In the Garden – Solstice

Geranium 'Biokovo'

Geranium ‘Biokovo’

Solstice Greetings! On this longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, my gardens are full of many splendid flowers, so I decided to share a random few here with you.

Cranesbill Geraniums are great performers in the garden and I have several varieties including G. ‘Biokovo’ shown above, G. macrorrhizum, G. ‘Johnson’s Blue’, G. renardii, G. cinereum, G. phaeum, G. sanguineum, and G. lancastriense (below). I guess you could say I’m a big fan!Geranium lancastrienseLikewise, I have several varieties of Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris, A. kurdistanica, A. chrysantha and A. buergeriana var. oxysepala, which I featured in a recent vase).

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) are coming on strongly in both purple and white, with crosses between the two. Lamb’s Ears (Stachys) are enticing bees and Veronica “Crater Lake Blue’ are charming us with their cobalt-blue starry flowers.

Lastly, the Queen of June flowers, Paeonia lactiflora have been wonderful this year. I love their fragrant, voluptuous blossoms and have cut several vasefuls over the past two weeks. Now down to the smaller, secondary buds, I will celebrate every last one.Peony

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83 Responses to In the Garden – Solstice

  1. Beautiful weekend in your garden. My Geraniums and Columbine are really putting on a show this year too. Nice to have old perennial friends looking so good. 🙂

  2. Mike Powell says:

    I especially love your beautiful columbines, Eliza. I remember the first time that I saw a columbine and have been fascinated ever since by the flower’s very distinctive shape.

  3. All beautiful, but my favorites are the geraniums.

  4. Karen Lang says:

    Love the Columbine! 🙂

  5. that pretty flowers well photographed
    I really like the second, these little pale pink flowers look so fragile and are so elegant

  6. Minna says:

    First time in your blog. So nice garden you have!

  7. Anne says:

    Your flowers are a feast for the eye. Happy Solstice!

  8. Such beautiful flowers – I love them all!

  9. Nathi says:

    These flowers so beautiful and pleasant💐 Happy Sunday, Eliza!!

  10. Eliza those pictures are beautiful. I love the third Aquilegia, so refined compared to the Barlows.

  11. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
    Oh, big fangirl here, too! I love geraniums, Columbine, and Lamb’s Ears!

  12. neihtn2012 says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures for the longest day, my favorite day!

  13. They are all glorious in their own way. Beautiful Eliza! Thank you for sharing.

  14. ke01341 says:

    Wishing you a glorious summer, celebrating nature

  15. Nice Eliza! Always fun to see your beautiful flowers!

  16. Your flowers are so beautiful and your garden takes me back to growing up in the northeast.

  17. naturebackin says:

    Thanks for such a cheering post Eliza. The flowers are all lovely but I thought the geraniums to be particularly glorious. Best and happy solstice wishes to you.

  18. I love seeing your flowers, Eliza, they are always gorgeous, their colors, shapes and sizes, most varieties I do not know. Curious, about how many species/types of flowers total do you have in your garden? I imagine hundreds! 😉 😍

  19. Alice says:

    Eliza’s Flower Paradise!

  20. seedbud says:

    Glorious! Happy Solstice 🌞

  21. You truly have a lovely garden…a bit jealous but I don’t have the space or the green thumb to rival with you… (Suzanne)

  22. Beautiful! I enjoyed your photos.

  23. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Happy solstice Eliza. How beautiful you garden is looking

  24. Cathy says:

    Hi Eliza. Happy solstice! I grow (or have grown) all of those Geraniums you mention and the lancastriense is one of my favourites, along with one called Elka (G. sanguineum). I have also discovered a new one I would recommend called Tiny Monster! 😃 Your peony is so pretty. Well, all peonies are pretty aren‘t they! And I have admired your columbines and Veronica before I think. 😃 Have a wonderful week in your beautiful garden Eliza!

  25. Maria says:

    They’re all beautiful!

  26. Kris P says:

    Gorgeous flowers, one and all, Eliza. I adore Geranium ‘Biokovo’. It did very well in my former garden but I tried it in my current garden and it quickly perished – twice. Happy solstice to you too. I hope you enjoy beautiful weather all summer!

  27. Jen says:

    All just beautiful!!

  28. pastpeter says:

    Beautiful samples of your lovely garden!

  29. A wonderful beginning to summer enjoying your beautiful flowers (especially enjoyed the oxysepala columbine)! I hope the weather improves so you’re outside enjoying your fabulous garden this week!🙂

  30. I see you have your own double columbine. That peony looks luscious and I am sure the aroma is tantalizing. Your garden is producing some real beauty for you.

  31. arlingwoman says:

    Looks like a gorgeous, flowering paradise. I love foxgloves and the speckling inside them.

  32. Jewels says:

    All soooo lovely Eliza! 😍 Happy Summer Solstice! 🌞

  33. A lovely selection – thank you for sharing!

  34. Beautiful, Eliza! Love the pink cranesbill. I have 3 variaties growing and would have more if my garden was bigger 🙂

  35. Robin says:

    I think you must live in paradise, Eliza. Your flowers are so beautiful. ❤

  36. Gracefully Global travels says:

    Columbines are my favorite! They have an air of whimsy and magic that I love. Your garden is amazing!

  37. Laura Denise says:

    Wow, Eliza! That is quite a garden! Really unique blooms, too! 😃

  38. Jen says:

    I love the lamb see her with the blue flower intertwined, beautiful😊

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