We'd like to dedicate this edition of GBBD to a very special step-dad. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! We hope you enjoy the bouquets from our garden. As usual, we're a bit late but a card IS on its way!
June is lily month in our garden and both the Asiatic lilies and the daylilies cooperated by opening their first bloom just in time for GBBD.
In the shade garden we have two dark-leaved surprises. First, the purple oxalis returned from the dead. Two winters ago we forgot where it was and we plunked the bird bath on top of it. Last summer it put out a couple of anemic pink leaves and then died. We didn't expect it back. But here it is! The second surprise is a new addition this year, hardy geranium 'Midnight Reiter'.
On the hillside the plants are filling in nicely. Everything is full and lush. Right now only a few things are in full bloom. The wall flower is providing much visual interest with its bi-colored flowers and its variegated foliage. And it smells wonderful. Another plant with variegated foliage on the hillside is this sage. It has very delicate foliage and tiny but eye-catching bright flowers.
Euphorbia 'Excalibur' is looking like a funky palm tree since it lost its bottom leaves after all the recent rains. The white Spanish lavender is keeping the bees very happy. We are seeing lots and lots of bees in our garden this year.
The strawflowers returned even though they were tagged as "annual" Shorter than most everything else on the hill, they hold their own with that shock of bright yellow color. Below, one final flower, this one from our potager. Can you guess what it is?
This is our first tomatillo flower!!!