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What’s Blooming: Flowering Raspberry & Blue Flag


Here it is, June, the transition from Spring to Summer. In spite of my new bunny ranch, I have blooms – it is a miracle! Those bunnies are ravenous and I am considering my first BB gun – not really, only at certain moments such as when I discovered the Morning Glory was eaten to the ground in a blaze of glory. Although discouraged, I do have to remind myself that I chose to garden for wildlife. Here it is!

Bunny Ranch

Things will live through this bunny boom or they won’t and that is gardening. Here’s what’s on the menu and a portion of what’s blooming in the Violet Fern Garden this garden bloggers’ bloom day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

The Woodland Edge is peppered in pinks and purples. For dessert? Flowering Raspberry.

Goats Beard

Goats Beard and Summer Containers in the Woodland Edge

Spiderwort and Columbines

Spiderwort (Tradescantia Osprey), Jacob’s Ladder and Columbines in the Woodland Edge

Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris II

Our native Blue Flag Iris


Primrose (Primula x bulleesiana)


Amsonia x Blue Ice, Blue Star and Allium Moly

Wild Raspberry and Phlox

Flowering Raspberry (Rhus odoratus), and Wild Sweet William or Meadow Phlox (Phlox maculata)

The Bird & Butterfly Garden is buttered in yellow.

Evening Primrose and Ladys Mantle

Evening Primrose (Oenothera) and Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla Mollis)

Ladys Mantle in the Rain

Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla Mollis) after a rain


Baptisia ‘Twilite Prairieblues’

The Riverfront is laced with complex flavors.

Black Lace

Black Lace (Sambucus)

Walkers Low, Snow in Summer, Black Lace

Catmint Walkers Low (Nepeta), Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum), Black Lace (Sambucus)

The Potager is an herbal delight.



Thyme and Purple Perilla

Thyme and Purple Perilla

Sedum from Kring Point

Sedum in a Potager path from a nearby park (I took a cutting)

The new Hosta Row is dotted with Caramel, Heuchera ‘Caramel.’ May I have a Pinot with that?

Coral Bells & Hollyhocks

Heucheras ‘Caramel’ and ‘Pinot Blanco,’ Hollyhocks in background in new section Hosta Row

Can I get you anything else for your dining pleasure? No? Well, thank you, dinner’s on me.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Artist, master gardener, plant-based chef. Florida's Nature Coast / Indian River Lakes, NY

9 thoughts on “What’s Blooming: Flowering Raspberry & Blue Flag

  1. Kathy what a stunning array especially those heucheras but I really loved it all. We have a bunny explosion as well although they are sticking to the clover and high grass I have not attacked yet. My primrose were missing this year. I just realized that…hmmm! Happy GBBD!

    • I have lots of clover in my lawn Donna but apparently not enough. I just thought to myself yesterday that I will plant a huge patch of clover under where the canoe hangs since we have to be able to access it. I have netted some of my garden but the rest will have to tough it out. So, will we see an explosion of hawks, owls now that the bunnies are so numerous? When? Ha.

  2. What a wonderful garden you have, I found you through GBBD. I love your edge of woodland planting, we have a lot of that here and it is interesting to see your planting combinations. We used to have a bunny explosion until someone moved into the village with a cat! One by one all the babies disappeared, then the following year – no rabbits!

    • Thank you Pauline. I will have to visit your garden! I love woodland gardens. Amazingly, we have plenty of cats. They are another problem for me – the late night roaming cats. Because we live so close to the St. Lawrence River, we also have osprey, eagles, hawks and an owl or two. We still have bunnies. It is quite a bunny boom. Either that or my garden is the only safe haven bunny farm in the area. I will be wrapping all my young trees and shrubs with armor before winter!

  3. The Bunnies’ Picnic. Great presentation!

  4. A feast for the eyes!
    Thank you!
    Happy Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  5. Quite a lot has survived your ravenous bunnies. My goatsbeard hasn’t begun to bloom yet; I think of it as the real transition from late spring to early summer. Your ‘Osprey’ are looking wonderful. Are those the ones from my garden? If so, they’ve already made a very large clump (which is exactly how they behave in my garden). Are you managing to keep the bunnies out of the potager?

    • Yes Jean, the ‘Osprey’ is from your garden! It is doing extremely well. No, unfortunately, I am not managing keeping the bunnies out of the Potager. The brussel sprouts are gone. The broccoli rabe is gone. I’ve given up on any chance of sunflowers this year. The peas I just put netting around. I decided I am not going to spend any more money on fencing this year so we will see what survives. I will just keep planting. I have lots of seed. Hopefully we will have a nice late, warm fall.

  6. I have mixed feelings about bunnies. They are so cute, and for the most part they eat my weeds. But my thoughts are less friendly when they start snacking on desirable plants. Despite the bunnies, everything in your garden looks great! I love the Black Lace Sambucus and that lovely baptisia!

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