Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Celebration

Sensation Lilacs
Tomorrow summer officially begins. 
Do you suppose my Lilacs have their eyes on the calendar, too?

President Grevy Lilacs
 One day before the official start of summer, my Harbingers of Spring are finally blooming. And if that seems super late, dig this: I still have tulips flowering.
Long Live the Lupines!
But, so are a number of other little lovelies. Like these too cute for words Lupines, who continue to redefine themselves. This year, showing off some polka dots.

Stunning Lilies, transplanted from the indoor garden and, so far, coping well with our chilly nights.

Dame's Rocket
Wild Dame's Rocket ~ which has drifted into my neighbor's yard. He crabs at me constantly, hiring people to remove it. I guess these pretty purples are messing with his monochromatic Kentucky Blue Grass world.

Alyssum and Allium
Ah, summertime. It's such a relief to see the gardens filling up with color. To know that most of my favorites survived. Winter kill wreaked less havoc than I originally thought: RIP one Pear Tree and ALL of the Knopfia. :((

Progressing past the complaint stage, mostly just curious, I'm kind of enjoying this crushed together season, where Lupines and Tulips are gettin' bizzy at the same darn time.

Mountain Lilac Legacy
When properly selected, Lilacs regularly outlive the gardener who plants them. And, they love, love, love the mountains.

Beauty of Moscow Lilac
Popular at 8,000 feet altitude
- Syringa x persica 'Persian' Lilac

Popular at 9,000 feet altitude
- Syringa x prestoniae 'Donald Wyman' Lilac
- Syringa patula 'Miss Kim' Lilac

Popular at 10,000 feet altitude  
- Syringa x chinensis 'Chinese' Lilac
- Syringa vulgaris 'Common Purple' Lilac
Tinkerbelle Lilacs
- Syringa vulgaris alba 'Common White' Lilac
- S x prestoniae 'James MacFarlane' Lilac
- Syringa meyeri 'Korean Dwarf' Lilac
- Syringa x prestoniae 'Royalty' Lilac

Popular at 12,000 feet altitude
- Skiing and snowboarding on the 4th of July


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your lilacs are striking. I only have an old fashioned purple and a white one. I think the white one drowned this spring. sigh~~

Carly said...

Pshh. Plain old grass is no fun. You're neighbor should be thanking you for the flowers volunteering in his yard. Our grass has little Johny jump ups, pasque, and violets fighting with it :D

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

Be very careful with the Dame's rocket. I've been following Utah Native Plant Society emails all week about how this flower is becoming invasive and they are seeking to have it listed as such soon.

Lona said...

Hi Kate. Your lilacs are just gorgeous! It looks like your garden is loving the warmer weather and blooming so pretty. I adore your Lupines and the yellow alyssum is so pretty.

ProfessorRoush said...

That President Grevy is going on my list. gorgeous! You almost threw me with those lilies blooming alongside the lilacs.

Janie said...

You do have an unusual variety of plants blooming at once, especially at this time of year. They're all beautiful. Your neighbor should be pleased to have a small invasion of purple flowers.

Cynthia said...

It has been a very strange gardening year indeed! I am starting to think the whole summer will be cooler than normal. Of course, if that means more days in the 80's and less in the 100's then, by all means, carry on!

RURAL said...

It is a odd season, there are still the rare tulips hanging on in cooler sections.

Lilacs still blooming here also.

But that's a good thing.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Laura said...

Enjoy summer!!! What an amazing flowers!!!

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous blooms!

joey said...

Summer is grand, Kate! Let's enjoy :)

Rose said...

This has been a strange year for bloom times in my garden, too. But tulips and lilacs in June?? They're two of my favorites, though, and I'd be thrilled to have them blooming right now, too. Your lilacs are so beautiful; your garden must smell heavenly right now.

Anonymous said...

Good Article

Snowcatcher said...

I'll bet you know how hard I cracked up when I read your 12,000-foot popular!

Welcome to summer! Your garden is so gorgeous and full of color! I'm not monocromatic, but you've got more color than me!

sweetbay said...

Your lilacs and lupines look amazing! Your neighbor must be a grinch not to like Dame's Rocket.

Wally said...

Just beautiful!!!

"Popular at 12,000 feet altitude
- Skiing and snowboarding on the 4th of July"... oh my!

I hope you're feeling better.

Mariana said...

Your flowers are just strikingly awesome!

Anonymous said...

Good Article

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Kate,
Thanks for the smile. One of my brother in laws lives in Breckenridge. He snowboards, but not in July, that I know of. LOL I know they don't have much of a growing season.

Your blooms are quite lovely! I keep trying to grow lupines, but have only had one do well for a few years before it gave up.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Kate girl this was lovely and I have to prune my lilac soon ! I only have the one bicolor but it is pretty .. I would love more for that amazing scent .. yours are gorgeous !
I don't know where my lupines went .. now that is going to make me wonder what the heck happened to them !!
Halloween is 128 days away girl !!!!
Joy wink wink

Anonymous said...

Wow! Love your lilacs, especially the purply/blue ones... I don't have any lilacs in this garden and have to get at least one started! Your photos are beautiful and so is the Park City area. I look forward to learning more about high altitude gardening!

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Kate, The lilacs are gorgeous. Ignore that crabby neighbour. Dame's Rockets are so pretty.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Just gorgeous flowers!

jan said...

Congratulations on finally getting to summer!