Early June, and even late May, are really some of the best days in my garden for colorful blooms (zone 7a, full sun). The grass is greening up nicely, with bursts of color popping up here and there, like an orchestrated symphony. A daily walk through the garden shows many changes in each of the plants.
The spireas and salvia mix well at the front border of one side of the lawn.
Bee balm stands tall behind the spirea and salvia, as seen in the photo below. They're just beginning to open up now. It's nice to see a little bloom from all three overlapping.
|Front to back: spirea, salvia, bee balm|
|Bee balm blooms|
Buttercups are glowing on the right side of the photo frame below, with a Rose of Sharon (an hibiscus variety), in the center of them. Just to the left of the buttercups are my tall butterfly bushes. They were pruned to the ground due to winter freeze, but are bouncing back nicely, and will have purple blooms.
My buttercups have not disappointed this year.They are a sea of sunny, yellow blooms right now, behind the hostas, surrounding the Rose of Sharon. I will prune the Rose of Sharon to shape it more like a tree later this year, so that by next year its canopy will be above the buttercups.
The photo opportunities the yellow flowers provide, en masse, make for wonderful screensavers....
....or bowls of nectar for the bees to imbibe....
From my vantage point, in the chaise lounge chairs, I have pretty much a panoramic view of the main landscape garden. I can see all that I've already described, or look toward the road and river to see passersby, whether on foot or in boats.....
I can lay back and look up at the sky..........
Looking in front of me, I can see the large magnolia tree, with an arc of knockout roses just in front, framing in the growing Lord Baltimore hibiscus.
The magnolia is just now starting to open its blooms.....
|Magnolia bloom 2014|
|Robin on watering can spout, at birdbath; growing hibiscus (staked) in rear|
Sometimes I can catch the birds up close (they're a little skittish when I come too close).
|Robin at birdbath|
If I look to my left, front corner of the landscape, I see my newest addition in the garden, a hand-built trellis of wood with spiraling copper around each leg. My clematis is taking off with blooms...
|Jackmanii clematis vine|
The blooms look regal against a blue sky, don't they?
|Jackmanii clematis blooms|
|Azalea, rozanne geranium, mountain bluet|
|Rozanne geranium and mountain bluet|
|Knockout roses (background), dwarf butterfly bushes (foreground), container (center)|
|Endless summer hydrangea patch (Background: nandina (left), hibiscus (right, staked)|
|Piece of wood from hydrangea, with sprouts on each end|
I've planted over three dozen plants this season in the landscape, NOT including my containers. Many were replacements for hard winter freeze, but some had just grown tired. My lavender took a beating from freeze, and has only yielded the bouquet I cut, below, so far this year. You can see in the background (below) how small my plants are. It's like starting over, after a bumper crop year last year.
|Brown thrasher, aka French Mockingbird|
Remember those path lights I bought at Lowe's and put in my containers? Well, I kinda got happy on those, so I picked up enough for all my other containers, this time at Wal-Mart. These look like cake pops, in crackled glass, and only $1.97 each.
What makes you happy in your leisure time? Whatever it is, c'mon, get happy!
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