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June 7, 2010

What’s Blooming – Late May/Early June

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It’s time for me to do another edition of “What’s Blooming”  before those blog post ideas start piling up in my head again.  Let’s jump right in with some favorites of mine, that have actually already come and gone, peonies.  I have 4 peony shrubs along the side of my driveway.  I don’t know the names of the specific varieties, but I have:

a dark pink,


a medium pink,




and a pale pink with a bit of fuschia edging.  You can see this edging a little better before they fully open:

In the same garden with my irises, I’ve planted some other perennials to keep the color going once the irises have faded.  The next one to bloom after the irises, is what I call my “crazy poppy.”  I call it this because of its bright orange color…

its funky purple middle…

its wild looking bud (if you click on this photo and head to my Project 365 entry with this picture, you find some pretty funny comments when I played a guessing game with the folks who commented on the project)…
Can you name this bud?

…and this plant’s tenacity!  When I first planted this flower, I thought I had purchased something more to the reddish-pink color category in keeping with the color scheme of this particular garden.  When it first bloomed that shocking orange, I actually tried to get rid of it.  But it just kept coming back, so I kept it.  Now it has kind of grown on me, despite the way it clashes with everything else I’ve planted in that garden.

A received a little surprise among my blooms this year.  I have an old-fashioned whiskey-barrel planter in which I plant a “spike” surrounded by annuals each year.  My girls marvel at how late into the fall and sometimes even early winter that spike survives.  This year, however, something else apparently survived.  Before I got around to planting this year, I noticed greenery coming up in the barrel.  I didn’t think much of it, assuming them to be weeds.  Weeds they were not!

I  planted those thickly settled members of the carnation family (I think)  last year. (Tracy, can you help me out?  I can’t remember their name!) I know they are not perennials, so I can only assume they re-seeded themselves and managed to survive a New England winter.

Growing in great abundance this year are my clematis vines.  Again I don’t know the specific variety.  I’m a bit disappointed in the orientation of the vines this year.  You see this view..

..faces down the side of the house that no one ever travels.  I meant for them to face out toward my driveway, but all the blooms this year are on the other side!  They are looking quite prolific this year too.  There are a ton of buds still to open.  I think I got quite lucky with the light for these photos because I’m pleased with the true color of the purple that is shown here.


While I was happily snapping away at this prodigious proliferation of purple, I noticed a little visitor:

While I’ve never been a fan of spiders, a cute little daddy-long-legs generally doesn’t send me running for the hills.  Speaking of small visitors, one morning last week while I was getting ready for work, I found this one scurrying around my grill!

While not as adorable as Tracy’s recent shots, I thought it was pretty cool to have a little red squirrel  showing up on my deck for a couple mornings!  It may not look like a red squirrel in this shot, but I swear there’s a red tail hanging behind him or her.  I took that shot through the sliding glass door on my “behind glass” setting so I could grab the picture without sending the subject scrambling from the sound of the squeaky door.

I have a few other shots of things in bloom that I have posted on my Flickr photostream that I haven’t added to this edition of What’s Blooming.  I just decided they weren’t all that spectacular, but if you feel like checking ’em out, please feel free! (They are kind of scattered over pages 1-3)  If there’s one that you are curious about, or think maybe I should have included in this post, please let me know in the comments.


  1. LOL… Well you certainly weren’t kidding about lots more flowery type things, and I love your descriptions too, as they pretty much match mine (dark pink, medium pink.. lol)…
    Real nice selection you have Karma, and I even posted some flowery stuff myself the other day… Now there’s a shocker… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — June 8, 2010 @ 3:40 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Brian – I’m not good about recording what I have planted (unlike another commenter here!) so you get my pink, white, purple etc…

      Comment by Karma — June 8, 2010 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  2. Your peonies are lovely, Karma! Looks like you have the tried and true old-fashioned varities. I have some of these in my garden as well and they seem to hold up to the rains that Mother Nature always seems to send to us!

    What you have in your whiskey barrel is Dianthus or ‘Pinks’. They are actually a perennial! So no surprise that they keep coming back!

    LOL re: clematis vine not behaving! My neighbor and I have so many plants that don’t quite do what we’d like them to, clematis being one of them! Luckily, many plants are along a shared fence so at least one of us is able to enjoy the blooms!

    Thanks for the shout out – much appreciated! However, I really, really think what you have there is a juvenile grey squirrel. Greys can have lots of reddish-brown in their fur, especially on the tails. Red Squirrels have very little-to-no-grey, distinctive red coloring, a difinitive white belly, black racing stripes and those large tell-tale eyes.

    Still a little cutie! 🙂 S/he is probably still learning what to do, where to go, and where to live!

    Always enjoy your posts! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — June 8, 2010 @ 8:34 am | Reply

    • I will have to try to get a shot of that squirrel from another angle, Tracy. It is very red on its back and tail. But I will, of course, defer to your judgement on what he or she is! 😉 I’ve never seen a baby gray that I can think of, so it could truly be that I didn’t know what I was looking at. He or she is also quite wet, which I may not have shown very well in this shot, from squeezing through the morning dew on my deck and grill. I don’t know if that could be affecting the perception of its color.

      Funny, after I finished writing this post last night, the name “dianthus” came back to me, thinking that could possibly be what they were. I truly didn’t think they were perennials, however, because I bought them in that traditional little “6-pack” that annuals come in. Learn something new every day! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — June 8, 2010 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

      • I’m certainly no expert on squirrels and all those factors you stated could be affecting the image. If you’ve got a Red, it’s pretty certain s/he will be back!

        Comment by milkayphoto — June 8, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

  3. I love your garden! I would have so much fun there with my macro lens! Cute little squirrel, too! 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — June 8, 2010 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

    • I have a macro lens, but I find it quite frustrating to try to use outside! The gentlest breeze appears to be a gale force wind under my macro.

      Comment by Karma — June 9, 2010 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

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