This is the first time that the Japanese Lilac trees and carpet roses bloomed so nicely together. Usually the Cotoneaster is the planting partner for the Lilac Trees. The odd weather patterns this year are responsible for the off-kilter bloom cycles.
What you might find interesting, is that the Tiger Swallowtail butterflies really like Japanese Lilac Trees. The blooms of this tree are fragrant and are beneficial as a food source for hummingbirds too. Why are they planted here? Well, they tolerate clay soils, and this side of the home is heavy clay. They also provide shade from hot, southwestern, afternoon sun to all the perennials in the rest of the garden. They work as a wind break too since they are closely planted.
Japanese Lilac trees, Syringa reticulata, are small flowering trees hardy to zone 3 to 7. The variety here is ‘Ivory Silk’ which grows very slowly and reaches about 15 to 20 feet in our area. They are wonderful city street trees, but… your tidbit of the day…
Japanese Lilac trees take a fairly long time to recover from damage. Japanese Lilac trees may not bloom for a few years if they suffer damage or stress, as they are focusing their energy on repairing the damage instead of making new buds. The wood of Japanese Lilac trees is softer than on some other trees, and can be damaged quite easily. So be careful when mowing or engaging in outdoor play activities.
Way up there, had to go get the 300mm lens.
In this image you can see that one tree is much larger than the other with more numerous blooms. The smaller of the two suffered from a traumatic experience when just planted. See Who Took the Dang Tree to see what the poor thing went through and read more on page 16.
Bees really like Sage.
On the tree top, the Swallowtail was feeding, but so were the bees.
Trollius is such a pretty plant, it made the cover this month. And who do we have here?
Seriously, my little yard!!!!! The asters are not blooming yet, ha ha. I had a macro lens on the camera and I was as close as this appears. My friend the bunny was not leaving either. Once I knelt down though, he took off running. Bet he thought he was headed for the stew pot.
The hosta are getting where they need dividing. Anyone want some ‘Blue Jay”? They only get one foot tall and wide. A nice size for those very shady, hard to landscape spots.
Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’, my artsy shot, I just like the mood of the shot with the selective focus.
Shasta in bud. The Allium are done until next year.
These are the blooms in the front yard, except the little Woodpecker. He was just cute.
Linking to GBBD at May Dreams Gardens. See other gardens around the world.
Upcoming… the back yard and side yards and a peek inside in one post. We walk across the parkway at the end of my street, to the Niagara River, and see the native blooms there.
This is a multi-post home and garden tour. I will try to add something you might not know about a plant, like I did today. So much concurrent blooming this year, I think much will be done come July. The Allium and Iris bloomed really early without fanfare or show this year. It all happened while I was gone in Pennsylvania. I am traveling much of the summer, so my garden will be blooming without me.