June has been a busy month here. I've been in the garden as much as possible. I've been digging, pulling, cutting, transplanting, shopping, digging, planting and sweating - just about every day. Blogging has taken a backseat! But before June comes to a close, I want to share some of what's been going on in my Virginia gardens.
I have been taking photos nonstop, and have a backlog of them to sort through! Because of the active garden season, I've found it difficult to sit for any length of time and sort them out! I've just wanted to enjoy my life--without feeling pressure to document everything. But I have to admit, I've missed visiting all of your gardens and communicating via our blogs.
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia unknown variety)
Clematis (may be Jackmanii) and a 2nd unknown variety)
Day Lily - (Hemerocallis 'Stella d'Oro)
Lily (Lilium tigrinum or 'Turk's cap')
Hosta or Plantain Lily blooms (Agavaceae or Hostaceae, once Lileaceae - many varieties blooming)
Astilbe or False Spirea (Astilbe x. arendssi 'Amethyst')
Perennial Sage (Salvia x. sylvestris 'May Night')
Salvia (l. fx. Balsalmisp 'Mystic Spires blue')
Rose (Rosa 'Flower Carpet-Red')
Rose (Rosa 'Flower Carpet-Pink')
Bee Balm - dwarf variety (Monarda 'Petite Delight')
Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies')
Gauraor Apple Blossom Grass (Gaura l. 'Pink Cloud')
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun')
Purple Coneflower - dwarf variety (Echinacea purpurea 'Pikie Meadowbrite')
Coneflower - dwarf variety (Echinacea 'Pink Double Delight')
Coneflower (Echinacea 'Coconut Lime')
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Lobelia (Lobelia erinus 'Techno Heat')
Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorous)
Tickseed (Coreopsis g. 'Rising Sun')
Cut-leaved Anemone (Anemone multifida 'Annabella deep rose')
Windflower (Anemone - mixed bulbs)
Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa 'Butterfly blue')
Nepal Cinquefoil (Potentilla napelensisa 'Melton Fire')
Geum or Goldball (Geum 'Lady Stratheden')
Poor little hydrangea macrophylla did not produce in abundance this year...this is the lone 'partial' bloom. She was new last year and I cut her back too far in the fall, then moved her to a different location this spring. Hopefully next year will be better.
Speedwell (Veronica 'Royal candles')
Speedwell (Veronica 'Red Fox')
Sedum (Pruniatum 'Blue Spruce')
Yarrow (Achillea millifolium - pink variety, possibly 'Saucy Seduction')
Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum)
Plumbago or Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
Here are a few annuals I've planted in pots:
Nasturtium 'Papaya Cream' (planted from seed), Geranium, and Plumbago auriculata 'Imperial Blue'
Coleus (Solenostemon 'Pink Chaos') ...hard to believe this is just ONE plant, as each side of it has differently-colored leaves!
'Kong' Coleus variety
Herbs and veggies currently providing blooms include
Other plants have been blooming since spring, some of which include Lavendar, Forget-Me-Nots, Dianthus, Geranium 'Johnson's Blue, Blue Star Creeper, Lamium, Honeysuckle--all of which I've shown in previous posts.
It's ironic that during the most beautiful time in the garden, I find it nearly impossible to share it all in a timely manner, here on my blog! But I have no doubt many garden-bloggers can relate to this phenomenom, especially if your true love is gardening! Isn't that why the 'rest of the year' exists, to catch up with our posts?!
Happy 1st day of summer, my friends:-) I hope you're enjoying life to the fullest!
Today I am thankful that blogging is a pleasant activity, but not a requirement--so my posts can never really be 'late'!
Words and photos ©Thanks For Today, by Jan Huston Doble