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An Explosion of Blooms: GBBD, June 2020

June 15, 2020

Patio walkway June 2020From mid-May to mid-June, my garden has gone from the slow unfolding of spring to the explosion of blooms that characterizes early summer. My morning walks through the garden take longer each day with more and more flowers to enjoy.

Along the walkway to the patio, Heuchera x ‘Raspberry Regal,’ Tradescantia virginiana ‘Pink Chablis’ and two different varieties of hardy geranium are all in bloom, with peonies just beginning to open, and with Baptisia australis and Amsonia tabernaemontana visible in the background.fragrant garden june 2020

In the Fragrant Garden, peonies are already in full bloom, accompanied by roses, dianthus and the first flowers of mock orange (Philadelphus) ‘Snowbelle.’

circular bed pastels 2020

The Circular Bed at the turn into my driveway will be dismantled this year and incorporated into the new front border. globemaster 2020For one last time, though, I am enjoying its pastel June mood, as several varieties of hardy geranium bloom with Siberian irises, spiderwort ‘Danielle,’ Lady’s mantle, and the beautiful allium ‘Globemaster.’

lavender irisGeraniums, Siberian irises, and spiderworts are blooming in many parts of the garden. I’ve counted at least nine varieties of hardy geranium currently blooming. It’s impossible to count the varieties of spiderwort and Siberian iris because these self-sow readily in my garden and have produced a wide array of colors as their genetic diversity increases. Last year, this lovely lavender colored iris appeared. The named cultivars of Siberian iris currently blooming include ‘Super Ego’ and ‘Hubbard.’

iris superego 2020 iris hubbard

lupinus perennis 2020Among the plants that have grown from seed in my garden, I’m particularly proud to have several plants of our native sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis). This plant no longer grows in the wild in Maine; but I am hoping that it may spread from my garden along the dirt road to my house.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see the profusion of blooms in other bloggers’ gardens.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2020 5:58 am

    Have a blessed day!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    June 16, 2020 8:12 am

    Looks beautiful Jean! Lupine spreads like wildfire in my garden, so I bet it will in yours as well!

    • June 16, 2020 5:48 pm

      Unfortunately, the lupines that spread like wildfire here are the invasive ones native to the Pacific Northwest. The native plants are fussier about their growing conditions, which is why the introduced lupines that escaped from gardens out-competed the natives in the wild. Still, I have the right growing conditions for the natives, so I am hoping they will thrive here.

  3. Pat Leuchtman permalink
    June 16, 2020 9:19 am

    I just love your garden. It’s fun to watch a garden grow. And I’ve been having that kind of fun too. So many plants to love.

    • June 16, 2020 5:49 pm

      Pat, I love this time of year in the garden.

  4. June 16, 2020 10:05 am

    That is a delightful lupine. I know it is not as flashy as most flowers are, but they seem so traditional, sort of like Indian paintbrush and black eyed Susan. We have our own natives here that resemble yours. I would like to get others from Oklahoma, although I think they may be similar to what is already here. (I will not get them if they might naturalize.)

    • June 16, 2020 5:53 pm

      Tony, These little native lupines were extirpated in the wild here by bigger, showier lupines from the Pacific Northwest that escaped from gardens and that well-meaning but misguided people deliberately propagated along the roadsides of Maine. The introduced lupines bloom so abundantly (and beautifully) here at this time of year that many people believe they are a native wildflower. Alas, they do not provide the ecosystem services that the native plants they supplanted provided.

      • June 16, 2020 6:01 pm

        Oh, I so know how that goes. People here love how monarch butterflies and other pollinators swarm the blue gum and red gum in bloom, but do not realize that such swarming deprives the native California poppy of pollination.

  5. Molly permalink
    June 16, 2020 11:50 am

    So exciting to watch new plants pop up in the gardens. Wish some would last longer, but then something else pops up. Always a fun adventure.

    • June 16, 2020 5:54 pm

      Molly, Yes. Just as the peonies are opening, we’re going to have several days of heat and they will go by in a flash. I’ll probably cut some buds before the worst of the heat gets here and bring them in to enjoy as cut flowers.

  6. garden337 permalink
    June 16, 2020 12:26 pm

    Your garden is always so lovely!

  7. June 16, 2020 2:18 pm

    I love the range of soft pastels you have this month, Jean. I adore the peonies of course – my endless quest to grow them continues. Although California has a native lupine too, which grows along the roads here, I’ve yet to be able to get them to establish here either.

    • June 16, 2020 5:57 pm

      Kris, I always enjoy the soft pastels of June — although yellow is my favorite color, so the yellows of July and August will also make me happy. Peonies in California seem like an iffy proposition, although your marine layer might keep them cool enough to be happy. Even here, they can be a real flash in the pan; one 90 degree day is all it takes to end their season.

  8. June 18, 2020 3:52 pm

    Hello Jean, you have some very unique Iris Sibirica. We have variations of pink, blue, splashed blue and white. I’m trying to propagate the white one but it seems to be the only one that doesn’t want to spread. It’s lovely to see your garden in flower.

    • June 20, 2020 9:46 pm

      Sunil, We have quite a few iris breeders in Maine, so there are a lot of cultivars of Siberian iris available. In addition, they self-sow with abandon in my sandy soil. It’s only in the past two years that I’ve started to see more color variation (especially the paler lavender) in the self-sown seedlings.

  9. June 18, 2020 6:04 pm

    How rewarding to be able to reintroduce the lupin which should be there.

    • June 20, 2020 9:47 pm

      Diana, Recently, I’ve seen a few tiny lupin leaves where I didn’t plant them, which means that they may be spreading outside of my garden (which would be very exciting).

  10. June 18, 2020 11:50 pm

    I have grown some perennials from seed, too. It is a daunting task – so much patience is needed.

    • June 20, 2020 9:48 pm

      Ray, I’ve only grown a few things from seed; most of my seed-sown plants are volunteers.

  11. Jason Kay permalink
    June 20, 2020 12:33 pm

    So glad you are finding success with L. perennis! I planted several this spring they all seem to be already dead.

    • June 20, 2020 9:49 pm

      Jason, L. perennis doesn’t seem to like being transplanted. I’ve had the best luck with the ones that I planted from seed.

  12. June 26, 2020 8:29 pm

    Looks beautiful Jean!! A beautriful garden is food for the soul!!

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