Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2011

It’s September in the garden and time for some old friends to return as other fade away. Here are September’s Bloom Day photos, I hope you enjoy them. Afterward, please stop by May Dreams Gardens and see what is blooming in other gardens around the globe!

Coreopsis x 'Full Moon'


Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Poetschke'


Hibiscus moscheutos


Chelone glabra


Chelone obliqua
Sedum telephium 'Matrona'


Vernonia noveboracensis
Solidago sp.


Hydrangea 'Endless Summer'


Aster divaricata


Actea simplex 'Pink Spike'

And finally just for fun, I thought I would include this volunteer growing all around us. I think it’s Persicaria orientalis, and I love the way its blossoms hang. Very elegant!

Persicaria orientalis

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2011

We awoke to much needed rain today here in the northeast, so instead venturing out into the garden and nursery, I thought I’d share some photos taken over the last week. Enjoy!

A stalwart in the late summer garden, the Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’) are putting on quite a show!

 Henry Eilers (Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eiler’) is just beginning to show off. He is cousin to Black-eyed Susan, but towers over her at close to five feet, and has very cool petals!

This peach colored daylily (Hemerocallis cv.) has been blooming for a few weeks now. I can’t remember it’s name, but it has survived all the abuse we could throw at it over the past ten years or so and keeps coming back.

Part of the Big Sky series, ‘After Midnight’ Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Emily Saul’)  has amazing color in its stem.

These Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) have also been flowering for a few weeks and rival Henry Eilers in height.

Goldenrod (Solidago sp.), another star of the late summer meadow is always abuzz with activity.

Although not hardy here, Red Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) adds beautiful burgundy tones, and graceful form against a backdrop of Northwind Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’).

Chicago Apache daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Chicago Apache’), boasts deep scarlet petals with ruffled edges and a yellow throat.  Very striking, and stands out from all the way across the yard.

And last, but certainly not least, I find endless enjoyment watch the butterflies and hummingbirds visit these Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis ). It’s nectar incites afternoon long battles among the hummers, as they try to syphon off every last drop!

Well that’s what blooming here in our northern Connecticut garden, I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour! Be sure to head over to May Dreams Gardens, and see what’s blooming in Carole’s garden and in other gardens around the world. Until next time, I hope your garden is full of blooms and busy with pollinators!

Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so, or if you like, head over to the Facebook Page and share a picture of your Bloomday. We’d love to see it!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2011

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2011

It’s bloom day again, and things are starting to perk up after a wet, sluggish, spring. Here are a few shots from the nursery, including a one of what some might call a weed. Must be an “eye of the beholder” thing though, because I sure like it! I’ve included names on those that I’m sure of, Enjoy!

Clematis 'Josephine'
Salvia 'May Night'
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' (with a visitor)
Heuchera 'Tiramisu'
Lonicera 'Major Wheeler'
Achillea 'Moonshine'
Penstemon 'Husker Red'
Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning'
A selection of Dicentra
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Please be sure to stop by May Dreams Gardens to see what’s blooming elsewhere!

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – May 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – May 2011

We are very happy here at Blue heron Landscapes to be able to join in the Bloom Day fun once again! It’s been a long cold rainy spring here in the northeast, so there hasn’t been much to crow about until now. Enjoy!

The Daffodils (Narcissus cvs.) have just finished for the season. I love the delicate hues of this one, although I can’t remember its name.

I shared this Korean Azalea (Rhododendron yedoense var. poukanense) on Wordless Wednesday, but it sure is worth another look.

Clematis ‘Pink Flamingo’ is not your ordinary Clematis!

The unusual, but very pretty blossoms of our Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum).

An unknown cultivar, this Azalea (Rhododendron Hybrid) greats visitors with a brilliant show each spring.

Rhododendron carolinianum, understated beauty!

Perhaps my favorite naturalizing tree, the clean white bracts of a White Dogwood (Cornus florida).

Another unknown Azalea (Rhododendron Hybrid) we inherited when we bought the house. When this one is in bloom, the back room glows pink as the sunlight reflects off its impressive display!

A welcome volunteer, this native Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) graces our deck each spring!

As always, many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for creating and hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, please visit her site to see what’s blooming elsewhere!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2010

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2010

It’s August 15th, and once again time for Bloom Day posts! Here is a slideshow of what’s blooming in our little corner of the world! After viewing here please head on over to May Dreams Gardens and have a look at all the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day posts. There is so much to behold!


P.S. If you would like to know more about any of the flowers in the slideshow,  just post a comment, I love to talk plants!

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Bloom Day for May 2010!

Bloom Day for May 2010!

We have a few friends showing their faces this fine May morning, some in the ground and some in containers. I hope you enjoy these beauties as much as we, and when your done here remember to stop by May Dreams Gardens to see many more bloggers fine blooms!

Rhododendron carolinianum
Clematis 'Pink Flamingo'
Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
Dicentra 'Aurora'
Euphorbia 'Bonfire'
Iris sibirica

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day For November

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day For November

As Autumn slowly fades into winter here in Southern New England, we find fewer and fewer blossoms for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. That doesn’t leave us devoid of color and interest though, for despite being far past peak foliage color, there are still many wonders to behold in the garden. With that thought in mind, I ventured out with camera in hand to capture the beauty that is the turn of the season.
I hope you find as much enjoyment as I do in the following photos. Remember, you can click on each to see a larger version.
Though the Bee covered yellow frosting from late summer has passed, the spent flower heads of Goldenrod (Solidago) still provide us interest. They almost resemble cotton waiting to be picked.
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The common name Fleabane, does not do the lovely flowers of Erigeron justice. Here still putting on a display mid-November.

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We have been using several different Coral Bells (Heuchera) in containers the last few years, and one of our favorites is ‘Caramel’. It’s foliage is a wonderful contrast to the annuals and Hostas it’s been pared with. This container, on its last legs of the season, is still looking vibrant thanks to the many wonderful shades of color provided by ‘Caramel’

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Heuchera 'Caramel'

Not to be outlasted, our Scabiosa ochroleuca, will just not turn in for the season!

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Scabiosa ochroleuca

Looking weary and a bit haggard, but still festive, Swamp Sunflower is holding on, adding color to the ever increasingly dull hues of late fall.

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Helianthus angustifolius 'Gold Lace'

Not all plants shun fall and winter, the Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) does not bloom until this time of year. Its crinkly spider like blooms here are glistenig from last night’s rain.

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Hamamelis virginiana

A star of late Autumn, Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) explodes this time of year. Found on the edge of wet meadows and woodlands, the bright red berries will continue to draw our attention until every last one is gobbled up by our avian friends.

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Ilex verticillata

On the edge of our meadow, I found the following plant. I’m not quite sure what it is, but  am completely mesmerized by the whispy structure and the wonderful tan and brown hues of the foliage. What a wonderfully welcome volunteer to have made its home here.

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One of our meadow volunteers

So there you have it, the last of the 2009 blooms from our garden. I hope you have enjoyed these posts as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you. If you have, then fear not, for there will all sorts of frozen wonders to explore as we venture out into the winter garden, stay tuned.

See you in the Garden,


Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for October

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for October

As October’s cool temperatures settle in, we find the garden slowly winding down for the season. Most plants have finished blooming, and many begin to die back with the onset of winter. But there is color to be found in the fall landscape, and oh so much more than the chrysanthemums that are found on every doorstep. Brilliant foliage, colorful berries, and even a few perennial flowers take center stage deep into the autumn season. And so, as the skies turn gray, and you feel a hint of snow this October, I hope you find enjoyment in these pictures of our autumn garden.
Remember you can click on each image to see a larger version.
Fall is the time for the Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) And ‘Gold Lace’ is putting on a show as we speak. Towering in the garden to a height of 6-8′ its bright yellow blossoms thrive in the moist soil of our meadow.
Helianthus 'Gold Lace'
Helianthus 'Gold Lace'
Bolton’s Aster (Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’) is still managing to paint the garden with its white asterlike blossoms.
Boltonia 'Snowbank'
Boltonia ‘Snowbank’
Even the shaded areas of the garden offer up a display late in the season, as eveidenced by the Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnomomea). It lacy dark green foliage explodes in the fall, lighting up the dark corners with its golden brown hues. Visible from across the yard, it provides a welcome greeting home.
Osmunda cinnamomea
Osmunda cinnamomea
A plant I’m sure many of you have seen along the woodland and wetland edges, the Winterberry holly begins to make itself known to the caasual viewer. Its bright red berries will hang on the branches well after the foliage drops. That is, until our bird friends clean each branch, leaving only the stem until next spring’s leafout.
Ilex verticillata
Ilex verticillata
Blue Shadow Fothergilla (Fothergilla ‘Blue Shadow’) is a wonderful small shrub in the mixed border. It’ early creamy bottle brush flowers, give way to soft powder blue foliage, that eventually erupts as though it were a Sugar Maple. Reds, yellows and oranges consume the plant in autumn before finally dropping to the ground leaving an attractive branching habit to enjoy all winter. Truely a four season gem!
Fothergilla 'Blue Shadow'
Fothergilla ‘Blue Shadow’
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), a native vine, grows wildly in the woods surrounding our yard. This time of year it also turns a deep red, and is visible from many parts of the garden. Look for this beautiful vine climbing a white birch, and you will see Mother Nature at her creative best.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
What would fall in New england be without maples. This Red Maple (Acer rubrum) never fails to impress, and is commented by nearly all who visit.
Acer rubrum
Acer rubrum
May you all find enjoyment in your Autumn Landscapes!
Bloom Day for September

Bloom Day for September

September 15th was Garden Blogger’s Bloomday, a day I spent dealing with with truck problems which prevented me from posting in time. Now, it’s a couple of days late, but what the heck, I went to all this trouble so you might as well enjoy the show. Some of the pictures below are from our yard, some are from the meadow we are coaxing along, and some are from our nursery area, but regardless, whether they’re ours, mother nature’s, or are waiting for someone else’s yard to call home, they still brighten my day. I hope they brighten yours also!

Click on each picture for a closer look at each these beauties!
Sedum cauticola

Sedum cauticola has performed well for us on our deck in this old cedar planter.

Sedum 'Matrona'
Sedum ‘Matrona’ is well on its way from pink to red and eventually russet in color.
Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank'
Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’ is just beginning to bloom. Next week this Bolton’s Aster will be covered with white blossoms.
Goldenrod has been keeping the meadow buzzing for about two months.
Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers'
Rudbeckia ‘Henry Eilers’, a very unique petal.
Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia cardinalis is a Hummingbird and butterfly magnet!
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ began flowering in June, and will continue through October. She really has staying power!
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Eupatorium perfoliatum – This Boneset is doing well at the edge of the meadow.
Cimicifuga 'Pink Spike'
A favorite of mine! Cimicifuga simplex ‘Pink Spike’. Dark foliage and tall pink tinted flowers are a dramatic addition to the shade border.
Chelone obliqua
Chelone obliqua – Pink Turtleheads, need I say more?
Aster divaricatus
The white Wood Aster (Aster divaricatus) has been thriving on te edge of our woods for years.
Aster 'Alma Poetschke'
Lastly, one of my all time favorites, Aster novae-angliae ‘Alma Poetschke’ A old fashioned stunner in the natural garden!
Thanks for sharing our garden, I hope to see you in yours one day!
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