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.