In the past, there has always been a rather dull break in my gardens from early June when the tulips fade until the end of June or the first week of July when the roses, peonies, irises, sweet williams and canterbury bells all seem to burst into bloom at once. Not so this year! Columbine, evening dames rocket, mountain bluet, and lupines all come into bloom just at the end of the spring bulb season.
The lupines bring back fond memories...I gathered the seed along the river on a kayak trip 2 years ago. I planted them that fall at the same time as I planted bulbs, and they came up (to my surprise!) next spring. They even bloomed a little bit at the end of the summer last year, and have already self-sown themselves in a few places, which I'm very happy about!
The columbines and mountain bluet were gifts from gardening friends. I've found mountain bluet to be a convenient filler as it increases rapidly, and will bloom all summer long if dead-deaded.
Evening dames rocket is a flower I've admired in a nearby garden for a few years, so I'm thrilled to finally have some, though I really wish I had planted more!
The lilacs have come into bloom this week! I love when the wind catches up their perfume and blows it over me as I'm working in the garden. It has to be one of the most delightful fragrances in the world! One of the features of my dream garden would be a lilac walk!
Some cheerful heartsease!
Here's that mystery bush in bloom...
A robin enjoying the view from the top of my pumpkin trellis...
With the weather finally warming up this week, it looks like I'll finally be able to plant corn. There is still a lot to transplant, too!
Celery that I've been growing for a friend. We're not sure how it will do as it really should have been started much earlier...
Black Krim tomatoes growing in the greenhouse...
And I know I promised to share some ideas for a winter window garden...I don't have time right now, but I do plan to write a post about that sometime in the near future. :)
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading. I also blog for Heirloom Gardener.