It's difficult to find fault with the garden in June. There are minor annoyances and improvements to be made but we won't go there right now. Let's just look at pretty things.
Last fall, I got a cutting of this Impatiens from my sister. I potted it and protected it from winter's cold and this spring, it grew! And here is the first blossom!
|Impatiens sodenii 'Flash|
I was in Woodburn a few weeks ago, visiting my sister. Of course we visited nurseries. I found this sweet, colorful Bidens at one of them.
|Bidens x hyrida Cupcake Strawberry|
After having no luck with getting my hands on Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget' (the IT plant for 2019), I was pleased to purchase this golden goodie at Miller's Manor Gardens. $5 and unlike 'Gold Nugget' this one stays gold all summer. I feel vindicated.
|Jovibarba heuffelii 'Gold Bug'|
Of all places, I found this mottled-foliaged "dandelion" at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Corvallis. It was the only one of its kind and I quickly grabbed it, knowing nothing about it until I got home and did my research. The seeds come true so I'm going to share with whoever wants them. Oh and it's hardy to Zone 5.
|Spotted Hawkweed (Hieracium maculatum 'Leopard')|
The flowers do not thrill me but the seed sure does so I'll allow it to bloom, just for its progeny.
|Hieracium maculatum 'Leopard'|
I love Helianthemum or "Sun Rose." Usually it's the single flowered ones we see planted in rock gardens or at the edge of a border. However, I found a couple of double flowered ones worth mentioning. Check them out:
|Helianthemum nummularium 'Cerise Queen'|
|Helianthemum nummularium 'Annabel'|
I love these unique Dichelostemma I bought while in "bulb-mood" last fall. They're in a pot now but I'll figure out where to plant them, hopefully.
While nursery hopping with my sister, I also found this unique Artemisia. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly where I wanted to plant it.
|Artemisia versicolor Seafoam'|
Grown from seed purchased three years ago, this Lychnis is so easy on the eyes. It's not quite as pink as I wanted but it fits in nicely with the other plants in this "warm" border.
|Lychnis chacedonica 'Pink'|
Oh and back to last fall's aforementioned "bulb-mood", I bit the bullet (they aren't cheap) and bought more Martagon lilies, this time planting the bulbs in pots. Worked like a charm!
|Lilium x martagon 'Claude Shride'|
In 2017, I bought this Milkweed vine at Dancing Oaks. This is the first year it's bloomed. It's unique and cool and I like it.
|Milkweed Vine (Periploca graeca)|
And speaking of Milkweed, after several years of searching, I found Purple Milkweed in 2017 for sale at Prairie Moon Nursery in Minnesota. The plants were small and I admit, I've stressed over losing them but here they are, fixing to bloom!
It was surprisingly easy to start this rose from seed several years ago. It is so fragrant and sweet. I have it growing in large pot amidst the showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa).
|Rosa chinensis 'Angel Wings'|
Speaking of pink (my favorite!) check out the Deutzia. It's very happy this year!
|Deutzia 'Strawberry Fields'|
The Dunce Cap I had last year died but I found it again this spring.
|Dunce Cap (Orostachys boehmeri)|
Back to pink, the Rhodohypoxis are perfect rock garden or front-of-the-border plants. I love them.
|Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Hebron Farm Pink' and Sidalcea malviflora 'Palustre'|
Such a pretty native beauty:
|Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'|
This rose looks its best ever this year:
|Rosa 'Jeanne LaJoie'|
Here are some wider garden shots:
|Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance')|
|Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' and Penstemon 'Garnet'|
|Ligularia 'Garden Confetti'|
|Schefflera delavayi, Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' and Darmera peltata|
A few of our resident critters:
|A very wet and washed Western Tanager|