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June 23, Summer is finally here

We are now officially in summer!  The dahlias are growing steadily and putting on their buds.  Two of my plants that I left in ground over winter are already blooming, and more buds will be opening every day now.  Once the dahlias get into full bloom the variety of color in the garden will get even more amazing.

Here are a few photos of what is blooming and about to bloom.

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Red Raspberry.  This one will be ready in a few days.

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Red Raspberry.  This one is ripe with the perfect color and ready to eat.  In fact, I did eat it!  Yummy.  It was the first red raspberry to ripen this year, most of the other berries have not even started to turn red yet.

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Dahlia.

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Close-up of same red Dahlia.

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Penstemon. 

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Astrantia (pink) and Veronica (blue)

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Phlox.

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Dahlia.

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Dahlia.

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Dahlia.

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White Oriental Poppy.

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Pink Coneflower.

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Queen of the Prairie.

below: Hydrangea

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Delphinium and Coreopsis.

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after getting caught nibbling on the apple tree … getting out of town quickly

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May 18, in the Garden today

Iris 1a May 18IRIS.  These small mauve colored Iris are the first of this color to bloom, and they just opened up today.  Iris 1b May 18A close-up of the small mauve Iris.

Iris 2 May 18A larger two-toned mauve Iris. Iris 3 May 17The peach colored Iris, which was the first of all our Iris to bloom this year.  To the left of the Iris there is pink Sea Thrift; behind to the top right there are pink Columbine; to the left bottom of the photo the green is Veronica; and the gray in the lower center is Dianthus- ‘Pinks’- which are in the Carnation family.  Much more color and variety is on the way!???????????????????????????????The tall yellow bearded Iris. ???????????????????????????????The tall purple two-toned Iris. Poppy 1a May 18POPPY.  Salmon color. Poppy 1b May 18Two salmon color and three orange. Poppy 2b May 16Jumbo red.  This bloom is several inches larger than the salmon and orange varieties. Poppy Bud 1 May 18Poppy bud, getting ready to open any day.  The covering will split in two as the bud opens.  The bloom will at first look like a delicate tissue paper flower when the covering pops open. WOW- nature is amazing.R Astrantia May 17ASTRANIA.  This dark red variety was new for me last year.  I’m really enjoying the dark green leaves as well as the darker flowers. R Astrantia May 18This pink I have had for several years- it is very hardy and long blooming.  I have added a couple with white blooms this year- they are called ‘Alba’.R Clematis 1a May 17CLEMATIS.  Buds of my double pink Clematis. R Clematis 1b May 18Another view of a double pink Clematis bud. R Clematis 2 May 18More Clematis about to bloom. R Clematis 3 MayWhite Clematis.  This bloom is about the size of an open hand.R Lupine 1 May 18LUPINE.  This plant, in particular, is cute and funny at the same time.  Most of the Lupine have the bloom stalks straight up, but this variety likes to bend and weave.  The blooms open up like a cone and the color starts from the bottom buds- then the color opens up through to the top over the next couple days.  These spikes are fully red now.R Lupine 2 May 18A pink variety that is a few days behind the red plant.  The color is starting to show and the spikes are filling in.  Lupine comes in many pastel colors and some are two-toned. S Bean May 18One of the dry- bean plants.S Birds May 18BIRDS.  A male and female Black-headed Grosbeak.  We generally see them one by one, so it was fun to see them both together.  We’ve had up to four males at one time during the last week.