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*Summer 2017 - June*


By Lori


It’s been a long white we can enjoy some colour. It’s everywhere you look. Especially the winged creatures!

Chrome Green and black… this is one of the prettiest.

Yellow swallowtails are usually very numerous in the latter part of June, but this one is the first I’ve seen. No Monarchs yet, either. I’ve seen only one Admiral..and it was smaller than normal.

Iris Midnight Revelry is blooming again and so are the lemon lilies…
Paeony Sarah Burnhart

Poppies, Stachys byzantium, red and white for the flag.

The fingers are in the pic so that the scale of the leaves can be appreciated. This is Bressingham Blue and the leaves are huge…compared to:

Blue Boy Hosta… a miniature. Next to Patriot, these are my two most favoured hostas.

Islands of the “meadow”

The seminal clump of oregano…

awaiting the blossom for both.

I posted this because the blossoms reminded me of three belles on a staircase! ;-)

The following two pics are of the Sib. Iris Butter and Sugar… It’s very prolific this year…even the divided clumps in the newer bed.

one of these days I’ll have some “muscular” assistance to removed those logs.

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It's good to see wildlife in the garden.
Your stream is lovely :)

22 Jun, 2017


Oh my its lovely where you live, the stream meandering through with all the Iris looks so attractive, clean and fresh looking as well, we rarely see any butterflies now Lori so its good to see yours, they are pretty ones as well, do you know I haven't even spied any common white cabbage ones this year. Its good to see colour in your garden Lori and you've waited what seems to me to be a long time this year....

22 Jun, 2017


It's all looking lovely. Love the colour of the butterfly in the first photo. Sorry, excuse my ignorance, but what is SIB?

23 Jun, 2017


Iris Sibirica, Lisam. The stream looks so lovely and fresh now - its certainly repaying all your hard work, that seems a long time ago now. The irises look really at home there.
That Paeony's a real cracker!

23 Jun, 2017


Thank you Steragram. I'm hopeless when it comes to abbreviations.

23 Jun, 2017


What a lovely blog Lori. The butterflies are beautiful and your garden is looking great. I just love Irises.....the yellow ones look nice by the stream.

23 Jun, 2017


Lovely seems to make it worth your long wait

23 Jun, 2017


Thanks Hywel, it's a constant source of work and entertainment. It was one of the major reasons why we bought this property and I'm happy to share my enthusiasm for it. :-)
Lincslass: You know, now that you mention it, I haven't seen any of the Cabbage Butterflies either. Every year with the hatch of the first mosquitoes comes the dragonflies..and they're spectacular in their variety and voracious where mossies are concerned... Halleluja! The stream is lovely but it's an insect vector!.. the mosquitoes, blackflies. deer/horseflies, and damselflies and dragonflies all require water to reproduce. Each of the 6 springs (yes, 6!) so far, has seen a hatch of dragonflies that resembles the evacuation of Saigon! mini hellies...buzzing around. Their jaws snap while they knab mosquitoes and houseflies in midflight!
Lisam: The first photo should have been labelled better...sorry about that. It is a damselfly. They are like small versions of dragonflies. That one is so visible with it's black wings I wonder how they survive. They flit above fast moving water catching midges and blackflies I would guess... they are proud creatures too... they will sit on a blade of grass and pose for the camera. ;-) I have lots of Siberian Irises...but never enough...have seen one that is a deep perfect blue...I hope to get that one for a growing collection that includes a few of the many different types of iris. I have Sibs and beardies... lol... Siberians and Bearded Iris.
Hi Stera! That paeony is supposedly Sarah Burnhardt...but it's a little different than the other SB I have. ??? I've been trying to get my paeonies into a place where they'll thrive.
Hi Linda! Those yellow iris are finally starting to show up... it's a long story.
Thanks Bjs... I'm still waiting in many respects...but gardening is a never ending saga, right? ;-)

23 Jun, 2017

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