Urban Garden Denver Blog

June: The reason we garden

I strolled through my garden this morning before work, ostensibly to hand water a few young plants and seedlings before the predicted heat of the day, but actually I just wanted to be present with all the varieties of flowers bursting into bloom. While I work at planning a garden with blooms throughout the growing season, June is certainly high season in the garden. June is the reason we plan and plant, weed and mulch, trim and water. June rewards us with a frenzy of blooms.

A few of the spring plants are still blooming, while the summer show is starting. Right now in my garden I have candytuft and basket of gold ending their spring show, with poppies, pansies, 4 varieties of penstemons, roses, flax, fleabane, salvia, nicotania, verbena, petunias, cosmos, zinnias, dianthus, snapdragons, ice plant, creeping veronica all blooming … just to name what comes to mind from my morning stroll through the garden. The word “stroll” might make you think my yard is enormous, but it actually signifies more an attitude the action. I walk slowly through my garden to enjoy each little landscape and to see what new blossoms have burst open. By strolling, I can take the time to celebrate each flower and mark each “anniversary” of a bloom. Aldo Leopold, an ecologist from the early 20th century, is credited with saying:

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.  

Today I celebrated the first blossom on my favorite rose-bush, the “morden sunrise.” I wrote about the qualities of this rose-bush last summer, but today I simply enjoyed the sheer beauty.

First rose of June

There are still garden chores to do – the recent rains resulted in a large crop of weeds, but be sure to take enough time to enjoy the June garden, because it is the reason we work in other seasons.

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