June has been interesting in the Tea Room garden.
It's been a challenge to try to keep up with weeding. We've had so much rain this month, that pulling the weeds isn't difficult. Finding a non-muddy moment to get out there, while still taking care of our guests and family, is much more of a challenge. And of course, while all that rain means the plants haven't required much attention beyond a little pruning, dead-heading and a bit of fungal treatment, the weeds have been growing like mad.
Our New Dawn climbing roses, which we planted only last summer, bloomed like nothing I've ever seen. You could hardly find the foliage for all of the flowers! The blue Delphiniums put on such a show, that between the weight of the flowers and all the rain, the flower stalks tipped over. We'll know to stake them next year.
I planted some tall pink lilies last summer (pretty sure they're not Stargazers, but something with a similar name), and they came up, produced a couple of blooms and then called it a day. This year, they're really producing. I also planted some deep burgundy, much shorter lilies. I bought them after they'd bloomed, so wasn't entirely sure of their color. They were totally worth the wait!
The lavender and rosemary that we planted this spring have more than doubled in size, and I'm hopeful that they'll winter over along the front fence. If they don't, I don't mind shopping for herb plants in the spring!
I had concluded that the freesias that I planted early this spring weren't ever going to sprout, and then looked out under the Redbud tree one afternoon, and not only had they sprouted, they were blooming. They're not very impressive in the small groupings I planted, so I'll be sure to plant much larger patches of them next spring. The assorted colors remind me of sweet peas, which I haven't yet tried to grow here. I'm not sure why.
The same held true for most of the bleeding hearts I planted last year. I thought they had died over the summer, but they had only gone dormant, and they came back just fine this spring.
The saying with perennials is that the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year, they leap. This is the creeping year for most everything. While some things, like the cherry and crabapple trees bloomed their little hearts out, the emphasis is on "little". I know in a few year's time, those trees will be spectacular.
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