Friday, June 15, 2012

Bloom Day: June 15, 2012

Bloom day is here again, and oh, how lovely the blossoms are in late spring (almost summer) in the Northeast. Bright colors and lovely smells of a variety of gorgeous flowers are attracting buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies, busy hummingbirds, and naturists from all over. I invite you to take a look at what is blooming in our yards right now.

We also have MaryAnn, our Norway contributor, reporting from across the Atlantic and Rebecca Montera, our Paraguay contributor, reporting from the Southern Hemisphere — so fun to see what is blooming elsewhere!

Sarah Armour, North Adams, Massachusetts:

Roses from my backyard

MaryAnn Nรธbben, Skammestein, Norway:

Here in the foothills of the Jotunheim Mountains, it’s still on the cool side, but at least the snow and hail has turned to rain, and the vegetation is loving it — the weeds as much as the flowers. It's lovely to see such color on the landscape now, and it lifts the spirits even in the rain!

Iceland poppies and forget-me-nots

Cortusa matthioli — Alpine bells
Mystery flower — something slow and lowly
longing for a higher and faster lifestyle!

Globeflower and dogtooth violets

Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York:





My backyard water feature with
lots of green — mostly hostas

Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts:

Arugula going to seed

Columbine, evening primrose, and roses


Evening primrose and roses

Petunia, geranium, and cool curly-que grass

Rose campion in front of sedum and lilac

Rebecca Montero, Carapeguรก, Paraguay:

We just had a big cold snap down here (it is winter in Paraguay, of course), but a few things seemed to keep trudging along.

 Banana close-up.

Full  banana.
Banana: We have lots of different banana trees growing
at our house. It seems to take a long time to flower
and mature. I have included two photos to show how the
fruit develops. There is a large purple flower (although not
sure this part is technically a flower, or maybe just looks like one)
that sprouts and then as each petal of the flower drops off,
it reveals another set of whitish/greenish flowers that stem
from the base of the petal. These little flowers then grow into
the bananas. Each petal creates a different bunch of bananas.
This process continues for sometimes months. As each bunch
develops, the central stem continues to grow, pushing the big
purple flower forward to make more bananas.

Kuruguรก (Sicana odorรญfera), aka Musk Cucumber or Cassabanana.
Thisis a vine fruit that grows like a Loofa, but ripens up with a fruit
that looks like a leathery eggplant on the outside and a sort of
cantaloupe on the inside. The odor is a little bit strange, but
the flesh of the fruit is delicious!

Sara Bonthuis, Bennington, Vermont:

This photo was taken along the George Aiken Wildflower Trail at the Bennington Museum.


Zan Farr, North Adams, Massachusetts:

Calibrachoa - Superbells Cherry Star

Dahlia - Mystic Dreamer

Summer Snapdragon - Angelface White

Dahlia - Mystic Dreamer

Ilona Sherratt, Cheshire, Massachusetts:

Feverfew and rose campion

Johnny jump-ups


Garden sage

 Goatsbeard and bleeding heart

 Egyptian Onion

 Old rose shrub and sundrops


Tricia Denault, North Adams, Massachusetts:

Can you identify these?

Carleen Madigan, Cummington, Massachusetts:

Garden heliotrope (Valeriana officinalis)

 Pincushion flower
(Scabiosa . . .  can’t remember the cultivar!)

Globeflower (Trollius ‘Golden Queen’)

To see more Bloom Day photos, go to May Dream Gardens


Unknown said...

What a lovely collection of blooms from so many zones! Happy Bloom Day to you all!

Liza said...

Thanks for sharing all those pretty blooms!