Flowers (and Some Not-Flowers) in June

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New Gerbera Daisy. Hubby bought me…six. They were on sale, and my batch of seeds did nothing this year. I won’t complain! This one, however, is very sickly. Not sure what to do to cure it. Gave it a good overnight soak indoors, then outside now that it is cooler and raining again (sigh for me, good for plants). I think it even looks rather cranky!

That’s a lotta gerberas. I have no idea if they will overwinter here – but I think not. So now I need to find some room inside for them when it gets cold again.


More foxglove (digitalis). Still going strong, but losing blooms all over the driveway. Sad.


More pink roses.


First white rose of the year! Such big blooms (it is more a tree than a bush, this rose) and smell amazing. I might only get a few this year as I’m battling black spot and rust on this beast. 


I’ve forgotten what this is. But it’s blooming. 


First rudbeckia – I think – it overwintered and now I’m not sure what it is! Might be the other thing I grew from seed…ah well.


Clematis! These are growing up the grey willow. A good 16ft or 5m up the grey willow! Shame it is so thick you can’t see the well. 


Oh, and we finally finished the trellises! Now to get those new clematis growing up them to cover that ugly wall. That’s Neko’s ball, by the way. And sometimes I play with Neighbour Cat with it – she likes to chase it, too.


California poppy! Love this thing. It’s in several places now, and I don’t mind a bit, unlike the Duggar Flowers. 


We got the yellow one on heavy discount as it was nearly dead (waterlogged). Glad to see it is coming back.

Some not-flowers:


Any idea what this is? I didn’t plant it. Found it in with something I had grown, knew it wasn’t a weed, and moved it. Arborvitae?


This is garlic that I apparently missed when I dug them all up last autumn. It seems to want to bloom. I’m a bit baffled by the curling stem – it didn’t start out that way! Should I be letting this happen? I have enough garlic now that I don’t need more, so I thought I’d let it go and see what happens.

Best for last! 


I have pinto beans! I took these pics on Sunday (they are much bigger now), when I went outside for the daily perusal of plants, and was just thrilled to bits.

These are genuine Colorado ‘Bill Zee’ pintos, sent to me by the lovely, loving, and wonderful Linda over at Life on a Colorado Farm in the bottom of a classic bean-bag (no, not the kind we threw at each other as kids). If you don’t know her blog already, GO. Farming, rainbows, dogs, cats, cows, and the occasional happy grandchild or family get together. I’m proud to call her friend. 

I am so pleased to be able to have a connection via the soil to someone so far away. I just hope I do these accident-beans proud!

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  1. That one you can’t remember, shown agains the Harley wheel? It’s a Lamia, or dead nettle. Pretty leaves… And I think that thing in the pot looks a lot like leylandii, and I’d be yanking it out pdq, but then I’m pretty hot against the whole family, they’re evil monsters.

    • Think you may be spot on both counts! Actually I think you id’d the dead nettle for me before, I just keep forgetting.
      Wonder how the leylandii ended up here, there’s none nearby at all! Odd. I might see if someone wants it – lots of people have a desire for them. Not me.
      I’m also not a fan of rhododendron, as they are a bit invasive here. And I think hydrangea are rather blowsy and ugly!

      • Yes, but I do love the blue hydrangeas, they’re such a brilliant colour. I used to have one in London, and I kept it very closely pruned so it didn’t get out of control.

  2. Beautiful! My yard is pretty much a blank slate right now. My neighbor gave me 8 azalea bushes she wanted to get rid of and I went into the woods and dug up a bunch of ferns. But so far plenty of space to fill.

  3. Gorgeous! Great close-ups and lovely colours. Did you know that if you put your fingers into the foxglove petals and make a wish it will come true?!

  4. Not only do you have the most lovely garden but you also take the most amazing photos of your beauties. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. ❀

  5. What a gorgeous garden you have there HTBS and stunning shots as well. Love the trelises. So much beauty and colour. You brought a smile to my face with all this beauty. Thanks. πŸ˜€ β™₯

    • Thank you! I really hope the clematis like the trellises. It was fun to make them, and I’m happy all the wood was recycled from previous use. I also put some sweet pea seed in, so maybe they will fill in until the clematis get established.
      Glad I can give you flowers as you go into winter!

      • I am sure they would and making things from recycled material is fun and very economic as well. The sweet peas will look grand for sure. πŸ˜€

        Thank you yes. Around here the African Daisies are still blooming wild, as well as the Pig’s ear, but it’s always great to see your gorgeous flowers. πŸ˜€

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