Today we’re headed off to Angeln in northern Germany! Tracy Asmussen is sharing some shots of a beautiful home garden while eagerly anticipating the arrival of summer.
I love how every petal on this lovely rose flower seems to be shaded a different color. I wonder if it smells as beautiful as it looks?
Nothing quite does spring bloom like a rhododendron shrub (Rhododendron hybrid, Zones 5–8). This one is a particularly bright color and is loaded down with flowers. Clearly, Tracy is giving this plant what it wants in life to be happy and healthy!
Another beautiful rose, hanging down. It looks like this is right outside a window, which is a perfect spot for a fragrant rose.
These roses are just incredible! This warm pink looks good enough to eat.
Roses famously come in nearly every color but blue, but that does include some that edge toward lavender and purple.
These lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus, Zones 4–7) are just starting to open up their dramatic spires of purple flowers. Lupines are classic flowers of cooler, northern gardens, as hot summer temperatures tend to be lethal for them. Southern lupine lovers can enjoy them as annuals by planting them in the fall for a spring bloom.
A view from above of that flower-covered rhododendron, along with some extremely happy hostas.
With huge, bright orange blooms in spring, Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–7) go completely dormant and vanish once summer sets in. These, however, have been planted with enough companions that the space they leave behind will be quickly covered and filled in.
And one last shot of an incredible rose, which looks like it might be the famous variety ‘Peace’, proving as irresistible to an insect visitor as it is to humans.
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