I love June.
Yes, there are lots of day lilies and cone flowers.
Everything in the garden is green and healthy. Later in the summer, plants get dusty and wilted or chewed and burned up by bugs and heat. There are lots of day lilies and cone flowers in full bloom. The roses haven’t been attacked by the Japanese beetles yet.
Before I share my flowers, I wanted to show you this unobtrusive drip irrigation system for all 12 of the hanging baskets. Most of these plants are annuals and trial plants that are fun varieties new to me.
Spring raddishes hung on till the summer heat, then bolted, bloomed and are setting seed. With all the beautiful flowers, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the little blooms in the herb and vegetable garden. I’m focusing on edible blooms and vegetable flowers this Bloom Day.
Herbs are at their best now and growing fast. Many, like this lilac colored geranium are edible. Add the petals to a garden salad or, garnish a dessert plate with these little flowers.
I vowed to keep the zucchini in control this year. Harvesting squash blossoms, to stuff and fry is a tasty way to keep this beautiful vegetable from over populating the kitchen counter. Harvest these baby squash for grilling.
Catmint (Nepeta), is a member of the mint family. It is easy to grow, has few pests or problems and attracts loads of pollinators to the garden. A few of these petit little blooms sprinkled on top of a dessert or a salad would be festive.
Onion flowers add just a hint of onion to poppy seed dressing, potato salad, rice wine vinegar or herb butter.
And finally, these Jackson and Perkins roses just begged to be photographed before the Japanese beetles arrive. And, really it’s nice to end on a rosy note.
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