“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”
– L. M. Montgomery
As Father’s Day approaches, I am reminded of spending time in the yard with my dad. I used to love to get the weeding tool and pop out the dandelions or clover. I would braid the broad grass or watch mesmerized the spider or beetle crawling by. My dad would let me push the old fashioned rotary mower…those things were made of hardwood and iron. I could barely get it to move, but he let us experiment and experience. I loved when he cut the lawn, the smell was freeing….summer was approaching and with it a time of freedom and abandon. Sometimes I was helping him wash the car or sweep up the grass from the sidewalk. He never really minded if we played with his tools and tool bench. Hammering nails into a board. As long as he was outside working so was I. Maybe that is why I prefer working in the yard every weekend to cleaning a house.
And this June, we have had a bit of rain but it has been as dry as April and May were wet…hot, dry summer weather with a few breaks of cool weather. Perfect for growing veggies and for flowers to start blooming. I can hardly keep up with noting everything blooming. It seems all plants have begun to grow and bud, and before long there will be rushes of color. So here’s what you can see in my garden this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
The hardy geraniums are blooming all over the garden. I love them for the way they fill in a bed with color all spring and summer. Some bloom without needing pruning and others must be pruned back and then will bloom again. Some grow in clumps and some love to spread all over. I also love them for the wide variety of conditions they will bloom in. I have them in part shade, sun, wet and very dry areas. They seem to adapt easily and reward with wonderful blooms. The colors of the blooms are every shade of purple with pinks and whites. I have lost track of all the tags, and so cannot name all the geraniums that grow all over my garden. The background picture is my side wall bed with hardy geranium, allium, tradescantia and bearded iris.
Another native that seems to be going non-stop is tradescantia. Again I have it growing in a variety of conditions from part shade to sun but mostly in moist to normal soil. It will definitely take the wetness in some of my boggy areas. The pollinators go crazy for it too. I love all the colors you can get. Blue, purple, white (perfect for my white garden), pink and bi-colored. This is a sure winner for a native perennial. It has unusual foliage even after it flowers.
A few other natives are blooming. You can see the beginning of the kaleidoscope of colors from my yarrow. My baptisia (bottom center) has recovered from the vole invasion of the winter and is growing strong and tall. I have one red milkweed plant (top left) that grows beside the pond. I took the seeds this fall and kept them to scatter in spring. I let them drift on the wind in early spring in the meadow. We shall see if they will grow. I cannot wait to watch for the monarchs in hopes they will find this wonderful plant and utilize it for food.
My roses have decided to bloom in abundance in June. I was afraid they had not have recovered from the wild weather we have had. I have so many climbers and some shrub roses many of which I am still trying to identify. Clockwise top left is a single red Knockout. Next is what appears to be a wild white rose that I found blooming in my meadow. Not sure where it came from. Top right on the trellis is William Baffin. A sight to behold when it blooms from top to bottom. Next is a double pink Knockout and a single yellow Knockout. The white rose is Iceberg and I hope to train it up the pergola in the back of the garden. Last is Blossomtime another climber. I have many other shrub and climbers with lots of buds. I can’t wait to see their happy faces soon.
What cottage garden would be complete without tall delphiniums (top right and left), foxglove, salvia (bottom center) and penstemon (center).
Well we finally have a few peas (top left). It only took 2 months. I definitely will be looking at bettering the growing conditions for them in the fall in anticipation of growing them again next spring. The hot peppers are still growing although slower than I would like. Continuing clockwise is an eggplant in flower. My first time growing these, and I am excited that they are producing flowers. The sweet peppers are putting out flowers and we have some early peppers. The new small raised bed has the tomatoes, eggplant and some basil. It is now netted and supports are up, and the tomatoes are flowering. This weekend I was surprised with garlic scapes or what others call garlic flowers. I have seen it referred to as green garlic as well. I love the look of them, but if you want bigger heads of garlic you must cut them off. And they do not go to waste because they are wonderful to eat. They have a mild garlicky flavor. We plan to use them in omelets, soups and salads. What is your favorite way to eat garlic scapes? Lastly in the middle is the main raised bed that had the last of the early radishes and lettuce. I still have some later lettuce going strong, and I planted some more radishes, carrots, beets and scallions.
“Spring being a tough act to follow,
God created June.”
– Al Bernstein
It is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day at May Dream Gardens and Friday it will be Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time. Time to wander around and see the June blooms. Hope you enjoyed what’s been bloomin’ this June in my zone 5 garden in Central NY State.
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