I am back from my trip to a wonderful blogging conference called Haven. Loads of DIY Home and Garden bloggers converged on Atlanta to meet, greet and link up with companies to enjoy collaboration. It was exhilarating, educational and exhausting. I am so glad I went. I wish I had loads of photos for you but I was so overwhelmed it was all I could do to keep up with the information overload. I did miss my garden though. The last tour I gave you all was in early June and this one takes us from mid-June to the end. So welcome to my garden tour mid to late June 2017.
The Asiatic lilies began their show and continued for a couple weeks. They lack the luscious scent of their counterparts, Oriental and Trumpet lilies, but they make up for it with pizzazz and by blooming a few weeks ahead.
I need to get more pink and white ones, though less showy they are certainly elegant and the pollinators love them too. I cannot seem to get a photo of them without a bug on them so I know they are popular though they are hardy and bad bugs don’t seem to bother them here. It may be different elsewhere.
I let mine bloom their hearts out then go to seed. The reseed readily and the seedlings are crosses of all of the colors I have, so it is always a surprise. I would like to transplant this pink one to my Secret Garden out back.
This trumpet lily was a complete surprise for me as it bloomed a couple weeks earlier than my others. It was loaded with tons of blooms, it became top heavy so I was sure to support it with a stake. I could smell the one on my early morning garden walks before even one flower opened. They were releasing their perfume before they even opened up.
My mini white ground cover rose blooms non-stop and is such a tough customer. I love it and have propagated it to add to many other areas of my gardens. I am training one of the starts along one garden bed as an edging. I have high hopes for it as some of the canes can reach 8 feet long if left to its own devices and not cut back. (CLICK HERE for all about roses including how to start from cuttings)
My delphiniums got started too, they add such a wonderful blue to the garden. I have an entire post dedicated to growing Delphiniums. CLICK HERE for How to Grow Delphiniums.
This year I got my first batch of peonies on my little plant. It has struggled where it is planted and I have yet to figure out where it might do better. Or maybe I will leave it and see if it just needed time to get going.
One thing I found I enjoy about the peony is that it is gorgeous from bud to full bloom. I would love to try and paint this. I hope I can do it justice.
I have so much to share from my garden but I try not to overwhelm you all at once.
I am starting in on many home improvement projects as well that I will be sharing. Our house needs some sprucing up and I am on it. There is a lot I can DIY. I am making a list so in the Fall as my garden is winding down my house projects list will be tackled.
Happy Gardening while summer lasts.
PIN for later (especially winter when all is white and you want some flower goodness to enjoy!)