Can it really be June already? There’s so much joy to go along with all the work in the garden these days.
ONE – Hooray for poppies! Coppertop’s Himalayan Blue poppies and Oriental poppies have begun blooming this week.
TWO – I’m a big fan of new plants I added to my kitchen window box. These delicate Snow-in-Summer or Cerastium tomentosum join violas and 2-year-old dusty miller that just won’t quit.
THREE – The first early peonies opened this week. White ‘Duchess de Nemours’ grow on Chicken Hill and along the side of the house, allowing some for cutting. Three new, pink ‘Wladyslawa’ Japanese-style peony bushes will be filling one perennial bed soon.
FOUR – The newish bed at the front of the house has come into its own. Crocus, hyacinth, and the camellia blooms have faded, allowing three ‘Royal Purple’ rhododendrons the spotlight right now. The magenta color is a favorite.
FIVE – Down in the orchard, most trees are loaded with mini fruit. Here are babies from the apple, cherry, pear, and plum trees. While some fruit is abundant, it’s looking like a very meager year for apples.
SIX – Second in the parade of blooming clematis (only behind C. Montana), Clematis ‘Guernsey Cream’ is greatly benefitting from a well-weeded bed — evidence that a sweet sister has been visiting Coppertop!
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