Though the weather continues to be beautiful, I sent Mark out to capture a "snapshot" of the garden late Saturday afternoon since rain keeps appearing in our forecast. Also, I can't imagine that all these flowers will still be blooming next Sunday for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
Thus, this report on the state of our garden in early June. First are the plant portraits. (Click on any picture to enlarge it.)
All the secondary flowers on Paeonia 'Burnished Bronze" are smaller than the first flush.
A bud on Paeonia 'Soft Salmon Joy'
First flower opens on Paeonia 'Border Charm,' an Itoh intersectional hybrid Peony
Delicate pink Monarda bradburnia underplanted with Geranium (perhaps oxoniun A.T. Johnson?)
Thalictrum sp. 'Black Stockings' which is just about mature size in three years.
Gillenia trifoliata (Bowman's root). Got this in 2013 from Northwind, planted it in almost full sun and it is huge and happy in its first year.
Nymphaea 'Helvola' (The smallest water lily available according to Lilypons)
Brunnera 'Looking Glass' (with Brunnera 'Jack Frost' at far left, Interrupted fern in the center and Maidenhair fern on the right)
These next images give you a sense of the larger garden as a whole. Iris laevigata at the near edge of the pond and across the water in the bog area.
A closer view of the bog with the Ribes hedge above it and the new fence in the background
A compressed view across the front edge of the pond around to the boggy back corner. The Geranium cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' is putting on its best show ever and the 11-year-old Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Devon Cream' is showing winter burn. You can just see the first waterlily open on the pond.
Stepping back from the scene above to include Cornus alternifolia 'Golden Shadows,' along with Gallium odoratum (sweet woodruff) and Polygonatum humile (dwarf Solomon Seal).