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In the Garden – What’s Been Blooming – Zone 5 Gardening

June 13, 2017


Here’s a little look at some of the flowers that were blooming in my garden from about a couple of weeks ago.


I was looking out the front window and really loved how the roses looked.  It’s almost as if there was a filter on the camera or something, but it’s probably the dirty window from wet doggie noses.  But I liked the effect.

This is the same rose.  It is a climber that my hubby bought me a couple of years ago.  I’d have to go search for the name tag as I don’t recall the name (I have it somewhere and I need to get that stuff organized too). It starts out two toned and then the edges of the rose turn an almost velvet texture.  And this rose is crazy vigorous and does really well in my Zone 5 garden.  The stems of this rose are almost evergreen during the winter.  I’ve never seen a rose so hardy before.

Here is another two toned rose that my hubby picked out at Home Depot last year.  He really liked the two toned roses, can’t you tell?! It’s not my first choice when picking out roses, but I do think they are pretty!

And finally, one of my favorite roses.  It is a climber, but you can prune it as a shrub.  The only thing that I don’t like about this rose is that it is not a rebloomer.  However, it is still worth having as each rose has probably a hundred blooms on it (I’m not exaggerating).  And the blooms last for several weeks.  It is just outstanding.  I have three of them in my landscape and have layered a couple of the stems last year to get a couple more out of them.  I’ve never seen a rose with more blooms!

The last of my peonies just finished blooming.  I have lots and lots of peonies in my gardens and I think I like this one the best.  It is a late blooming peony and I adore the color of it.

Here is a view for a little farther away in front of my dappled willow.  The stems of this peony are actually very strong and do not require staking of any kind (as most of my others require).

Here’s a shot of the dappled willow.  It’s quite interesting and i both like it and don’t.

he last of my lilacs just finished blooming.  I have a lot of different varieties of lilacs.  Some early bloomers, some normal ones and some late ones.  When you have a lot of varieties, you can extend the bloom time.

The one below is also a late blooming white one.  They are all done for the year and I’m already looking forward to next spring!

These purple alliums are also done blooming now, but I don’t cut them down until they have formed seeds and dried.  I want the seeds to scatter and hopefully spread.  Some are sterile, but some have viable seeds.  Hope these are viable.  I do have some large white alliums (not pictured) that are just now blooming actually.  They also vary in bloom time.

Oh, I also love weigela.  I’ve propagated a whole bunch of these too.  The weigela is such a pretty spring blooming bush.

his is an Iris that my Mom gave me.  It was blooming at the end of May and it’s STILL blooming.  So pretty.  I wish all of my regular Iris would bloom this long.

And it wasn’t until this year that I realized how wonderfully some Iris smell.  I even got to see a hummingbird on the Iris this year (I don’t see many hummingbirds around here – well, I didn’t until I started gardening).

And a clematis.  This double clematis is so big.  The blooms are probably 6 inches in diameter if not bigger.  The pale purple color isn’t that spectacular, but the bloom size certainly is.

Hope you enjoyed a peek into my Zone 5 gardening here in the Chicago suburbs.

What’s been blooming in your garden?


    1. They are awesome! I’ve just put together a list of David Austin roses that I think I want to get for a specifically designed rose garden for next spring. If hubby asks what I want for my b-day…that might just be it. 🙂

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