Pink and Purple and Green (mostly)

Early this morning was the perfect time to get out and capture a few June favorites before the rain forecast for the day began.  I had originally planned to make this a post about the roses, but I couldn’t resist some other favorite flowers and foliage.

Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium nipponicum, ‘Pictum’)


Some of my most treasured roses are several June bloomers that were here on the property when we bought it (1987).  I’ve dug up and moved around a lot of plants here since then, including these beauties–no idea what they are, but they happily thrive along the edge of the road, getting covered in snow, sand, salt and slush all winter long, bent and almost broken by springtime, but in full and glorious fragrant bloom in June.

Then we have a lot of Rosa rugosa, including plenty of hot pinks and the highly fragrant white variety, Blanc Double de Coubert, just beginning to open.I planted the following shrub rose, Therese Bugnet, several years ago, and it is clearly happy in its home at the edge of the front flower garden, with a fence to hang over.  It is draping in all directions right now and loaded with buds–in a few days it will be a mass of bloom, and its perfume will waft right in to my office!Then there is the brilliant Topaz, another shrub rose that is finally settling in, not very fragrant, but it can really stop you in your tracks when in full bloom:

In the non-rose department, I wanted to share a few other stand-outs. The lupines, Lupinus polyphyllus, are at their peak (invasive or not, Maine in June just wouldn’t seem right without them! If you’re in the mood for a knitting project, check these out).  We also have the last of the bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis), both pink and white, which were very cheery this year, having self-sown from one plant bought 15 years ago, popping up in various spots throughout the garden, and successfully bridging the gap between the spring bulb extravaganza and the imminent explosion of the peonies, chive blossoms (Allium schoenoprasum), beloved of our Eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies, Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), European Ginger (Asarum europaeum), and my favorite big blue hosta (Hosta sieboldiana, ‘Elegans‘).  And this one’s for you, Polly–columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris).

But my favorite photo from this morning’s shoot is actually a tree, Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa), which is finally blooming reliably after being in the ground for almost 10 years–but it was worth the wait!


  1. Polly says:

    OH it looks so beautiful. This is my favorite time for flowers in Maine, especially when the peonies start to burst open. I love the columbine, and the lady’s mantle….thanks for the beautiful pictures!

    • Mary says:

      the peonies in Bangor are open, and we’re just a few days behind–hopefully we won’t get the usual downpour when they are in full bloom because I never got around to staking them the way I usually do!

  2. Cheryl says:

    It all looks so beautiful Mary…thanks for sharing!

  3. emily says:

    i wish i had a garden….you know you’re verging on old lady territory when you start getting too into roses…watch out!!!

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