Every day is Bloom Day!

The Annual Meeting is behind us, the (monthly) Garden Soirees are before us, visitors visit daily and the blooms must go on! I know I’m not the only one who tidies madly at home for invited guests and then slacks off the dusting when it’s just me and mine eating in. At Blithewold though – and any garden open to the public, there’s no napping instead of mowing or sipping iced tea in the adirondacks rather than deadheading! We’re on the “garden tour” every day and it’s important to us and to our guests that the gardens and grounds look well tended. Windy light on the waterThe night of the Annual Meeting was chilly enough to move the party indoors The Annual Meeting - music by the Classic Windsand despite the ominous clouds and bitter wind, several Blithewold devotees wandered the grounds. We (I think I can speak for Julie, Gail, Fred and Dan) were extremely gratified to hear over and over how beautiful the property looks and how well cared for it is. And we were back bright and early the day after to keep at it.


The Florabundas (the Thursday volunteers) who cleaned grape hyacinth out from under the chestnut rose last week, did the same thing on the other side of the Visitor’s Center yesterday. The bed with climbing roses on the west side of the rose garden has been getting more and more concrete-like over the years and we spent the morning forking out weeds and bulbs and working a little air in finally. (The entire Rose Garden definitely has a compaction problem because we stand and walk all over the beds when we tend the roses.)


Today, I’ve been trying to concentrate on getting more plants out of the greenhouse. But just like moving out of a house, I’m not loving this part of the process! I much prefer the part at the end of moving where I get to feng shui the pots around the garden. I also love to groom potted plants and keep getting distracted…

So rather than fight it, here’s some blooms for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day: The lopsided Styrax – blooming only on the east side. Fred thinks its because of the weird winter or maybe it’s not getting enough sun (there’s a bunch of Styrax’s not blooming at all…)Styrax japonicus

The Aegopodium is blooming away in the Bosquet. It really is a pretty ground cover but it’s completely obnoxious and invasive — don’t plant it!!!Aegopodium (very VERY invasive)

This is a Persicaria or maybe a Polygonum. Anyone know for sure what it’s called?Persicaria or Polygonum

One of my new favorites is Allium ‘Hair’. It’s definitely morning monster hair rather than a frenchgirl coif… Gotta love it! (Or do you?)Allium ‘Hair’

And for color here’s Papaver atlanticum semiplenum with a busybee.Papaver atlanticum semiplenum

Finally, not-a-bloom but a beneficial-to-be — a teeny! weeny! praying mantis! (I saved him/her from a spiderweb and it didn’t want to stand still for a portrait – but I insisted.)Praying mantis

8 thoughts on “Every day is Bloom Day!

  1. Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. If I end up in your neck of the woods someday, I’m going to be sure and stop by as the gardens all look so beautiful and well-cared for.

  2. Love that allium, it looks like it’s having a bad hair day. :-) I’ve got weird alliums too, mine are doing the loop-de-loop. Nice blooms for blooms day, mine are up too!

  3. I like the praying mantis the most. let’s assume it’s a boy. he has a long way to go and i am always rooting for the underdog, except invasive plants under the shovel of motivated b-wold volunteers. i am glad you where there for him. now he really has something to pray about!

  4. Carol, Thank you! And I hope you end up in this neck of the woods soon!

    Yolanda, Bad hair day is right! Or maybe they’re punkrockers who spent hours to get that effect…

    Brendan, I think his name is Lewis. I really hope (after rescuing him) that he survived the giant flying leap he took from my finger! He’s so teeny! weeny! and the drop was miles…

  5. Those pictures are beautiful! Lewis is too cute! Much better than one from the Adirondack Air Force: black flies, mosquitoes, deer flies and no-see-ums! You can tell I live in the neck of the woods, LOL!

  6. Thank you, Rebecca! – Your neck of the woods sounds dangerous! I don’t think I’d be performing any spiderweb rescue missions for those guys! (the saying “she wouldn’t hurt a fly” doesn’t apply!)

  7. Kris: I really enjoyed walking through that Aegopodium in the bousquet the other day. It is beautiful. I have the variegated and I think it is just as invasive! Easy to pull though! I think that false astilbe is Persicaria polymorpha. I have a lovely speciman myself. I did read that there is a real devotee to Persicaria p. who plants it in large groupings. I think that would look grand!

  8. Hi Layanee! Our Aegopodium isn’t so easy to pull – especially once it works its way into another plant! (ugh!) And we know the false astilbe as Persicaria polymorpha too but became confused when we looked it up to make sure… I think the name has changed… unless it’s changed back!

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