Six On Saturday — June 16

Recent chilly, wet weather has delayed blooming of practically everything this year. My green beans and squash are rebelling! The grey tint to these photos tell a cloudy story. With a warm week finally in the forecast, I imagine much will grow or bloom soon. One can hope.

ONE – Our early peonies are ever-so-slowly opening. First varieties this year are Bunker Hill, Festiva Maxima, and shy Bowl of Beauty.

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TWO – A very pretty area of the garden right now is one we call the Trio of Birdhouses. Magical foxgloves reign supreme here. Spiraea, weigela, and various herbs fill in the edges. I’ve had fun adding to these Digitalis purpurea with seedlings I start every year or so. ‘Apricot Beauty’ is a favorite.

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THREE – The Chicken Hill bed, which I’ve mentioned before, has its white delphiniums standing tall now and ready to pop on the first sunny day. C’mon, sun.

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FOUR – Oh joy! The first sweet peas! The fragrance of these ‘Oxford and Cambridge’ is outstanding. Nearby, a few pots of the lovely, lilac-edged  ‘King’s High Scent’ have the spiciest aroma.

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FIVE – This beautiful Weigela florida ‘Variegata’ adds nice contrast as a central figure in one packed perennial bed and offers shade to a generous clump of magenta astilbe (yet to bloom).

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SIX – New plants in my garden this year, Astrantia ‘Star of Royals’ and ‘Star of Beauty’ have had a good first year from bare-root starts. I look forward to these perennials plumping as they mature.

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