June is a wonderful time in the garden and with abundant rain, things are advancing rapidly. With so much in bloom it is hard to pick just a few things to feature in a vase.
I chose my heavy cut-glass vase in which to put weighty branches of red Weigela, pinwheels of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), pink Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) and Paeonia. Siberian Iris (I. sibirica) and Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) add purple, while fluffy white Clematis and chartreuse Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) finish the arrangement.
These flowers were picked from beds around the house, but I wanted to share a few photos of the large main garden that starts slowly, but gains momentum in late June to finish out the garden season with a bang. I have planted annual cut flowers throughout the left side of the bed this year and am looking forward to seeing what it produces.
While this all used to be vegetables many years ago, the only thing that keeps showing up is potatoes that I miss every fall, even though I swear I’ve dug them all. A truly permanent crop! Similarly, a few garlic persist along with sunflowers that the birds miss. I’m waiting for the seedlings to grow bigger before putting down mulch. I’m not fond of relentless weeding, especially as the days grow hotter. I’ll post updates as it progresses.
Sooo lovely, Eliza! 😍
Thank you, Julie! ❤
What an excuisite vase of flowers!
Thank you, Alice. I had fun with this one!
Thank you so very much, Eliza, for sharing the bounty of your creative gardening, hard work, and flower arranging skills. I love the arrangement with the pinks and purples, numerous textures, and that big delicate peony starring in the center. Also enjoyed seeing the “big picture” of your garden, as we see it every season and it’s really fun to see it in its various morphs. I like every representation, but June is truly glorious.
Thank you very much, Jet!
Gorgeous balance of colours and shapes, and that lovely delicate pink peony really makes an impression at centre stage.
Thank you very much, Liz!
Oooooh, lovely! I so wish I could grow peonies.
Thanks, Cindy, they are magnificent this year (do I say that every year? 😉 ).
I am always amazed at the variety and beauty of flowers that you grow in your garden!
Thank you kindly, Hien. Much appreciated!
How lovely it is to see your ‘main garden’ again. Your arrangement is beautiful.
Thank you so much, Anne. While I have many gardens, that one is the most photogenic, so it ends up getting featured much more than the others. 😉
That’s a wondrous mix that I couldn’t even conceive of creating here, Eliza. I love the color mix.
Your summer garden looks to be off to a great start too!
Thank you, Kris. Long winter, cool spring, lots of rainy days, today is in the 60s, still! It’s been great for working outside, but slowing bloom times, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 😉
I do love a peony, and this one is lovely…
Thank you, Anita and for reblogging as well! x
Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.
Thank you, Kevin!
That is an exquisite flower arrangement, Eliza!
Thank you very much, Sandy!
Your garden is so beautiful and green ELIZA!!
Thank you, Maria! We’ve been getting tons of rain, making every thing lush and green. 🙂
Luscious abundance and flowers I can only dream about. Looking forward to more garden pictures.
Thank you, Amy!
Does anything make your heart sing louder than that bouquet of flowers? Gorgeous. 🙂
Thanks, Judy. It is a wonderful thing to be able to pick fresh flowers from one’s own garden. I love this time of year!
This is a stunning assortment of flowers. It would bring me such joy to wake up to your garden every morning. Wow!
Thank you, Dev. Every day I sit on the deck and look out onto that expanse, I count my blessings! 🙂
What a beautiful bouquet Eliza, it really looks like Summer! 🙂💜🌺 xxx
Thank you, Xenia!
It was nice to see your garden! I have a weakness for foxgloves–always picture Mrs. Fox in a hat and gloves ready to go out (it had to be in a children’s book). That bouquet–this time of year when you can make a great big vase full is so wonderful.
Thank you, Lisa. It is heavenly to be out in my garden these days. Working or harvesting, it matters not!
Wow Eliza! Very nice! Loved seeing your flowers!
Thank you very much, Reed!
It looks so abundant and beautiful Eliza. 💕🌸🌺🌷
Thank you, Karen! ❤ 🙂
The vase does justice to the beautiful flowers you grow!
Thank you, Belinda!
Just stunning! A paintbox of brilliant colours.
Thank you kindly, Adele!
I love that your flower bed has a stunning woodland backdrop – it looks like everything tumbled out of the woods in a glorious overspill! This is a gorgeous bouquet! Mountain Laurel is so pretty – we don’t have that over here. The flowers look like they’ve been stitched by hand!
Thank you for sharing.
Thank you! I love that we are surrounded by woods and streams. It is like gardening in a huge park. 🙂
Beautiful, breathtaking arrangement, Eliza. Your garden is gorgeous, too.
Weeding! Ugh. My garden is already overrun. Even mulch doesn’t keep down the steady march of the centipede grass. And now, the Japanese beetles have awakened from their slumber. My morning chore for today is to start picking them off the roses. I hate to spray because of the bees and birds, so I do the best I can by hand.
Thank you, Robin. Early and late in the day is when I take a jar of soapy water out to drop them into. I remember my mom sending me out to get the rose chafers and J. beetles when I was just a wee one!
Wow!! Oh, Eliza, gorgeous!! My Lamb’s Ear just does not come back as it should. I have no idea why. Your garden is breathtaking and I know to be a lot of work. Thank you for brightening my day!
Thanks so much, Amy, you are so kind! Lamb’s ears don’t like humid conditions and prefer well-drained soil in full sun, needing to sit almost on top of the soil. Not sure if your conditions match?
That’s exactly where I planted them, Eliza. In a well-drained full-sun garden. There are just some plants I don’t seem to have “luck” with. Summers here can get quite humid ….. perhaps that is the problem.
Last summer’s near-continuous rain made a mess of them here. All those fuzzy leaves retaining water. 😦
I rechecked the garden that I thought I saw small leaves appearing, but nothing. I think the heavy rains we’ve had this Spring did them in. Gardening is a challenge!
It certainly is – keeps us on our toes! 😉
Lovely, lovely. I WANT TO GROW PEONIES!! Wah!! xoxo
Thank you, Bela. I know, they are one special plant. I wait all year for them!
Wowsah, wowsah, wowsah! Utterly beautiful.
🙂 Thank you, Laurie!
Beautiful flowers and garden 🌹 You are soooo blessed. Enjoy such wonderful place. Take care 🌼 S*
Thank you, Susana. I am truly blessed!
Great Post! Lots of nice colors! I have the same deal with potatoes coming up the next spring in the garden.
Thank you, Lonnie. Once planted, I think we are never rid of them. The gift that keeps on giving!
Stunning bouquet, Eliza, so beautiful created! ❤
Thank you, Donna! 🙂
I love that peony and the bearded iris is lovely too.
(sorry, Eliza, my computer won’t let me press your LIKE button still, but I DO like your post and floral display).
Thank you, Vicki. Hope your computer issues are resolved soon!
Thanks Eliza. This week I’m going to list all the blogs I can’t press the like button on and see if there’s some pattern.
Gorgeous photos and arrangement and a spectacular combination of colors!🙂 Always enjoy your flowers and watching the garden bloom over the summer!🙂
Thank you, Susie. ❤
I very much enjoyed looking at this. Just gorgeous!
Thank you kindly, Gary. With all your flowers, do you make bouquets as well?
Mountain laurel! State flower of Pennsylvania! I almost never see it anymore. I grew it at the farm years ago.
It is an important shade native here. It is blooming gloriously right now throughout the woodlands.
It does reasonable well where we used to grow it, but dislikes the aridity of the surrounding climates where most of the nurseries that purchase from us are located.
What a fabulous vase Eliza! I keep seeing foxgloves on other blogs this year and they do seem a perfect addition to a vase. Lovely to see your garden again too! 🙂
Thank you, Cathy! If I ever get the time, I’d love to do a more extensive post on all my gardens, but they often pass peak before I get my camera out. There is much to keep abreast of! Happy weekend to you.
What a riot of colours. How lucky you are to have all that soil to dig into. I so love gardening, but in the rented house that I live in, a small balcony is all the space I have to keep a few pots. With their permission, I have also encroached upon the space outside the gates of some of the neighbours. It’s mutually beneficial..I get to indulge in my gardening and they get to have a small garden , without having to tend to it.
Thank you, Nadira. I remember having to quench my gardening thirst with a few window boxes when I had my first apartments. Your neighbors are lucky to have you as a neighbor. 🙂
Thanks for your visit here today!
It all looks glorious and the cut flowers are the essence. It’s lovely to see the mountain laurel beside the peony.
Thank you, Susan!
So beautiful. I love the way you make the most of your garden from, growing, making arrangements, documenting them by making beautiful photos, and sharing!
Thank you so much, Denise!
Your vase is beautiful Eliza and I loved seeing your main garden. It is always nice to see the big picture of people’s gardens and the layout of the land.
Thank you, Cindy!
nice arrangement, very pretty. good looking garden too. what to do with the left side?
Just so beautiful – I haven’t been in here in many months, so it’s a joy to see your flowers still blooming here. 🙂
Thank you – good to see you here!