Suddenly, it’s gone from a cool spring to a warm summer.
There’s Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ in the back garden, as well as in front. Surprising to me how it thrives in a fairly shady spot. This photo was taken at the very end of May. Those golden flowers at the far end are Golden Groundsel (Packera aurea).
Here’s a closer look at the Golden Groundsel. The flowers lasted through most of May but then suddenly went to seed when the temperature zoomed to 90F degrees one day. This is a groundcover that does fine in shade. In fact, I am learning that it can spread a little too aggressively.
This is Allium karataviense. I realized too late that I planted it last fall in a spot that is prone to flooding. Impulsively I moved most of them to a drier spot even as they were blooming. The results weren’t pretty. I won’t even show you a picture.
A few of the A. karataviense were left where they were.
Looking back to the entrance gate over the Back Island Bed.
I’ve grown fond of Long-Beaked Sedge (Carex sprengelii) as a grass-like plant for shady gardens. Nice texture, and it’s tough but well-behaved.
I planted a bunch of Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ in the Back Island Bed. They’ve been in slow decline but they still have some nice flowers.
A patch of Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum racemosum) at the base of the Silver Maple. The blooms eventually produce red berries.
However, the red berries always, always weigh the stems down to the ground. Which doesn’t look good. So this year I’m going to do something radical: cut off the berries before they are completely ripe. That way I should at least have the foliage looking nice through the summer.
There’s a couple of old Peonies at the edge of Thicket Corner. They are in too much shade and sadly neglected, but still put out a few blooms. This is ‘America’, from which you can infer whatever metaphor you like.
These are ‘Abalone Pearl’.
Here’s a view of our patio and the east fence of the Back Garden.
The Calladiums started as bulbs indoors have been successfully transferred to containers on the patio.
These are new: Allium ‘Mt. Everest’ I planted last fall.
Having just 4 of them there looks a little odd. But if they multiply like the other Alliums, that problem won’t last long.
Summer has started! Try to keep up, and have a happy June!