Summer has arrived

Pond and bench

Summer is here, and the pond is gorgeous.

Wild iris in pond

The wild iris (Iris shrevei) in the pond is blooming now for the first time ever. The wild irises by the side of the pond are also in bloom.

Woodbine in the waterfall

The grape woodbine/Virginia creeper is growing into everything, even after weekly pruning sessions.

Solomon's seal in bloom

The Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum) is in bloom,

Solomon's plume closeup

as is the Solomon’s plume (Smilacina racemosa).


And the peonies have finally arrived, unsupported by me and apparently unvisited by ants this year as well.


3 responses to this post.

  1. spectacular!


  2. Your plantings around the pond look gorgeous. The peony is acting in a typical relaxed peony way, too beautiful to care about standing erect. I like the shot of the solomon’s seal, looking up in a miniature forest.


  3. Posted by lakechicagoshores on June 13, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Thanks! To me, the peonies look just as floppy in a peony ring, so I let them go as low as they like. Probably due to all the rain we’ve had here, I did not have to squat too much to look up at the Solomon’s seal – it must be close to 4 feet high this year.


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