“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
~Edwin Way Teale
With May just ending in my garden, certainly the flowers and veggies are growing quickly as we move into June. There is so much to show that I can’t possibly show it all in one post. So I will continue with flowers for this post.
I am still moving slowly in the garden, but at this point I will take any forward movement.
Lovely Verbascum added some wonderful flower stalks to the late May/early June garden. Mine are not very tall, but are perfect for my small front garden.
I planted tall Camassia bulbs along the outside of my fence and I rather love their striking appearance.
Aquilegias or Columbines are also beautifully blooming everywhere as I allow them to freely seed. This is a pale pinkish-purple Cameo variety. And you can see a red Barlow variety at the top of the post. Many of my Columbines are hybrids of the originals I planted years ago.
This is a pink pagoda variety.
And this one is affectionately known as Granny’s Bonnet part of the Barlow Columbines, and could be ‘Dorothy Rose’.
And my favorite Barlow variety, ‘Nora Barlow’.
The alliums are quite amazing this May into June, and have multiplied profusely. So I decided to use some Alliums and columbines for a vase.
I used Dorothy Rose, and both the pagoda pink and Cameo Columbines
The airy alliums fill it out, along with some Lady’s Mantle foliage…..perfection!
Pansies are lasting into June even with the all the heat in May. June is starting out very cool by day, and cold at night so they will love it.
I think growing them from seed has helped to prolong their blooming.
The Lily-of-the-Valley (LOV) were also late blooming. Years ago I put in a few of the pink variety and now they have grown in beautifully between my trees in the back center garden.
Another pink bloom flowering all over are the native Geranium maculatum. A pollinator favorite and a favorite of mine too.
And the non-native hardy geraniums are blooming too, as pink is taking over the garden.
Cutting a few pansies, some native hardy geranium and those precious pink LOV makes a perfect ‘Farewell to May’ vase.
I added a few Lady’s Mantle new foliage to complete the look for this vase too. What a scent.
The snapdragons I also grew from seed bloomed sparsely at first, but once cut they have now become bushier and are blooming even better.
Tall irises were beginning as May ended so I thought I might do a post just for them as they are everywhere in June. So look for that later this month.
And what would May be without the water lily blooming. The frogs are enjoying the pond as much as I am. I’ll update a bit about our critter visitors this spring later in June.
I have many spring flowering ground covers in my front gardens, and one of my absolute favorites is the Veronica, ‘Waterperry-Blue’. It is great for those hot dry spots unless the voles get at them and rip them out. I have had to move some clumps around to replant in areas ravaged by the pesky voles.
So that is a small snap shot of the end of May and the beginning of June in my garden.
What’s happening in your garden as one glorious month ends and another begins?
The latest edition of RURAL on-line magazine is out for spring. The spring edition is aptly named, Replenish. I have a poem, and couple of meadow pictures in this edition (snapshot below). You can now buy a print copy as well as view it free on-line soon. If you would like to order a print copy, you can do so here.
I am joining Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful In A Vase on Monday meme. The pictures shared here were created with my iPod Touch camera and two free apps, Pixlr and Prisma.
I will have another blogger interview next Monday, and look for a veg garden update in a few weeks.
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