If you came in person today to my USDA Hardiness zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we could sit in the garden and listen to the buzzing of bees and the songs of the birds while sipping iced tea.
And we could talk about flowers and plants, of course.
I have a "tea" of sorts blooming in my garden today and the bees love it. It's the native shrub Ceanothus americanus, also known as New Jersey Tea. Another name for it is Red Root. One is advised to carefully chose its location because it has strong roots and won't be easy to move later on.
I guess I like it's location. I know the bees do. This is the first year I've really noticed its blooms, and they remind me of another one of its common names, Wild Snowball.
Moving on, I spent some time this morning actually picking June flowers and bringing them inside to enjoy.
|June flowers in my garden|
The idea is that wherever you are, whether it be the United States, Great Britain, Australia or any place else, look for local flowers, just as you would look for local foods.
My June bouquet contains several varieties of clematis, a daylily, a daisy, betony, yarrow, perennial sweet pea, veronica, and coreopsis along with hosta leaves and the leaves of prairie dropseed, Sporobolus heterolepis. I will enjoy them for as long as they last, whether it is through the dinner hour or a week.
Would you like to see some of the blooms actually in the garden?
There are multiple Clematis competing for my affection.
'Rooguchi'' has great bell shaped flowers.
Elsewhere in Plopper's Field, where I plop perennials in wherever there is a gap, the first daylily, other than 'Stella D'Oro', is blooming.
Over in the August's Dreams garden border, I snuck in some June blooming swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, last year.
|Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata|
To add some color to this garden border before August, I added a new sculpture made out of an old plow part.
Out in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral, where I grow vegetables and some flowers, I planted borage this spring, so I could enjoy the blue flowers.
I also want tomatoes, and these blooms are a good sign I'll soon have some tomatoes to pick from my garden.
Now, come virtually sit with me in The Shrubbery and we can talk about what else is blooming not only in my garden but in gardens around the world on this 15th day of June.
|The Shrubbery where two Cotinus sp reign.|
"We can have flowers nearly every month of the year." ~ Elizabeth Lawrence