Friday, June 15, 2012


I'm cheating a bit --these photos include things that have bloomed throughout the first part of June, and some of them have now finished blooming. Still, I wanted to share the photos.

Last month was all about iris, but one of my favorites didn't bloom until after May 15th. I just love the color of this orange iris, and it makes a wonderful spot of bright color in the garden.

A flower that took me completely by surprise is this climbing rose.
I planted this rose at least 10 years ago, and this is the FIRST time it has ever bloomed. I'm not sure if this is a result of our warm winter and early spring, and I won't be surprised if it never blooms again, but I'll miss it. The individual blooms had a heavenly scent.

A few of my lilies have started blooming. Kiss-Me-Kate always does very well and brightens up the eastern side of the house for a week or so.

My red asian lilies, which are usually the first to bloom and very hearty, didn't do so well. I believe it was probably the several below-freezing nights we had in April, when the buds were forming. It's disappointing, but I'm sure they'll be fine next summer.

Another lily I'm enjoying this June is a pink and white lily, but I don't remember it's name. It was new last year, and has come back well. The starry allium is in the foreground.

Along with that allium, I have three others blooming now, a yellow, pink, and blue. I love the blue, which is another heirloom bulb I planted last fall, and I'm going to order more of them. This is not a great picture (they started out white and became more blue with time), but it does show the blue color. They are called Caeruleum.

Another plant that I bought at the same time as the blue allium is a white martagon lily. This one is disappointing only because it is the tiniest lily I've ever seen. It is only about 8 inches tall, which means it is completely hidden by columbine while blooming. I just never expected it to be so tiny. Perhaps if it multiplies, it will have more of an impact.

I have two peonies that have done really well.

However, I also had a light pink peony with with a single layer of petals and lots of beautiful yellow stamens, and that one barely came back this year and had no buds. The red is right next to it, so I don't know why one would come back strong and the other not. Should I just get rid of the sickly one? Any advice from people with more peony experience would be appreciated.

A pretty tickseed that I don't know the name of, but it's a bright spot of yellow in the back garden.

Another bright spot is the butterfly milkweed.

One of my favorite flowers is spiderwort. I purchased a pink one, and this year it has finally gotten so crowded that it's not doing well. I'll have to dig it up and split it this fall. However, because I haven't been terribly good about clearing the seedheads, I've now got several blue and purple spiderwort coming up around it. It's a very pretty sight in the mornings.

That's a good round-up of early June in my garden. Thanks to Carol for hosting the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and I'm looking forward to checking in on other June gardens!


  1. So much color in your garden right now, Cassi Renee! I love that blue allium; I'm going to have to make a note of that and look for it in the catalogs this fall. It's so hard to find a plant that has a true blue bloom. Your irises and peonies are lovely as well; my irises were a disappointment this year, unless they bloomed while I was gone in mid-May. And I had hoped for my first-ever peony blooms, but no luck there either. Every year is different in the garden, it seems--your climbing rose is beautiful; I do hope it comes back for you next year. Happy Bloom Day!

    About the Martagon lily--I hadn't even heard of these until I saw one in a garden in Tennessee a few weeks ago; they're certainly dramatic-looking. It's possible that yours will be like other lilies and have a growth spurt next year.

    1. I hope you're right about the lily --even a couple of inches would be helpful :-)

  2. Ah, Spiderwort! So that's what's taken over my front flower bed. It does amazingly well in our yard in almost full shade.

  3. aloha,

    what a wonderful tour of your garden, i love all lillies and your peonies are magnificent.

  4. Garden Gal from Westchester County, NYJune 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Hi Cassie: I believe the pink and white Asiatic Lily is called "Lollipop". I used to grow it, but I found that it was not very prolific, so I gave it to a friend who does not have much gardening space and she has been enjoying it. I am now growing a Golden Yellow Asiatic Lily called "Aladdin's Dazzle" and it multiplies readily - each year the stems are thicker and produce more buds - and they are very long lasting in the garden and in a vase. Happy Gardening and enjoy the summmer!