Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – June 2017

I’m new to this, but as the Garden Bloggers’ Fling is in my neighborhood this year, and I’ll be joining a lot of wonderful garden bloggers from all over the country in less than a week, I thought I’d give it a go, posting what’s blooming today on the 15th of the month – in this case, June.

I’m a foliage over flower sort of a gal, in fact early this morning I enjoyed photographing many of those shady combinations for future projects and for Facebook – but this assignment warranted another trek out into our humid, 94 degree weather.  Glad I did – I really wasn’t paying attention to just how much is blooming out there.

So, with less than three hours left in the day, here’s what’s blooming in my Zone 7a, Lovettsville, Virginia garden.


Pseudoflora metalica. It's fooled three people so far, but I get it, it doesn't count.

Pseudoflora metalica.  It’s fooled three people so far, but I get it, it doesn’t count.


But these do - Houttuynia cordata. A bad boy to many, but boy do I love these blossoms and the lush foliage. I grow the variegated cultivar 'Chameleon' and this straight species.

But these do – Houttuynia cordata. A bad boy to many, but boy do I love these blossoms and the lush foliage.
I grow the variegated cultivar ‘Chameleon’ and this straight species.


This is just fun.  And completely unplanned.  I adore Thunbergia alata.


These dangerous paddles (Opuntia macrorhiza) are new to my garden, given to me by a friend desperate to find homes for them.  Judging from the spines I managed to absorb during the transplanting, I should have run the other way.
However, they’re bringing life to the California Garden today.


A double opium poppy from seeds collected in a friend’s garden in Charlotte, NC


Sinningia tubiflora should be known as ‘White elephant,’ not ‘Hardy white gloxinia.’
Tell me that doesn’t look like a trunk


Some of the last plants waiting to head into the garden, parked on the potting bench.
I think I left it a little late on the ‘Red Profusion’ Zinnia.


Along the stream, our ditch lily (Hemerocallis fulva) is lighting up the banks.  Such a bright, happy flower – just can’t bring myself to hate it as much as my naturalist friends want me to.

I’ll leave you with a view of house, across the creek, taken from the Chicken Garden (that’s a location, not a theme)  What a fun assignment this was tonight.  Happy to join a terrific online community bringing our flowers to each other and to our readers. To many more Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Days ahead – MW.


Find other wonderful June gardens on Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Garden







By | 2018-02-20T20:40:47+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

About the Author:

Marianne is the mother of two, wife of one and the voice of The Small Town Gardener. She gardens and writes from her home in the scenic (and exceptionally convenient) heart of Virginia's wine country.


  1. Carol June 16, 2017 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Thanks for joining in for bloom day. I really like that first bloom. 🙂 Wish I was joining the garden bloggers next week, but I’m not. Hope to make it next year!

    • Marianne Willburn June 16, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that Carol. Perhaps you’ll be in Buffalo for the GWA Conference? I really enjoyed the ‘assignment’ of walking around the garden to see what was in flower. Much more than I expected in this in-between time.

  2. thegardendiaries June 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Will see you at the Fling! Loved reading this.

    • Marianne Willburn June 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Looking forward to it Claire!

  3. willisjw June 17, 2017 at 3:38 am - Reply

    What a good collection for your first GBBD post! And you called me a plant collector! I’ve been posting to Carol’s site for over 8 years now and it’s a wonderful help to keeping a journal of what’s growing.

    • Marianne Willburn June 22, 2017 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      You are plant collector John – own it. 🙂 Surreybrooke put us all to shame this week. Lovely evening!

  4. rusty duck June 19, 2017 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Love that last shot of the garden, what a cool spot that looks. It’s hot here. Yes, even us! I’m making the most of being able to work under the trees.

    • Marianne Willburn June 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Jessica, I move between areas of my garden based on where the sun is hitting. I hear from friends your weather has been up and down and us too, but its starting to take on the normal heat of summer.

  5. Steve June 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Welcome to GBBD. Many are new to me which always makes it interesting

  6. Beth Billstrom July 17, 2017 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Hi! So fun meeting you at the Fling! Great title for your book… we must share a lot in common. Dreaming and small spaces seem to be a theme! Best!

    • Marianne Willburn July 17, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Good to meet you too! I had such a wonderful time – although I could have definitely used some more social time between gardens to talk more with others. It was go! go! go!

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