June in Bloom

'Bright Orange' geranium with blue lobelia

After what seemed like a never ending stretch of cool, windy and wet days, Nova Scotians are enjoying our first really warm — albeit somewhat humid — day today.  And the gardens are loving it.

Red verbena

While certainly not at their finest just yet, those blooms that had been held in check for the past couple of weeks are finally starting to unfurl in today’s warmth.

Lavender ivy geranium, companion to terra cotta Gerbera daisies

The violet geranium that I was so excited to grow because of it’s dark burgundy colour is finally showing a sneak peak of its hue…hardly near the violet end of the spectrum, but the ones I have seen in bloom have a wonderful colour gradation in the blossom, from a dark pink to an almost coral center.  We won’t have long to wait for the final unveiling.

Violet geranium buds
'Bonanza Yellow' marigolds

The marigolds are doing exceptionally well in a small flowerbed, but in my opinion, it’s near impossible to not do well with these sunny flowers.  They are a great contrast for this ‘Trusty Rusty’ coleus that, unfortunately, is wind-beaten and bug-eaten by the look of things.  Hopefully it will do better as it grows.  Those gold-edged leaves look great with the yellow marigolds.

'Trusty Rusty' coleus...a little worse for wear

So, that’s how June is unfolding so far.  With warmer days ahead, I expect big bloomers on the deck!

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Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

3 thoughts on “June in Bloom”

  1. I love the color combo in that first photo! I also like the marigold, a common plant that never fails to add a splash of color during our hottest summer days when other flowers retreat.

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