Where did June go? It slipped past without even one garden tour! Can you believe that? This will not do. I did share daily on my Instagram feed and Facebook page so if you follow there you may have caught some of the shots but I enjoy sharing here even more. Mostly for selfish reasons as it gives me a journal of my garden throughout the seasons.
I am going to go back to early June. Iris are the stars in May and are beginning to slow down by mid June.
I had some new iris this year, some were such interesting colors that I thought them gorgeous. You would not think a brown Iris would be so lovely. This one is called Huckleberry.
The Zepherine Drouhin climbing rose I did my climbing rose pruning post on was absolutely covered with roses from top to bottom.
It must’ve loved the abundance of rain and snow we received this past winter. I had wrapped the canes around the porch post as I showed in my Rose Pillaring article. Pillaring encourages more blooms and it works!
Below is my Candyland rose. It is similar to the Neil Diamond rose in coloration.
Candyland is in a rather tough spot for roses and yet it keeps on performing beautifully for me. It doesn’t seem to have much scent but it makes up for it in continued blooming.
L.D Braithwaite David Austin rose was the very first red English rose I purchased. Actually I bought several as the catalog said it makes a great hedge. And it does. I have lost a few of these in a early freeze 10 years ago.
The two that remain still are going strong. I have them next to Darcy Bussell which is similar in coloring and the only way I can tell them apart is when they are blooming together and I can see the subtle differences but I love them both.
All of my Clematis bloomed tremendously. They too loved the wet winter we had in California this year.
My Russell Lupines had reseeded themselves heavily and I let them go. They were a mass of blue alongside the road in my side garden in early June. I am removing many so the other flowers can fill in but they were lovely while they lasted. I will let some remain for next season too.
Some of my Iris are later blooming so it stretches Iris season for me. This lovely gem below is called The Sultan.
I know many skip growing Iris because they bloom such a short time but they are my earliest bloomers and give me color before anything else is really doing anything. I mix them in all of my beds and don’t have just a dedicated Iris bed. The foliage I leave after blooming and it blends in easily once I have cut back the spent stems. They are tough and gorgeous.
This is only a hint of what is really going on in early June but for now it will do. The garden changes from week to week and soon I will add a tour of the mid June garden.
Past June Garden Tours