This is the very south side of the garden. I am looking west here. Remember the bean pole I blogged about on Valentines Day this year? I am happy to say the addition of the bird house was a success. I don't think there are Northern American Bluebirds living in it but the little guys that call it home have the most wonderful chirp. Adjusting the strings for the beans to climb up to a lower height makes me happier too. I have tomato plants in this bed as well.
But let's go back up to the north end of the garden and work our way back. These Easter lilies are as beautiful as they are fragrant. Every year I get them for Easter then plant in the garden. This year they bloomed much better!
The happy little yellow guys are buttercups. In the background are Asiatic lilies.
I have tulips, daffodils and hyacinth bloom in the spring but these Asiatic lilies are my favorite of the first to bloom early summer.
Garden phlox. A friend of mine gave me a start of this last summer. It is amazing how big it has gotten.
This mum spreads wider each year. The daylily to the left of it will be a gorgeous deep dark burgundy.
Wichita blue juniper. Should grow to 7-10 feet tall.
This will soon turn to purple spikes. It is purple liatris. And for those of you that are familiar with this plant you know it doesn't know to stay in it's own boundaries. This will grow like crazy and if you want it to behave be sure to cut it back as soon as the flowers fade or the wind will drop seeds everywhere. I can't help but love it anyway.
These daylilies are beautiful. Red with yellow centers.
This crimson barberry is pretty happy here. Now if we can get those liatris to stay back. :)
Purple Loose strife. Now a lot of people call this a weed and in many states they are not even allowed to sale them any longer. However, I think it is a beauty.
Red twig dogwood bush in the foreground and behind and to the right is a butterfly bush. I may have planted these two too close together. They will both get huge. The butterfly bush is already 7 feet tall.
Let's jump over to the west side of the garden before heading to the vegetables. These 3 arborvitaes are almost 7 feet now. The purple cone flower in front of them attract butterflies and humming birds.
My Black eyed Susan was not coming up very well this spring so I decided to throw down some seeds I had in the cupboard. They are so old I was surprised they came up. Cosmos and Zinnia!
This is False Dragon Head with a sprout of lambs ear hiding in it. The Dragon Head is a super late bloomer. The blooms look like the shape of a dragon's head.
Now in the veggie garden. Brandywine tomato. I am new to this one. I'll let you know how it tastes.
Early girl. Growing at the speed of the rest of them. Hmmm, early?
French marigold in front of the green bell pepper.
This French marigold keeps the pole beans happy.
Looks like the green bell will produce better than the plant actually looks.
This is an heirloom tomato. I'll have to get back to you on the variety.
This is a jalapeno I picked this morning. Wow! I knew I had chosen a different variety than I normally get but these guys are huge.
Roma's! Lookin' good for that salsa recipe.
Summer squash blooms. Just lovely.
I gave the summer squash a new roomier location this year. Hope he doesn't crowd the green bell and jalapeno on the end. However the Dragon Head to the right will give it a run for it's money.
The raspberries are planted on the far west side of the yard.
This covers our septic tank. The Lamb's Ear love it here. I am finding lamb's ear growing everywhere this year.
Even in the wood pile.
Well, I didn't show you everything in the garden or even in the yard. But I think these are the highlights for mid June. I've tried in have something blooming all season long. A good mix of perennials, shrubs and trees with a few annuals thrown in for fun. I had a lovely walk through the garden this morning. I hope you enjoyed it too. Linda