June 15: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

East Friesland Sage in the Secret Garden

East Friesland Sage in the Secret Garden. There is a family of wrens in the bird house.

Ah, June.  It’s a happy month in the garden.  The temps this year have been mild and we’ve had enough rain.  I’m getting ready for my big shindig next Saturday which means I’d better hurry up and get the last of the annuals planted.  I have a flat of purple petunias to put in and a few red impatiens.  And there is a dwarf sweet spire that I need to find a place for.  I’ve ordered two more chairs for the sitting area in the Secret Garden.  And, I’m in the process of getting estimates for a new fence that separates my yard from the park.  And, of course, I am enjoying my new brick pathways.  What a lucky gardener I am…

Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

Alchemilla and Blue Ice Amsonia in the Secret Garden

Alchemilla and Blue Ice Amsonia in the Secret Garden

Entrance garden.  That is Walker's Low Nepeta in the foreground.

Entrance garden. That is Walker’s Low Nepeta in the foreground.

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Daddy Long Legs on Wild Berry Hansa Rose

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Looking east in the Secret Garden. The Kousa dogwood is in bloom. The huechera in in bloom under the dogwood.

Heuchera in the Secret Garden

Heuchera in the Secret Garden

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Looking into the Secret Garden. Those are red begonias at the entrance.

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White poppies are almost finished blooming

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Berry White Nemesia in the corner nook.

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Purple Smoke Baptisia in the False Garden

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Rose Campion

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Walker’s Low Nepeta with a friend

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Persian Star Allium. I didn’t plant this but found it in a well established day lily bed.

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Bleeding Heart

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Old white climbing rose in the corner nook

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Looking through the Kousa dogwood in the Secret Garden

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Lisanthus in the corner nook

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The northwest corner of the Secret Garden

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Tradescantia in the corner nook



Wild Spice Hansa Rose in the Lower Garden

Wild Spice Hansa Rose in the Lower Garden

 

Cranesbill geranium with  annual geraniums in the Lower Garden

Cranesbill geranium with annual geraniums in the Lower Garden


Corner nook, old white climber and bleeding heart.

Corner nook, old white climber and bleeding heart.

Moving Through June

Waiting for the marigolds to take hold.

Looking west in the lower garden. The perennial geranium looks great against the white dome hydrangeas.

Looking east in the Secret Garden. I’m loving the Red Dragon laceleaf maple.

The northwest part of the Secret Garden.

Another view of the eastern path in the Secret Garden, this time showing the little rose campion that a neighbor gave me years ago.

Behind the garage in the Secret Garden. You’d never know I thinned those hostas.

Looking north in the lower garden. This is more of the rose campion that a neighbor gave me. The pigmy barberries have been moved a number of times, but they have thrived here for several years. The color adds a nice contrast.

Like so many others, I’m seeing so many earlier-than-usual blooms.  The hydrangeas are at least two weeks ahead of schedule.  And, the day lilies are budding.  They usually don’t come on until July.  I’m wondering what August is going to be like if everything is ahead of schedule.  I’m glad I’ve planted a lot of marigolds.

My annual garden party and recital is coming up on the 16th and the gardens should be in good shape.  The guys came and spread the shredded bark, and that always makes the gardens pop.  I removed six caryopteris bushes and that has helped de-clutter three beds.  I love caryopteris, but they love my soil and were just too big.  They’ve been given new homes. I also removed three David Austin roses, and Rhapsody in Blue.  They already had black spot and looked scraggly.  It was time to admit they just weren’t ever going to thrive.

But gardening is a lot like writing.  There are endless opportunities to revise.

Today was the 5th week I’ve set up at the Fulton Street Farmers Market.  The weather was wonderful, I sold out of most of the cookies, and I even sold a hosta.