Wednesday, June 15, 2016

GBBD in Mid-June 2016

 

This year June became to me the month of many surprises. Why? Because the plants survived the rainy and icy winter even those of which I had forgotten. For example Ismene or Hymenocallis. I kept the bulbs in a corridor that was very cold when outside was -24 C (0 F).  During the winter storage bulbs were in good condition and now young Ismene are blooming in the garden.


I wonder how many lilies of the valley are in bloom in a shady corner near the pond. 3 years ago I bought in the Garden Center a single lily dried root, I planted it and since then have never seen flowers. It turns out the root had grown and gave a lot of leaves and flowers this year. I walk along the pond feeling scent of lilies of the valley.
Near the new fence the plants wintered better, I think the fence protected them against the northern wind and frost. The lawn in the front garden is green and I'm glad the bed with Geranium, decorative onions and Geum coccineum is coloful.


Tall and very hardy Canadian rose 'Therese Bugnet' started to flower, I love its strong scent! Canadian rose grows near a red-leaved bush, it's Physocarpus opulifolius, it shades the rose and nicely flowers in June.


I love another decorative bush in my garden - it's Cornus alba sibirica, it's in bloom now, but its flowers are too simple.

  
To tell the truth I had never liked the Centaurea montana and considered them wild flowers. As they reminded me of bur that was always growing along the road to the river. Centaurea montana is now flowering near Primula and Bergenia and goes well after they finish blooming.


I'd sowed Viola seeds last autumn in a pot and put it in the greenhouse. Despite the bad winter flowers sprouted and now the multi colorful viola adorns a bed.
This wild white tea rose unknown variety appeared itself in my garden and I loved its hardiness and scent. It flowers once in June for 20 days.


Another one is a fragrant rose Rugosa, it gives lovely bright orange fruit in autumn, I love their taste and they are known in medicine as a valuable source of vitamin. Both wild roses attract many bees and bumblebees to my garden.


Despite of cool days and cold nights my veggies grow little by little, I cover some of them (beet, carrot) and feed fertilizers to protect from cold nights. I show you some of them:



Beet, carrot, celery and green onion

gooseberry and small apple

I'm hoping this summer is warm finally and all my flowers and veggies grow well.
Do you grow flowers and veggies in your garden? 
What do you think: are your own veggies ecological or not?


44 comments:

  1. The bees love centaurea montana but it is messy after flowering, I cut it right back and it regrows and has a second lot of flowers.. I would really like to be able it grow lily of the valley. We are hoping that our damp conditions don't encourage blight oi take hold.

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    1. Sure Sue, growing lily of the valley is a pleasure. Lots of fragrant tiny white bells, that's nice.

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  2. Good for you Nadezda. I also had some nice Hymenocallis last summer and I thought if I buried them deep enough they might not freeze. Well, unfortunately it did not work.

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    1. Oh, yes Alain, it didn't. Therefore I dig the bulbs up and store in a pot in a cool place. I wish you new Hymenocallis next year.

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  3. Your garden is so beautiful, Nadezda !! We have the same flowers in the garden!
    Greetings

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    1. That's right, Ela. Have a nice weekend!

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  4. I used to have Ismene festalis in pots in my garden, but after a couple of years I forgot to put them in the basement instead of the cold greenhouse, so sorry that was the end of them.
    Your garden is looking lovely summery. I love the lilies of the valley but there are becoming rather invasive here, nevertheless I cherish them. See that your Physocarpus is blooming, I planted one in the garden in early spring but did not notice any flowers, may be next year.
    Enjoy your summer in your lovely garden Nadezda!
    Greetings, Janneke

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    1. Janneke, my Physocarpus is 8 year old and it started to bloom on 3d year.So be patient it will bloom soon.

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  5. Everything looks lovely, but I have to admit that I was stopped in my reading by the first two photos. What a beautiful flower. I am not familiar with it so googled it, and if I was better at putting in and taking out bulbs I would have to try that. Thank you for sharing and making such a beautiful shot a learning experience for me. :-) My perennials are doing well, we've been eating greens from the garden, but our tomatoes are struggling because of cold weather and wicked winds. We'll see how they do if the weather settles down.

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    1. I agree Judy, my tomatoes suffer the cold nights as well. But one of them has flowers now, so I'm hoping they will do well. About Ismene - it's very easy to grow but you have to store it in cool place during winter. Very often the bulbs start sprouting in March and I put them in pots with fresh soil.

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  6. Hello Nadezda girl !
    That Peruvian lily is a beauty and I planted Lily of the Valley a few years ago and I still ? hope? to see something happen. That dark Ninebark is a beauty .. I love dark foliage spotted around the garden .. it looks great and it highlights the other plants so well. The roses are wonderful ... love seeing a good Canadian one !! .. do you have any problems with aphids ? this years is a bad one for them.. ugh !
    You are doing so well with your veggies .. I only do herbs but the two new blueberry bushes actually have berries on them .. I didn't expect that to happen this year !
    Garden On girl !!

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    1. You're right Joy, this year is a fist for aphids, they're everywhere, just on maple leaves. I spray the plant very often.
      I love Ninebark (Physocarpus) as well and yes, it highlights the Canadian roses well.

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  7. I planted Lily of the Valley earlier this year. I have never had much luck with it (last time I tried was 20 years ago!) The Hymenocallis is beautiful.... another one to add to the wishlist. (Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is a pretty expensive meme!)

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    1. I'm glad Sarah that you liked Hymenocallis, it's very thankful plant.

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  8. Nadezda Hello! A top view of a flower is marvelous! Our yard blossoms and smells now also white rose midsummer. I planted a tomato trout today. It's been cold nights I have not previously dared to put tomato seedlings out. Greetings to you.

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    1. The weather was cold for June, you're right Anne. Hope your tomato seedling are well. Happy Garden Bloom day to you!

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  9. Oh, your garden is in full flower! Love the lillies od the valley, they don't thrive in my garden. The canadian rose I have too! It is a beauty don't you think? It is groving over a rose arche. My veggies are not to good this year. Is it the rain, the snails? But yes, they are eco! Groetjes Hetty

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    1. Hetty, I agree, Canadian roses suit to our climate with rain, wind and frost. They're very hardy here too. That's nice that I grow veggies in raised beds and only rare snails get in there.

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  10. Marvellous pictures, as usual. Ismene always looks such a curious flower. I don't know whether I like it or not! I wonder how large your garden is, you always seem to have such wonderful plants in it!

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    1. Jenny, my garden isn't too large, or better say isn't big one. I planted a lots there and some flowers grow in pots, as Ismene and dahlias.
      Have a nice weekend!

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  11. It's lovely to drop in and feel warmed by these summer colours, in the midst of our winter. I love the way bulbs keep reappearing and bringing surprise blooms.

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    1. I love these bulbs as well Juliet. The winter will pass and you'll be in spring, warm and joyful season.

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  12. Your blooms are gorgeous Nadezda, especially the Hymenocallis in the first two photos, which I went back to look at three times! It is such an exotic looking flower! Everything else if looking lovely as well and your captures of the Lily of the Valley are beautiful! Happy Bloom Day!

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    1. Glad you liked Hymenocallis, Lee.
      Happy Bloom day to you too!

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  13. Dear Nadezda!
    Beautiful pictures. In Ismene I'm in love.
    Nadezda, your garden is very beautiful and well maintained.
    You love him with all my heart.
    Greetings.
    Lucja

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    1. Thank you Lucja, I know your garden is in bloom too.
      Have a nice weekend!

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  14. Hello, dear Nadezda, there are so many lovely blooms in your garden that I don't know where to start! Such beautiful photos!
    Lilies of the valley are natives here around our home, but this year they didn't flower very much. The unknown white rose in your garden looks beautiful. The plant looks similar to our R. spinosisissima 'Plena', but your flowers look bigger, perhaps. Ours are starting to bloom now and they do have a lovely scent.
    Such happy and healthy veggies! :)
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. You're right Sara, I've read in Rosebook about R. spinosisissima 'Plena' and it's similar mine but double petals variety.
      Have a nice weekend!

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  15. I love how the garden gives us surprises when we are not expecting them. The flower of the Ismene is so dainty and beautiful as are the Lily of the Valley bells.
    Your flower garden is looking lovely, as are your healthy vegetables. I should have some raised containers to grow vegies as I don't have much space. Maybe for next Spring.
    Happy days to you in your garden Nadezda.

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    1. Betty I love my raised beds very much because of my back, it's very comfortable to grow veggies there.
      Have a nice weekend!

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  16. El jardín, se ve precioso y tienes flores muy lindas. Espero ver tus verduras crecer, tomates, cebollas etc. Un abrazo.

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    1. Yo espero tambien Teresa :)
      Buen fin de semana!

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  17. Hi Nadezda, our gardens seem to be very much at the same stage at the moment although our Winters are not quite so cold as yours. (Lily of the valley) great minds think alike, I wont mention the alternative.
    Cornus alba sibirica, although the flowers may be simple, they do at least photograph well.

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    1. Yes they do seem Alistair. I love cornus alba, its leaves are high decorative, you're right.

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  18. You have such a variety of flowers in your garden. I did not know or had even seen some of the flowers that you show us. My backyard is now mostly full of trees and very shady. My knees are so bad that I cannot bend down. My husband has planted some flowers in several pots, but they are nothing special, just to give us some color. I do enjoy our herbs though so I can use them in cooking.

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    1. Dear Vagabonde, I'm so sorry you're not well and Jim's ill too. Of course having many flowers and plants I have to maintain the garden every day and it's much work, despite of cold, hot or rainy days.
      Hope your herbs grow fast and you use them for food.

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  19. Thank you for showing me the Hymenocallis! What a unique shape!! I've never seen it, and think if we easily can get it around here, it will be the most popular flower.
    And thank you for your advice about 'Iceberg' to my previous post! Based on your comment, I'll find another rose:)
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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    1. I do hope you will find dutch bulbs of Hymenocallis on Internet. Although they maybe arrive small ones,they will bloom.
      Have a nice week!

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  20. Your garden looks stunning Nadezda! Always great to have those happy surprises. Our garden is looking not that great at the time, everything is dying, even our hedge, due to too much rain in june, leaving the garden lok like a pond. It just hasn't stopped raining almost and not a little bit but buckets of it. Hope for a sunny summer after this wet and cold month of june sofar.

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    1. It's very pity the weather is so bad in your place, Marian. I can understand that all your plants suffer rain and wind. I do hope the warm and dry days come and you will enjoy your garden.

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  21. Madre míaaa cuanta belleza compartes siempre Nadezda. Están todas preciosas que da gusto verlas. Me encantan las blancas. Nosotros estamos ya con el huerto de nuevo en marcha ;) Hasta finales de Julio no empezaremos a recoger. Preo ya comemos fresas y lechugas :))))
    Besos

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    1. Estoy contenta que tienes un huerto de nuevo, Laura. Espero ver tu cosecha!

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  22. I have grown Hymenocallis too, but that was in my previous garden where I didn’t have anywhere to store the bulbs during the winter months. I just treated them as annuals. I might try them again here as I have a shed now and can store the bulbs there. Lovely to see your flowers this month Nadezda, hope you have good weather and lots of sunshine! Have a good week-end.

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    1. Your shed is very useful Helene. I do hope Hymenocallis bulbs will store well there.
      Have a nice weekend!

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