Welcome to my June cottage garden! Come see what’s blooming this month in the PNW, and what I’ve been working on. The lilacs are gone, but the peonies are in full bloom. The hydrangeas and daylilies are displaying new buds, so they should be gorgeous in the next couple of weeks.
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Peonies are my favorite spring flower, however, they are very short-lived in the garden. Take a look at some of the peonies that are blooming in my June garden.
It is not recommended to cut blooms from your peony plant for the first few years, because they take 3-4 years to become fully established.
According to GrowPeonies.com, the old adage for peonies is “The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap”.
This rhododendron only bloomed for the first few days in June, but it was quite a sight! I have several mature rhododendron trees in my garden, all in different colors, light pink, fuchsia, and white.
Raised Garden Beds
The seed starts are finally planted and are starting to grow quickly. Zinnias, Cosmos, Larkspur, Bee Balm, Sweet Peas, and Marigolds are just a few of the flowering annuals that were planted here in my cut flower garden.
Vegetables such as broccoli, fennel, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, and peas were planted among the flowers as well.
This is my new birdhouse from Good Directions, and I am absolutely in love with it! Because there aren’t many blooms in the garden yet, I planted delphiniums, daylilies, snapdragons, and honeysuckle around it for color.
June is a Month of Transition
June finds very few perennials that are in bloom. It’s a time of transition in this garden. The spring bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, have come and gone, but the summer perennials aren’t quite ready to bloom yet.
This is a great time to visit the nursery to pick up some colorful annuals while you are waiting for the perennials to pop. Add them to your containers, planters and window boxes to brighten things up.
I also planted some delphiniums for height and color interest.
I will be working on cleaning the inside of the greenhouse out in the next week or two, in order to help prevent pests and diseases from spreading.
We have had a lot of rain here the last couple of weeks. So when the sun came out, I had to snap a few pictures. My deck planters look a little sparse right now, but they will fill out in the next week or two. I add Osmocote when planting annuals, which allows a slow release of nutrients to them.
Adding picket fences, with a hanging container for flowers, and a vintage bike, add character to the cottage-style garden.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my cottage garden in June. I can’t wait to give you a tour next month when most of my perennials will be in full bloom.
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Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leave such a sweet comment!!
Your garden is simply amazing! Love all the vintage touches and your flowers are beautiful!!
Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
How lovely! I really enjoyed spending time visiting your beautiful garden. After moving from Ohio to Florida, I still haven’t really figured out gardening here in the heat and humidity! Your little garden shed always brings a smile to my face, too!
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
I love your beautiful garden Kim! And I love these monthly tours – it’s great to see what’s blooming, when. A big help for my own garden planning! Thanks as always for sharing your inspiration and your gorgeous views! 🙂 ?
You are just the sweetest person Barbara! I always appreciate you visiting and sharing such kind words. I hope you are finding kindness and peace this week my friend.
Pam Richardson says
Kim, I started following you on Instagram because of your beautiful gardens. I also garden in a totally different climate, in the heat and humidity of the South. I so enjoyed this June tour of what is going on in your garden, it is gorgeous!
Thank you Pam! I love seeing gardens throughout the country, and find it fascinating to see such different flower varieties and the timing of when each garden blooms! I just started following your Instagram account. It’s gorgeous! I love your outdoor tablescapes and box of hydrangeas!
Stacy Ling says
The gardens looks so pretty right now Kim!!!
Thank you my friend! Feeling the same way about yours, And loving your shed redo!
Cindy Magee says
WOW! Your garden is like a fairy tale. So beautiful and picturesque! Amazing!
I had no idea about not cutting the peonies blooms the first couple years. Great tip! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and joining the Wonderful Wednesday party. 🙂
Thank you so much for the compliments! I’m so glad you came over for a visit! And I am so glad I found your party!
Your garden is always one of my favorites, Kim! I love all the tips and tricks you give each month and how you share all the different stages of plant season too. Can’t wait to see more from our raised garden beds in the weeks to come. Hugs, CoCo
You are so sweet CoCo! Thank you for the kind words! I hope you are having a good week my friend!