Drowning In Blooms and Loving It

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” ~Carl Jung
June cooled off, keeping the flowers going even while I was gone for a long weekend to see family.  And so upon my return, I wandered around, took it all in, snapped pictures and made vases.
Of course it is back to weeding, and tending the veg garden which I will update next week and in weeks to come.
One of the biggest surprises upon my return was to see my Viburnum dentatum bush, ‘Blue Muffin’ near the patio in full bloom.  It is covered top to bottom with huge flowers.  I don’t think I have ever seen so many blooms.  And soon the flowers will turn into juicy berries that will be devoured by the birds in short order.
These beautiful salmon-colored Oriental Poppies were also opening.  They are short-lived, but so perfect in late spring.
And the peonies opened all over the garden while I was gone.  The cooler June weather helped keep them blooming longer.  These are in the wall garden singing a happy tune.
Some early roses were also finally blooming.  This is actually an invasive wild rose that was blooming profusely inside the fence in a weedy area.  I will take it out in fall since it will take over if I don’t.  But for now I am enjoying the blossoms.
“William Baffin’ rose is towering about eight feet now, and needs a good pruning probably in fall.  It is a reliable bloomer, and usually the first rose to bloom.  I love cutting it for a vase.
So I picked a small, very fragrant pink peony to go with the roses.
Added a bit of this surprise Astrantia that wasn’t swallowed up by the weeds.  I love these flowers, and hope to replant more since many have been pushed out by weeds and wildflowers.
I also cut Lady’s Mantle flowers, wild daisies, Knautia, Baptisia and some little yellow flowers, from weeds or wildflowers, growing around the garden.
I put them in a glass jar, and placed the jar inside a wooden basket that is beautifully painted.  It really is a perfect vase to showcase my garden at this point in time.
I am pleased with the pansies still blooming, but they are fading fast.  They had such a short season.  I wish I could have put them out sooner.  As I am going to be replacing the pansies growing in containers, I decided to cut them for a vase.
I decided to float many in a lovely old china bowl.
And those I did not float…..
I added to several salads….yummy and pretty!
The Torenia, I started from seed, have also started to bloom which makes me so happy that I can grow these myself as I rarely find them in nurseries around me.
Weigelas are also adding color all over the garden.  I love these beautiful flowering bushes.  They seem to flower for such a long time.  The pollinators and hummingbirds seem to love them as much as I do.
This unusual hardy geranium is pink and grows in low clumps.  I admire it in my front garden every year, and really must spread it around to add its beauty up and down the sidewalk garden.  
My meadow lupines are just fading (also shown at the top of the post).  I seeded them years ago with lots of other natives, and have been rewarded with lots of yummy flowers for me and the pollinators.  Who doesn’t love playing with flowers, or creating a beautiful floral bed or vase.  It brings me such great happiness each garden season.  For now I will just stay in the moment, and drown in all these flowers as each one comes and goes and marks time in my garden.

As the summer solstice draws near, is your garden drowning in blooms?  What is your favorite flower blooming now?


I am joining [email protected]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.

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46 Replies to “Drowning In Blooms and Loving It”

  1. I love the soft colours of all these blooms, and the way some of the pics look like paintings. Very artistic and inspiring. Good old Jung, now they say the same thing but call it mindfulness.

    1. Thank you….I do enjoy processing the pictures these days. A great creative outlet. I hadn’t thought about the interplay of mindfulness and play but yes that is what we hear today. And if I think about it, I would say yes play is mindfulness isn’t it.

  2. In my imagination I see your garden, an abundance of flowers in all shapes and colors. Love that wild rose although invasive….. Lupins are favorites of mine but they always disappear in my garden, and then the pansies in then the floating pansies, magnificent.

    1. I have the same image of my garden even when weed infested as it is….but oh the abundance of nature to still provide flowers that bloom. Pleased you enjoyed the floating pansies.

  3. Isn’t it wonderful looking round the garden, after a few days break…..to think everything just continues….

  4. So many lovely flowers! This is my favorite “moment” in the garden. Yours is just a little ahead of mine…lupines and roses are just beginning and the peonies haven’t opened yet. I LOVE the pansies floating in the china bowl! what a great idea! 🙂

    1. Oh lucky you to have those beautiful flowers still waiting to open….I love to experiment with floating flowers. So many do look lovely floated….glad you enjoyed the pansies!

  5. The garden moves so quickly this time of year so returning after being away brought you many wonderful surprises. The exuberance and joy of your first arrangement is a perfect ode to the beginning of summer. Your pansies look very sweet. Here, the winter pansies in pots were stretching out all over the place and still blooming to beat the band so they got put into the ground a couple of weeks ago and are still going. It’s difficult to choose a favorite bloom. It’s usually the one I’m currently looking at.

    1. Yes I was worried what I might miss or what I might find as things move fast. I planted my pansies in holding pots for now in the shade in hopes they will continue to grow and maybe I can coax more blooms out of them in fall.

  6. Lovely flowers, Donna. Drowning in blooms sounds like my garden, too. June is a wonderful time in the garden. This heat wave is spelling the end of the clematis, iris and peonies, but the ‘July’ flowers are coming along to replace them. Veronica, rudbeckia, lettuce poppies to name a few. Happy Solstice!

    1. Oh wow your garden is moving fast….here we are cool again so flowers are lasting thankfully! Glad to hear your garden is abundant too Eliza!

  7. What abundance, Donna! To have peonies and Astrantia in a vase would be a dream for me. After a punishing winter, at least Mother Nature came through for you in terms of spring and summer blooms. Patience is a virtue (or so I’m told).

  8. A lovely way of describing the bounty of flowers in June! Yes, my garden is ‘drowning’ too and my current favourite is probably my Astrantia. Your pink one is gorgeous! I must plant more! 🙂

  9. What lovely flowers Donna – all my favourites are here. This year has been such a good season for the peonies and roses – my rose bushes are literally dripping. I am pleased to see that your garden is doing so well – I think my favourite right now are the pansies which are also going over in my garden too. xx

  10. So many lovely blooms! The color of that peony is just gorgeous! Unfortunately, it’s been so hot here most of the past month that my peonies didn’t last long. I think spring is the perfect reminder to enjoy the moment, because blooms don’t always last that long. As for what is blooming for me now–the coneflowers are just starting, which always puts a smile on my face because they are my favorite perennial!

  11. It’s a wonderful time of year for blooms, isn’t it? I did have some lupines in the garden but they have disappeared for some reason. I’ll be sowing some directly into the ground in the fall and am looking forward to seeing them in the garden once again next year.

    1. Give the lupines lots of room. They like to multiply after a few years and will disappear and move all over making a wonderful display.

  12. My garden seems to full of more blooms than ever this year – our late winter followed by two months of wall-to-wall sunshine has done it good, pity the weather has now turned cold and windy. Your pansies heads floating in a bowl are so pretty – a lovely way of displaying their pretty faces.

    1. Oh no that is too bad about your weather….it is still hot and then cool here too. I hope we finally move to consistent summer heat so my veg garden grows a bit faster. Happy you liked the pretty pansy faces!

  13. Ok, now I’m just jealous. I have to do a make over due to neglect of removing the ivy and vinca plus think I’m getting too old.

    1. I completely understand…..age has me slowing down and my gardens are so weed infested and overrun many flowers are hidden.

  14. I will be so glad when my newly planted plants start pumping out the blooms! But I did have some that I brought over from my old garden that bloomed right on time. It was fabulous! Agree with Jason about the viburnum flowers! Impressive!

    1. That is wonderful that you have some blooms from your old garden……I look forward to seeing how the rest of your garden blooms and grows as it is so lovely in its basic design so far.

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