Six on Saturday – 22/06/2018 – Let Summer Begin!

After an usually cool, damp and dreary spring, it looks like summer may actually be here – fitting that today truly is the first full day of summer! Sunny skies and warmish temperatures have made the garden very lush, with lots of healthy greens and colour everywhere and, as has been the case for a few weeks now, it’s been difficult to chose which plants to feature today.

1 – Choose I must; however, and it would be a grave error not to start with peonies, which just this week started to bloom. I have a dozen or so varieties here and there, almost all of which I did not purchase; thus, I don’t know their names. Nameless perhaps, but very beautiful!

2 – Next up is this blue Geranium. A neighbour led me through her garden two autumns ago, shovel in hand, and dug up a few clumps for me. Here is Mrs. Wright’s Geranium:

3 – Many, if not all, farmers around here would call this next flower a weed. Indeed, it’s listed on page 324 of Weeds of Canada by Royer & Dickenson. I really love the bladder flower though, as invasive as it may be. I didn’t plant it – it just shows up if I neglect to mow a part of the lawn. It’s called Bladder Campion, or Silene cucbalis:

4 – Also not planted, and popping up wherever it can find a patch of bare soil, is, from page 30 of the above mentioned book, the lovely Ox Eye Daisy – Chrysanthemum leucanthemum:

5 – I’m going to give one final SOS shout out to the lovely Lupin this year – they’re still going strong by the way – because I was amazed to find this one yesterday afternoon. The stalk is so tall, and the flowering season so long this year, that seed pods have already formed and are nearly ripened on the bottom of the stem while flower buds have yet to even open near the top!

6 – Finally, last but certainly not least – an early peek at my very first Ranunculus blooms! I’m SO excited that those tiny, alien looking corm/tubours I paid a fortune for over the winter are actually growing and will actually bloom! (You can see a picture of them here.) I’m thinking these may show up again in a week or two when fully open:

That’s it for this week from Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. To see lots of great shots from other parts of the world, pay a visit to the comments section of The Propogator‘s Six on Saturday post. He spends a lot of time on the weekend hosting, viewing and commenting on all sorts of gardens.

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  1. Very nice pictures ! These Ranunculus are full of promise … Peonies with two tones of pink are my favorite
      About the silene, it’s also a weed here, but not in an invasive list, I suppose. It’s often seen in the meadows.

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  2. Very beautiful peonies! I am smitten and trying to extend my peony season to six weeks this year. We shall see. Congrats on your success with ranunculus! That’s a lovely tone with the bus a inviting as the flower. I’m with you on staying amazed at the beauty that comes from the tiny, ugly corms of both those and anemones.

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  3. The Ranunculous are going to be glorious. They grow really well here, so perhaps I should look out for some! After your last post about Lupins I bought some seed. It’s a little late, but hopefully they’ll do all right.

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  4. I’m still not clear on what ox eye daisies are. There are supposedly some near here, but I doubt they have naturalized here. The description happens to match, but I just don’t know. How nice that you have ranunculus now. I sort of miss them. I don’t grow them, but I saw them around last spring.

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  5. Ranunculus are lovely, please do show them again when in flower! As are your peonies and that lovely blue geranium. We get Sea Campion / Silene uniflora here – a sort of bladder campion that grows on the coast. I like them.

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  6. That bladder campion is certainly an interesting looking weed & I’d probably be inclined to let it grow a little here & there, too. You’re giving me serious ranunculus envy here – I’ve not had much luck with it, but you’re making me think of trying again. That is one seriously beautiful bud. And your peonies!

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