Monday, June 01, 2015

First of June Blooms

I got inspired by Loree's latest blog post sharing her first of June blooms so here's a few of ours...

Magnolia laevifolia (syn. M. yunnanensis)
The buds look like almonds before they open and the blooms scent is lovely!
Spreading away as usual - Euphorbia deflexa
Kniphofia northiae blooms are as robust and chunky looking as the plant itself
Sometimes the best way to get a good look at the blooms is...
to cut them off and move closer to you.
Especially if it's on the tips of branches over 30 feet high
Paulownia tomentosa
Never noticed them until I stooped down by chance, dainty blooms from Actinidia kolomikta
With summer on its way I'm sure there will be more blooms to look forward. And even more foliage of course!

Mark :-)

22 comments :

  1. How did you get the Paulownia blooms.. shoot them down?!

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    1. Long handled tree loppers and a ladder Jessica :)

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  2. Magnolia laevifolia is long finished blooming here. I miss them. That Kniphofia certainly is hefty!

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    1. Just shows how behind some of the blooming of plants are here Evan :)

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  3. Hard to smell the paulownia flowers when they're 30 ft. high, too! And that is one meaty Kniphofia.

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    1. It is Amy, and we barely noticed it until we had to give the tree some maintenance and blooms came falling down :)

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  4. So glad you decided to share some of your June blooms! I thought I had grown Kniphofia northiae once upon a time, but I don't remember ever having blooms like those in my garden. I think I will have to try again.

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    1. You have to Loree, especially as it can look like a giant Aloe and would fit in nicely in your garden :)

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  5. Beautiful and interesting blooms :). I also enjoyed you decided to share them.

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  6. As with Loree's post, I can't pick a favorite - they're all wonderful. I'm impressed by the lengths you went to to get the photos of the Paulownia, though!

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    1. We did a bit of maintenance on that tree Kris so it was a bonus when we were clearing the debris :)

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  7. I was thinking that perhaps you were going to say that you used a very long ladder to climb to the Paulownia blossoms. Your method makes more sense! Love your Kniphofia northiae and have been hunting for it here but it seems a bit hard to find. I know it's available as I see it in other gardens every now and then. For now, I'll enjoy yours!

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    1. We're not that determined Peter, and cutting a plant to see its blooms not always recommended :) hopefully you get hold of that poker soon. And I know Alison has it in her garden.

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  8. Beautiful flowers! That magnolia and the Kniphofia are fantastic - so different from the usual ones!

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    1. Such exotic blooms aren't they? :)

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  9. I guess there is a reason they call it a Princess Tree - those purple flowers are gorgeous! And, I've never seen a Kniphofia like that - it is MASSIVE! Wow...

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    1. Definitely a poker with presence Anna :)

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  10. I'm a confessed kniphomaniac. How did I miss that one?

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    1. Ha, very clever play on words Ricki :)

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  11. Wonderful bulky Kniphofia--practicing to be an Aloe?

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  12. Someone gave me euphorbia, but I had no idea what kind. Seeing yours, I think it may be deflexa.

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