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Summer Solstice

June Solstice (Summer Solstice) in Chapel Hill, NC – Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm. In terms of daylight, this day is 4 hours, 53 minutes longer than on December Solstice.

We had a torrential downpour this afternoon but the sun came out in time to celebrate summer solstice. Long summer days ahead, but already creeping toward darkness.

Shasta daisies are beginning to wake up.

Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy)

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower) is having a good year and attracting lots of visitors.

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (Coneflower)

Other echinacea are thriving this year too. Although they are drought-resistant, coneflowers seem to appreciate a good drink of rain water regularly as much as the next plant.

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Their flowers take on a variety of forms. I like the drooping ones and this one with the petals tucked in like a turban.

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

This salvia anchors a calm area of the garden, not minding the tansy’s encroachment.

Tansy and Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Starting out white, Oakleaf hydrangea is working to earn its name, Lil’ Ruby.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)

This artemisia is a favorite hiding place of several generations of rabbits terrorizing the garden this year. I was going to show pictures of all their damage but the list is too long and discouraging. I’m especially disappointed they’ve eaten the zinnias, which had been off to a great start, sprouting in 2 days. A neighbor gave me some spray but it’s not stopped the rabbits completely from tasting.

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)

I am not sure what prompted me this evening to look up Russian Sage, but I’m glad I did. It turns out to be the plant formerly known as Perovskia atriplicifolia.
Now its name is Salvia yangii.

Salvia yangii (Russian Sage)

Salvia yangii (Russian Sage)

The overwintered dahlias have been eager to flower. Some others planted this spring are slow to get going but I expect they will catch up.

Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait’

Dahlia ‘David Howard’

Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’

Dahlia ‘Tsuku Yori No Shisha’

This week on Instagram I joined Amy @newgatenarcissi with a monthly collage of the garden. Here’s June.  Maybe you would like to join in also. #gardencollagemonthly

June 2020 #gardencollagemonthly

Wishing you a happy summer!

Summer In A Garden

June Solstice 2018. Northern Hemisphere. 6:07 AM Thursday, June 21.
(Images from June 16-18, 2018)

Allium and Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Baptisia and Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Bee on Echinacea With Lavender

Calla Lily

Lathyrus latifolius (Perennial Sweet Pea)

Sedum s. ‘Autumn Fire’ (stonecrop)

Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

Dahlia ‘Fireworks’

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Summer And Summer Phlox

Phlox paniculata 'Robert Poore' (Summer Phlox)

Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’ (Summer Phlox)

Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm—Summer Solstice ( June Solstice) is today.  The temperature currently is 89 °F (31.7 °C) at 11:00 am, quickly heading toward a high of 99 °F (37 °C).

June 2015 (source: weather underground.com)

June 2015 (source: weatherunderground.com)

The weather continues to be quite a distraction and hindrance to gardening, yet somehow certain plants persevere even when the gardener falls behind. Summer phlox began blooming this week in the western border.

Phlox paniculata 'Robert Poore' (Summer Phlox)

Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’ (Summer Phlox)

Phlox paniculata 'Robert Poore' (Summer Phlox)

Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’ (Summer Phlox)

Happy Summer!

Summer Beginnings

Summer Solstice 2013 was at 1:04 AM (ET) on Friday, June 21.
Summer is my favorite season so I welcome its official arrival today. The weather is glorious—clear and sunny, only 78°F., humidity is low at 40%.

Summer is not the best time of year for my garden, that would be spring, but the weather has been fairly moderate with ample rainfall, so the garden is in stronger condition than usual as the seasons transition.

Gladiolus In Northern Border

Gladiolus In Northern Border

I always keep a few Gladioli and they recently began blooming.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

When I began this garden I encountered some snobbishness from a young horticulturalist about growing Gladioli and I remember it was an odd moment. Never before had I really thought much about why one chooses to grow (or not grow) a particular plant. It is an interesting subject to me now. Preference is one thing and the avoidance of invasive species is a necessity, but why would a plant carry a social stigma?

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

I love reading about what other gardeners are growing and I enjoy learning about new (and old) plants. The gardener’s personality comes out in one’s plant choices, it seems to me, and that can make each garden quite special.

Gladioli

Gladioli

Though I mention that incident from long ago, I actually I never worry what the neighbors might think if they spot a Gladiolus in my garden. The tall spikes of blossoms remind me of summer and of my maternal grandmother, who grew rows of glads, as she called them, for cutting flowers. As a child I loved helping her make large and colorful bouquets for her sun porch and that memory seems reason enough to grow a flower.

Gladioli

Gladiolus

As summer begins a few other plants characterize the garden. Echinacea and Salvia have been blooming for a few weeks now. Yesterday a friend offered me a piece of orange Echinacea ‘Sunset’ which I had recently vowed to quit trying to grow. I accepted without hesitation, of course, and will try to give it a good home.

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

A small container of mixed Sedum from last year has spilled over the sides of its pot and is flowering for the first time.

Mixed Sedum

Mixed Sedum

Happy Summer!