The garden in late June — magenta and yellow

Here’s some of what’s been blooming. I’m thrilled with all the rose campion and I’m liking how it’s mixing with other colors.

Rose campion and lavender along the front walkway:

flowers1 june 2016

Rose campion and bright yellow coreopsis:

flowers2 june 2016

Yellow coreopsis and magenta bee balm:

flowers3 june 2016

And just a sea of yellow coreoposis:

flowers4 june 2016


Mid-June in the garden

I’m looking out the window and seeing rabbits in a neighbor’s yard. Just don’t let me see the groundhog! We have at least two, and they have done enough damage in the raised beds.

Still, tomato plants are generally thriving, and I’m hopeful we’ll have some early ones in time for the Fourth of July. Zucchini and potato plants are shooting up. My favorite flower, rose campion, is blooming, as is another favorite, red-hot poker (a little late, I think, but then spring was late and started off cool). And I’m excited about this new red-yellow Rudbeckia that blooms much earlier than the traditional yellow black-eyed Susan. I’m guessing it comes from one of two places where I plucked a flower head and then planted it. I’m hoping it spreads like crazy.

Here’s a look at some of what’s blooming in the garden just a few days before the official start of summer:

Yellow and red Rudbeckia
What a beaut!

red hot pokers

Rose campions are in lots of places:

Rose campion

Rose campion and coreopsis

Rose campion, coreopsis and tiger day lilies

Day lilies above and below:

red daylily
Hope this spreads too

stella d'oro daylilies

The first of the many coneflowers to come:


A faded allium:


A new addition to the hosta collection:

hosta late may new kind

A month of blooms

I’ve been blogging so much about my bike training that I’ve been neglecting the garden write-up.

Regular rain, flowers, tomatoes and more growing well. Bees and butterflies happy and plentiful. Cool til recently, so red-hot pokers seemed to bloom an extra week. Regular rain also helps the weeds grow. Oh well.

The dill worked its magic, attracting a caterpillar that should become a Monarch butterfly. Look at it munch!


Like this pairing of rose campion and penstemon huskers red:

Rose campion and Penstemon Huskers Red

The always-irresistable red-hot pokers:

red-hot pokers and more

A volunteer? Or from a neighbor? Don’t know the name:

yellow flowers

White campion:

white campion

Coreopsis in bloom, think I should extend the bee balm in the back to the corner of the bed, like a ribbon running through:


Separate the rose campion and red bee balm in the flower bed along the driveway? Do they clash?

rose campion and bee balm

Give these day lillies a bit more prominence along the drive?

day lillies

Waiting for Irene

I have no idea how Irene (and the unusually large wind field) will treat the garden. So I harvested tomatoes and beans, brought in some container plants and tipped over the bird bath (big colony of ants living in the hollow base!). And I took advantage of Friday’s sun to take some photos. Not sure how, but I have a few second blooms of rose campion, one of my favorite May/June flowers.

Japanese anemone
More phlox
I still haven't figured out what this is. I don't remember planting it

Bees and Butterflies

Yes, I’m back. Sorry, life got a little hectic.

But when I look out the dining room window, I see red hot pokers, shasta daisies, coreopsis, rose campion, nepeta walker’s low and tiger lillies all in bloom, with butterflies flitting from flower to flower. Get a bit closer, and I see bees.

The front bed has gone through its yellow phase (daffodils) and then its purple phase (Siberian irises, walkers low, some alliums and not much more). Now it’s in multi-color exuberance. Maybe I should just let a few photos tell the story.