A June garden makes everything right with the world.
Here is what is blooming this morning in my front perennial beds.
The first of the delicate very pale pink peonies, which then fade to almost white with pale yellow centres. The darker pinks follow later in the month.
Beautiful purple irises with their golden yellow beards have been in bloom for a little while now. Some have toppled over, but they still provide shots of colour in the beds.
I love these purple Siberian irises so much that they were a part of my wedding bouquet.
Back to the bearded iris, or iris germanica, these pale yellow ones have been around in my gardens as long as I can remember. I'm sure I had them at our house before this one, too. I like that they aren't a glaring, bright yellow, but a softer touch of colour.
If I was going to have only one flowering shrub, it would be the weigela. This one is just starting to open up and is literally covered with buds. I can't remember which kind it is, perhaps Red Prince?
I have so much of this and other cranesbill, that I could literally provide a shovel full of this plant to all of the people who read this blog and still not feel the loss. It fills spaces beautifully, doesn't care about soil quality, never suffers from insects or mildew, just a solid, good best friend of a plant.
The edges of our property are pretty wild, with grape vine and tall grass and thistles and whatever else encroaches. This is wild phlox, don't know if it has a fancier name, that just grows on its own. It can either be considered a weed, or a free shot of colour and the bees love it.
Lastly, I will share the new arbor that husband built a little while ago. There used to be a flat topped arbor there for years and years, but over time it started to rot at the base and had a pretty scary lean to it. It had to come down last year. He built it with posts and rails that we already had. Handy guy, husband is.
My garden provides me with so much happiness, contentment, exercise (ha ha)... I couldn't imagine having to live in a high rise apartment in the city with no yard, no dirt to dig in. I'd likely fill my windows and balconies with plants. Do you have any of the same perennials?