Full disclosure: On this Blooms Day in the Microgarden, it’s mostly green.
However, you can see my opening statement of columbines; some blue Aquilegia alpina and an unnamed pink of the granny’s bonnet form. Both prefer the cracks in my paving stones, where their feet stay cool and moist. All efforts to get the alpinas to freely self-sow (as I was blown away by in Patrick Lima’s Larkwhistle garden) have largely failed.
We live in hope.
Here are my very happy Allium christophii flowering onion, perfectly [and I should note, accidentally] matched in colour with the self-seeded biennial dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis). One year, the dame will give an avalanche, another a snowball. This year, she is very meek and mild, seen here from her best angle.
Both pair nicely with a collection of hostas, the yellow leaves of Hosta ‘June’ and ‘Janet’ and the blue ‘Fragrant Bouquet’ (not seen). I’m often surprised when people don’t like yellow in a garden. In my part-shade situation, they punctuate what might otherwise be undifferentiated green foliage.
This is another cheat. Yes, I did plant this Clematis ‘The President’. No, it isn’t technically blooming in my garden. It was doing what it always does; growing up our shared fence… and blooming on my neighbour’s sunnier side. So I flipped the few at the top of the fence over to face me. Look closely to see the bee snuggling up to the lower one.
At the neighbour’s on my other side, my Corydalis lutea is doing a fine job of softening the edge of our shared driveway. Again, the cool, moist feet provided at the join of the brick and asphalt seem to be what they want. It my back garden, it has politely self-sown amongst the blue catmint, (Nepeta mussenii). I’ve tried to encourage the same behaviour in the dry front garden to no avail. The lesson from this: plants tell you where they want to grow.
All these pix are from the more photogenic back garden.
Blooming in the dry shade in front [not shown] are the mock orange (Philadelphus) and the tail end of the fragrant lemon lilies (Hemerocallis flava). Magenta Geranium sanguineum ‘Alpenglow’ and more petite ‘Max Frei’ – both enthusiastic performers – are softened by pink rock soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides). Note to self: move over some of the chartreuse lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) to complement these. A white Potentilla, which I think might be ‘Abbotswood’, is just coming into flower.
To see what’s blooming in mid-June in gardens around the world, visit May Dreams Gardens, where on the 15th of every month, Carol invites garden bloggers to share their experience.