|Iris pseudacorus, Yellow Flag|
My flower garden is at its height during the month of June, and this year June's blooms have started early. I can look out my kitchen window and see the golden flashes of yellow flag iris at the edge of the pond.
|Miss Kim lilac|
The pale purple haze of the small lilac, Miss Kim, is one of the glories of June. Not only is she a beauty, but she has the most intense and heady scent of any flower in my garden. A small bouquet will fill the house with its perfume. Its form is different from other lilacs, with tiny flaring trumpets massed along a stem, each a paler color in its interior.
|Snowball viburnum bush|
Another lovely shrub of June, though more demure, is the snowball bush. Its rounded flower heads are made up of multiple tiny floral whirls.
|White Rosa rugosa|
The rugosa roses have begun to bloom, the white flowers a pale, delicate pink in bud.
|Lily of the Valley|
The sweet Lily of the Valley are fading, their delicious scent overpowered by that of Miss Kim, but their white bells still shine above the darks of foliage and ground.
Baptisia, one of my favorite perennials, is blooming now. It's pea-like blue flower spikes don't last too long, but they are followed later in the season by dramatic black pods. The mass of leaves is beautiful all season, and act like a small shrub in the border.
Pink hearts are dangling alongside my back door. The more mature flowers with their upturned ends remind me of the old "flip" hairdo, with a bouffant.
Even the herb comfrey puts on a floral show on June 1st, with groups of purple flowers, like multilayered chandeliers. The only June flower yet to bloom are the peonies, my very favorites, so I have them to look forward to in coming weeks.