I did not plant any of the flowers that bloom in my garden this month. I planted tomatoes, potatoes, onions, squash and melons, but they have yet to produce blossoms.
All our blooms are growing voluntarily in the uncut lawn. This week I was delighted to find one of my favourite wildflowers, blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinhium montanum). Not really a grass but a member of the iris family, it grows in prairies and meadows throughout much of North America. If ever I settle into a permanent garden of my own, blue-eyed grass is one of the first perennials I’ll seek to establish.
I have a soft spot for small, pretty things that are easily overlooked. Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) also falls into the modesty category: tiny but what a colour! Native to Europe and Africa but now spread throughout much of the inhabited world, it is abundantly but unobtrusively naturalized in our yard.
Less demure but equally happy-making is this hawkweed, Hieracium sp.
These Leucanthemum ox-eye daisies might be vulgare, but Danny loves them, and it’s easy to sympathize with a riot of sunny faces.
For a huge virtual garden tour visit Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, which occurs on the 15th of every month.