Moon and Violet

Life, love and loveliness

June blooms…

Our garden has been understated this June, flowers-wise, but it is lush with greenery and fireflies and beautiful, messy, insatiable birds.

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And, of course, fairies.

Our earliest bloomers were vines of purple clematis, along with bright pink Knockout roses.

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I found some bitter nightshade twined with the clematis.

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We have a richness of lilies! To be honest, lilies have never been one of my favorites, but I’m learning to love them. At the very bottom of our garden is my own little “gothic” plot of purple, black, and white flowers, and I planted some “black” lilies there a couple of months ago. Here they are now:

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Deep purple-red rather than black, though they do look black from a distance.

More lilies…

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Our little vegetable patch is thriving. Soon we’re going to have dozens of tomatoes!

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The hostas are preparing to bloom.

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As are my moonflowers! I can’t wait to see their soft white glow. ❀

The most exciting garden moment for me this month was the day that my lavender rosebush opened its first bud. I never planted a rosebush before and wasn’t certain I would get any flowers, but then there they were–and they smell like pure rose perfume!

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We’ve been working hard over the past few weeks on landscaping our front yard–turning the lawn into a garden (no grass!) and will share pictures of that soon. We have planted hostas and lavender and astilbe, salvia and heuchera and peppermint. It’s so exciting, watching the space transform.

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View of the balcony.

All in all, June has been a stormy andΒ stressful month–fraught with unexpected, unpleasant surprises (like a late-night animal attack on our dog Zelda that resulted in a trip to the emergency vet–she’s okay, luckily), but there were joys, too. Bridget just released a new novel! And Lion Hall is a constant haven. We couldn’t possibly love this house more.

We’re looking forward to experiencing all of what our city has to offer in July–which happens to be Bridget’s birthday month! ❀

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This is our kind of party!

~ Jenn

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