Where better to spend the summer solstice than in the garden? The longest day of the year was a beauty here in Toronto. I took some time to bike over to the garden centre and pick up a few extra plants for the community garden. I got two "Bavaria White" and one "Bavaria Blue" Spiral Bellflowers. Talk about cute.
No surprises about my next choice: Salvia "Blue Queen." I simply can't walk away from a purple spiky flower. I also put in a Gaillardia "Oranges and Lemons" and three Alpine Poppies (sadly the photos turned out too blurry to post.)
Even as the days start to get shorter, there's much growing time ahead. The purple coneflowers have yet to appear. The "globes" of the globe thistle are close to flowering. The serviceberries are almost ripe. The daylilies are just starting to bloom. The liatris and astilbe are still a few weeks away from prime time. The catmint, chives, and mountain bluet should all deliver a second set of blooms soon. So much to look forward to.
Happy Summer Solstice everyone and happy gardening ahead.