Saturday, June 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow Up June 2019: Blooms, Blooms, Blooms!

Welcome to my June Garden!
Welcome to the month of June in my Long Island garden. It's a busy time of year, but I try to embrace as much time as possible in the garden. As daily temperatures rise up into the 70's, with frequent night time precipitation, there is something new to enjoy every day and as you know, the garden is what brings me joy. I am so glad you could stop by and visit. Come along and take a look!
Perennial Border June
The perennial border really comes to life in June with Peony 'Bartzella', Salvia 'May Night' and Lamb's Ear, followed in procession by Astilbe, Daylily and Coneflower. The Astilbe will start flowering any day now, as you can see a pink glow to the flower stalks which rise above the foliage.
Itoh Peony 'Bartzella'
A few years back I purchased Itoh Peony 'Bartzella', which is a cross between a herbaceous and tree form of Peony. It displays long-lasting large yellow blooms with a golden-orange center on sturdy stalks. It is by far one of the most enjoyable plants I have in my garden. While I love all my plants equally, this addition provides so much joy from the end of May into mid-June.
Itoh Peony 'Bartzella' Blooms
Here are the blooms closer up.
Japanese Kousa Dogwood 'Greensleeves'
Next is Japanese Kousa Dogwood 'Greensleeves'. This is a newer hybrid of Japanese Dogwood that I became familiar with just a few years back, and of course, I had to have one! It produces a profusion of lime-green blooms during the month of June.

Kousa Dogwood 'Greensleeves' Blooms
The dainty blooms resemble stars and remain on the tree for several weeks, so there is much to enjoy here.
Hosta 'Frances Williams'
This 'Frances Williams' Hosta is located just behind the Dogwood tree. I just realized that it has doubled in size over the past couple of years, probably due to all the rain we have been getting. It now measures two and a half feet in diameter!
Iris Garden
I have made mention of my mother's iris garden in the past and even wrote about it in my latest book, Dream, Garden, Grow! The iris garden exists on the eastern side of the property where my mom had planted it while I was a child. Over the years, some ferns have sneaked their way in, but the original iris still remain. I wouldn't part with it for the world and it is a constant reminder of my mom.
Spirea 'Magic Carpet'
Here is Spirea 'Magic Carpet'. It fits its name perfectly with its array of changing colors of foliage from spring to fall, accompanied by large shocking pink blooms. It puts on quite the show!
Knock Out Rose 'Radrazz'
June is a wonderful time for Knock Out Rose 'Radrazz' with its first fragrant blooms, which can be enjoyed from the moment I walk out onto the patio. I have always believed in the saying that one should always "take time to smell the roses", so I make it a regular routine to do just that. These blooms will repeat themselves all the way through fall.
Pool Surround Garden

The pool was opened just a couple of weeks ago and is ready for summer. I have been tending to the garden doing the routine pruning and weeding. Every year the Weeping Japanese Maple cascades its branches over the juniper below, so some minor trimming is on the to-do list! 
Rhododendron and Azalea

The Rhododendron and Azalea in the backdrop of the pool garden just got finished blooming, but I had to include a view of how they looked. 

Ilex 'Sky Pencil'
Newly added are the Sky Pencil Holly in the pool surround garden. The spirea took a hit with the extreme cold we experienced over the past winter, so it was time for something new. I am enjoying their narrow form, as they are perfect for viewing the foliage of Heuchera 'Caramel' behind them. Next, we need a little mulch refreshing!
Ilex 'Sky Pencil' June Blooms

I never realized that these narrow holly formed pretty little buttercup-like blooms that are inconspicuous until you approach the plant.

Allium 'Globemaster' June
Coming around to the front of the pool garden, Allium 'Globemaster' is making its statement with its large purple balls of star-like blooms, which last from May to July.
Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake'
Viburnum 'Summer Snowflake' is showing off its delicate flowers that resemble snowflakes. This shrub will produce on and off blooms throughout the summer.

Skylands Golden Oriental Spruce

Here is Skyland's Golden Oriental Spruce on the other side of the garden, joined by Azalea and Shadowland Hosta.
Double Red Knock Out Rose
The roses are blooming...the roses are blooming. Here are the Double Red Knock Outs on the northern fence (with southwestern exposure!)
Succulent Planter 2019

Before we end the tour, come check out my use of strawberry planters. Every year I enjoy making up succulent displays for the patio by combining the foliage of Sempervivum along with various species of Sedum. It's fun to just go to the nursery. select a bunch of plants and just play!  I usually produce two planters, one for each side of the patio.
Succulent Planter 2019

Here is the second planter with some other foliage combinations. Each species of Sedum will also produce blooms throughout the season. Each of these low maintenance planters require minimal watering and will provide interest all summer and into fall.
Thank you for Visiting!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my June garden! Thank you for visiting! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday Fotos, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling WoodsDishing It & Digging It on Sunday with Angie the Freckled RoseImage-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Homestead Blog Hop  and Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays.

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Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening,© Copyright 2010-2019. All rights reserved.

39 comments:

  1. Lee, your June garden is wonderful. I especially love your 'Greensleeves'- very nice blossom!
    My rhododendrons glad me too, the colors are awesome. Yours are bigger and look nice between evergreens.
    Happy GBBD!

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    1. Thank you Nadezda! I enjoyed reading about the Actinidia kolomikta plant. I have never tried its fruit, but it sounds amazing! The plant itself is pretty too. Thank you for teaching me something new!

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  2. Although I enjoyed all your blooms, I loved the iris garden the most. Why? Because of its meaning to you. My Mom loved to grow geraniums on her Bronx windowsill. To this day I love geraniums and always try to overwinter several plants (not hers, but I could wish.) So I know just a little how those irises connect you to her. Apart from that, I love your strawberry jar. I was able to purchase three succulents at work yesterday - problem is, I have no idea what they are! I'll have to try to do some research. Always something new to learn. Have a great week, Lee! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Alana. I am so glad this post brought back happy memories for you with your mom. Have fun with your succulents and finding out what they are!

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    2. Wow what an impressive garden! Love that dogwood and the yellow peony. The pool and it’s surroundings are amazing and so are the azaleas! My goodness you are so far ahead of me here in northern Michigan.

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    3. Thank you so much for your kind words Liz! Your garden is wonderful and I love all those beautiful foliage combinations!

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  3. I am glad to find there is someone else that enjoys the blooms on the sky pencil hollies. I think they are so neat. Your pool looks terrific with the plantings around it. I am not a big fan of pools. They always look so out of place in a garden to me but you have managed to make this one look almost natural. It is wonderful that you have fond memories of your Mom in those irises. Your garden is always a treat to visit. I wish I could see it in person. Happy GBBD.

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    1. I find there is always room for new surprises in the garden and this was one of them! Thank you for visiting and for your kind words.

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  4. Wow ! vibrant colors are twinkling bright into the eyes...wish could have that weather to grow those wonderful variety of roses ...loved using terracota pots to create those masterpieces ....you have got your aesthetics right at the place it should be...Have a great week ahead...

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    1. Thank you Arun! The terra cotta pots are fun to play with. I enjoyed your beautiful Lillies and Ixora and hope your dry heat season breaks for you soon.

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  5. Such a wonderful variety of colors and shapes! I love getting ideas from other gardens and your Japanese dogwood has totally grabbed my attention!
    I would love to sit in your garden with a nice cup of coffee :)

    My Corner of the World

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    1. Hi Betty! I am glad you enjoyed the tour! I just joined your weekly photo link up and will be visiting regularly. Have a great week!

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    2. 'My Corner of the World' wouldn't be the same without you this week!

      My Corner of the World

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous...Breathtaking...Divine!!!Hugs and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I always enjoy your lovely posts!

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  7. You are very creative with your containers. My yellow tree peony has come and gone without a photo this year.
    -Ray

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    1. Thank you Ray. The Peony are so beautiful but there is a window of time for them. I wish they would last longer. Your Rudbeckia and Coneflower are wonderful! They will be blooming here in a few weeks.

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  8. Wow, your closeup photos are stunning! I so love the azaleas and roses.
    Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed your post. The birds must appreciate your beautiful wreath and find it to be cozy and inviting.

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  9. Gorgeous mix of color and texture in June! I really love that Skylands Golden Oriental Spruce with the azaleas, rhododendrons and hostas against the blue sky! The sedum in strawberry pots is a fun mix.
    I am betting you plan your pruning around the pool either prior to its opening or just after the season close to minimize the clippings falling into the water. Your gardens and pool are spectacular, and I appreciate all the work I know you put into it to maintain it.
    Thanks for another month of beauty!

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    1. Hi Rita. Thank you and you are correct about the pruning. I do some of it myself but the large shrub over the waterfall needs to be done with tender loving care. Fortunately, it is a slow grower, so it doesn't have to be addressed as frequently!

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  10. Your garden is so tidy and well cared for - a paradise! That yellow Barztella is stunning and the Japanese Kousa as well. Wishing you a beautiful summer week.

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    1. Thank you Riitta! I enjoyed the photos of your Diabolo...beautiful! Have a great week!

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  11. How beautiful! So many big blooms too! I love the dogwood blooms. Happy Monday!

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  12. Wow, gorgeous plants and flowers. Your gardens are lovely and the pool looks inviting. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Eileen! I love your garden views and the picture of the little Nuthatch is adorable!

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  13. Luv all your beautiful flowers. Have a nice week

    Much❤🕊❤love

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  14. Your garden is amazing but it must take a lot to keep up with it. Around here they say that fishing is good when the dogwood is in bloom. - Margy

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    1. Thank you Margy. The garden doesn't require a whole lot of maintenance, except for springtime and fall when some weeding and pruning is needed. I have used a lot of dwarf and slow growing plants which helps. I just visited your blog and your travels sound wonderful! Enjoy every moment and thanks for sharing your journey!

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  15. Lee - so nice to have you back at Mosaic Monday, and with a killer post. I dream of having a garden like yours, but in a Montana native fashion. Patience, and bountiful hard work and I know I will be able to have a post like this one day. The dogwood is my favorite in your garden, although there will always be a soft spot in my heart for any hosta!

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    1. Angie...thank you for your kind words. I loved your post! Spokane has always been on my to-do list, so your fabulous photos are such a delight. Thank you for sharing your journey and for hosting Mosaic Monday!

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  16. A dream of a Garden... Inspiration for Artists.

    Heidrun by A-corner-of-my-world

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words Erica. Have a wonderful week!

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  17. Thank you for a wonderful tour: your June garden is a paradise! And your mom would be so pleased to see how you love and care for her iris garden. The garden surrounding your pool is delightfully refreshing. Working in the garden must be a joy with the idea of a dip in the pool waiting to cool you off!

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  18. Ti faccio sempre i complimenti! Questo giardino dovrebbe essere un esempio per tutti! Lo trovo equilibrato e colorato proprio come piace a me, inoltre hai delle conifere notevoli!

    Oltre ai complimenti ti faccio anche gli auguri di una buon domenica e una buona settimana :)

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Thank you for visiting. I love reading your comments and knowing you have been here, and will try to reciprocate on your blog. If you have any questions I will try my very best to answer them. As always...HAPPY GARDENING!

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