On and on the Hydrangeas bloom spilling onto the driveway from the heavy draping wall of grapes.
A few firsts (blooms) this month. A new Hydrangea – Quick Fire. I miss my Oakleaf and planned to replace it but wondered did it really die from moving or from the stretch of -30° below cold? It would be heartbreaking to kill another. Although not native, Quick Fire is hardy to zone 3! A struggling Ligularia, dentata ‘Desdemona’ Golden Ray, assures me it will adapt to its spot with first-ever blooms even as it wilts in too much sun and dry conditions. As the surrounding trees and shrubs fill in it will find itself relief in deeper shade. Finally, finally the Cimicifuga Black Snakeroot is sending up blooms. I’ve been waiting for three years! Gentian Violet is sporting big violet-purple buds. The Trumpet Vine creeping up the rustic arbor blares out its first-ever blooms.
Orange Jewelweed has made itself at home just beyond the screened porch where I can watch the hummingbirds sip from its flowers. Great Blue Lobelia siphilitica stretches through the Raspberry leaves. Persicaria Firetail contrasts with pink Yarrow through a veil of Prairie Dropseed and Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii.
I’ll be saving some seed from these beautiful Queen Red Lime Zinnias for hopefully, repeat blooms next year.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens the 15th of each month.