Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: June, 2013

It was a wonderful month with lots of sun and rain. After a delayed spring everything is rushing to bloom, sometimes even compromising habitual blooming order. I can’t remember I’ve ever seen lilacs and forsythias blooming together before. However this is what has happened this spring – what a crazy combination of colours.

Syringa vulgaris and Forsythia x intermedia in neighbour’s garden at the end of May

The weather was just perfect during whole last month. It was so nice to return home after a workday and to while away the time outside. I spent hours just hanging around my flowers and making pictures. As a result I have too many pictures to share, so I wouldn’t bother you with long descriptions and just share some photos of main June players in my garden.

Irises

I wait for June because it is a month of Siberian irises. The earliest started at the end of May while the latest are just starting too bloom.  The season of irises will end with blooms of Iris spuria. Love this big plant. When I have a bigger garden I’ll definitely plant more of them.

Iris sibirica. No name seedling I’ve got as a present from Lithuanian irises breeder G.Klimaitis
Iris sibirica ‘Shaker’s prayer’
Iris sibirica “Indy’
Iris sibirica “Milžinų daina’
Iris sibirica “Milžinų daina’
Iris sibirica ‘Creme Chantilly’
Iris sibirica ‘Dreaming yellow’
Iris sibirica ‘Lady Vanessa’
Iris sibirica ‘Mesa Perl’
Iris sibirica ‘Percheron’
Buds of iris spuria ‘Farolito’

 

Roses

To make photos of roses is a real pleasure. They are so fragrant and so different. The shape of the bloom changes when it goes older so I couldn’t resist a temptation to make more and more photos of the same bloom. I like old roses in particular. They look like to be tailored from silky ribbons.

Rosa rugosa ‘Lac Majeur’
Rosa ‘Martin Frobisher’
Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’
Rosa ‘Golden wings’
Rosa ‘Jacques Cartier’
Rosa ‘White Jacques Cartier’
Rosa ‘Rose de Recht’
Rosa ‘Marie Pavic’

 

Geranium

I love geraniums very much. Some flowers are gorgeous bloomers, some have neat foliage, some are very hardy and tough and are very beautiful in autumn, while most geraniums have everything at once.

Geranium ‘Nimbus’
Geranium sanguineum var. striatum
Geranium ‘Sirak’
Geranium pratense ‘Splish Splash’

 

Grasses

My affair with grasses isn’t long standing yet, but I am sure it won’t be just short accidental passion. Who can resist a charm of feathery deschampsia or a vibrant grace of calamagrostis acutiflora? I can not.

Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldschleier’
Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Overdam’
Carex muskingumensis ‘Oehme’

 

Shrubs

Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’ is one of my most favourite plants in general. It has wonderful spring and autumn colours and deep pink blooms in summer. The contrast between foliage and blooms is very beautiful.

Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’, Stachys bizantina

Sweet mock orange was a sentimental choice. I love its fragrance very much so it is planted near the patio to enjoy it very evening.

Philadelphus ‘Yellow cab’

A ninebark ‘Diabolo’ is just a nice and reliable plant with strong name. I like when it blooms but I enjoy its red seed-vessel later in the summer even more.

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’

Salvias

When I look at salvia nemorosa “Caradonna’ I think that I definitely have not enough of them in my garden. This salvia is so gorgeous I would love to plant it all around. The colour is just perfect – deep and strong. ‘Marcus’ is a lovely little brother that brings sense of colour repetition in front rows of the border.

Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
Salvia nemorosa ‘Marcus’

 

Other little fellows

There are lots of other blooms in my borders. Some of them reliably came back every year, some are nice surprises. Allium schoenoprasum is one of such discoveries. Usually we eat it before it starts to bloom. I adore omelette with lots of allium leaves. This is a sort of spring tradition. I don’t know how my alliums managed not to be cut this spring but when I saw lots of buds coming I decided to change my eating habits 🙂 Unexpectedly vegetables became one of leading plants of June.

Allium schoenoprasum

My other bloomers are paeonia, dianthus, astrantias, tradescantias, geums, alchemillas, penstemons, polygonum, lonicera, some hemerocallis, daisies, sempervivus and some others. Here are some random pics. Some of them will bloom longer, so there will be plenty of time to talk about them in July.

Alchemilla erythropoda
Astrantia major
Dianthus
Paeonia ‘Karl Rosenfield’
Tradescantia
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker red’
Hemerocallis ‘Little wine cup’
Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’
Sempervivum arachnoideum

And some general shots of my girlish June garden for the end. I enjoy my flowers but the garden for the moment is too bright for me. Too many colours. Well, but that is the way gardeners learn. Happy GBBD! Visit Carol’s May Dream Gardens to share and to enjoy colours of the June.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. sodelis says:

    Dosnus žiedais birželis ir mielos fotografijos 🙂 Matyti keletos veislių sibiriniai vilkdalgiai. Kurios veislės plečiasi sparčiausiai bei yra nereikliausias?

    1. Aiste says:

      Nedidelė iš manęs sibirinių vilkdalgių ekspertė. Dauguma jų pas mane yra tik trečius metus, taigi tik du/trys žydėjimai. Ir jie buvo gana skirtingi. Pernai čempionas buvo “Shaker’s prayer”, kuris naujus žiedstiebius leido beveik mėnesį. Jis turi rūšiniams vilkdalgiams būdingą siaurą lapiją, kur man labai patinka ir nužydėjus. Bet šiais metais per karščius jis nužydėjo žymiai greičiau. Tačiau visą grožį parodė “Lady Vanessa”, kurios žiedstiebiai su keliomis šakomis, tad žydėjimas buvo tikrai labai ilgas ir įspūdingas. Šio vilkdalgio ir metinis prieaugis buvo didžiausias.
      Dar man labai patinka “Percheron”, nes jis vėlyvas, augus ir gausiai žydintis.
      Tikrai ilgai žydi ir labai tvirtas augalas yra ir “Milžinų daina”. Šis vilkdalgis iš visų mano turimų turi plačiausius ir tvirčiausius lapus, kurie primena spurias, todėl yra labiau struktūriškas.Taigi tiek tų patarimų – nauji metai, naujos meilės 🙂

      1. sodelis says:

        Ačiū, Aiste 🙂
        Kiekvieną kart žaviuosi šio blog’o nuotraukomis. Man pačiai niekaip nepavyksta nufotografuoti bent pakenčiama kokybe tam tikrų spalvų žiedų. Panašių į čia muotraukose matyto bijūno ‘Karl Rosenfield’. Ar tai galėtų būti konkretaus fotoaparato bėdos? Ar visgi nežinojimo problemos (nuo teorinio noro išsiaiškinti fotoaparato niuansus nepasistūmėjau veiksmų link, tad tebesinaudoju siūlomais automatiniais režimais (visiškas auto, gėlė, saulėlydis ir pan.))

        1. Aiste says:

          Man irgi ne visada pavyksta perduoti tikrą augalo spalvą. Man atrodo, kad labiausiai tai priklauso ne nuo fotoaparato nustatymų, o nuo apšvietimo. Jei saulė ryškesnė, žiedai dažniausiai gaunasi žymiai blankesni, fotografuojant vakare atsiranda papildomi auksiniai tonai ir pan. Aš turbūt tiesiog paekspermentuočiau fotografuodama tą patį žiedą prie įvairaus apšvietimo, pažiūrėčiau, kaip keičiasi pagaunama spalva šviesai krentant iš vienos ar kitos pusės, stengčiaus fotografuoti debesuotą dieną, kad šviesa būtų labiau išskaidyta. Dar galima pareguliuoti baltos spalvos balansą fotoaparate (WB mygtukas). Aš dažniausiai fotografuoju pasirinkus debesuotos dienos nustatymus(debesėlio ikona). Taip nuotraukos gaunasi truputį šiltesnės ir fotografuojant violetinius augalus mažiau išlenda mėlyni atspalviai.

  2. David says:

    Your garden blog is absolutely beautiful. I love all your flowers but especially the IRIS. The look like butterflies.
    David/:0) Happy GBBD from Houston, Texas

    1. David says:

      Oh yes, and I am adding your lovely garden blog to my favorites list immediately. Your photography is perfect!!! What a beautiful garden blog and garden.
      Thank you for sharing it with the world.
      David/Houston, Texas

      1. Aiste says:

        Hi, David, I am glad you like my blog and pictures. Just sorry I am not writing all my posts in English. Writing in English still takes a lot of efforts for me. Thanks for visiting and happy GBBD!

  3. Greggo says:

    Just a fab garden. Images are very good also.

    1. Aiste says:

      Thanks Greggo, just trying to do my best 🙂 GBBD is a real source of inspirations to improve both gardening and photography skills. Thanks for visiting. Have a nice summer!

  4. Helene says:

    You have so many lovely flowers, don’t really know where to begin! I absolutely love Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’ and it is on top of my wish list, I already have 3 other David Austin roses. I also love daylilies and ‘Little wine cup’ is lovely. But it is your Siberian irises I loved most, I have put them on my wish list too, will get some this autumn. Thanks for the tour of your garden, happy GBBD!

    1. Aiste says:

      Hi Helene, it is nice to see you here. Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’ is absolutely beautiful: just magical colour my camera can not fully capture, perfect shape and pleasant scent. But its disease resistance might be a little bit better. I already noticed some black spots on the leaves. I had the same problems with this rose and last year.
      Siberian irises are problems free plants. In Lithuania growers recommend to divide and plant irises just after flowering, in the middle of July. Irises need some time to establish their root system and might be damage by frost if planted too late. It might be worth to check planting recommendations for your hardiness zone. Maybe mild UK winters are less dangerous.

  5. spurge says:

    Your plant portraits are absolutely exquisite! What a beautiful collection of flowers you have in your garden. Siberian irises are one of my favorites too. And what a beautiful little green spider you captured on the alchemilla!

    1. Aiste says:

      Thanks for compliments. I’m glad you visited my blog. I think I have too many flowers for right compositions and neat garden view. However I just can stop myself from discovering new plants 🙂

  6. marian says:

    So many beautiful blooms. Really amazing! Love that last picture with the swingset and the overall view. Gorgeous photography!
    Marian

    1. Aiste says:

      Thanks Marian. My garden in pictures seems to be bigger than it really is 🙂

  7. Your photography is absolutely stunning. This is a lovely blog. I’ll be adding it to my reading list. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Aiste says:

      Hi, Danielle, thanks for visiting. So nice to see you here. Best wishes!

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