Despite this past week’s gloomy light and frequent rain, Storey employees managed to wander out into their gardens to snap pictures of their irises in every shade, weigela, Baptisia, and peonies (with and without ants). This month’s photos include some pretty spectacular close-ups of both buds and blooms, and showcase some flower arranging talents as well as a secret perennial garden. Of course, along with sharing our Bloom Day photos, we wish all the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day! May it be full of all your favorite things.
DAN REYNOLDS, ASHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
|Here is my golden azalea, which has never been more brilliant!|
CAROLYN ECKERT, FLORENCE, MASSACHUSETTS
Some of my flowers have opened now, but I still have buds like these, too...
|Peony bud, with ant|
HANNAH FRIES, MONTEREY, MASSACHUSETTSMy husband took this photo at the Kellogg Conservation Center in South Egremont, where he works.
|Cheddar Royal peonies|
|Ragged robin and buttercup|
|Not sure what this one is. Can anyone identify it?|
And from the garden...
|Sugar Ann peas (yum!)|
MARIBETH CASEY, WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
|Weigela (with irises)|
CINDY MCFARLAND, WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
|Peonies, Baptisia, rue, dianthus, pansies, Siberiain iris, johnny jump-ups|
GWEN STEEGE, WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
|Nepeta and Iris|
DEB BURNS, WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
|Iris, spiderwort on left, peonies on right about to pop, and a lushly blooming blackberry grove in back.|
ILONA SHERRATT, CHESHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS
|Iris and Geranium|
ZAN DAVIES, NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS
JENNIE SMITH, HOOSICK FALLS, NEW YORK
LISA HILEY, WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
|The peonies are coming out and my many types of Columbine are in full force. I love using ladies mantle and hosta in flower arrangements - I have tons it!|
LESLIE CHARLES, CHESTERFIELD. MASSACHUSETTS
In June, I love waking up to one of my favorite views: my perennial garden. I started to create this space from a dump pile (old chicken wire fencing, kitty litter, discarded Christmas trees) and junk trees, bittersweet and grape vines, and weeds. First I called it “my secret garden” because no one could see the potential, but now now, 10 years later, my whole family enjoys. The plants are a mix of bought, presents, and divisions from friends and families. The garden is trial-and-error: I pull what I don’t like, I move plants to different spots, I rarely call the plants by the correct name, and I don’t mind leaving the weeds, (especially if they can’t be seen from the front!). Hope you enjoy, too!
|Mountain daisy with bee|
|Peony with ant|