Hello dear friends! Up until today we did NOT have any rain…4 gorgeous sunny days! With the sun out, and my back’s intense pain subsided, I’ve been working non-stop in the garden. At the end of each day, after a long hot shower, I found myself crawling in to bed with aching muscles I never knew I had.
Upon waking I felt 100 years old! Or at least I think that’s how one feels at 100! The pressure to get everything in the ground, and being behind not only because of my back, but because of all the rain we’ve been getting has been intense. I can’t remember having this much rain in May. The weather forecasts rain for the next 10 days!
No photos were taken while we were working in the garden, my focus was getting things done, not on blog photos. Ten 40 gallon bags of Silver Maple whirlybirds were racked, weeds pulled, plants divided and moved, containers filled and greenhouse plants finally found they summer home.
There’s only one small section in the sun garden, about 10 feet, that still needs to be weeded from all the Queen Anne’s Lace that wasn’t deadheaded last fall. Let me tell you I will never not deadhead spent (seed heads) flowers again. There are hundreds of them out them. Queen Anne’s lace are HEAVY reseeders.
Yesterday afternoon walking the garden I took photos of what’s in bloom now. I’m sharing some early June garden blooms with you..
Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus) is a clump-forming plant. It is a great TALL plant for shade and if left alone can achieve shrub like status. Mine is nearly 5 feet tall and with the white blooms above can reach 6′ tall. It loves low light filtered sun, my is facing North and loves it there. It’s also nestled below a huge Black Locust tree. One other great feature about this plant is it is one of the most drought tolerant plant I know. This is rare for a shade loving plant.
Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biforum) has elegant arching stems that grow to 24″, my are well over this, they are more like nearly 4′ tall. The flowers are underneath the leaves are ever so tiny, bell shaped, flowers, similar to Bleeding Heart. Grow in partial to deep shade. Mine are under our huge Black Locust tree and has never minded competing with it for water. This is another great plant for dry, shaded areas which is perfect for my front North East garden.
Sundrops or Evening Primose (Oenothera) does very well in partial shade or full sun. Also a very drought tolerant plant. It grows from spreading roots, or rhizomes (underground stems), and multiples quickly. Its easy to control by just ripping them out of the ground. This can be vigorous spreading, weed-like plant, and although it may die back some over a hard winter there will be plenty of seedlings ready to take their place. I love it because of it’s brilliant yellow flowers and find ripping them out as they grow keeps them under control in my garden.
In the sun garden my roses are coming to life….this one I do not know the name since I took a cutting off a bush at a garage sale. It’s a shrub rose and I believe it’s a heirloom species, with tons of long prickers that can do deadly damage. I loved its color of fuchsia pink. Silly me forgot to take a photo of the plant itself, but its looking pretty in recent thrift store find New Lenox vase.
Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris) in her full lace cap blooms. This is a climbing hydrangea which grows across the top of my fence providing a great deal of privacy. It grown in partial shade or full sun. The only down fall this fabulous climber is very slow to take off. It can sit for up to five years before it grows by leaps and bounds, but let me tell you it is ever so worth the wait.
Allium (onion, shallots and garlic) also include ornamental alliums that deserve a hearty welcome in your perennial gardens. They are exquisite in both their flower and leaf and are very easy to grow bulbs which comes in a broad palette of colors, heights, bloom times and flower forms. They make excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried bouquets. Even crowded gardens can accommodate a few alliums because they don’t take up much space. What’s more, alliums are relatively resistant to deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbis. This is just sprouting and was a gift to the garden since I did not plant it.
Spiraea is a genus of 80 to 100 species of shrubs in the family of the Rosacrea. They are the easiest flowering shrubs to grow, spireas are often used in foundation plantings, as hedges, and in perennial gardens. Most spireas bloom in late spring to midsummer. Flower colors include pink, red, yellow, and white, depending on the variety. Some types have colorful fall foliage. Size depends on the species and variety, and can range from 2 to 10 feet tall and wide.
Ernest Markham Clematis, a beautiful, hardy and vigorus clematis of magenta color and blooms 4-6′ wide. Blooms from June though July, and re-bloos from August through October, the flowers are more sparse than others. It is part of Group 2 Clematis and click here on how to prune. This is one of the easiest to growth and a great one to start with for your first Clematis.
Clematis Madame Juli Correvon, was planted at the base of my wisteria to the secret garden. Blooms from June to September. Even though the tag says hardy to only zone 5, it has done well in my zone 4 garden. The 4 petal flower are reddish with yellow stamens. It is part of the Viticella group.