Despite the coldest June on record, with last Sunday the darkest day since early February, the garden hangs in there. It's true that slugs and snails have riddled my artichokes into lace (left)....isn't that pathetic?.... yet the roses are blooming happily and my pea vines are dangling purple pods. My sweet peas are finally flowering, the latest I can ever remember for starts planted in early March.
I don't know what I was thinking to plant trees that leaf out so late, but the Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' has unfurled its burgundy heart-shaped leaves at last. And even the glacially slow chocolate mimosa (Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate') that has looked miserable all spring, is reluctantly unfolding its leaves.
Take a look:
The freshly opened leaves of Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' on a typically wet June morning, are worth waiting for, even though this year the branches were bare until early June.
These heirloom purple-podded peas have pretty flowers that seemingly change colors every week
Climbing 'Westerland' is the only rose I grow...it's fragrant, with healthy foliage
'Westerland' smells as lovely as it looks...the only drawbacks are nasty thorns and the fact it shatters when it's picked.