Thursday, June 15, 2017
Mid June All Stars
This is the time in the gardening year when there is simply more that needs to be done than what we can do. Most of the potted plants are now planted out but some still need attention. Afternoon temperatures in the mid 80s has us looking for work in the shade. Becky spent considerable time in the shade garden and this is the result of her efforts.
Serbian Bellflower, Campanula portenschiagiana is an amazing plant with an unbelievably long name. It flourishes when pushed into a crevice in the stone wall. Some soil was first pushed into the crack but we did not expect the plant to survive in such a difficult location. It continues to spread across the vertical face of the stone wall. A tiny mail order scrap of a plant has now claimed a large section of the wall.
Bluets have been difficult for us to grow. We have seen them spreading across a lawn that oozed with septic moisture. Our plants were placed in the soil but have self seeded on the horizontal surface of the wall. They receive frequent visits from the watering can in a attempt to keep them alive.
This is the neighbor's view of our garden by the road. From a distance or when speeding by in a car this garden looks rather good. It needs attention as too many plants are growing close together. Deer are also feeding here nightly. Asiatic lilies are safely enclosed in wire cages this year. Last season the deer ate every lily bud just before they had a chance to open. One cluster of buds is perilously close to the top of the four foot high cage.
So far the Siberian iris have escaped attention from the deer. If that holds, these flowers may become our first choice for the perfect perennial plant. The sword like foliage looks good all summer and the flowers are elegant stunners. Some have become separated from their name bearing stones. We think that this one is Silver Edge.
Roaring Jelly was the first Siberian Iris that we purchased. It is both hardy and a colorful eye catcher. Divisions now have it growing in three different locations around our place.
Golden Edge is another beauty. We find that the edge color rather quickly fades away from gold. All have proven durable and we will continue to spread them about with early in the year divisions. Jane, our friend in her ninth decade, has reported that when she visits places that she occupied decades ago only the Siberian Iris that she planted still remain.