As I work around the garden, I can't help but stop and smile. So many of the plants that I've added in the past couple of years are starting to really take off and it just makes my heart sing. While I have always loved strolling through the garden, my little walks have been especially joyful this year. So I decided to take my camera with me and snap a few pictures of my mid-June favourites.
Each year, the solitary David Austin rose in my garden just gets better and better - I believe it's in its 4th year now:
|'Crown Princess Margaretta'|
There is a ninebark (I'm guessing 'Diablo') in the front walkway bed that's been here since we moved in. One of the branches rooted a few years ago so I dug up the seedling (which was no more than 5" tall) and transplanted it into the west border. And ta-da! Here it is now:
|From a 5" seedling to a 6' shrub...It needs a bit of pruning but|
I'm holding off for now as building bulk as a privacy screen is the priority at the moment.
A few other oldies - as in they've been in the garden for a while - are also spreading the joy. The next few photos are of plants that were actually here when we purchased the place, so I'm not sure about specific cultivars.
We have several weigela but my absolute favourite is a variegated one, seen below peaking out from the right side of the spirea:
|Spirea and variegated weigela in front garden bed|
Not only do I love the foliage, but I have to say that I enjoy the pale pink flowers more than the other cultivars with darker blooms.
|Variegated foliage and pale pink blooms...|
I need more of this one!
There was a stand of iris in a very shady area of the front garden that always produced leaves, but we rarely saw a bloom. In fact, I couldn't even recall what they looked like. A couple of years ago, I decided to transplant them all to a sunnier spot. And wow - do they ever love their life now!
|Transplanted Iris in full bloom|
There are also a few iris in another shady section that I plan to move soon. These, however, are not a mystery as they do bloom sporadically each year:
|Another iris that's been here since the beginning...|
And then there's the rose that has come back each year despite my having done absolutely nothing to encourage it - not even watering during dry spells:
|This rose is a real trooper|
Now on to the newer plants that I've only had for a year or two. I've purchased dozens of new-to-me plants and/or varieties so these are only a handful that stood out on my stroll through the garden. I'll just quickly run through them, otherwise I'll be here all day!
|Artemisia 'Silver Mound'|
|Baptisia 'Lunar Eclipse'|
|Heuchera 'Lime Marmelade' & 'Forever Purple'|
|Lemony Lace Elder|
|This mystery allium was part of a mix|
|Sedum 'Lime Twister'|
|Salvia 'Swifty Rose' on the right, together with|
Nepeta faassenii 'Purrsian Blue' & blue oat grass
|Tuberous Begonia 'Nonstop Mocha White'|
|Sedums picked from the garden and plopped into an urn|