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.