In the Garden... June

June is a month of transition in the garden. Not what you would expect. You feel it in the flower markets as well. Locally grown peonies are gone. The first flush of roses have been deadheaded. Bearded iris are a distant memory. Dahlias have yet to bloom. Focal flowers (large statement flowers in an arrangement) are missing from the garden right now. But there are some pretty little gems and unusual flora I can share.

Probably my favorite bloom right now, a sweet pea named Blue Vein. With a short stem and demure little bloom, it disappears in an arrangement. But standing alone it will blow your mind if you are a flower nerd like me :). Salmony-orange with purple veins. Like a perfect sunset in one petal. 

Probably my favorite bloom right now, a sweet pea named Blue Vein. With a short stem and demure little bloom, it disappears in an arrangement. But standing alone it will blow your mind if you are a flower nerd like me :). Salmony-orange with purple veins. Like a perfect sunset in one petal. 

Apricot nasturtium.

Apricot nasturtium.

First bloom on the many sunflowers I planted this year. The stocks are now as tall as me. Not a yellow variety in the bunch- too common and boring. The varieties I chose will be peach, burgundy, rosey- pink, and brown.

First bloom on the many sunflowers I planted this year. The stocks are now as tall as me. Not a yellow variety in the bunch- too common and boring. The varieties I chose will be peach, burgundy, rosey- pink, and brown.

Artichoke. The flower that we eat. Soon a bright purple center will appear. It is a great flower to dry and display. I think of a dried artichoke bloom as beautiful art sculpture.

Artichoke. The flower that we eat. Soon a bright purple center will appear. It is a great flower to dry and display. I think of a dried artichoke bloom as beautiful art sculpture.

White currant is so beautiful in arrangements. I LOVE to use berries of all sorts in my arrangements.

White currant is so beautiful in arrangements. I LOVE to use berries of all sorts in my arrangements.

Cone flower. I grow these for their beautifully textured centers. I often pluck the petals off before using them in my designs.

Cone flower. I grow these for their beautifully textured centers. I often pluck the petals off before using them in my designs.

New addition to the garden- alstroemeria.

New addition to the garden- alstroemeria.

This clematis I planted two years ago has produced hundreds of blooms since early May. Once the purple petals are gone, I will still be able to use those expressive vines in floral pieces. 

This clematis I planted two years ago has produced hundreds of blooms since early May. Once the purple petals are gone, I will still be able to use those expressive vines in floral pieces. 

We have had some great rainstorms throughout June. Everything looks healthy and happy. I am a happy gardener because I haven't had to start a consistent watering schedule yet. I know that will happen soon. We get hardly any rain in July and August. 

Next month- dahlias!!!

Peace, love, and blooms my friends!