“No bought potpourri is so pleasant as that made from ones own garden, for the petals of the flowers one has gathered at home hold the sunshine and memories of summer, and of past summers only the sunny days should be remembered.”
June has been the perfect month. Perfect with roses and clematis blooming profusely. I have never witnessed quite so many blooms especially from my climbing roses which are about 3 years old now. I do hope they continue to bloom this way for years to come. I will feature some in the next GBBD. And there were many other blooms throughout the garden. With the cool start we are a bit behind with some plants, but they are just starting to bloom as June ends. So many in fact that I am forced to show them in collages. I just don’t want to miss their lovely performance for this journal entry.
I am linking in to many wonderful memes again that are happening this time of the month: Walk in Garden@This Grandmother’s Garden, First View@Town Mouse & Country Mouse, Best and Worst of My Garden@Bumble Lush, and End of Month View with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. I do love supporting fellow bloggers memes because it is a chance for me to see so many other blogs and learn so much more. And the “eye candy” from the gardens is just amazing!
After the cool start with temps in the 60s, June’s summer furnace blasted us the rest of the month with record temps in the 90s and high 80s. There was precious little rain many days just over 3 inches this month. Of course it is all relative since in many parts of the US they would give anything for those 3 inches right now. I have been noticing the sky as we were spinning toward the solstice on the 20th. The sun lightens the sky before 5 AM here. It is a bit farther N over the lake and a more subtle pastel color. It mellows the start to my day giving me pause for quiet reflection. And oh what it does to the garden as the colors slowly wake with the birds until they fully brighten.
Here is a different view of the front walk. This time I am highlighting the planting bed to the right. You can see we finally gave the trees a much needed hair cut when the robins fledged. Roses, scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ and lavender are blooming. Clematis ‘Crystal Fountain’ is still going strong in my white pyramid trellis close to the tree. The trellis is wooden and falling apart so we will be replacing it next spring. This bed needs a bit of weeding, edging and cutting back of blooms. Actually the bed is blooming even more since I took this picture recently. The pot contains marigolds grown from seed.
Here’s a bit more foliage for Christina’s GBFD. It is variegated Weigelia that sports a gorgeous pastel pink flower that the pollinators and hummers love. This bush is in the front garden just behind the purple clematis and to the right of the tree pictured above.
These are the red lilies (God I have to get better at remembering names) in the red garden as we overlook the back gardens to the right. What do I see besides the clover and beds that need weeding and edging? I see the common milkweed on the edge of the pond left, and the tomato supports in one veg garden, right. To the left of the gazebo is the white garden. I thought it might be nice to take a look at the white garden below.
This garden is still coming into its own with shasta daisies, astilbe and hydrangea. It does need a good cleaning out of spent bulbs and weeds. But I am pleased to see the white blooms…hoping white phlox will bloom soon.
I absolutely adore this plant, astrantia. I have a few pink flowering plants in moist part-shade and one white plant in the white garden; all in the back gardens.
Many natives are showing their stuff, but I will save many of them for GBBD. The yarrow, Achillea millefolium, has been gorgeous in June. It does love to seed itself around a bit in my garden, but I love the gorgeous colors of the cultivars as pictured in the top row. The pollinators love them too. If you have never seen the flowers of common milkweed up close, look bottom left. I think they are gorgeous with their subtle shade of mauve. The fireflies hang around this plant as do other pollinators until the dreaded Japanese beetles show up about now. Next is Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’ or Butterfly Weed. It is growing near a stand of common milkweed both loved by monarchs. Last is one of my favorite plants particularly because of the foliage, Heliopsis‘Loraine Sunshine’.
Most of the annuals pictured here were grown from seed, and many are violas. I was so overwhelmed at how lovely they bloomed so next year I will again grow them from seed, but I will transplant them sooner indoors a second time and deeper so their root system has a good start for early spring. The snapdragon, top left, and the white alyssum, top right, were also grown from seed. The container in the middle are plants that I purchased with a gift certificate (lantana and petunia also pictured in the top row). Once the container grows in more it will really look lovely. The middle right container is an interesting view of the petunias in my front porch hanging baskets.
I really loved this view of the pond through the echinacea bordering it. The frogs are still hanging out and laying eggs. Lots of dragonflies now too. The meadow just starting to put on her summer blooms even with the onslaught of the invasive weeds we are trying to eradicate by hand. Not much to see yet, and definitely a Worst in the garden, but here is a picture of some of the blooms starting including that pesky teasel in the corner.
My goodness we have been busy with critters in June. It is like having a hotel keeping vigil over the habitat. First up is one of the fledgling robins. They left the nest June 14th and we miss them. I am hoping the robins will return soon to start another clutch. The birds nest is in the nesting box which the bluebirds occupied. As they left to fledge, they burst the seams and it fell off the tree. We promptly bought them a new box and they have since built a new nest and are raising another clutch. You can see momma bluebird below the picture of the nest. The doe is a brazen thing. I had to be 20 feet from her before she would leave. You can see her turn to look at me not happy that I interrupted her as she was choosing her midday meal.
The next 3 pictures are of a few insects that are in the garden. I am noticing lots of spiders and some very unusual ones. Next is one of the dragonflies around the pond, and the lady bug was a welcome sight so I know we are staying aphid free except in the pond which is another Worst this year. The frog was caught out and about in the garden. They really love the veg garden area, and I welcome them to combat any and all unwanted critters there. The young bunny has been visiting from time to time. She seems to be enjoying the peace of the early morning garden. I spied a number of birds bathing in the waterfall. This dove was just sitting up against the back of the waterfall and she made for such a cute picture. Lastly there was a raptor of some kind who was scoping out the birds in the garden. The birds quickly chased him off.
The 2 center pictures are the local fox who made an appearance. We do not think this our boy Axl. The bird house is the wren house. They are back and making their presence known singing all day from sun up to sundown. We missed them last year and can’t wait to see the babies.
Gardens Eye Verse
This stand of meadow type flowers is actually just off the patio out back. It is how the meadow will look soon, I hope. Rudbeckia, echinaceas, hardy geranium and liatris just sending up spikes. I hope you enjoy the summer poem.
Lazy days beneath the leaves,
Soft rain falling, feel the warm breeze.
Shouts of joy, blooms of gold,
Dreams of childhood; tales to be told.
When finally in my older days,
These are the summer memories that never will fade.
Next up on the blog: Thursday I will be doing a separate post about the veg garden for Garden Bloggers Harvest Day. So much going on it needed its own post. Next Monday will time for another Garden Book Review. Then before you know it, it will be GBBD. I may be adding in a few extra posts here and there as I miss writing my more contemplative type posts.
I will be linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday. As always,
I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday. I hope you will join me for my posts, every other Tuesday, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. My next post will feature a beautiful, unusual critter with eight legs.
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