A bit late again this week. We had thunder and more rain overnight, and this weekend may be a total wash-out. But here are six things in my garden on a cloudy June 1. To see more from around the world, head on over to The Propagator’s site!
1 – Robins – we always have a lot of them, but this year they’re nesting close to the house – in shrubs, on the back porch and on top of the hydro box. Apparently there’s a reason they next so close to people – perhaps there’s another post on that!
2 – Bees – we’ve had a number of bumble bees and small, ant like bees this year, but a distinct lack of honey bees. Until last Sunday. It seems someone forgot to turn on the bee switch, and when it was turned on they arrived in droves. More likely, Sunday signaled the arrival of bee hives to our neighbour’s back field. Whatever the reason, they were there, and loving the dandelions!
3 – Lilacs – they’re a week or so late this year but finally you can see, and smell, them everywhere.
4 – Garland Spirea – Spiraea x arguta ‘Compacta’ – I planted these years and years ago. The older branches are covered in lichen now but they still keep blooming every year – one of the first spireas to flower. I MUST remember to do some pruning in a few weeks!
5 – Solomon Seal – Polygonatum odoratum – I think I show pictures of this perennial every year. Sorry! It’s a favourite though, both in flower (attracting bumble bees) and out.
6 – So many to choose from, but I think I’ll go with this Allium – Purple Sensation. They’re the first to bloom for me, although A. karataviense has also just started, and Globemaster has opened but with no colour yet.
That’s it for this first day of June. It was overcast and wet looking when I first started writing this post, but the sun has come out now. I’ll be spending the next several hours in the garden – hope you can too!