June has been rainy and on the cool side this year. I think that has contributed to a paucity of blooms. Or, it could be that the gardens at the new house are just a bit behind the gardens at our former house. Or maybe both. By mid-June, I am accustomed to seeing peonies, poppies, and irises–what I like to call the three grandes dames of June–in full bloom. Instead, only the irises are blooming, and they are just getting started.Occasional contributor Craig Levy gave me ‘Berlin Tiger.’ Apparently it has a complicated parentage. I confess to feeling a bit disgruntled. At first I thought it was just a case of young-garden-itis. After all, almost everything was planted just last year, and there’s still a lot more bare dirt than I care to see. But looking over other GBBD posts for June (such as the one I linked to above), a lot of plants that usually are blooming by now are merely on the verge of blooming. But here’s a few more: I got the Phlox pilosa from Gail of Clay and Limestone, who calls it Practically Perfect Pink Phlox. The native rose above grows in both the old garden and the new one. It has red stems and almost no thorns (prickles). I suspect it is Rosa palustris.
For the record, here’s what else is blooming:
Rhododendrons–a white and a pink by the house, two pink in the Slope Garden
Siberian irises–a lighter blue, the heirloom one, and a taller, deeper purple that I brought over
Coral bells–just getting started, here and there
Garden heliotrope (Valerian)
Deep blue columbine
Crimson corn poppies
Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’
Clematis a deep purple and a lighter one
That’s a pretty paltry list for June!
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.