Friday, June 9, 2017

Early June Flowers

The Pond Gardens.


Hello! Early June is such a lovely time in Iowa gardens, and we've been having some nice weather for the past several days, after a few very hot days last weekend -- around 95°F / 35°C -- and more of the same heat predicted for the entire next week. Time to turn on the air conditioner for the first time this year.

I'm continuing to work on the many garden improvements that I've been doing this year, but I'm also trying to take time to enjoy some of the nice moments in my gardens, now that the peonies and iris are finished, and the time of roses is in full swing.

I was able to take a few shots of my gardens:



I finished trimming the boxwood hedges in the Herb Garden with my new cordless battery-powered hedge trimmer. Last year I cut through an extension cord, despite my constant efforts to avoid doing so, and that was the last straw for me. My new trimmer is lightweight, much easier to use, and runs for quite a while before needing to be recharged.

'Blaze' on my garden shed. This is the best it's looked yet since I planted it a few years ago.

'Blueberry Hill' rose and lupines against the tractor shed.

Clematis and Ornithogalum magnum in the White Garden.

Kniphofia, Achillea, Salvia and lilies (plus a hidden garden ornament) in the Addition Front Border.

Mock Orange (with a wonderful scent), with the Kitchen Garden, chicken shed and farm fields beyond.


Hope your own gardens are brimming with flowers as High Summer begins. Thanks for reading! -Beth


15 comments:

  1. Hi Beth,
    your garden is so enchanting ! I love the combination of plants and colours and I am looking forward to see the how everything will develop in the next weeks.

    Finally it's summer !

    Greetings from Birgit

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    1. Hi Birgit, Thanks so much for stopping by -- I hope you are enjoying summer in your gardens. Best, -Beth

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  2. Hello Beth,
    The sunset is also stunning! With temperatures of 35' it must be so nice to sit outside in your garden and enjoy the evening.
    The roses are so lovely. They are in bloom in UK too. I grow one variety but it is scentless, what doesn't make me happy. It looks nice though.
    All the best in June!
    Aga

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    1. Hi Aga, I'm glad you like the roses and hope you are enjoying some lovely evenings in your own gardens. Thanks for reading! -Beth

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  3. Your garden areas are looking beautiful. I'm sure the fragrance of the pinks around the pond is wonderful. Your box hedge looks healthy. Sadly the one in our Italian garden had to be cut down due to disease although the box ball in a pot in our English garden is fine. Your white garden is very romantic. Stay cool if you get hotter weather. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

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    1. Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about your boxwood disease problem -- I know that is a serious problem in England, and it may not be too long before we have it in Iowa too -- here's hoping not. Thanks for your kind words. Best, -Beth

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  4. Hi Beth... your boxwood hedges are very attractive and I am curious if you know how late in the season pruning them is acceptable.... I have 'Green Mountain' around the gazebo... they are starting to cover the stone work and I'd like to take them back some but only pruned them once and that was early last season... do you think there is a cut off date for safe pruning on boxwood or is throughout the season ok? Thanks, Larry

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    1. Hi Larry, I think it might be OK to trim the boxwoods in June -- the worst that might happen would be some browning of new regrowth in hot weather. I think there's plenty of time for new growth to harden off before winter cold. I'd do it, especially since you have some shade around the gazebo, if I recall correctly? Boxwoods are generally pretty forgiving. Thanks for reading! -Beth

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  5. Your June garden is lovely, Beth. My 'Blaze' climber has its best blooms this year too. And mock orange is one of my all time favorites. Mine is over now, but while it lasted I filled the house with its pretty blossoms and amazing scent. Now we have the air conditioners switched on, also -- yes, a June heatwave in Pennsylvania! P. x

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    1. Hi Pam, That's interesting that your 'Blaze' is doing so well this year -- perhaps there is something about this year's weather conditions that is favorable to its blooms. It's still hot here in Iowa -- I hope you have gotten some relief from the heat in PA. Thanks for reading! -Beth

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  6. I love your white garden and cannot think of a more perfect place to plant a weary bottom after too much weeding, than that seat. I shall slope back to the potting shed in shame, after seeing your box hedges. Most impressed with the healthy dark green colour, when mine alternate between yellow and brown. The mock orange and Iowa sunset look entrancing. Best regards, D

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    1. Bodger, Thanks so much for your very kind comments -- although we haven't gotten the boxwood blight here in Iowa yet, so it's hardly fair to compare my boxwoods to yours in box-blight-ridden England. No shame needed, and I'm sure your potting shed is something I'd envy having. So glad you stopped by! Best, -Beth

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  7. Beth, your gardens look spectacular! Love all pink around the pond garden. The boxwoods make for a nice formal look around the herb garden. The white garden is nice too; wondering if your wisteria has bloomed for you yet? If not, I suggest 'Blue Moon,' but not in the WHITE garden! It's faithful. I'm liking the mock orange too. Beautiful gardens, Beth! I enjoyed seeing them and look forward to your next post.

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    1. Hi Beth, So glad you're still reading blogs, and thanks so much for all your nice comments! No, the wisteria still hasn't bloomed yet, although it does make a nice, leafy canopy on the pergola. Perhaps one of these years it will bloom.... Thanks again for stopping by! Best, -Beth

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  8. Your gardens are beautiful! The blaze rose looks very pretty and so do all of your other flowers. I just discovered your blog today and will be checking back to see your gorgeous flowers and gardens as the season goes on.

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