Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day June 2011

Inspired by the quote, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” by Elizabeth Lawrence, Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month gardeners from all over the world walk out into their gardens to note what is currently blooming. It is June in the northeast and like the song says "June is busting out all over!"

As I walk the garden the 'Rosy Glow' Barberry at their peak with lovely tips of pink on burgundy stems.  The 'May Night' Salvia and Nepeta 'Walker's Low' are also at their peak bloom.  In the very front of the garden is my brand new miniature butterfly bush 'Lo and Behold'.  It should be starting its bloom soon and I wait with much anticipation!

One of my newest favorite additions to the garden this year are the Double Pink and Double Red Knock Out roses you see here.

The color of these roses against the purple-blue of the nepeta is so breathtaking that I just can't stop looking at them. I love this new addition and will enjoy the blooms throughout the entire summer.

The Japanese iris has had its bloom and just ended one week ago but was definitely a welcome start to June.  Their vibrant purple blooms were in all their glory this year.  This bed of iris has been here way before the rest of the yard evolved and have formed a sea of blooms along the side fence.  I am happy to have captured this moment.

Next are the Rhododendrons and Azaleas. They too have just completed their showing and serve as backdrop in the garden behind Boxwood, Weeping Norway and Astilbe.

The blooms were exceptionally vibrant this year and I was glad to take a moment to admire and appreciate their beauty.  

Next we move onto the patio area garden. The peony and salvia are a sight to behold at this time of year.  Even though the peony has a short- lived bloom they are worth every bit of the beforehand anticipation.  Peony in bloom is a sure sign that June has arrived in this garden and I await the event all winter and spring long.  They are truly beautiful.

Now to the other side of the garden.
The daylily and spirea are also in full bloom proudly displaying their lovely foliage and bright flowers.

Out of all the months of the year in the northeast the month of June is certainly the most magnificent.  Each day another bloom emerges from its bud and brings forth even more joy to the garden.  I have been a gardener for a long time but thanks to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day I have looked forward to each month of the year like never before to see what new and exciting blooms are in store. 

Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens for more June photos from inspiring gardeners around the world and join all of us in celebrating our true passion and love of gardening.  Happy GGBD and Happy Gardening!

When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, but the gardeners themselves. - Ken Druse

Author: Lee @A Guide To Northeastern Gardening Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Your garden looks quite spectacular! Love your Azaleas!
    Happy GBBD

  2. What a beautiful design and garden you've created... I am very partial to the rhodies since they are such a challenge here in the upper mid west and I like to stretch my boundaries a bit when it comes to plant choices. I've enjoyed your post ... Larry

  3. Your gardens are so lovely Lee! I love your rose/nepeta combo. Happy Bloom Day!

  4. I don't have that color of double pink knockout rose...lovely! Happy GBBD!

  5. greetings lee. Good to talk to you. Nice garden, great design. The colors are so defined.

    Lee have you ever grown or planted a Weeping Alaskan Cedar? Need some maintenance tips as the newly planted one is losing its older leaves gradually. It was container grown, and I planted at soil level with no soil or mulch on top. It was planted in an elevated area on the east side of the house. Does get afternoon sun til evening in the summer. Thanks for any comment.

  6. Thanks everyone for visiting and for your comments! Greggo- I have planted and do own a Weeping Alaskan Cedar. They tend to shed their inner growth in order to push out new. Make sure it is getting enough water especially if it has just been planted and especially if it is on any kind of incline. They do not like to dry out. Eastern exposure is fine for this tree. They are pretty shallow rooted and do take some time to adjust and they do not like being subjected to winds. A mulch covering around the base of the tree could help to hold in moisture(just not up around the tree collar) and some tender loving care couldn't hurt! Hope this helps. Lee

  7. So glad you like the Nepeta...they are such great plants...beautiful and so tough! Plus, as you showed, they are beautiful paired with roses and other plants!


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