June 1 – Rush to summer

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Once warmth arrives, the garden luxuriates in planty fleshiness, growth proliferates, detonates in slow motion.

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Thick planting, no ground visible. Iris virginica, Onoclea sensibilis, Calamagrostis acutiflora x ‘Karl Foerester’, Hemerocallis, Silphium perfoliatum, Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’, Equisetum arvensis, some bits of low grass or carex.

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The relationships and relative sizes of the plants will change dramatically over the next four weeks as the Silphiums and other large plants approach their mature size. The Euphorbia palustris (left) has done its spring gold thing and now will fade into the background until its autumn colors come. The Ligularia japonica (right) is budding and will soon reach its seasonal peak. The ornate foliage will remain a pleasure–and it’s a seedhead star.

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View of the low, mid-century house from the stone circle. Several colonies of Filipendula rubra, and many other plants, are rising in the foreground. This is a thriving community no weeds can penetrate–except for Multiflora rose and various wild Solidagos.

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The stone circle under a canopy of Salix udensis ‘Sekka’, Japanese fantail willow.

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Wave Hill chairs (made by Dan Benarcik) in a mid-garden sitting place.

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Strolling the main path across the garden …

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Behind Iris pseudacorus, Petasites and Silphium perfoliatum mounded in battle.

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Near a curve in the main garden path, the circle of red logs emerges from the dark edge of the woods … Who needs flowers?

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Late sunlight on Baptisia; I wish I could remember which one …

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Another path–into the woodland garden …

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Reflecting pool …

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… and beside it Baptisia alba. In one more year it should attain enough bulk to give a good show.

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15 thoughts on “June 1 – Rush to summer

  1. Garden looks fabulous James.
    I bought a packet of Baptisia australis seeds last spring and have a couple of little plants in the garden, though they don’t seem to be enjoying life much here in the southern hemisphere, perhaps I just need to be a bit more patient.

      1. I have to confess James I hadn’t heard of the plant until I bought the seeds and taking the australis=southern quite literally at first I thought it was from Australia!

      1. James, I hate the blue iris and the thought of ‘log’ seats makes me look for deer. Perhaps taste has left my room. Sabai Dee Krap.
        Jolly Roger.

  2. The blanking deer ate my baptisia this year. I have never felt the need to worry about it in the past. This is why I need to enjoy other people’s gardening efforts and spend my time and money on other things. Maybe a garden of only euphorbias?

  3. Precise writing and crisp photographs create a vivid picture of your garden refuge. I especially like”detonates in slow motion.” I hope to visit before too long.

    1. Thanks, Lynda. I do wish I’d ordered more Baptisia alba, but it has taken three years for these to make a decent showing. I suppose I’ll just wait for these to grow larger.

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