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Early Summer at Chickadee Gardens

The flower show continues at Chickadee Gardens. While most spring bloomers are finished, there are many more summer flowers waiting in the wings. It's a photo-heavy post this week so hang in there and come along on a tour of early summer around the gardens.
Helenium 'Mardi Gras' started to bloom in late June and will continue for a few months. This reliable perennial is an example of what I want in this part of the garden so far away from hoses. Mixed with sedums, Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', Sisyrinchium striatum (strappy foliage that resembles an iris) and Ozothamnus 'Sussex Silver', the scene is bright at the edge of the labyrinth garden.

I took this in late June, Papaver somniferum 'Lauren's Grape' looking fine. It seeded around from last year and these plants are much larger and stronger than the original flowers. The yellow blooming shrub is Callistemon viridiflorus, an evergreen shrub from Tasmania.


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