Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Early June Garden

Although the earliest blooming Iris sibirica (Siberian iris) have faded from the garden, a few of the Iris germanica (Bearded iris) yet linger.

Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove), a poisonous plant and the source for producing Digitonin, a drug used for heart ailments, can be seen everywhere in the Pacific Northwest. As it requires very little soil to survive, one can find it naturalizing on rocky hillsides, along railroad tracks, sidewalk crevices and even in our gardens. I caution you however, to cut back the faded blossom prior to its seeding as it may overtake the areas the following year.

Caryopterus, delphiniums, foxglove, geraniums, marjorum, ornamental grasses... so much color, so much beauty in this early June garden.