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Blues and Pinks in the Early Summer Garden: GBBD, June 2018

June 17, 2018

blues & pinksI’m a couple of days late with this bloom day post; with so much happening in the garden, I’m finding it hard to find the time to write about what’s happening in the garden. In the month since I  documented new growth and blooming spring wildflowers, the garden has exploded in a profusion of early summer blooms. Most of these are in shades of blue and pink.

The Blue and Yellow Border is in its blue period, with colors ranging from the intense blues of Tradescantia virginiana ‘Zwanenburg Blue’ to the barest hint of blue in the flowers of Amsonia tabernaemontana. B&Y blue period
zwanenburg blue 2018 barely blue amsonia

siberian iris bluesThe showiest blue flowers in my garden at this time of year are the Siberian irises (Iris sibirica). I originally planted two unidentified varieties that were pass-along plants from a friend and then added several named cultivars obtained from nurseries. Over the years, these irises have been divided and re-divided, and they have also self-sown with abandon. The irises showing off their beauty on the Back Slope at this time of year are mostly self-sown, and their colors display a range of genetic diversity from deep blues to paler lavenders.

At first glance, the Side Slope also seems to be a study in blues, but a closer look reveals a number of accompanying pink plants, like ninebark ‘Donna May’, rose ‘Therese Bugnet’,  and Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo.’ side slope blues & pinks
ninebark blooms
therese bugnet pink biokovo pinks

porch and patio pinksPink is the dominant color in perennial borders that flank the walkway to the patio. Peony ‘Mons. Jules Elie’ has just begun to bloom above a frothy border of ‘Biokovo’ flowers. Across the walkway, the clear pink flowers of Geranium x oxonianum alternate with the deeper pink hues of Tradescantia virginiana ‘Pink Chablis’ and the flowering spikes of heuchera ‘Raspberry Regal.’

pink tradescantia pink oxonianum
pink peonies
At this time of year, the Fragrant Garden at the front of the house is a study in pink and white, with blooms of dianthus, peonies, mock orange, roses, and geranium ‘Biokovo. I am particularly enchanted by this soft pink flower on the rose ‘Quietness.’ quietness flower

The pleasure found in my morning walk through the garden increases every day at this time of year. It’s a wonderful season to be a gardener.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted this month and every month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see beautiful blooms from gardens near and far.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2018 12:25 am

    The idea of Irises of any kind self-seeding with abandon fills me with envy, Jean. Your entire garden looks tremendous and you must be very pleased with what you’ve achieved over the past few years. Everything has filled out beautifully!

    • June 18, 2018 9:27 pm

      Kris, I guess our climate in Maine is similar enough to that of Siberia that the Siberian irises feel right at home and act as though they are living in the wild. 🙂

  2. janesmudgeegarden permalink
    June 18, 2018 6:35 am

    I think blues and pinks are my favourites in the garden too. I seem to gravitate towards those colours when I purchase plants and have to remind myself to put a spot of yellow somewhere. Your garden is looking beautiful, a change from when I first followed in the snow!

    • June 18, 2018 9:31 pm

      Jane, When I look out at the garden at this time of year, it’s hard to remember that there was still snow on the ground just two months ago. I love yellow flowers at least as much as I do blues and pinks, but none of my early summer bloomers are yellow. The yellows will make a dramatic change of mood in my garden come July.

  3. June 20, 2018 1:54 am

    Hi Jean, you trully seem to have mostly the blues and pinks. If only i can raise more blues, but that is not true at all in the hot tropics. So mostly i have reds, orange, some yellows, but mostly reds that sometimes i already got tired of them.

    • June 21, 2018 9:09 pm

      Andrea, I have very few reds in my garden. I’ve also noticed that, as the summer season progresses and gets warmer, I have more warm colors (yellows, oranges, reds) in my flowers.

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