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The miracle of spring never grows old or loses its wonder. Just a few short months ago, our yard was bleak and empty. By the end of June, the garden is unrecognizable as that same blank canvas.

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The queen of the June garden is surely the giant fleeceflower (Persicaria polymorpha) A hardy perennial, it dies back to the ground each year, but by the end of June, its sturdy, plume-topped stalks stand over seven feet tall. What a marvel.

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Another wonder of the early summer garden is the Giant Sea Kale (Crambe cordifolia), which produces huge airy sprays of dainty, sweetly scented flowers that are adored by pollinators. This plant is sometimes compared to baby’s-breath on steroids.

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The development of a path through the east border has been one of this year’s projects. A spiral juniper marks the entrance to the path.

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The path is lined with young perennials that will make a colourful display as they fill in. The bright red spots are the flowers of a little rose, Oso Easy Cherry Pie. I don’t have many roses as I am unprepared to fuss with temperamental plants that need special attention. The Oso Easy series are reputed to be carefree, and I have been pleased with Cherry Pie so far.

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Here’s another new addition, Campanula ‘Sarastro’, a handsome hybrid bellflower.

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The silvery stems and white flowers of Lychnis coronaria ‘Rose Blush’ are very graceful. Some of the flowers do have a light pink blush, as suggested by the name, but many appear pure white. Still pretty.

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These little daisy-like flowers belong to feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium).

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The hostas are slow to get underway in the spring but are reaching their full stature.

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Another shady walk is watched over by St. Francis of the bird feeder.

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Geranium ‘Karmina’ joined the garden late last summer and has performed well this spring.

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Clematis ‘Piilu’ (Little Duckling) tumbles over an old stump.

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This Serbian Bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana ‘Blue Waterfall’) sits in a puddle of its own blue blooms that spray over the ground.

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Another new project this year is this shady path through the east border. Its construction was preceded by a whole lot of weed and grass removal, admirably completed by RailGuy.

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The purple flowers of the reliable catmint Nepeta x faassenii ‘Six Hills Giant’ contrast nicely with the yellow of Lysimachia punctata ‘Golden Alexander’.

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The rosy blooms of Knautia macedonica are waiting for the thistle-like flowers of Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’ to catch up.

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That’s a little sampling of the late June garden. I leave you with this picture of Joe Crow watching over the west border.

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As we pass summer solstice and enter high summer, the garden is filling in. Every year it amazes me how we can go from the barrens of January and February to the verdant, lush green of July in such a short time. That’s not to say the garden is at its peak, but that time is just down the road.

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Since my last garden post, I have added this chair. I purchased it at a little shop that sells odds and ends of wooden chairs under a sign marked ‘Garden Chairs’. I like its natural self, just as it has ended up from years of use, but it would also look nice painted. Maybe next year. There are so many beautiful baskets available at a very reasonable price, I rarely put together my own, and am content to enjoy someone else’s creation.

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I am fond of clematis, but just have this single plant right now. It is climbing over a stump, the last remains of an old tree, and its blooms brighten a shady nook. This clematis is ‘Piilu’ — Little Duckling. Yes, I chose it for its name.

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Just down the way from the clematis is Astrantia major ‘Sunningdale Variegated’, AKA masterwort. It’s variegated leaves made a nice splash in the spring garden, and now it is just coming into bloom with its rather interesting little flowers.

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A bit farther down the walk is this pretty red lily. It predates me in the Willow House Garden. I haven’t planted lilies because I’m not prepared to do battle with the lily-leaf beetles (Lilioceris lilii). The beetle is native to parts of Europe and Asia. It is thought to have been introduced to North America through the import of plant bulbs around 1945, and I first spotted them in my garden about a decade ago. Their arrival in North America was a sad day for gardeners. Adult lily-leaf beetles are about 3/8 inch or 9 mm in length, with shiny red backs and a black head and underside. Both adults and larvae kill lilies by feeding on the leaves, and then the flowers. You can see the damage that has been inflicted on the foremost lily, although the rear flower is in pretty good shape.

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Here’s the little rose called ‘Bubbles’. At first I was disappointed with how pale its flowers are, but on a dull day, they really light up, and I have gotten to like it.

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I planted a few new Phlox paniculata this spring, and this one, ‘Swirly Burly’, is the first to bloom. It is only a small plant still, but has put out a lovely head of blooms.

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Here is catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Six Hills Giant’) blooming with yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata ‘Golden Alexander’). They make a pleasing combination of colours, and just for good measure, a small pink yarrow has volunteered itself.

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The daylily season is just around the corner. There are plenty of flower scapes starting to show around the garden. One of the first to bloom is Stella de Oro, a sturdy and reliable early bloomer that is often used in landscaping.

Below is one of the first of the newer daylilies to bloom this year. It’s Coyote Moon, a soft yellow touched with cinammon that was hybridized by David Kirchhoff and introduced in 1994. The flowers are about 3 1/2 inches across and are held on scapes about 28 inches long. It won’t be long before many more daylilies brighten each day.

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