Maybe I’ll fare better next year.

I’m making a valiant attempt to fill my life with flowers, thanks to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day! We can have flowers every month of the year!