June Berries

We think of fall as the season of fruitfulness, but there are a number of plants bearing ripe fruits in June. These are the plants displaying attractive fruits right now in our garden.

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Time for Cutting Back, Or Not

During late May and early June I spend a lot of time cutting back my perennials.

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Bluestar  (Amsonia) after a haircut.

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A New Look for Rupert the Rooster

Years ago we bought a concrete rooster in St. Paul, Minnesota, while visiting our son there. Why did we buy a concrete rooster? Well, Judy has a thing about inanimate poultry. Ducks, peacocks, turkeys, chickens – but mostly chickens.

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More Blue Blooms for June

For some reason June is a very blue/purple month. Just recently I wrote about two blue June flowers, Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) and Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis). But it seems these days that practically the only colors to be seen in the whole front garden are on the blue-purple spectrum (the back, with mostly white flowers, is a different story).

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Are Spiderworts Worth It?

Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) is another blue bloom of June. The flowers are very attractive (I love all blue flowers), at least while they’re open.

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Three Goats in the Garden

Reading to the kids was something I really enjoyed. It was a nightly ritual until they hit around the age of 12. A story I especially liked when they were preschoolers was The Three Billy Goats Gruff (“Who’s that clip-clopping across my bridge?”). Last year it hit me that I already had two “goats” in the back garden: Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus) and Dwarf Goat’s Beard (A. aethusifolius).

 

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Wild Blue Indigo and Bumblebees

June is a blue month in our garden. And perhaps my favorite blue flower for June is the Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis). This is such a great plant: it’s beautiful, tough, and low-maintenance. Give it time and it will create a substantial presence, around four feet tall and wide.

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Tomatoes in Part Sun?

You’re not supposed to grow tomatoes in part sun, everybody knows that. But I’m performing a little experiment. I wanted to grow tomatoes in containers on the back steps, along with some herbs: sweet basil, Thai basil, mint, chives, and parsley.

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Sweet basil and tomato ‘Patio’ on the back steps.

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My Two Favorite Roses

My two favorite roses are blooming right now. ‘Cassie’ and ‘Sally Holmes’ are both shrub roses with fragrant white flowers. In our garden, they both keep their foliage disease free without sprays of any kind.

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‘Cassie’

 

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Why is Honest Abe in Our Garden?

Some people keep a Buddha statue in their garden. Others have St. Francis. For us, it’s Abraham Lincoln. Not a Lincoln statue, actually, just half of a bookend set I found online.

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