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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.



What’s Blooming

I didn’t realize how much is actually blooming right now in my garden. I guess I just see “what needs to be done.” It was good to get away from that. Starting with the bird and butterfly garden …

Husker’s Red against Baptisia ‘Prairie Blues’
Lady’s Mantle against Cranesbill
Wild Daisies in the potager
Bulb, Camassia esculenta along the nice driveway
Achilla ‘Coronation Gold’ against Meadow Sage ‘May Night’ (nice driveway)
Pixie Cheddar Pinks Dianthus out front
Common Thyme against Lamb Ears out front
Thymus Alba just beginning to bud (out front)
Iris (unknown, from neighbor) out front
Coral Honeysuckle along the south side of house
Clematis, unknown, along the north side of house
Clematis ‘Clair de Lune’ along the north side of house
Columbines along the north side of house
Jacob’s Ladder peeking through Hosta leaves (north side)
Lamium ‘Orchid Frost’ blooming beneath Blue Spruce in woodland edge
Cornus ‘Cardinal’ in woodland edge
Sweet Woodruff in woodland edge
Goat’s Beard in woodland edge
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Blue Ice’ in woodland edge
Native Slender Blue Iris, Iris prismatica in woodland edge
Cinnamon Fern in woodland edge
Jack-n-the-Pulpit in woodland edge

So, there’s the tour of what’s blooming around my garden. Garden bloggers’ bloom day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens the 15th of each month. Add your blog to the list so we can see what’s blooming near you.