“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 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 am posting poetry, almost weekly on Sundays, on my other blog, Living From Happiness. You can read my latest poem here.
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