Six on Saturday – Awash in Colour!

Oriental Poppy in the wind June 8 2018 sm
Oriental Poppy blowin’ in the wind

Late spring/early summer brings an entirely new palette of colour, texture and shape to the garden.  What was flat with stands of bulbs poking through brown soil or mulch is now rolling waves of greenery crested by a multitude of different experiences.  Things are growing so quickly every day brings a new wonder.  Here are six wonders from my garden today (and a few from yesterday).  If you’d like to see more Sixes from around the world, head on over to The Propagator, who devised this wonderful theme.

1:  I love this oriental poppy – this one is larger than the others in my garden and has  lovely black highlights.  On the underside of the petals you can see black veins; inside pure black.

2: Bridlewreath Spirea are quite spectacular all over this year.  So many flowers not a hint of a leaf can be seen.  I took two photos of the same bush – one yesterday mid afternoon (on the left), with the bright sun all but blinding me, and the other early this morning.   This is an example, I guess, of why all the ‘How To’ books say the morning light is so much better.

3: The Fernleaf Peony finished blooming a while ago – now the other herbaceous peonies have started.  Here’s the first of mine:

first Peony June 8 2018 sm sq

4: The white tall bearded Iris I wrote about last week are still going strong.  Adding to their splendour are other varieties:

hill of Iris June 8 2018 sm


Violet iris in the sun June 8 2018 sm sq b
this truly is the colour of an amazing Iris that found its way into my garden.

5: Siberian Iris:

Siberian Iris June 8 2018 sm

6: Finally – Lupins are still going strong, bees are still loving them:

bee and Lupin June 9 2018 sm


    1. Gosh I have no idea. A lot of my plants start out as orphans … unwanted by others ….. this one, and a few others (as well as the violet iris) arrived buried in a dump truck full of diet to be used as backfill…..excavated from a building site a ways away

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  1. Spirea can grow here, but like lilac and forsythia and so many blooming deciduous shrubbery, is quite uncommon. Mock orange is only popular because it grows wild. People expect everything to be evergreen here.

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      1. I would not know, but I do happen to enjoy the sorts of seasonal changes in the garden that are so normal to them. Autumn foliar color is possible here, but not a priority. Spectacular spring bloom is likewise possible, but not as popular as bloom that lasts through a long season.

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  2. Just gorgeous! Your poppy and peony and your irises… The irises especially, arranged in drifts like this, and because I don’t grow them I enjoy them even more.


  3. The irises (one of my favourite flowers) are stunning, the more so because they are grouped together: I fear I’ve just put too many of different colours dotted around my garden. Time will tell, when spring arrives. That’s a gorgeous photo of the bee approaching the lupins.


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