One thing that always surprises me, and more so this year because we had such an early spring, is how much is still blooming in the June garden. Our recents rains have probably helped extend the life of some plants, like the California poppies, which make a great companion for the Bee Balm, Peter's purple.
And when I thought the white one on the edge of the pool looked ready to pack it in for the year it decided to bloom again. Admittedly not quite as perfect and the flowers are smaller, but it still has a few days of bloom left before I cut it back.
This nameless day lily, a plant rescue, is the last of the day lilies to bloom. A parsley plant, going to seed, adds a fine backdrop.
The sunken garden is due for a big tidy, which involves cutting back the skullcaps, chocolate daisies, and blanket flowers to keep them blooming.
The same applies to the gaura which seems want to take over.
I have struggled to grow cleome in the past but this year seems to be the year for it to do well. I wish I had bought more than just the one.
I am thrilled with the hanging basket that I purchased this year. It was in a smaller basket and when the wind knocked to the ground breaking one of the plastic hangers, I was forced to repot it in a larger basket, in which I used baby diapers line the bottom! I pruned it back and it has now made up for lost time.
It hangs outside the kitchen window where I can admire it.
In the front garden now that the spring bloomers have faded, there is just the odd pop of color from a flowering cactus.
Or the peach brugmansia which opened up a whole new display of flowers today.
What a show!
For a little respite from all this color I just have to take a walk outside the gate. There everything is green and serene.