Thursday, July 17, 2014

YEAR TWO - first blooms

Given that last year was the first summer here in Winnipeg for me there were quite a few perennials that I started last year but that did not bloom until this year, plus more new plants added this year than I had expected. 

So this post focuses exclusively on plants that are blooming for the first time in my gardens.

These orange oriental poppies were planted last year but no blooms made an appearance. I am very glad to see them as I have actively been looking to add more orange in the Sun Garden.

Last year's Foxglove did not survive the winter, these were just added this year. Despite the blooms I will wait until next year to make any judgment of success or failure.

I added ten of this primrose to the Sun garden this spring  and while it may be yellow that is about as far as as the similarities between it and the Sundrops I have at the Ontario cottage.  There are fewer blooms but they are substantially bigger, while the plants are substantially smaller.

Of the 25 Dutch Iris I planted last fall only 2 have bloomed including this white one and a purple one.  I suspect they are not getting enough sun, the same issue I had with Liatris in the same place last year, hopefully I have learned my lesson this time!

The Sea Holly is just beginning to turn blue. I have two different kinds, both planted lat year but neither accomplished much to speak of in year one, in fact I am happily surprised to see both of them back in year two at all.

This Delphinium was planted in the Monet Garden last year as a test and since it was coming along healthily I added two more this spring, however they are not doing as well so I may no longer pursue these notoriously high maintenance plants anymore.

These Malva were given to me by a friend last year but they struggled and I had all but forgotten about them, but this year are seeming quite healthy.

Petite Allium Graceful in the foreground were added last fall while the pale purple spires of Campanula were direct sown as seeds last year but never got around to blooming until this year.

20 comments:

  1. Wonderful blooms and well worth the wait I'd think!

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    1. Thanks Beth, it is very exciting to see plants that I started from seed last year blooming for the first time - I was not even sure what some of them would look like. There should be a couple more later in the season, stay tuned!

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  2. I have nearly all these flowers in my garden

    Mollyxxx

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  3. Wonderful series of lovely flowers. Thanks for sharing them with Today's Flowers Derek. Much appreciated!

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    1. No problem Denise, thanks for hosting!

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  4. Pretty blooms.
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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Lina, much appreciated. I like the mos on the apple tree in your own photos.

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  5. Wonderful photos of these beautiful flowers !

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    1. Thanks so much Ela, glad you could stop by.

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  6. Your blooms are great, I know you are happy with them! That sea holly is quite unusual--I love it!

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    1. Thanks Betty, I am very happy with them. It is so exciting when a new flower I am not familiar with graces us with its blooms, quite an adventure really.

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  7. Your garden must be very lovely indeed. I had images of the sea holly but had no idea what it was, so thanks for the id.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Felicia, this is the first time I have grown Sea Holly (Eryngium), so every day it is interesting to see it develop.

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  8. I'm crazy about the blooms of Eryngiums, I got one last year but so far no signs of bloom stalks. Yours looks fantastic! Your other flowers look pretty, I would be intimidated by zone 3-4, so I hope they hang in there for you. Foxgloves tend to be biennial. The Campanula looks like one that appeared in my garden and has been coming back well every year.

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    1. I planted two different kinds of Eryngium last year and neither of them bloomed but they are both blooming this year, so hopefully with some patience you will get to see yours next year. The Foxglove I planted did not last through the winter but still I hvae added another 10 I love them so much! Fingers crossed they come back and self seed as planned...

      Thanks for stopping in Hannah.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Laura, glad you liked them.

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  10. You have a great variety of flowers in your garden! Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Mary, I am glad you enjoyed the show.

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