June 2006

Foundation planting. This is a spring garden so many of the plants were ending their bloom period.

Campanula "Kents Bells" (bell flower) intermingled with Nepeta faassenii (cat mint)

Geranium "Johnson's Blue". The pink flowers are Dianthus.

foundation garden, June 16, left to right: Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle), Geranium "Johnson's Blue",  Dianthus "Rose de Mai" (pinks). Behind the geranium on the left is Phlox panticulata "Nora Leigh" (That's the green and white leaves) and behind the phlox mid-picture is Eryngium planum (flat sea holly). It was in bud.

Lavandula angustifolia "munstead" (Lavender) June 16.

Eryngium planum (flat sea holly) on June 29. The stiff spikey things surrounding te flowers are bracts. On July 2, the flowers and bracts started to turn a pretty steel blue color. The plant is currently growing at a 45 degree angle, straight out over the geranium. I planted it last year and it appears it wasn't sunny enough for it to grow straight.

Milbox garden. This garden hits full stride in June and July. There's a wide variety of plants in there, for the most part whatever strikes my fancy.

Centranthus ruber (Jupiter's beard) - June 2

Petunias. June 16.

Lychniss coronaria June 16. First bloom appeared June 2.

Salvia farinacea "Victoria blue". (Sage). This is a true annual. June 16.

Phlox drumondii (annual phlox). June 22

Delpinium grandiflorium "Blue butterfly". (larkspur) June 27.

Platycodon grandiflorus "Sentimental blue". I planted this about two weeks ago, so I was surprised and excited to see it in bud. At the top of the pic, you can see one of the bigger buds - it really does look like a little balloon.

Euryops chrysanthemoides (Bull's eye - the yellow daisy-like plant), Penstemon barbatus "Rubyconda" (Beardstongue - the red and white bell shaped flower), Agastache mexicanna "Acapulco Rose" (Hyssop - the pink-purple plant)

Mailbox garden, June 16, photographed from the driveway.

June 16. left to right Salvia "May Night" (sage), Achillea filipendulina "Coronation Gold" (yarrow), Aster x frikartii "Monch" (not in bloom yet), various petunias, Lychniss coronaria (rose campion)

June 22. Fee free to ask me about any of these plants.

Curbside, right corner. June 16.

Butterfly garden. This garden hits its peak in late summer, so most of it wasn't blooming yet.

Stokesia laevis "Bluestone" (Stokes' aster)  June 27. This was the date of first bloom. This plant suffered a lot of dear damage, but I started using something called "Deer Solution" and it hasn't been nibbled since.

Sedum "Purple Emperor" (stonecrop). The plant behind it is a yarrow. June 16.

Coreopsis verticillata "Zagreb" (threadleaf coreopsis). June 27. First flower was June 18.

Scabiosa columbaria "Butterfly Blue" (pincusion plant), Lanandula angustifolia "Blue Cushion" (English Lavendar) June 16.

Veronica spicata "Royal Candles" (spike speedwell), Lavandula, Scabiosa June 16.

Achillea millefolium "Summer wine" (yarrow), June 27. Started blooming about a week before.

Echinacea purpurea "Magnus" (coneflower). June 29. First flower was on June 21.

Phlox paniculata "Robert Poore". June 16. This plant will likely bloom mid-July.

Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light' (willow leaved sunflower). This is a low growing sunflower that will hit around 3 1/2 feet tall as opposed to the usual 9 feet or taller. Won't bloom until late August. June 16.

Buddleia davidii "Summer beauty" (butterfly bush). June 29. Plant is in bud and likely will be blooming by July 7. Nothing attracts masses of butterflies like this shrub. The flowers are so sweet smelling that the air is filled with its perfume.

Monarda didyma "Raspberry wine" June 29. Full bud, this plant started from two small leaves last year and is now four feet tall and spread to fill a two foot area. First flower opened July 1.

Echinops ruthenicus "Platinum blue" June 27. I had just planted this and 5 others along the back edge of the butterfly garden..

Echinops ruthenicus "Platinum blue" (globe thistle) June 27. The same plant as above, this one was planted a year ago and is now about three feet high. In full bud, as can be seen.