My June garden

Welcome to my June 2020 garden! What can I say – the world is a disaster at the moment, but the garden has been looking beautiful.

This is the lower garden, which we haven’t even touched yet. We have mostly worked on our “secret garden” behind the house, but I will save that for another entry.

At the base of the first photograph you can see some beautiful scarlet peonies that I have yet to move. There are about 6 mature plants down there that will be moved to another part of the garden this fall. I already transferred several mature peony plants last year.

I have no idea what these peonies are called, since I inherited them from a past owner, but they are so beautiful that they almost make me want to cry. The close-ups are taken from the plants that I moved last fall. They didn’t mind the move at all, and bloomed for all of five minutes.

That is my only issue with peonies. They finish blooming so quickly. I have to hold my breath every time that I see them, because they fade away quickly and I have to wait another year to see them again.

These pictures of me in the lupine meadow in the lower garden mean a whole lot to me, because I will never see the lower garden like this again.

Next year the wildflower meadow will be gone. This fall we are sending tractors down there to clear the weeds and wildflowers in order to make a more formal garden area. We’re waiting until fall so that the weeds are dormant when we do it. Finally we will have a larger space to work on, finally we will be able to see the babbling brook during the summer – right now it is hidden by all of the green growth.

Lupines are tall, beautiful, majestic flowers. It is illegal to grow them in Norway, because they choke out native flowers. I was going to save their seeds in order to sow them in other wilder areas of the garden, but I decided against being a criminal gardener. I have a feeling that they will keep popping up in the garden whether I sow them or not. Here’s hoping.

And since we’re on the subject of tall plants. These Allium Globemaster flowers are as big as a baby head, and the plants are as tall as a small child. They are stunning, but their foliage is awful! The trick is to plant them way back in a large border, I guess.

I also planted loads og Allium Purple Sensation flowers, which are smaller, but I didn’t really like them, to be honest. Everyone else was completely enamored by them. They come back every year, so they will have the chance to charm me next year. If they don’t I am yanking them out.

That’s the thing… I am such an inexperienced gardener that I am still figuring out what I want in my garden, and how to plant things together. I am constantly asking myself what my favorite plant is. What should be the focus of this garden?

Roses are magnificent. Not only are they are stunningly beautiful, if you choose the right ones they bloom profusely, fill the whole garden with scent and come back every year. This is Nostalgie rose. She was the first of my roses to bloom this year.

My June garden was mostly filled with hundreds and hundreds of promising rosebuds. I think that they might come earlier next year when they are more established. I planted most of my roses early this spring.

This is another flower that I will plant in my garden every year, as it is an annual flower. Chocolate Cosmos look like actual jewels, and smell faintly of chocolate. They bloom all the way until frost if you deadhead the spent flowers.

My last little ode to my June garden comes in the form of sweet peas. This variety is called “Blue Shift” and it is a beauty. My house will always smell of sweet pea blossoms in the summertime. Always.