Garden Tour: Pictures Between Raindrops

Garden Tour June 2015

According to the national weather forecast, June 2015 was the 8th wettest June on record for Pittsburgh.  Though I didn’t have to go out and water any of my plants, some, like the tomatoes, simply are not thriving without a good dose of sunshine. However, it is no surprise that the weeds are doing just fine, if not thriving, and I haven’t been very good about going after them in the rain. Still, some tough beauties are doing well, so I thought this would be a good time to share them with you.

Garden Tour in June 2015

One thing that is interesting is that so many plants are blooming earlier than usual. I don’t know if it was the unusual hot weather we had in May, or the extra rain, but these Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’ aka black-eyed susan flowers, usually don’t bloom until later in July.

The Begonia grandis seedlings are crowding out my chives. Time to transplant them or give some away.

Garden Tour June 2015

Several of the hydrangea are doing well, but of course, they love water like this lacecap Hydrangea serrata ‘Blue Billow’. Funny thing, it only has blooms on one side. I’m going to need to get our red maple tree trimmed back in the fall. I think it is casting too much shade on this plant.

Garden Tour June 2015

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Invicibelle Spirit’ is full of blooms.

Garden Tour June 2015

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and Geranium macrorrhizum taking over the sidewalk.

Garden Tour June 2015

Even Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lady in Red’ is staring to bloom.

Garden Tour June 2015

Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ an elderberry bush, also seems to be thriving this summer, even which some rogue butterfly weed pushing itself in the mix. I didn’t plant it, but I’m pretty sure it’s native around here, so after I confirmed it as butterfly weed, I thought I’d leave it and see what happens.

Garden Tour June 2015

I believe this pretty flower was given to me by my friend Gail in a plant swap years ago. It’s some type of Campanula, possibly ‘Rings a Bell.’ Oh, and yes, that’s an oak tree seedling in the corner.

Garden Tour June 2015

Even this Helichrysum petiolare or licorice plant, which I normally buy because it’s sun-loving and drought tolerant, is looking pretty happy with the rain.  So overall, I guess I can’t complain too much about the heavy rainfall. I may not have any ripe tomatoes this year but many other plants seem to be thriving.

Now that it’s July the rain seems to be letting up. Time to get out and tackle the weeds.

Garden Tour June 2015

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Your hydrangeas are looking gorgeous. I wish I could say the same for mine – all the buds froze and now there’s not blooms except on the hardy Annabelles.
    And my BlackLace is doing well this year too. Must be all the rain!
    Thanks for linking up to What’s Blooming This Week.

  2. I just love your yard. Thanks for the “babies” you sent home with me. And thanks for reminding me how much I love gardening!

    • Hi Lisa,

      You may be right about the begonia. They are growing crazy this year and I think it must be all the rain. Now if only the weeds would stop growing with them. Your gardens are gorgeous and always inspire me too. We should have our own little garden tours to get us motivated every year. 🙂

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