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Embracing the Freshness of June

By Kim Charles


Jan Murin from Wisconsin, shares highlights with us from her June garden.

"June is my favorite time for the garden. The colors and fragrances are fresh and neither I nor the plants are tired. I am in southeast Wisconsin near Lake Michigan which can mean spring temperatures 10 degrees cooler than areas only a few miles west of us."

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Clematis 'Guernsey Cream' and 'Northern Lights' azaleas.

Magnolia 'Sunsation'

Clusiana tulip 'Honky Tonk' and creeping phlox

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  1. mjensen 05/08/2017


  2. 2bakeornot2bake 05/08/2017

    Love the colors! Bet you are looking forward to JUne

  3. gardencook 05/08/2017

    Beautiful colours!!! I would have sworn I was looking at a public botanical garden rather than a private one!!!! Nicely done!

  4. pattieswinfordclifford 05/08/2017

    Very pretty!!!

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    meander_michaele 05/08/2017

    Easy to see why you love, love, love your June garden, Jan. The colors are all so vibrant and joyful. Your plants are like a wonderful choir working together to sing a hymn of happiness. That magnolia 'Sunsation' is a stunner and I feel I need to do a google search on it to learn more about it.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/08/2017

      That magnolia really caught my eye, too, Michaele. I really love the yellow magnolias, and this one looks like it has some gorgeous peach tones with some reddish. Love it.

      1. Luvfall 05/08/2017

        I've been really happy with this magnolia. It's smaller than many of the other yellows, hardy to zone 4b and blooms late so there little chance of frost damage to the flowers. Though I imagine that benefit may have a downside if it gets really warm in June.

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        meander_michaele 05/08/2017

        After doing a little googling on 'Sunsation', it seems like it can't take a bad picture or get a bad review.

  6. user-7007498 05/08/2017

    Good morning, Jan. Like Diane, I think my favorite photo is the one with the athyrium, hellebores, blue hosta, and actea. Great combo. You captured the perfect lighting for the photo. Also loved the awesome yellow of that magnolia. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Luvfall 05/08/2017

      Thank you. I have learned so much about using texture by visiting this blog.

  7. deeinde 05/08/2017

    Jan, your gardens are beautiful! Tell me, what is the flower in the first picture that is reddish with a yellow center?

    1. Luvfall 05/08/2017

      That is an old peony called Puffs of Pink. Looking at that picture I'm thinking perhaps I should move it away from the red poppy. Funny how you notice things looking at a photo.

  8. tennisluv 05/08/2017

    Jan, what pretty garden. I love all your plant combinations. Thanks for sharing.

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    vanhatalosuomi 05/08/2017

    Enjoyed seeing your garden!

  10. chelleisdiggin 05/08/2017

    I said, "Wait!. Is that all there is?" Beautiful garden, Jan, I'm just begging for more pictures.

  11. user-4691082 05/08/2017

    So far, we've had a warm April and a rainy, cold May. I can't wait till my garden is blooming like yours! It took me a minute this morning to realize it's not June in Wisconsin!!!

    1. Luvfall 05/08/2017

      I'm not even sure that it's May here given the chill. All the plants that were so happy in April have gone on strike and refuse to grow. The grass doesn't even need cutting.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/08/2017

        36° F here this morning! Crazy.

  12. Sunshine111 05/08/2017

    Love the vivid color combinations!

  13. Maggieat11 05/08/2017

    You have a beautiful garden, Jan! Looks like you have such a nice setting for it as well. I'd love to see more photos!

  14. deborah_gleason 05/08/2017

    Wow! Gorgeous! I absolutely love your garden. Is the blue hosta in your pic Blue Angel? Just look at that Japanese Fern! What is the plant to the right of the fern? I've seen it before but can't remember the name for the life of me!

    1. Luvfall 05/08/2017

      Thank you. Yes, the hosta is Blue Angel, one of the first hostas I planted. To the right of the fern are hellebores - the flowers last for months.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/08/2017

    Lush, textural, floriferous and lovely. Looks so wonderful. It looks a bit like my May garden and this spring, my April garden.....

    1. sheila_schultz 05/08/2017

      The weather map looks like you might be having a blast of frigid weather, how are your gardens holding up?

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/08/2017

        We stayed warmer than predicted because of the semi-urban heat sink: a balmy 36°F this morning. If we hadn't had summer weather in March and April off and on, this would be normal......
        I covered some tropicals, but everything looked fine this morning.

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  16. sheila_schultz 05/08/2017

    Jan, your June gardens are a winter weary gardener's dream, the mass of blooms is spectacular! I'm guessing you are eager for another beautiful show in a few weeks once your weather warms up again!

  17. jbakan 05/08/2017

    Jan, I live in Sheboygan County, approx. 1/4 mile away from Lake Michigan. I completely understand the lake's impact on temperatures. Love ur gardens, great inspiration.

    1. Luvfall 05/08/2017

      Yes, though last night the lake was helpful. I check the lake temperature more than the weather forecast to see if I need to worry about frost. Last night the lake was 37 to 40 degrees so I was comfortable not covering anything.

  18. LaurelEm 05/08/2017

    So beautiful. I love that Magnolia and I am on the quest to add a yellow Magnolia next year. I will watch for this one . I love the touch of pink.

  19. annek 05/08/2017

    Your garden is a lush and well maintained. Beautiful

    1. Luvfall 05/08/2017

      Careful camera angles can hide a multitude of sins.

  20. DarliBarli 05/08/2017

    Simply lovely, truly a passionate gardener's Paradise. Thank you for sharing the loveliness with us. It gives me inspiration.

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    LindaonWhidbey 05/08/2017

    Good morning, Jan. What a beautiful, lush garden you get to play in. That 'Sunsation' magnolia is on our list of must haves and seeing it in bloom just confirms that we need it. I love the shade photo. You have some very robust hellebores. By June, mine are usually starting to fade a bit here since they bloom in the winter. Thanks for sharing.

  22. anitaberlanga 05/08/2017

    what a lovely garden! I am always surprised at how microclimates can occur, sometimes within a few blocks! My Chicago gardens were always near the lake, so I had that 10degree difference a lot! Now, in Central IL, it's a totally different scenario.

    Absolutely LOVE the hellebores nestled under the hostas.

  23. schatzi 05/08/2017

    Beautiful! All my favorite plants. Don't you just love spring?

    1. Luvfall 05/08/2017

      There's really nothing like the green shades we get in spring.

  24. user-6536305 05/08/2017

    So colorful and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Especially love your cover photo and Love your Clematis 'Guernsey Cream' and 'Northern Lights' azaleas and creeping phlox............

  25. NCYarden 05/08/2017

    Delightful. Really digging the color collective. Spring brilliance at play in your beautiful garden.

  26. Cenepk10 05/08/2017

    Sophisticated colors combos in that azalea pic... I'm working on an azalea bed with the oranges, reds & whites. Stunning

  27. janeeliz 05/09/2017

    Oh. my goodness! Your garden is just....GORGEOUS! Love every one of your plants and your combinations. June IS very different from delicate May, isn't it? I love them both1

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