Saturday, July 14, 2007

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July Edition

Courtesy of Carol at May dreams gardens, it's bloom day!

(It's also Green Thumb Sunday but apparently I was kicked off the GTS blogroll for failing to participate sufficiently! Bad Molly!)


Here's a mysterious passalong plant that I received from my landscaper. It lights up the shady corners of my border. I've never seen it anywhere else except in my cousin's garden in Hilversum, Netherlands. She told me the name but I forgot to write it down. Anyone recognize it?

Update: Lina from Iceland (wheee! A gardener in Iceland read my blog!) correctly identified the mystery plant as Lysimachia punctata. Thanks, Lina!
Googling the proper name turned up the common name, yellow loosestrife. Further googling reassured me that this particular loosestrife is not invasive, at least not in the Pacific Northwest. If it were Lysimachia vulgaris, I'd have to rip it all out. whew.

All of the hostas are in bloom, including this miniature that I moved to a pot on the porch so it wouldn't get trampled or lost, both of which were happening to it in the garden:

hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

A trio of thalictrum. Um, thalictra? thalictrums?Three species of the genus thalictrum:

Thalictrum flavum ssp glaucum

Thalictrum delavayi (Chinese meadow rue or Tibetan meadow rue, depending on your politics)

Thalictrum 'Elin'. Ten feet tall, so I'm not even sure what the flowers look like.

A trio of hydrangeas:

Hydrangea paniculata

H. Macrophylla 'Miss Belgium'

H. Serrata 'Blue Deckle'

In the woods, besides the ubiquitous blackberry brambles, one of my favorite native shrubs:

Holodiscus discolor, aka Oceanspray

All of the daylilies are in bloom, too. Enough that I think they need a post all their own.


Blogger Carol said...

Molly, looking forward to the commentary, the blooms are lovely. You'll always been welcome for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Thanks for participating.

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

16 July, 2007 15:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the yellow flower is Lysimachia punctata.
I have it in my garden in Iceland but it is not in bloom yet.

17 July, 2007 03:53  
Blogger Carol said...

I've got a Thalictrum that is less than six inches tall.

Your first flower looks familiar but I can't think of the name. Helpful, huh?

17 July, 2007 14:50  
Blogger Bev said...

Molly - You certainly sound like one busy lady, and I appreciate your taking the time to comment on my blog. I enjoyed seeing some of your plants as they are so different from what I can grow here. Soooo lush looking. I'm crazy about the blue hydrangea. Take care, and I'm sorry you lost your dear friend recently. That is one of life's most difficult things to endure.

17 July, 2007 15:39  
Blogger Bev said...

PS... loved your cannibal answer!

17 July, 2007 15:40  
Blogger kris said...

Great photos - I love the last one of the bush "Oceanspray" - very cool looking.

17 July, 2007 21:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah ... Thalictrum - I have never seen 'Elin'. That is one tall plant. My favourite is the Delavayi ... the leaves are so pretty as well as the flowers.
Your hydrangeas look lovely.

Sorry to hear that you were removed from the GTS blogroll. I'll probably join you soon in that ... I don't do well with most things that I am supposed to do on a regular basis.

18 July, 2007 08:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I came to your blog through another one. And just happened to see your photo of the yellow loosestrife. I live in NH and the yellow loosestrife is common here. It can be somewhat "loose" because once you have it, it tends to pop up everywhere. I gues all the "loose" ones do. I know puprle loose strife is one that has taken over here in the NE. It is a definite no-no to propagate it. I also have gooseneck loosestrife, and they say it can be one that multiplies also, but so far it hasn't been a problem. I love the look of it. Betty

12 August, 2007 18:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you like the Meadow Rue, Heronswood Nursery has an outstanding variety called Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' with large flowers and chocolate brown stems, that you’ll love.

10 March, 2008 08:51  

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