Six On Saturday — May 19

ONE — What is a garden without fragrance? Breathing deeply is absolutely required to take in the nostalgic and sweet perfume of Coppertop’s lilacs or Syringa vulgaris. Some lilacs here have grown to their max height over 15 feet and will be pruned this year. Others, like this row, are at nose-height, and I fully intend to keep their blossoms in sniffing range with judicious pruning.

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TWO — A faithful bloomer, Clematis montana is doing its thing at the front of the house. I always find charm in its simple beauty. It leads the clematis parade.

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THREE — I planted these Anemone coronaria for the very first time, since they’re some of my favorite flowers. Fall was busy, and I didn’t get the corms into greenhouse trays until February, but now they are thriving in the garden. The white and black last well beyond a week in vases. Next to bloom will be the blue ‘Mr. Fokker’. Hooray for success growing what we love!

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FOURAquilegia or Columbine are in full bloom in the perennial beds. My favorites may be the Black Barlow.

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FIVE — All the flowers in the strawberry beds have me excited for abundant fruit on the horizon. Last spring we replanted these two beds with June-bearer and day-neutral varieties, Shuksan and Tristar. I’m including a photo of their early days for contrast.

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SIX Angelique tulips serve as the caboose of Coppertop’s tulip train. These romantic beauties are more of my favorites.

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