June 21, 2017
Last week I created this arrangement of pink peonies for a friend. I'm still waiting for my darker peonies to mature enough to produce buckets of blooms, but for now I can enjoy plenty of the lighter pinks.
The draping greenery is from one of my contorted filberts (Corylus avellana 'Contorta'). I used astilbe leaves to create a grid to hold other greenery in place, then filled in with Baptisia, variegated Solomon's Seal and hosta leaves.
I used the small flowers of pink 'Roma' and lighter 'Buckland' astrantia (above). A rosy-tipped stem of snowberry (Symphoricarpos) arches at the left.
The last peonies to bloom are finishing up this week, then it will be another year before peony flowers make their appearance.
June 6, 2017
The garden changes daily at this time of year, with many blooms opening overnight to surprise me the next morning. The photo above, though, highlights dark foliage that lasts longer than flowers. I've been struggling with this main sunny bed since I created it, but adding six 'Obsisian' heuchera plants has helped it look more finished. The maroon leaves of the heucheras tie into the similarly colored leaves of the 'Royal Purple' smoke bush (Cotinus) to the left and the 'Royal Purple' crabapple trees (Malus) to the top right.
I love the maroon leaves with ethereal 'Twilight Blues' baptisia and balls of 'Globemaster' allium.
Here in the east back garden my pink 'Helsinki University' rhododendrons and more alliums are providing the flower color for now. Last year I transplanted several 'Jack Frost' and 'King's Ransom' brunnera plants to this area (you can see a blurry one at center), and their silvery leaves provide interest even when the blue flowers aren't visible.
June 1, 2017
On the first of June, colorful scenes are cropping up in the garden. The photo above shows the bird bath on the west side of the home where spikes of violet 'May Night' salvia and lavender 'Walker's Low' catmint mingle with 'Pure as Gold' iris.
My favorite camera lens (Canon 50 mm EF f/1.4 USM) is finally repaired and the garden is ready for photographs, so I hope to post more regularly.
Later in the day 'Rivida' opened a little more, leading to this view. Scrumptious!