Garden update

20 Jun

One of the Trumpet Creepers, the Balboa Sunset, is starting to bud.   Last year it bloomed the same way, when it reached the top of the arbor.



It grows in thick clay soil.



Native vine Virginia Creeper has begun developing berries. A male Northern cardinal has investigated and taken note.



Beebalm is starting to flower. That’s a larkspur behind it. I am not certain if that particular larkspur is native or not.



Daylilies have begun to pop open: day

Rubyspice Clethra is starting to bud. This is a new plant for me so I do not know how long it will take to bloom:



Redtwig dogwood berries are developing now. I had not realized how much they resemble eyes before. Mockingbirds love these berries. It’s a great way to attract those beautiful singers of the bird world. redtwigber

This is a clematis viorna vaseline vine. It’s native to the United States but not quite native to NY. Native clematis plants are often harder to find than nonnative, usually showier clematis.



Below is a photo of a Clematis glaucophylla. Its roots survived the winter without protection. It’s growing in extremely good, well-draining soil. The flowers have a more intense color than the viorna above. It has a first flower bud now:



Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica L.) has begun to bloom. It’s also a native plant to the US but not quite all the way to NY. It’s a striking flower and hummingbirds are said to enjoy its nectar.







Eccremocarpus scaber also known as Chilean glory vine is starting to bloom at about 15 inches tall. I started them indoors in winter and had to cut them back frequently before it was time to bring them out. They handled the hardening off process or lack thereof with surprising ease.



The saying “April flowers bring May flowers” does not apply to all gardening zones. Non-native, beautiful Magnolia and Cherry tree blossoms bloom quite early and native coral honeysuckle puts on a spring show but, by the time the garden really comes alive here, it’s basically at its short-lived summer zenith.

This nifty chart from highlights rainfall variance.




Only one hummingbird visit has been observed in the yard since the first few sightings of the season. Hopefully that will change as more flowers start to bloom.




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