Lavish Summer

No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer. ~James Russell Lowell

After near constant rain for weeks, the sun has returned and the garden is lavish and lush.


Peonies blossomed between the rain storms, although the pounding rains shortened their bloom lifespan. (click on any photo to see a full size image)

We have returned to a more normal weather pattern and the roses and cottage garden flowers of early June have emerged.

Rosa ‘Complicata’ covered the arbor with her large simple blooms, draping boughs into the yellow leafed Spirea below while fallen petals drift across the path.

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. ~Maud Hart Lovelace

English rose ‘Abraham Darby’ went from tight bud to open bloom over three days, releasing its lush fragrance at last.

More roses bloomed among the perennials

while a few clematis twine through the arms of roses and shrubs.

The steps in the garden are a froth of gold with the blooms of sedum and Corydalis lutea. GoldenSteps

A few days ago, the berries of the mulberry tree on the edge of the garden ripened. mulberrytree

The tree is full of birds and squirrels feasting on the bounty and the lazy afternoons have been spent watching their antics.

Each day, new flowers open and the garden is in constant flux, yet always beautiful. What a delight, this lavish summer.rosearch

And since all this loveliness can not be Heaven, I know in my heart it is June. ~Abba Woolson

All text and photos ©2019 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved, except where noted.

27 thoughts on “Lavish Summer

  1. I’m so behind….but anyway, it’s a treat to see all of this, Lynn! I love that Abraham Darby rose….the tiny butterfly….the Corydalis amongst the rocks…. the peonies, Astantia and foxglove are all so lovely. And by now the garden is full of new pictures, and I’m sure you are drinking it all in.

  2. I discovered your blog today: a stunning outdoor refuge for the eyes and soul, a wholly poetic post.. I particularly love the critter’s photos.

  3. You have a lovely collection of roses and peonies. I always like the atmosphere conveyed in your photos of your garden. I get a sense of a lovely protective space. It looks magical.

  4. So very lovely! We have the same June feelings here 🙂 and the peonies are also flowering. It seems like heaven.

  5. How lush your garden looks. I love the palette of the cottage garden flowers and those lovely roses and peonies. It must be a joy to wander through each day.

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