Friday, June 7, 2019

June's Loveliness

It's difficult to find fault with the garden in June. There are minor annoyances and improvements to be made but we won't go there right now. Let's just look at pretty things. 

Last fall, I got a cutting of this Impatiens from my sister. I potted it and protected it from winter's cold and this spring, it grew! And here is the first blossom! 

Impatiens sodenii 'Flash

I was in Woodburn a few weeks ago, visiting my sister. Of course we visited nurseries. I found this sweet, colorful Bidens at one of them. 

Bidens x hyrida Cupcake Strawberry

After having no luck with getting my hands on Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget' (the IT plant for 2019), I was pleased to purchase this golden goodie at Miller's Manor Gardens. $5 and unlike 'Gold Nugget' this one stays gold all summer. I feel vindicated.
Jovibarba heuffelii 'Gold Bug'

Of all places, I found this mottled-foliaged "dandelion" at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Corvallis. It was the only one of its kind and I quickly grabbed it, knowing nothing about it until I got home and did my research. The seeds come true so I'm going to share with whoever wants them. Oh and it's hardy to Zone 5.

Spotted Hawkweed  (Hieracium maculatum 'Leopard')

The flowers do not thrill me but the seed sure does so I'll allow it to bloom, just for its progeny.

Hieracium maculatum 'Leopard'

I love Helianthemum or "Sun Rose." Usually it's the single flowered ones we see planted in rock gardens or at the edge of a border. However, I found a couple of double flowered ones worth mentioning. Check them out:

Helianthemum nummularium 'Cerise Queen'

Helianthemum nummularium 'Annabel'

I love these unique Dichelostemma I bought while in "bulb-mood" last fall. They're in a pot now but I'll figure out where to plant them, hopefully.

Dichelostemma ida-maia

While nursery hopping with my sister, I also found this unique Artemisia. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly where I wanted to plant it.

Artemisia versicolor Seafoam'

Grown from seed purchased three years ago, this Lychnis is so easy on the eyes. It's not quite as pink as I wanted but it fits in nicely with the other plants in this "warm" border.

Lychnis chacedonica 'Pink'

Oh and back to last fall's aforementioned "bulb-mood", I bit the bullet (they aren't cheap) and bought more Martagon lilies, this time planting the bulbs in pots. Worked like a charm!

Lilium x martagon 'Claude Shride'

In 2017, I bought this Milkweed vine at Dancing Oaks. This is the first year it's bloomed. It's unique and cool and I like it. 

 Milkweed Vine (Periploca graeca)

And speaking of Milkweed, after several years of searching, I found Purple Milkweed in 2017 for sale at  Prairie Moon Nursery in Minnesota. The plants were small and I admit, I've stressed over losing them but here they are, fixing to bloom! 

Asclepias purpurescens

It was surprisingly easy to start this rose from seed several years ago. It is so fragrant and sweet. I have it growing in large pot amidst the showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa).

Rosa chinensis 'Angel Wings'

Speaking of pink (my favorite!) check out the Deutzia. It's very happy this year!

Deutzia 'Strawberry Fields'

The Dunce Cap I had last year died but I found it again this spring.
Dunce Cap (Orostachys boehmeri)

Back to pink, the Rhodohypoxis are perfect rock garden or front-of-the-border plants. I love them.

Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Hebron Farm Pink' and Sidalcea malviflora 'Palustre'

Such a pretty native beauty:

Sidalcea cusickii

 Another pink rock garden favorite:

Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'

 This rose looks its best ever this year:

Rosa 'Jeanne LaJoie'

Here are some wider garden shots:

Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance')

Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' and Penstemon 'Garnet'

Ligularia 'Garden Confetti'

Schefflera delavayi, Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' and Darmera peltata


A few of our resident critters:

Rufous Hummingbird

A very wet and washed Western Tanager
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  1. You've got so many intriguing plants! I got all excited by your "dandelion" but it seems that zone 10b/11a might be a stretch. The Martagon lilies and the milkweed vine also elicited sighs. I've been feeling the call of Ligularia of late and your photo got me worked up by that prospect too but Sunset tells me that it's also well outside my reach even though it's offered in local garden centers. Pooh!

  2. Well, you've certainly shown us pretty things! Where do I start? Congratulations on your success with Purple Milkweed! Most gardeners I know who've tried to get it going haven't been successful. Would love to your photos later of the blooms. Also, that first Impatiens plant is sweet--I don't remember seeing one like that before. Very pretty. Happy summer!

  3. Hello there Gracie !
    You always have such interesting, gorgeous plants to show us .. I have never seen a spotted dandelion ! and I am with you about just get those seeds from the flower and pay attention to the foliage ! haha .. I lost both my Autumn ferns this past year .. drats ! .. I have 3 tiny baby Asplenium trichomanes I got from an on line provider from Nova Scotia .. and when I say baby .. I MEAN BABY ! LOL .. I really should just pot them up but I placed them by one of my newer Japanese maples .. I wanted them to feel they came home ? LOL
    Maybe I am expecting too much from them ? .. I can be a wicked plant mom at times.
    Getting back to your "finds" ... you are one lucky gardener ! Enjoy !!
    Take care


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