Thursday, June 9, 2011

June's Joys

It's a gorgeous, party-cloudy June day. The temp reads 60 degrees F at this 11th hour of the morning. 
Here are a few of the highlights making me happy this fine morning. 

A pink-flowering strawberry

Clematis 'Little Duckling' 

Anisodontea, a tender from the Hibiscus family. It's PINK. 

Clematis 'Liberation' surrounded by Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' 

Variegated Comfrey blossom. 

Rosa 'Double Knock Out' blossoms with Clematis 'Josephine'

Zip the cat snoozing among the goodies. 

Dark pink California poppies

Clematis 'Earnest Markham' 

Sambucus nigra 'Southerland Gold' is on the left. 'Knock Out' on the right. 

Rosa 'Sophie's Rose' with Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty' 

Clematis 'Josephine' clamoring up the arbor

Volunteer Achillea and Santa Barbara Daisy

I'm kind of liking this little section of the garden right now. Can you tell? 

Campanula portenschilagiana volunteer. 


  1. Isn't it amazing what a difference a month and a few rays of sunshine can make? Looks like you will have photos aplenty to see you through the next bleak stretch.

  2. Grace girl your garden is full of "grace" in so many ways .. I love that Knock Out rose and of course Zip the cat .. your clematis are thriving and looking fantastic and your weather has finally improved ! Enjoy it all .. it changes so quickly.
    Y&R will be a cliff hanger for you tomorrow but I can tell you the sneak preview if I see our fast forward episode then too .. Colin is hanging on to a balcony and the twins are in the van that is about to blow up ! eeekkkk !!LOL

  3. Grace, we certainly live in different zones! Your garden is absolutely wonderful! So much to see! I can't believe clematises are in such full bloom! Is that valiriana in the second picture from the bottom? Mine is not blooming yet. Anyway, the summer is here. Amen.

  4. I love wandering through your garden. It must feel lovely in person. That's a mighty fine Sophie's rose, too.

  5. Your garden is so inviting ... No wonder Zip the cat likes to Hang out there :)
    You have so much in bloom right now! I love all the clematis!

  6. Grace,

    How full and lovely your garden is, the double Knockouts look so perfect. I must look for that clematis Josephine.


  7. Oh Grace, all is so beautiful!! Never seen a pink strawberry bloom before...only you would have one, lol. Zip is adorable and so peaceful looking in your gardens.

  8. Grace your gardens are incredible! I love that you feature photos of many "volunteers" too. It is terrific how some plants can make themselves at home in a way that works perfectly for the gardener. I hope you get on some garden tours in your town!

  9. So much lovely pink, I seem to be very blue this time of year

  10. This time of year I want more roses and more Clematis! You have some very pretty Clematis that I don't have. My 'Little Duckling' (Or Piilu as the tag says) is close to blooming. I lost the tag to my newest Clematis and when I get a good picture I hope you'll help me id it.
    Your garden is looking amazing right now!

  11. I always devour your photos, there is such a clarity to them.

    And your garden, it's wildest dreams. I seriously can't wait to have and create a garden that will only be a fraction as beautiful as yours. I love the gravel paths, and the rocks lining them....

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  12. Feel like I just went on a garden tour with lots of surprises. Your garden beds are awesome,love the little duckling. I see you like what some might call crowded beds...I love it that way ! Give me more.

  13. I love your place! I've never seen variegated comfrey before. Do you have to cut it back after it blooms? My regular ones get leggy, and I start to trim them, but end up cutting them to the ground, where new leaves have formed. It grows back up, and I'm thinking blooms again.

  14. Nice volunteers, along with all the other blooms and foliage! Your garden truly is full of joy this June!


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