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Bee balm, daylilies, and fawn season

June 13, 2021

I’m grateful for the past two weeks of off-and-on rain, which helped my garden rebound from the epic February freeze. Early June may be hot and muggy now, but the garden is full and flowery. And the driveway border is back, baby!

‘Peter’s Purple’ bee balm (Monarda fistulosa) — whose frazzle-headed flowers are actually magenta — is the belle of the ball for a few weeks. It has charmingly self-sown through other sun-loving, drought-tolerant plants, including ‘Bright Edge’ yucca, purple skullcap (Scutellaria wrightii), Mexican feathergrass, Salvia greggii, and ‘Powis Castle’ artemisia.

As the bed winds toward the front door, it transitions to a lawnette of sedge (Carex leavenworthii).

The island bed is fluffed up too thanks to the rain. The heartleaf skullcap may be going to seed, but Mexican oregano is beginning to bloom.

The does in our neighborhood have been looking a little “fluffy” too, and now they’re giving birth. I spotted this baby hiding in the gravel garden near the front door a few days ago. It’s not the most comfy spot, but it is well hidden from the street. He stayed here for several hours until his mama came back for him after her afternoon meal.

‘Best of Friends’ daylily is still flowering in the back garden, away from the deer.

‘Wilson’s Yellow’ is too.

When I bought this lanceleaf blanketflower (Gaillardia aestivalis) a couple years ago, it was labeled as the cultivar ‘Glitz ‘n Glamour’. But ‘Glitz ‘n Glamour’ has entirely yellow flowers, and mine have a wine-colored center. Mislabeled, apparently, but still charming.

The long view shows ‘Sterntaler’ coreopsis and, beyond, purple coneflowers framing a potted whale’s tongue agave in the Circle Garden.

But the deck view from above is my favorite place to enjoy the geometry of the Circle Garden.

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