June in bloom in rain-drenched Connecticut

The first half of June dropped 10 inches of rain on my Connecticut garden, making the days leading up to June 2013 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day soggy. Temperatures remain in the 50’s at night and 70’s during the day when, so often, the sun struggles to shine.

Lush greenery abounds throughout the rain-drenched gardens, dotted by shades of yellow, and blue, and shades of pink ranging from deep to pale to peachy tones.

Native Mountain Laurel, the Connecticut state flower, have been spectacular this year. They line and dot the edges of the woods surrounding our more cultivated land.


In places, foxglove (digitalis, unknown variety) have self-sown along the woodland edge, particularly near my compost piles where seeds must have escaped when spent foxglove spires went into the compost.


I don’t mind the self-sowing foxglove. Bees and hummingbirds love the flowers and deer leave the flowers and foliage alone.

Foxglove spires stand tall above yellow-blooming sedum that mimic the foliage of the small Spiraea ‘Double Play Gold’ in the foreground and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ at the far end. Blue-green Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) and blue-silver Lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) contrast against these yellows and the yellow-green Hayscented fern that loves to spread from the woodland edges into my perennial beds.


No matter the time of day these combinations provide a cheery view from the front porch and my office window and help transition into the area just beyond where I hope young viburnum, magnolia, kalmia, summersweet, juniper and clethra eventually form a shrub/small tree backdrop. But for now, ornamental grasses serve as backdrop foliage.


Along the west side of the house, what I call the triangle bed is filled with a river of sedum surrounded by Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria), Lamb’s Ear, and Santolina in the foreground. I’ve planted many different combinations in this bed, many were plant combos deer have found quite yummy. But deer mostly leave this combo alone, only occasionally browsing the tops of yet-to-bloom veronica in the background.


In the rear garden, totally fenced from deer, roses are the most prominent blooms at the moment. They seem happy to take over now that earlier iris have passed and later iris have yet to open.


This peachy Star Rose is accompanied by nearly-open lavender blooms and nearby scabiosa.


Further along in this long narrow bed blooms another Star Rose, Pearl Sevillana (left).


At the far end of the bed is my newest rose, the Blushing Knock Out Rosa ‘Radyod’ (right) which holds her own between two holly shrubs and a white-blooming lilac, and blooms from early June through frost.

Now that you’ve seen my top June picks, it’s time to visit May Dreams Gardens, where Carol hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. There you’ll find many, many more gardens to visit.

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4 comments for “June in bloom in rain-drenched Connecticut

  1. June 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    As much as the rain can keep us from getting out and enjoying the garden, it does make the greenery extra green and many flowering plants lush and full. After an exceptionally dry April, Maine has had somewhat above average rain for May and June (but nothing like what you’ve had — most of those storms have gone out to sea to our south), and the extra rain has been good for the flowers. My Siberian irises look exceptionally good this year. Today I was talking to an elderly farmer at the Farmer’s Market who walked out into the woods behind his house yesterday and found dozens of Lady’s Slippers blooming (in the past, he can only remember seeing one or two). I love the garden at this time of year, and yours is looking lovely.

    • June 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Jean, I had a similar experience with Trout lilies this year. On one property I care for there was a Trout lily explosion. More than I have ever seen in bloom at any one time.
      As with most things, rain brings disadvantages and advantages.

  2. June 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I love the scenes of your June garden backing up to the woods, with those rustic stacked rock walls. What beautiful color combinations you have going! And there is simply nothing more perfect than one crystalline rose on that Blushing Pink knockout– one of the prettiest roses to photograph (is yours fragrant? I get a delicate scent on mine).

    We’ve had so, so much rain, but once it stops everything looks good. Can you believe over 9 inches in the last two weeks?

    • June 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Laurrie, June is one of my favorite gardening months. I actually find time to enjoy the blossoms.

      I, too, get a slight scent from my Blushing Pink knockout rose. You are so right … its dainty flowers make easy subjects to photograph.

      I’m sure you are enjoying our break from nearly constant rain … 10 inches since the first of June is more than ample!

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