The Tuesday View – June 6

This Tuesday’s view returns to the perennial beds and black arches.


Early June in the perennials is just a pleasure. Aquilegia are in full flower, just past peak bloom and beginning to flop over. I love the mix of purples, pinks, and corals. Mixed in with masses of catmint and hardy geraniums, the first bright poppies show their faces.


Leaves on the grapevine offer great contrast.


Delphinium are plump and ready to pop.


Two surprises: I’d started some zebra hollyhocks from seed for the first time, expecting them to be biennial, and they are growing while sending a flower out with each growth spurt, a pattern I didn’t expect. Also, the irises in a very dry, ignored bed are having a good year, despite the lack of digging and dividing.hlyhkiris

The true stars this week are the arching viburnum, so graceful and showy — and fun to bring indoors. They meld with nearby lilacs to  give us a great view from the deck.



Up in the shady black arches, vines are filling in nicely. The pair of golden hops add the vibrant chartreuse tone.



We added a new plant last week to a sunny spot along the edge, a young Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’, continuing the green and white theme and bringing the number of hydrangeas in the area to a solid four.


Today the ‘Guernsey Cream’ clematis that grows up one post began to flower. The view from my kitchen window includes this beauty.



Cathy at Words and Herbs hosts The Tuesday View, inviting gardeners from all over the world to share how their gardens grow through the months. Thanks, Cathy!

7 thoughts on “The Tuesday View – June 6

  1. Gosh, oh my … but your garden is beautiful! And I’m detecting a slope, as well, which I always find fascinating since I cope with quite a steep one. Your clematis ‘Guernsey Cream’ is divine, and I love the structure (black arches, that rather lovely wiggley path) in the garden. Re your ‘hollyhock’ – I think you’ve been sold a pup, if you bought the seed. To me that looks like (although I’m frequently wrong – you google and check!) Malva sylvestris. Have a wonderful week in the garden.

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    • Thank you, Cathy. And yes, they are zebra hollyhocks or Malva sylvestris, but I was surprised they are blooming this first year since most biennials I plant don’t flower until their second. I have so much to learn!

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      • And I have so much to learn about how our plant terminology differs on either side of ‘the pond’. We call them ‘mallows’ in Britain, and only the very tall, heavily flowered spikes of Alcea rosea get called hollyhock! Apologies. But aren’t Latin names good, because we know exactly what we are talking about, no matter where we live. Looking forward to seeing far more of your lovely garden!

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  2. Hi March. I was confused by the hollyhock too, but seeing Cathy’s comment above has solved it! Your garden really is looking amazing now. The archway is going to be glorious this summer and I can imagine walking barefoot through it one summer morning… 🙂 I think the lime leaves of the Hops are a beautiful contrast too. Thanks for sharing!


    • I appreciate your encouragement, Cathy. As avid gardeners we often view our spaces with “What needs doing?” in mind, and it’s a time to just enjoy for a bit! I’m such a fan of the “golden” hops as well, although they really should just be called lime as you wisely suggested. 😉

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