Temporary Garden Mid-June Catch-Up

Because I’ve been dilatory in my picture-taking this will just be a photographic overview in rough chronological order from mid-May to mid-June.


01 pink azalea and fernThe evergreen azaleas were mostly underwhelming but this pink one looked quite nice with the fern snuggling up to it.


02 aquilegiaThere were about a half dozen of these pink aquilegias scattered here and there (yes, the leaf miners were already hard at work!).


03 aquilegia double roseThis pretty dark rose pink (almost red) double aquilegia was hiding between a small conifer and the white fence.


04 Weigela florida VariegataOne of several weigelas on the property.

05 Weigela florida detail I like the color changing effect from pink to white; I took this just a few days after the first photo.


06 pink weigelaA experimental shooting angle made this weigela look like it has acres of garden behind it; nope, those “stately spires” are not even 3 feet away… they are just on the other side of the fence that the weigela backs onto!


07 lilac08 lilac detailI have no idea what lilac this is, other than “not-Syringa-vulgaris”. It is slightly fragrant…nothing that would knock you over.


09 rhodies early JuneRhododendrons encircle the ‘Kwanzan’ cherry that flowered a few weeks earlier. They aren’t all the same color; these two match, but you can see a white one around the right corner, and the two that are directly behind these are an entirely different shade of pink.


10 leaning tower from sideHere is the Leaning Tower of Rhody which I allowed one final splash of bloom before cutting it back last week. I did wait until the flowers were finished, not only for aesthetic purposes but because it had become Bee Central!


11 cotinusOne of two cotinus in the front yard. I hacked both back unmercifully in early April because they’d been left to their own devices and were ridiculously leggy; in fact I got a bit carried away and worried afterward that I’d given them too drastic of a pruning. Guess not!


12 variegated willowNot “flowering” but still very pretty, I’m assuming this variegated willow is Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’.


13 dianthus walkDianthus in shades of pink to red accent the brick front walk. This bed was mulched with the “triple shredded” which I’ve concluded, after several weeks of living with both this and the shredded cedar bark, that I would not use again. Weeds are already coming up through it, as are new fungal growths. The beds where I put the cedar bark are still weed- and fungi-free.


14 kalmia v115 kalmia v2This mountain laurel is also in that front-walkway bed. I really like this combination of vivid cardinal-red buds opening to two-tone pink flowers. No idea what cultivar this is but I’d be interested in finding one for the next garden.


16 droopy peoniesThere are only two peonies in this garden, and I’m guessing this one is Sarah Bernhardt. It’s quite fragrant and also quite prostrate after being rained on only once. The other is a double white, growing in shade and so very sparsely flowered; the same rain turned those flowers into what looked like huge wads of wet Kleenex tissues!

In one of the raised beds, coreopsis (which I like) and achillea (which I don’t) are currently in bud. The hydrangeas are getting ready as well, though no color yet.  There will probably be several photos of grasses in the next update, as well as the two vicious “thugs” that I still can’t believe that anyone would deliberately introduce into a garden……

  11 comments for “Temporary Garden Mid-June Catch-Up

  1. Amy
    June 18, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Mountain laurel envy… I’ve never even seen one in person! It all looks lovely and so… green 🙂

    • June 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      The one and only shrub at my childhood home was a mountain laurel and I remember always wondering why the buds on them are so sticky, LOL (it was decades before I found out, too)

  2. June 18, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Lots of lovely June blooms. Do you particularly like pink or does it just happen to be very pink at the moment? I have a Lilac which looks like yours, which is the Canadian Syringa x josiflexa ‘ Bellicent’.
    I like the look of your Continus, you have inspired me to hack mine back. It looks terrible at the moment. I suppose you miss the smoke for a year but get to have a nice shaped bush with healthy leaves.

    • June 18, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Funny but I would never have bought a pink lilac; somehow only the blue tones seem “right”, LOL. Everything in this temporary garden was planted by the former owners.

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  4. June 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    The Weigelas and Rhododendrons are wonderful. My Weigela looks really pathetic by comparison, and I can’t really grow Rhodies.

    • June 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      The variegated weigela is growing in quite a bit of shade too, and I’m surprised that it blooms this well. It faces north and is backed by tall conifers plus the neighbor’s outbuilding. I suspect that the only decent sun it gets is shortly before the nearby oaks leaf out.

  5. June 20, 2015 at 7:16 am

    That mountain laurel is amazing, beautiful coloured flowers, both in bud and fully out. Just like Amy, I too have mountain laurel envy!

  6. June 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I love the mountain laurel – and the weigela is looking especially healthy. The variegated one can take a bit more shade than their full-green cousins. This time of year is certainly lovely in your garden 🙂

    • June 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks, Matt — I confess the variegated one does appeal to me more than the others here which have the solid green foliage. 🙂

  7. June 23, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Absolutely lovely!

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