June 2010 Bloom Day

A 2-year-old mossed basket with sedums, agave, and oregano ‘Kent Beauty.’ I was surprised to see the oregano return this year. Life in a mossed basket can be rough.

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The urns of arctoctis. Hopefully, the next time I replant the urns will be the day after Thanksgiving, to fill them with tulips. July is not too early to get a tulip order in for the best bulbs!

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Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ and Libertia peregrinans. This libertia actually is in bloom, tiny and white, but it’s the tawny leaves I’m after.

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Crocosmia just budding up, different kinds of forgotten names. Running in ribbons throughout, not in big clumps. I’m always amazed they find their way up and through at all in June.

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Lysimachia atropurpurea

Some plants never live up to their catalogue descriptions.

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Never mind their growth habits or cultural needs, they simply fail to live up to the gushing prose that purports to describe what they actually, physically look like.

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This is my first year growing Lysimachia atropurpurea, and knowing nothing about its length of bloom time or how it will tolerate summer heat or a soil on the dryish side, or too much shade or sun; whether it flops or runs at the root or performs more like an annual than a perennial in zone 10’s relatively dormancy-free winter —

Apart from all that, I can safely say that, visually, this plant is every inch the knockout it’s reputed to be.

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Will those silvery leaves quickly turn a drab green? Will budworms deform that luscious, berry-colored flower spike?

Like the first date, sometimes it’s kinda nice not to know, when just raw attraction is enough.

Hello, beautiful.

(Stern report on growth and cultural habits to follow as the season progresses.)

Burgundy Gooseneck Loosestrife, alleged long bloomer, June through August or May through September depending on source. Allegedly deer resistant. To 2 feet. Full sun/part shade. Zone 4 to 10. Average water. Comes true from seed. Hummingbird’s delight. Makes a good cut flower. Makes your children smarter. Will bring you boundless good luck, etc., etc..