Hooray for Bloom Day! There’s finally enough going on in the garden that I can participate again. So now, a selection of mid-June flowers, fruits, and foliage from here at Hayefield in southeastern Pennsylvania, starting with a new container planting out by the barn: ‘Sweet Georgia Light Green’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), ‘Infinity Crimson’ New Guinea impatiens, ‘Athena Red’ shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana), bloodleaf (Iresine herbstii), chicken gizzard plant (Iresine herbstii ‘Aureoreticulata’), black-leaved cotton (Gossypium herbaceum ‘Nigrum’), and ‘Lucky Sunrise Rose’ lantana.
‘Strawberry Seduction’ yarrow (Achillea) fades some later, but it’s a rich crimson when it’s newly opened.
Mmmm. ‘Jonkheer van Tets’ red currants (Rubus rubrum) are among the first fruits of the summer, just a week or so after the alpine strawberries and mulberries.
Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria), with silver foliage and magenta flowers, is hard to miss.
Winecups (Callirhoe involucrata), too have vibrant blooms, but their leaves aren’t very distinctive. Fortunately, they like to weave themselves through companions with colorful foliage, such as golden oregano (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’).
I’ve been wanting to try ‘Tetra Versailles Red’ cosmos for a long time, so I was thrilled when Cameron of Designing Your Home, Garden and Travel surprised me with an envelope of the seeds this spring. They’re even better than I’d hoped.
Moving on to the oranges, the ‘Radio’ pot marigolds (Calendula officinalis) have started flowering in the vegetable garden (here with ‘Ruby Perfection’ cabbage).
In the front garden, there’s ‘Orange Gnome’ Arkwright’s campion (Lychnis x arkwrightii)…
…’Flamenco’ dwarf torch lilies (Kniphofia)…
…‘Sedona’ coleus, paired here with Sunshine Blue blue mist shrub (Caryopteris incana) and variegated lilyturf (Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’)….
…and in the side garden, ‘Flower Carpet Amber’ rose.
Among the yellows are some ‘Jewels Mix’ nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) - here with ‘Radio’ pot marigolds, ‘Bull’s Blood’ beets, and common thyme (Thymus vulgaris).
Here’s golden catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’) and ‘Jade Princess’ millet (Pennisetum glaucum). Too much chartreuse, maybe? If only the ‘Raspberry Wine’ bee balm (Monarda) between them were in bloom now.
The ‘Jade Princess’ in another bed is beginning to bloom, and it’s even better than I anticipated.
One more yellow: a prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa).
Some carrots (Daucus carota var. carota) that I sowed last September overwintered, and I decided to let them bloom until I need to clear their space.
The lovely and aptly named ‘Unforgettable’ forget-me-not (Myosotis palustris).
A hybrid delphinium coming up through ‘Pink Ice’ Van Houtte spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei).
Glorious ‘Kolibri’ kohlrabi.
Dakota Goldcharm spirea (Spiraea ‘Mertyann’) with ghost bramble (Rubus thibetanus).
A new addition for this year: Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba obtusa).
Goldflame honeysuckle (Lonicera x heckrottii)…
…and late Dutch honeysuckle (Lonicera perclymenum ‘Serotina’).
‘Dark Towers’ foxglove penstemon (Penstemon digitalis).
Silver thyme (Thymus vulgaris ‘Argenteus’) with rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and dunce caps (Orostachys iwarenge).
Coral bark willow (Salix alba ‘Britzensis’) against ‘Centerglow’ ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius).
‘Mount Everest’ ornamental onion (Allium) seedheads against ‘Red Majestic’ contorted hazel (Corylus avellana).
Giant fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha) against ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) and ‘Centerglow’ ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius).
White common or wood betony (Stachys officinalis ‘Alba’) and ‘Prairie Frost’ purple coneflower (Echinacea), ‘Berggarten’ sage (Salvia officinalis), ‘Cora White’ rose periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), and cilantro (Coriandrum sativum).
Bowman’s root (Gillenia stipulata, a.k.a. Porteranthus stipulatus).
Foxglove penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) with ‘Henry’s Garnet’ sweetspire (Itea virginica) and American holly (Ilex opaca).
And to finish, smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens).
For more mid-June garden action, check out Carol’s main Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens.