We know it’s summer when the frost-tender mosaic bird bath (pictured above) takes its rightful place in the front garden. That move from winter storage was delayed because I was attending the Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Toronto. (There’s a good story about the bird bath here.)
All the usual suspects are blooming, so I’ll just give you the highlights. The front walk is turning into a garden in its own right.Now that it’s a garden, it needs to be weeded. Good thing I have knee pads in my garden pants and a CobraHead Weeder. ‘Berlin Tiger’ is one of my more unusual irises. ‘Jaybird’ is probably my favorite iris. Someone from the neighborhood that I hadn’t met actually stopped by, got acquainted, and offered to trade some of this iris for plants he just “happened” to have in his car. That’s how lovely this iris is. The roses are starting to take off as well. The first blooms are open with more to come. With its clay soil, rocks, and steep incline, the Slope Garden often gives me fits, but it does have its moments of glory as well. A friend gave me a seedling of ‘Midnight Reiter’ geranium. One of the seedlings from that passalong plant lives up to the midnight in its name: Love, love, love my peonies. Last but not least, the highlight of this month and maybe this year, ‘Bartzella’ has bloomed for the first time. My sister gave me this peony as a gift in 2012. She found it bagged and bare root in a big box store, and it has taken three years to get to blooming size. Did I mention I’m excited?
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.