June Bloom

Despite the garden taking off and plants blooming like crazy, it’s been more than five weeks since my last post. Plenty of blooming beauties to photograph, yet I haven’t managed to find the time for even a few pix. So what’s been holding things up?

zonal denial greenhouse

New cedar greenhouse aka zonal denial enabler

That’s my new greenhouse, designed (I hope) to withstand our very windy site. Although a kit, it still required many hours of work to get to this point. With 4 X 4 cedar posts and heavy beams, I’m hoping it will be up to the task of occasional 60 to 80 mph gusts during winter storms.

I plan to use supplemental heat on the coldest winter days to keep the inside no lower than 40° F. That qualifies as a “cool” greenhouse, but will be just enough to keep plants like this potted olive tree, Olea europaea ‘arbequina, safe all winter.

Olea europaea arbequina

Olea europaea arbequina

Many of my “zonal denial” plants will find their winter home in the greenhouse. But like many gardeners first attracted to ornamentals I’m growing more and more edibles, so the greenhouse will also help me start veggie seeds besides being the winter home for this olive tree, which is now covered in tiny buds.


Olea europaea ‘arbequina buds soon to be tiny white, fragrant flowers

Now, instead of worrying about cold temperatures, better to concentrate on what’s happening in the garden right now and finally take some pix.

propane cannister

Propane cannister turned into planter locks nice against Acanthus leaves


Yucca getting ready to bloom

Yucca getting ready to bloom

This Yucca lights up a corner with its bright variegated leaves that contrast nicely with the dark pot. This year will be the first in quite a few years that the Yucca will bloom.

I have a vague memory that when I bought this Yucca the salesperson said the blooms were supposed to be  fragrant.  The stalk is just fattening up and should open soon finally revealing whether the blooms are scented. I’ve long since forgotten the name of the cultivar.

Some Yuccas are surprisingly hardy in our Puget Sound climate. Even though native to warmer climes, they definitely enjoy our hot dry summers and seem to tolerate are cold wet winters.

Spiraea japonica 'Magic Carpet'

Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’

Nandina and lavender

The lavender at the front of the border hasn’t quite colored up yet, but in a few weeks it will look stunning in front of the red Nandina leaves.

Claridge Druce

Geranium ‘Claridge Druce’ marches out of the border into the wood chip path

Clematis jackmanii climbing arbor

Clematis jackmanii climbing arbor

clematis roaming through Senecio

Clematis ‘Niobe’ rambling through Senecio greyii

Variegated Hardy Geranium unknown cultivar

Variegated Hardy Geranium unknown cultivar

clematis stans leaves

Clematis stans

Clematis stans

Clematis stans

Clematis stans is a native of Japan and is a bushy plant ( technically a sub shrub) rather than a climber.

It’s flowers are tiny compared to the spectacular flowers of most vines in the genus. Flower color size and shape is highly variable.

I’m growing it in a pot, but soon it will go in the ground. It’s a very hardy species that will survive USDA Zone 5 winters.

Left outside in a pot it dies back to its roots, but I suspect in the ground here in Zone 8 it will require cutting back in winter.

Senecio greyii blooms en masse

Senecio greyii blooms en masse

2 thoughts on “June Bloom

  1. Wow – that Clematis stans flower looks like it was made out of marzipan – it’s pretty enough to eat! I can’t believe you grew it from seed – that’s impressive…

    • Thanks. I never did get it planted in the ground. It’s still in the same pot and this year didn’t bloom much. On my list to plant this winter when its dormant or at least semi-dormant. I’ll probably cut it back hard and see if it makes more blooms next year.

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