Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment. ~Ellis Peters
A week of sun and rain has changed everything. The garden grows greener by the minute, more flowers are blooming each day. The small islands of early flowers and foliage are growing larger and starting to connect throughout the garden. It looks and smells like spring. The wild cherries and amelanchier are blooming throughout the woods with clumps of summer snowflakes blooming beneath. (Click on any photo in these mosaics to see a full size image)
Summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum)’Gravetye Giant’
The later daffodils are beginning to bloom and have escaped being felled by sub-zero temperatures.
Daffodils in Grape & Lemonade bed
Daffodil ‘Bella Coola’
Daffodil ‘La Traviata’
The tulips are coming into bloom, along with some early perennials.
Tulip ‘Orange Princess’
Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Bertram Anderson’
Tulip ‘Apricot Beauty’
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Alexander’s Great’
Spring star flower (Iphieon uniflorum)
Spring seems to have arrived in earnest, perpetually astonishing in its loveliness.
This post is a part of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, a monthly event sponsored by May Dreams Gardens. You will find links to over fifty beautiful gardens blooming in April – have fun exploring!
All photos ©2017 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved.
The call of spring seems to be louder, sweeter, more siren-like, than ever before. The longing to get closer to nature, fills the heart. ~M.F. Canfield
They are not long, the days of wine and roses
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
~Ernest Dowson, from “Vitae Summa Brevis” (1896)
‘Rose de Rescht’
As I walk down the steps into the lower garden, the air is adrift with the scent of roses in the sun. The heady fragrance of the old fashioned ‘Rose de Rescht’ lining the deck garden perfumes the air around it. The lighter notes of English rose ‘Tamora’ greet me as I turn to the peach and blue area of the garden. ‘Winter Sunset’ displays its classic tea rose form but is a hardy soul, bred for Iowa winters by Griffith Buck. Lilies are beginning to bloom too and they add their scented song to the mix. A cascade of single white flowers covers the fence where hybrid musk rose ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ reigns beneath the shadow of a mulberry tree, intertwined with the purple and white blossoms of Clematis vit. ‘Venosa Violacea’, the perfect companion for roses. Tiny sweet clusters of plum purple flowers cover ‘Sweet Chariot’ rose, backed by the stars of Clematis ‘Margo Koster’ weaving through the arms of eastern ninebark ‘Diablo’ (Physocarpus opulifolius). The Carpet roses are putting on a show – Rainbow, Coral, Pink – and what they lack in scent, they make up for in extravagance of bloom.
This is the most romantic time in the garden, some areas featuring a Valentine of pinks and reds and whites and in others, spouting a fruity concoction of “pink with attitude” – coral, peach, and apricot mixed with purples and blues. Roses scramble over fences and through arbors, intertwined with clematis and surrounded by lilies. The days of roses may not be long, but they are lovely to the eye and fragrant to the nose. Though fleeting, their presence in the garden is a treasure long remembered. Enjoy viewing some of the blooms of mid-June, click on any photo to see a full size image. (All photos ©2016 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved)
Rose ‘Blushing Knockout’
Clematis ‘Margo Koster’ in Plum & Pewter bed
Single rose ‘Complicata’
Hybrid musk rose ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ and Clematis vit. ‘Venusa Violacea’
Clematis vit. ‘Etoille Violette’
English rose ‘Golden Celebration’
Asiatic lily ‘Lollipop’ with roses and Tradescantia ohioensis
Polyantha rose ‘White Pet’
English rose ‘Mary Rose’
Rose ‘Outta the Blue’
English rose ‘Queen of Sweden’
Portland rose ‘Rose de Rescht”
Polyantha rose ‘Margo Koster’
English rose ‘Sharifa Asma”
Patio rose ‘Sweet Chariot’
English rose ‘Tamora’ & Allium christophii
Griffith Buck rose ‘Winter Sunset’
A garden of roses
It is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, sponsored by May Dreams Gardens. Take a peek at some other gardens around the world to see what is blooming in June.
It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. ~ Maud Hart Lovelace
A little music while you view? Peggy Lee sings “Days of Wine and Roses”
It is always exciting to open the door and go out into the garden for the first time on any day.
- Marion Cran
In spite of chilly temperatures and a bout of sleet this morning, the garden is a visual feast of colors and texture. A thousand shades of green grace the trees as new leaves emerge each day while frequent rain has transformed the grass into an emerald carpet. Every day a new flower opens and lays its color and form against the growing tapestry of garden and woodland. Late spring, perhaps like no other season, is a study of contrasts in the garden.
Some plants are quiet and delicate, with color-kissed blossoms floating among clouds of feathery foliage.
Siberian iris ‘Strawberry Social’
Geranium ‘Joan Baker’
Beauty bush (Kolkwitzia)
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’
Camassia leichtlinii caerulea and forget-me-nots
Lower garden in May
Other plants are bold and vibrant, with strong shapes and colors in flower and leaf, or both, from the lollipops of Allium to the dangling hearts of Lamprocapnos spectabilis.
The steps in May
Hillside in May
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’
View from the hill
Clematis ‘Asao’ buds opening
Azalea by the front gate
Aquilegia vulgaris ‘William Guinness’
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ and Euphorbia griffithii
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ with extra floret
Allium, Euphorbia griffithii, Spirea
Herb circle in May
The elusive wood thrush has returned and begins each morning with its distinctive fluted song that continues from dawn to dusk. (You can listen to its song in The Woodthrush Sings). A pair of mourning doves has appropriated one of my deck planters as a nesting spot; Angel is gently but endlessly curious about them – I won’t plant there until the babies fledge. My garden will be on a large garden tour this June, so I’ve been busy planting and pruning, creating a new pollinator garden (more about that in the next post) and enjoying every moment spent outdoors.
For the first time, I am joining in the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day meme sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. It is a great place to visit the 15th of each month as garden bloggers post what’s blooming in their gardens. I hope all of you are enjoying the beauty of spring as it gracefully pirouettes into summer. (All photos ©2016 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved)
It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. ~James Douglas