With the advent of summer solstice, many of the flowers I associate with warm, summer days have started blooming and it is hard to pick just a few with so many vying for my attention.
Caroline Lupine (Thermopsis caroliniana) has started its reign in the big garden (you can see its blurry, yellow mound to the right of the arrangement above). Smaller, secondary buds of the Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) are now blooming, which make them perfect for vases.
A branch of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia ‘Carousel’) begged to be included, though it seems more red than pink in the photos. I love the pattern that looks like stitched smocking.
Purple Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) is a favorite addition for vertical accent and fillers of Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) and Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) complete my first vase of summer.
I’m joining other gardeners at Rambling in the Garden’s In a Vase on Monday in creating arrangements from our gardens. Click the link to see what other gardeners are featuring this week.