Solstice Six On Saturday — June 20

It’s summer! The soil up here in the Pacific Northwest is beginning to dry out a bit after our deluges.

Today I want to share some white beauties in bloom. I gravitate toward white and feature a good amount here because it shines so clearly from Coppertop’s many shady areas and blends excellently with all colors. Starting closest to the house…

ONE – Clematis ‘Guernsey Cream’ is blooming in the area we call The Black Arches this week. One other of the same cultivar has finished blooming, but this one takes longer due to its shady spot. As I look out the kitchen window, it gleams.

TWO – Viburnum opulus are fading now, but their graceful snowball-laden boughs are a yearly joy. We tie them to arches to add to the romance.

THREE – Last week I saw a few posts about Kousa dogwoods. My young Cornus kousa in the center of the perennial beds is not loaded with blooms this year, but it is graced by a few lovely flowers.

FOUR – We call the white, red, and black raised bed Chicken Hill Bed. The stately white delphinium with black bees (Magic Fountains series) were started from seed a few years ago and are approaching peak bloom.

SIX – At the bottom of the hill near the cutting beds, the Marionberry blackberry trellis is just beginning to pop with white this week. We’ll harvest berries in August. These flowers remind me of astrantia.

SIX – Along one edge of the rose garden, this Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ couldn’t be prettier.

If you’re eager to see garden beauty from around the world, be sure to visit The Propagator who hosts Six on Saturday, and access links in his post’s comments.

32 thoughts on “Solstice Six On Saturday — June 20

  1. Me too my cornus kousa is not loaded with flowers this year and the rain we had, puts its head down.
    Very pretty flower spikes of delphiniums.
    The whole of your garden is looking nice and is very well managed. Well done March !

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  2. At last! I have been wondering what the Spiraea nipponica was called. I had this shrub many years ago in my previous garden but didn’t know it’s name. I always liked the “weeping” branches because, even when the flowers were finished, the shape of the shrub made it worth keeping . As you say, white flowers brighten up the shade flowerbeds.

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  3. Chicken Hill Bed & The Black Arches! What a magical garden this is, simply because of lovely imagery in the names. I love that!
    I’ve just taken delivery of Spirea Magic Carpet, and I’m liking your comment above about the purple hue. Happy gardening.

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  4. Oh, the blackberries are RAD! Not many people know or care how to prune them. They are available in nurseries here, and people sometimes plant them, but then just let them go wild.

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    • Hi Tony! Yep, I’m not into these canes turning into brambles so I don thick leather gloves in March and prune out all floricanes that bore berries. I add compost or manure to the long row of canes and that’s it. So easy and so tasty! Have a good week.

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  5. ‘Guernsey Cream” is such a beautiful clematis, and it looks so strong and healthy. In the Chicken Hill Bed (cute name!) the white delphiniums are very impressive. Love the whole area where you have your Viburnum, and the Spiraea is truly gorgeous, I had one in a previous garden, I could be tempted again.

    Thanks for treating us to your white-themed six.

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