Delight in the June Garden: GBBD, June 2011
In Maine, where spring is a brief and tenuous season, the garden doesn’t really come into its own until June, when many flowers burst into bloom. After it rained here for most of May, June got off to a warm and dry start and things were happening fast in the garden. This glorious start was followed by a string of wet and unseasonably cold days, and the garden seemed to be in a state of suspended animation. Last night, the low pressure area parked over the Gulf of Maine finally slid off to the east, bringing a dry, sunny morning that was perfect for taking a slow walk around the garden to see what was in bloom.
The pastel look of the circular bed in June is my favorite of its many seasonal moods. I love the way the chartreuse of Alchemilla mollis combines with the pink blooms of two different varieties of Geranium x cantabrigiense, ‘Biokovo’ and ‘Karmina.’ Blue and violet tones are added by the striking flowers of Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster,’ by violet Siberian irises, and by Geranium x ‘Brookside’. Normally, the white flowers of Tradescantia x ‘Danielle’ would complete this composition, but it has been slow to get started this year and just opened its first flower today.
|(Clockwise from upper left: Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ and ‘Karmina,’ Tradescantia x ‘Danielle,’ Geranium x ‘Brookside,’ Allium giganteum ‘Globemaster,’ violet Siberian iris)|
|The rhododendron whose pink blooms dominated the back slope at the beginning of June is now finished blooming, and its flowers have been replaced by the blues of Iris sibirica and Tradescantia virginiana.|
(Iris sibirica and Tradescantia virginiana)
These same flowers define the look of the blue and yellow border, which is in its blue period at this time of year. Here the old-fashioned blue Siberian irises are joined by the flowers of newer cultivars, ‘Super Ego’ and ‘Tiffany Lass.’ Other blue and blue-violet flowers include Linum perenne, Baptisia australis, and two varieties of hardy geranium, ‘Brookside’ and ‘Nimbus’. Yellow accents are provided by the chartreuse blooms of Alchemilla mollis, by a white and yellow Siberian iris, and by the bright yellow flowers of the very early daylily, Hemerocallis flava.
|(Clockwise from upper left: Hemerocallis flava, Baptisia australis, Amsonia hubrichtii, Geranium x ‘Nimbus,’ Linum perenne, Iris sibirica ‘Tiffany Lass,’ unknown Iris sibirica, Tradescantia x ‘Zwannenburg Blue’)|
Across the walkway from the blue and yellow border, the look of the deck border is currently defined by the palest of pinks, in the pink-tinged flowers of Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ and Rhododendron catawbiense album, and in the barely pink flowers of an unknown columbine (Aquilegia). Here and there, these pale pinks provide a frame for stronger color tones – in the clear pink blooms of Geranium x oxonianum ‘A.T. Johnson’ and Geranium endresii ‘Wargrave Pink,’ in the spires of Heuchera ‘Raspberry Ice,’ and in the lavender flowers of Iris sibirica varieties, ‘Lavender Bounty’ and ‘Carrie Lee.’
|(Clockwise from lower left: unknown columbine, Iris sibirica ‘Carrie Lee,’ Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo,’ Heuchera ‘Raspberry Ice,’ Rhododendron catawbiense album, Geranium x oxonianum ‘A.T. Johnson’)|
Stronger shades of pink and lavender also predominate in the fence border, which is looking surprisingly mature in its second year. Here, the front edge repeats the combination of Alchemilla mollis and Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ and ‘Karmina’ that we’ve already seen in the circular bed. The stronger color of ‘Karmina’ is picked up by the pink flowers of two different varieties of Geranium endresii and by the deep wine-colored blooms of an unknown peony that opened its first flower today. This flower bed also has two different colors of Tradescantia virginiana in bloom, the white and blue flowers of ‘Osprey’ and the lavender flowers of a self-sown volunteer.
|(Clockwise from upper left: Tradescantia virginiana, Geranium x cantabrigiense with butterfly, unknown Geranium endressii, Tradescantia x ‘Osprey,’ unknown peony, Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ with bee)|
With all these beautiful flowers in bloom, the June garden is a wonderful place to be. And what makes it especially delightful is that this is just the beginning; there is so much more still to come.
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