The sun is shining, the air is cool, and every leaf is dripping with a heavy dew. Such is a morning on one of the last days of spring.
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for June 2019.
Here in my USDA hardiness zone 6a garden in central Indiana, mid-June has arrived, drawing to a close a wet spring but bringing with it lovely flowers that we can enjoy until the heat-loving plants of summer decide to bloom.
First up is a clematis vine near my patio. This vine gets little care other than a support to climb. Once thought to be a casualty of a new porch installation back in 2011, it has flourished every year. I think it is ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’ but I could be wrong.
I have several other clematis in full bloom, including this one that is using a chair for support because earlier this month, I cut down the large bayberry it used to climb up and through in previous years.
I have lost the name of it, but assume there is a tag for it somewhere around here. For the moment, let’s call it ‘This Chair is Taken’.
Elsewhere in the garden, I have two butterfly weeds in bloom including Asclepias tuberosa, which never photographs very well for me.
My phone doesn’t seem to know how to do orange and green together!
I also have swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, in bloom.
It’s near a giant cup plant, Silphium perfoliatum, which is huge but I keep it around because it holds bits of water where the leaves connect to the stems for birds and butterflies to drink from.
Flowers and water! I am ready for monarch butterflies! And any other insects and birds that care to stop by.
Elsewhere in the garden, spirea, veronica, roses, geraniums, coreopsis, foxglove and the first lilies are all in bloom. You can listen to me and Dee Nash talk about some of those flowers on our weekly podcast, The Gardenangelists.
Still here? Or did you skip to the bottom? Anway, let us not breeze past Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ just now blooming.
I know that’s not a great picture but the sun is shining today! I had to include it in my bloom day post, bad picture that it is, because this little betony is the 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year.
And finally, as proof again that plants don’t need gardeners fussing over them to grow and flourish, here are two varieties of lavender in a bed in the vegetable garden, blooming with abandon, even though the wet, cool spring we’ve had is not exactly their kind of weather.
Or maybe it is.
And look, squash blossoms!
Growing on a volunteer squash plant that just showed up out of nowhere next to the compost pile. This plant is huge compared to the seedlings I started elsewhere in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral.
And that’s bit of bloom in my garden on this June morning. I’d show you more but the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I feel the call to go out and pick some peas and pull some weeds!
What’s blooming in your garden on this beautiful mid-June day? We’d love to have you share your blooms with us on the 15th of each month by joining us with your own Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post. Just post on your blog about what is blooming this month in your garden and then come back here and leave a link to your blog post in the Mr. Linky widget below along with a brief comment to entice us to virtually visit your garden.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence