Is it just me, or is June passing by at lightening speed?
With a second chest cold keeping me from my garden, I found that the early summer flowers came and went before I had much of a chance to take any pictures. Already the peonies are almost finished and I have very few records of them.
Let's take a look at what I did manage to document in the first days of the month.
Baptisia nicely anchors the corner of the front garden.
As you can see, it is quite a sizeable perennial.
In the center of the front flowerbed, there is a pretty clematis that only reaches 4' in height.
I like its small size so much that I have decided to collect more of these shorter varieties.
I have two clumps of Oriental poppies. I find their vivid, orangey-red color clashes with the blues, pinks and purples that dominate the garden in June.
So next year, I am going to move them to a new spot in the backyard and replace them with these soft, pink poppies that I saw on a recent garden tour.
One of my favourite plants of the moment is this Penstemon.
And just behind it I have a delpinium.
The Korean Lilac by the white picket fence was spectacular this year, but all the other varieties of lilacs were a bust! I had very few blooms in the back garden, so I had better do some pruning to renew them.
This year I had more peonies than ever.
As always, they look amazing for a few days. Then rain sends them sinking to the ground.
Gas Plant, Dictamnus fraxinella
The gas plant in the front garden.
The shrubs along the driveway have put on a nice show this month.
This one has a lovely honey scent.
(This shrub and the previous one were here when we moved in.
Sorry, I do not know their names. If you do, please be sure to let me know.)
A John Cabot Explorer Rose overhangs the driveway as well.
In the back garden, there is Dame's Rocket that has self-seeded itself everywhere.
(That's Beauty Bush in the background.)
It get a bit messy looking and is prone to mildew when it finishes flowering, so I yank most of it out. I always manage to miss enough plants for the Rocket to reseed itself for next summer.
There are several shades of Spiderwort including mauve and white.
Tall, feathery Thalictrum Aquilegifolium in half-shade.
Tiny Epimedium in full shade of the back garden.
The geraniums are almost finished flowering.
Last year, I was so excited to have one foxglove. This year I have almost ten!
So what's blooming in your garden? I will be around to visit and see.
I am going to link this post to May Dreams Gardens Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
I will also link to Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time.
To see what is blooming in other gardens around the world, please click the links.