Six on Saturday – 20/06/2020 – 1st day of summer

I confess – summer is not my favourite season. Weird, you might think, since I’m Canadian and winters are cold, and logically I should welcome the heat of summer. Not so much though, since in my area of the country, summer heat usually comes with humidity, mosquitoes and long dry spells. So far (I know, day one, but still…) this summer is true to climactic form, and, long indolent evenings notwithstanding, autumn is beckoning….

In the meantime, here are six things in my garden today (photos taken early yesterday morning, when everything was perky and the light quite lovely). A few are leftovers from spring but most are true summer performers. To see other groups of six from around the world, including those from gardens where today is the first day of winter, head on over to The Propagator’s site.

What says ‘summer’ more than a meadow filled with wild flowers? These buttercups and Ox Eye daisies aren’t in my meadow – they’re a small part of a garden bed close to the house. It’s all in the camera angle!
The first Coreopsis bloom of the year! This is a stalwart of the early summer garden – after its initial flush it will send up individual flowers for a few months.
This might be a Max Frei Geranium – I’m not sure since I didn’t plant it, it just popped up. But it looks like Max Frei. I like the flowers, of course, but I’m most impressed with its drought tolerance. Never watered, it’s thriving and grows a bit more every year in a very dry spot that gets half sun.
This is a Preston lilac – not really evocative of summer but it’s the last of the lilacs to bloom over here. Prestons were originally bred at the Experimental Farm in Ottawa (a government run farm that, as the name suggests, conducted trials to develop plants to withstand the Canadian climate) and have a lovely, delicate scent. I’m quite proud of this one – it was planted originally in the far back of the property, where it did well until recent years, when many shrubs and trees have perished or have suffered from changing weather and drainage patterns. I transplanted it to a new spot two years ago and this year, like a small miracle, it has bloomed again.


    1. For me, it’s one of those flowers your eyes pass over, until you start looking and see them here and there. I only have this bunch in the garden because its foliage was so striking last year – I transplanted the small clump of basal leaves from where it has grown naturally, in an untended part of the field, into the garden proper. Now I’m not sure if it will die (is it a biennial??) or if it will scatter seeds all over and become a thug…


    1. Interesting you should say that – there’s always so much attention paid to bees as they pollinate away (from me, often!) but when you look closer, there’s a heck of a lot more types of insects doing their thing as well.


  1. I tend to view our summers in the same light. You do have lots of lovely colour in your garden. The meadow flowers are beautiful, as is the geranium. The pea flower is just beautiful too – colour and edible peas!! Glad the lilac survived the transplanting.

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  2. Wonderfully vivid shade of geranium, whatever its cultivar. My “lawn” had just stopped producing buttercups, daisies, and Black-eyed Susans. Time for the mower.

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  3. Interesting I have if not the same a very similar Coreopsis here. Have had a very difficult time getting it going but it has produced seed and I am hoping for more. That Lilac is fabulous. And summer is my least favorite season!

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  4. So, let’s agree that it is a Max Frei. Lovely it is too. I’ve got an unknown variety and it’s time to give it a name. Therefore, as seo amach, I shall call it Mousseau! So there…

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