Monday, June 27, 2011

Capture the Morning's Garden

June is the month! That is when it happens.

The soil has been satiated by the continual spring rains and with increasing sunshine and warmer daytime temperature here in the Pacific Northwest, color and blossoms and fragrance emerge nearly en masse. We love the chill of the morning air, the warmth of a sunny day and the cool breeze beneath a shade tree.

Blossoms of the rhododendron have begun to fade but the Chionanthus virginicus (Fringe tree), is currently Puttin' on the Ritz. This rather slow growing specimen is worth having in the garden especially for the intoxicatingly fragrant and delicate creamy-white panicles of blossoms.

Step out the front door toward the rhododendron, turn south past the tree and the kitchen garden (potager), take a hop past the apple trees to the opposite side and turn northward, and this handsome Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Pinus glauca) awaits to greet with a view of the Fringe tree above, and the profuse yellow flowers of Genista Lydia (Lydia broom) which drape over the wall of boulders, the support for the raised bed area and a few roses.

Stroll past a healthy stand of black bamboo (Phyllostachy nigra) where thoughts turn to friends who gave us a little start of that fine specimen... but be careful, for the grade is rather steep.

Beyond we approach a most spectacular Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii', perhaps my favorite shrub. See how the branches grow horizontally and the double rows of lacey cymes lay atop the branches and look somewhat akin to a lace-cap hydrangea? We started this from a cutting 7 or 8 years ago from one in another section of the garden and planted it in this location in order to have a birds eye view of the blossoms from above. It loves this spot, as do we. Would you believe, we do not water it?

Continue north from here past the birch and we'll head west up the hill toward another favorite part of the garden.

A favorite tree, Fagus sylvatica (beech), was planted following a trip to England nine years ago. No, we shall not experience the grandeur as those that we saw, for they were at least a century old, but the magnificence of those trees had us planting one upon our return to the United States. It could be said that the deep rich burgundy color of the foliage is likened to a great Merlot, deep, full of flavor and rich in color. (I made that last part up... wink.) I do love how it caresses Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'.

The soft salmon pink of Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth' is throughout the garden, and one nestles next to this carex.

Only a few bearded iris remain and Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravens Wing' has now faded, but all is not lost as blossoms of another form emerge.

Yes, this is the month, or shortly I will say, was the month, for our garden will have to contend with the hot and dry days during July and August. Amazing is how the plants have adapted to little or no water during that period over the course of many years.

Thank you for taking time to join us in the morning garden.