Well Garden Bloggers Bloom Day snuck up on me. So many things are blooming in the garden. I'll give you a taste of them. I'll start with the vegetable garden since it is so near and dear to my heart.
In the Three Sisters Garden the Ottowa Cranberry Beans are starting to bloom. I was surprised to find out they weren't white, but a pretty pink. The cucumbers are blooming too, but the squash are being very slow this year. Last year I ate my first zucchini on June 16th. This year they are in bud, but not quite blooming.
The prettiest flower in my perennial border are my lilies. The day lilies come close, but these win by a nose. I have a lot of flowers in bud in the border, but very few in bloom. It is a really late year for the summer blooms.
The most interesting flower in the garden are my Ghost Pipes or Monotropa uniflora. They look like fungi but aren't. They are parasites and lack chlorophyll. Weirdly they feed on fungi not plants. The fungi they feed on in my back yard are mycorrhizal fungi that are symbiotic with my oak trees. So if my oak trees didn't have a lot of healthy mycorrhizal fungi then I wouldn't have any ghost pipes. It is a very strange circle of life going on with the parasites feeding off of the symbiotes.