Six on Saturday – Spring becomes Summer

buttercup, Iris, Lamb's Ear, Columbine June 2 2018 sm
1: Buttercup is a weed, right?  Not here, when it’s joined by Siberian Iris, Lamb’s Ear and Columbine.

It’s seasonably cool today but a week of really warm temperatures and yesterday’s rain has given the yard and gardens a lushness (euphemism for rampant growth, overgrown, grass needs cutting again…) that is sometimes hard to take in.  It’s like living in a temperate tropicalness.  Or a kind of tropical temperateness. Right now the Iris are in full bloom – oh my goodness…as are Lupin and Bridlewreath Spirea.

It was hard to chose six shots to represent the garden today – but here are my wonders.  To see more collections of Six this Saturday, head on over to The Propagator‘s site.  He’s the guy who started it all!

white Iris May 28 2018 closeup small
2: Just when you think it’s a white Iris, you notice that the fuzzy bits (the beard) are actually yellow!  I love the veins in the petals too (on this Iris, technically called falls)…such a beautiful pattern.

white Lilac bush May 28 2018

3a and 3b: I wrote last week about how my Lilacs, for unknown reasons,  produced next to no blooms this year.  That’s not entirely true – this white variety, one of the very first shrubs I purchased and planted, is quite pretty.  I transplanted it last spring from the back field, where it spent alternating years growing and dying back (hence its continued small size) to the Island bed, where I think it’s a lot happier.  Lesson learned: don’t hesitate to transplant things for either aesthetic or cultural (growing culture) reasons.

white Lilac blossoms May 228 2018 small

Aronia melanocarpa flowers June 2 2018 b sq
4: Aronia melanocarpa – Back Chokeberry.  Lovely berries for the birds because I never get to them on time!

Blue Spruce new growth June 2 2018 sm


5a and 5b: I love how conifers of all kind send out bright new growth in the spring.  I’m told the current year’s growth is dependent on conditions the previous year.  Judging by the various spruce (like this Picea pungens glauca), pine and fir in the yard last year was good!



Shileau and Blue Spruce June 2 2018
Shileau’s enjoying the morning sun!
Solomon Seal June 2 2018 sm
6:  It’s also a good year for Solomon Seal (Polygonatum) – although it generally reaches two or two and a half feet this year I have some that are almost five feet high.  Remarkable.  Tropical temperateness.


    1. Aside from a week in spring when they bloom and a week or two in summer when the birds eat the berries and a week or so in the fall when the leaves are a nice orange there’s nothing very appealing about it. Like quite a few other shrubs I guess.

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      1. I really want the berries! We happen to have a native blue elderberry here that no one used until I started to win second place ribbons (never first) for the jelly at the Harvest Festival. There are so many native fruits in North American that are ignored.

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  1. Nice pictures! The conifer would be nice in my garden ….
    Regarding the aronia, it seems that the berries are edible after being dried and rehydrated. I read that they are rich in vitamin B and C. Did you taste them?


  2. Lovely stand of Solomon’s Seal. Do you get Solomon’s Seal sawfly over there? They cunningly lay their eggs under the leaves so by the time you notice them the caterpillars have shredded them.

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