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Looking Forward to June in the Garden

The flowers of early summer

Today’s photos come from frequent GPOD contributor Barbara Cain. If you’ve missed some of her previous posts, start here and here.

My garden is on the South Shore of Boston. Nearly all of these photos were taken in my backyard, which is enclosed with a fence to create a courtyard. My husband and I spend time there having breakfast and lunch on the deck.

I try to have interesting plants growing all year. These selections were all blooming in June, though the viburnum is best in May.

I love climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolatis, Zones 4–8) and have used it both on my pergola (pictured) and as a ground cover over a stone wall. The climbing hydrangea on my pergola is quite old and is taking over the structure. Every year I plan to prune it back after it blossoms, but I never seem to get to it! Maybe this year . . .

SucculentsSucculents, both hardy and not, with sedum and a miniature hosta. I like to collect succulents, and I plant many of them in hypertufa pots I have made.

PeoniesAn old, unnamed variety of peony is in the front, with ‘Seashell’ and ‘Crinkled White’ behind it. In the background is a variegated Brugmansia, which I overwinter in my basement every year.

paperbark mapleI love my fox wall hanging, which was made at a local preschool. It hangs between a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) and a paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 4–8).

Sargent’s weeping hemlockThis Sargent’s weeping hemlock (Tsuga candensis ‘Pendula’, Zones 3–7 ) is a treasure. I have had it for many years.

SempervivumI planted a selection of hardy succulents (Sempervivum sp., Zones 4–8) in a clay trough with red glass beads filling the spaces between the plants.

Rhododendron ‘Scintilation’Rhododendron ‘Scintilation’ (Zones 5–8) has finished blooming, but bold foliage is still very attractive.

doublefile viburnumThe doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum, Zones 5–8) in full bloom.

closeup doublefile viburnumClose-up of the flowers on the doublefile viburnum.


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    treasuresmom 04/06/2020

    Love it all but that fox is wow so cute!

  2. Maggieat11 04/06/2020

    Wonderful photos! Your hydrangea sure is a stunner.
    The viburnum is gorgeous. Wish I had room for one! As well as the Sargent..... Fab! Thanks for sharing!

  3. user-5117752 04/06/2020

    Such a lovely way to start the day! Thank you! I also have climbing hydrangeas but have never seen them really bloom. Yours are gorgeous! May be mine are in too much shade. And, I love the pot with the sedum and red beads! How clever to set off the sedum in that way!

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    simplesue 04/06/2020

    The pergola with the climbing hydrangea is perfect! And your whole garden is wonderful!

  5. btucker9675 04/06/2020

    Wondrous garden! That weeping hemlock is glorious.

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    user-7007816 04/06/2020

    I agree the weeping hemlock is wonderful. I'll definitely try to find one. Some really nice photography.

  7. nwphillygardener 04/06/2020

    Thanks! I lingered over everyone of those images. And I suspect I would thoroughly enjoy a visit to your garden. Photography is great, and I especially love the two maples - against the graying seder shingles. The array of leaves and seeding bits in shades of red on one side and the texture of the paperbark trunk nearby is a gorgeous from for the fox….pretty sophisticated "folk art" to have been make by children. What's it made of, tin?

    Do tell us, if you can, about the situation in the photo with the Rhododendron past bloom…… what' going on with the branch that looks to be supported, from which hangs

    1. nwphillygardener 04/06/2020

      Cedar, not seder (despite how close we are to Passover)

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    vanhatalosuomi 04/07/2020

    Wonderful views & a delightful garden!

  9. carolineyoungwilliams 04/09/2020

    Barbara, Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful garden. I especially enjoyed the Peonies, Maples and Viburnum . What an awesome view to wake up to. Enjoy your Blessings.

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