Sunflower with bees

Happy Summer Solstice to my northern friends

and Winter Solstice to my southern ones!

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Peonies & More

Flower arrangementJune 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.

Main Garden 6/18/19

Main Garden 6/18/19

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.

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Wordless Wednesday

White bearded iris

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IAVOM-White Iris

flower arrangementFor this week’s In A Vase on Monday arrangement, I’m using the last of my white Bearded Iris (I. germanica), which have been blooming abundantly for the last 10 days. The clump offered nearly four dozen blossoms, the best it has ever bloomed.

To fill my grandmother’s milk jug, I stuffed it with pink Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), dark and light pink Clove pinks (Dianthus caryophyllus), hot-pink Cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum), white Wood Anemone (A. canadensis), white Bridal Wreath (Spirea vanhouttei) and buds of chartruese Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis). I finished with the accent of a few grass seed heads.

Hop over to Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden site to see what other gardeners have made from their gardens this week.

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Floral arrangementBurgundy rules this week’s arrangement with my first blossom of dark German iris (possibly I. ‘Frontier Marshall’), opening today. The original plant was a gift from a friend so ID is uncertain.

Oriental Columbine (Aquilegia oxysepala) reminds me of Chinese lanterns with creamy corollas and burgundy sepals. Acer japonica leaves add more burgundy.

The white blossoms of Geranium renardii, streaked with burgundy, are with us only a short while, but the heavily textured leaves add interest to the garden all season long. A few pale Bluestars (Amsonia tabernaemontana) were also added to the mix.

Tiny blooms of wild yellow buttercups (Ranunculus sp.), picked from the lawn, touch upon the yellow ‘lanterns.’  White Anemone canadensis have just started to bloom around the yard. They can be rather invasive, but all is forgiven when the field blooms en masse. Field grasses finish the wild look.

Check out what other gardeners are arranging this week at Cathy’s Rambling in the Garden site.


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Silent Sunday

Skipper butterfly

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Memorial Day

floral arrangementSince today is Memorial Day here in the U.S., I thought I would do a red, white and blue arrangement to commemorate the day. The last Monday in May is set aside to honor those who died in military service, with people placing flowers on the graves of the fallen, attending parades and speeches as part of the ceremony.

I used red Azalea blooms (no ID) that were planted here when we bought the house nearly 30 years ago, blue Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum) and white Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’) and two types of white Narcissi (N. ‘Cheerfulness’ and ‘Pueblo’).

I’m linking to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s meme, In A Vase On Monday. Click the link to see what other gardeners the world over have arranged this week.

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