Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Crazy Weather Gardening

It has been the craziest spring this year.  For the most part it's been cool and raining until yesterday when the temperature soared to the 90's F then dipped to the 70's today with wind like a mild hurricane was blowing all day.  The leaves on the young red maple in the back were being ripped right off and watching birds trying to fly was entertaining.
Despite all this happening, spring flowers are blooming,  the lilacs are starting to open and the air is becoming perfumed from their blossoms.
'Josee' that will bloom heavily now and sporadically all summer is in the butterfly garden.
Bleeding hearts are a favourite cottage garden plant and they grace a couple of shady beds.
The regular pink and white (Dicentra spectabilis) - don't these white ones look like little Dutch girls all in a row?
And D. Formosa of which I have 'Luxuriant' and 'King of Hearts' that are shorter and will bloom all summer.
The flower that garners the most attention however is a bulb...
The sea of alliums at the front of the house.
I'm linking with Tracie at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday and Tootsie at Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday.  So, come on gardeners, share the pretties from your garden too!


  1. wow - that sure is a "sea of alliums". i would love to see that in person! everything in your photo's are just gorgeous...thanks for sharing at Cottage Flora Thursday's! Hugs to you, Tracie

  2. So gorgeous is your gardens. It is still cold and rainy here but I keep hoping. Sharon

  3. Beautiful purple blooms! I love the sweet scent in the air now. We had 3 sunny warm days here finally and yesterday it was very windy from the south. Nova Scotia had some severe thunder storms last night but it was clear here. It is a strange weather season isn't it. I hope you have a great day.

  4. Your lilacs are beautiful and I love the sea of alliums too.
    Our weather has been so damp and cool here and they predict showers for the next week but at least all the blossoms are lasting longer!

    Take care,

  5. Absolutely beautiful and I know how you feel about the weather. From severe storms all spring and straight into the 90's.

  6. Judith,
    Your flowers are lovely as well as your photos. I do love lilacs! Have a wonderful day.


  7. Hi Judith, My lilacs are finished along with bleeding hearts. It was so windy all my tall iris have fallen over. I cut bouquets to bring into the house. Some have a wonderful scent. Your garden looks beautiful, love the see of alliums.

  8. Sweet flowers in delightful colors!
    Have a nice time in your garden!
    Summer is here!! :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog. ;)

  9. I soooo love all the blooming flowers in your garden. I love bleeding hearts too but I cannot get them to grow here in SoCal.

    Happy Cottage Flora Thursday!

  10. Simply gorgeous! Lilacs are one of my faves..mine are all done for the Spring. They usually rebloom in the fall...not as good tho. Do yours?

  11. Oh how lovely thinks are in spite of your winds. We had a "carnival" on our street and the wind blew the tops right off the tents.

  12. Judith,

    Gorgeous blossoms! We are having the same type of weather here. Your sea of alliums is a real show-stopper!

  13. Judith~ your garden is beautiful!!!
    Have a wonderful week!

  14. What lovely alliums and other flowers too. My alliums are only in their second season so you've shown me what I have to look forward to as they spread. One threesome were duds this year - no blooms. Don't know why.

  15. Your flowers are just beautiful!... I especially love your lilacs and bleeding hearts... xoxo Julie Marie

  16. Hello Judith,
    We have some strange weather here in California too. It's raining! This is the first time I witness rain in June in the past ten years I've been living here.
    Your garden photos are wonderful. I really like your white bleeding hearts.

  17. Well Judith - despite the crazy weather, your garden is gorgeous!

    It has finally stopped snowing here, and the aspen leaves have come out. I cannot say that I am much of a gardener anymore - more of a forester! Hubby & I have been cutting down huge pines this week to create a safer fire zone around our tiny cottage. I will be encouraging the aspen & wildflowers to take their place.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful images with all of us - they have put a smile on my face!


  18. Everything is looking so lovely, I am sure the little warm spell helped wake a few blooms too...though as long as it does not linger to long like it is here.

    I got very lucky to find that Chrysalis and the original caterpillar too, I just happened upon it coming in from the back field...I hope to have photos to share of the butterfly when it emerges...lets hope I am home when it happens.

    Blessings Kelsie

  19. Oh look at all the alliums. So pretty there in the front of the house. V

  20. Hi Trish

    Your garden blooms so beautifully. I just found your blog and I am looking forward to reading some of your earlier posts.

    Canadian Eh?

  21. Your flowers are gorgeous, Judith! I love the lilacs especially...Christine

  22. The alliums at the front of your house look wonderful!

  23. Hi Judith, Yes, the weather has been weird and not normal all around the country. Massachusettes had a severe tornadeo on Wed, that is so rare for the NE. I love your lilacs and the allium, especially due to the color. I also have a question about brown eyed susans. Are the petals curled up tightly before they open outward or does this mean there is something wrong and it is not going to bloom? I took pictures of a patch on a trip (on my blog today) and I posted a macro of the "tight in the bud" one and thought they just had not bloomed yet, but someone else said she had never seen that before. Any expert advice would be wonderful. The web sites I look at don't show them tightly curled either. Maybe this is not a brown eyed susan either, but sure looks like it is to me. Thank you and have a blessed week.

  24. The weather has been crazeeeee in Oklahoma USA, too! Warm one day and cool the next...then HOT! :( Your flowers look amazing though and I must say mine don't look anywhere as lovely. I try though...

    Thank you for visiting me today and your sweet words. God is good. All the time.


  25. Your alliums are fabulous, Judith! Having a large drift of them makes a stunning visual impact. I love the lilacs, too. Happy gardening!

  26. Beautiful blog. I`m from Finland.


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