June Beginnings

Ambling though the garden today I noticed a new array of plants beginning to flower.  There is something special about these first fresh blossoms.

Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea macrophylla

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' (Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower)

Dahlia 'Stargazer'

Dahlia ‘Stargazer’

Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Gaura Belleza 'Dark Pink' (Butterfly Gaura)

Gaura Belleza ‘Dark Pink’ (Butterfly Gaura)

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15 thoughts on “June Beginnings

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Pauline. Yes, tthese usually do fine through the heat of summer. The hydrangea is new and it will need some extra water to keep it from wilting.

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  1. Cathy

    Summer has definitely arrived in your garden if the dahlias and cone flowers are about to open. A beautiful hydrangea. Is it in a cool spot or can it take the heat too? I have never had much success with them.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’ve never had success with Hydrangeas in this garden. I don’t usually water but will have to keep this one well-watered. I just love the flowers and have been wanting one for a while and a fellow blogger gave me this one–so nice.

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  2. Christina

    The Monarda is a wonderful colour. Great the way new plants keep flowering, it will be like that here for the next few weeks then it will become too hot. Christina

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      We’ve had several brief tastes of heat and humidity but rain has rescued everything for now. Enjoy your next few weeks of flowering.

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  3. Alberto

    I have that white echinacea cultivar too and I love it. It had self seeded around and I’m looking forward to seeing some maybe different features on the seedlings… Can’t believe you already have dahlias in bloom, I’ve lost my last years tubers by the wet winter and think I won’t try dahlias anymore in my garden but I still like them.
    Every american garden blogger seems to have that marvelous black and blue salvia, I shall look out for it although I guess it’s not very hardy…

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That salvia has become popular here in the last couple of years. Mine overwinters and we had a fairly cold winter this year. It did stop blooming for a while last summer when it got too hot but resumed once the weather was cooler. I have only this one dahlia, the sole survivor of some plants a friend gave me years ago. Sorry your wet winter ruined yours. take care.

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  4. P&B

    You are lucky that Salvia ‘Black & Blue’ is a perennial in your area. None I grew last year came back and the seedlings (from seeds I collected) are just an inch tall. I may have to buy a couple of them to add that lovely blue to the garden.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Wish I could pass some along to you. It is lucky that many things can survive here for multiple seasons. If I relied on seeds I wouldn’t have much in the garden except zinnias (or, I guess I might learn to be more careful with the seedlings). Have a good day. Susie

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hope your hydrangeas do well this year Donna. I have had such trouble keeping them in the past and am thrilled they’re blooming here. I brought in two cuttings to brighten the indoors today. Susie

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  5. Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    The garden photos are absolutely gorgeous. You are at least two weeks ahead. I don’t have any buds on the Monarda and the hydrangea is at least two weeks from blooming…the photos are really lovely and so enjoyable. Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That’s interesting Charlie–seems like we were running pretty close together in our bloom times for a while. It has definitely started heating up here.

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