It is the 15th of the month which means it is Bloom Day, hosted my May Dream Gardens. Of course it is Father's Day too, so happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there.
I cheated today. This peony is no longer in bloom. It opened last Sunday and lasted a whopping 4 days in our brutal heat wave, but I had to share it anyway, since it was so pretty. My lighter pink peonies are still blooming, but look horrible. My irises still are gamely putting out a few flowers but are almost done.
The above bush showed up in my yard one year and I just let it grow. Most of my back yard is natural woods and you never know what will end up there. I have no idea what it is. If anyone knows, please tell me.
This is my pride and joy of the season, my kousa dogwood. I planted it 16 years ago as a 6' tree, hoping it would screen our view of the neighbors porch. Now it even screens their second floor window. It is the perfect plant. It has such grace with its layered branches. Its blooms are profuse and last almost all of June. The blooms turn into a pretty red fruit that feeds the birds. The kousa dogwood blooms a lot longer than the florida dogwood (the dogwood that most people think of when they think dogwood), but its best difference is that it is not bothered by the anthracnose which kills the florida dogwoods.
My next favorite bloom of the garden right now is my Dianthus (Alwoodii Alpinus, wow a Latin name I remember, that won't happen again). I love its pretty pink flowers, but the reason I grow it is for the scent. The scent is sweet and clove-like, and strong enough to scent the entire garden.
I have a lot of the typical garden flowers in bloom right now, marigolds, lobelia, impatiens, sweet allysum, Martha Washington germanium, daylily, perennial geranium, daisies, columbine (hmm what have I forgotten?). And weirdly my bleeding heart is still in bloom. There aren't many blooms, but they still look pretty.
Lots of my veggies are in bloom. The squash blossoms are so beautiful they ought to be on the outside of the fence. The peas are likewise as stunning. The bottom photo is my raspberries. Other veggie blooms: tomato, pepper, cucumber.
Addendum: I forgot a few blooms that I noticed once in the garden. But how could I forget the Daphne? I planted it because it has my name.