When their blossoms start to fall, they fall on everything!
June is also peak viewing time for another bluish-purple beauty, the Agapanthus, or Lily of the Nile: These guys are in my front yard. The flower heads remind me of exploding fireworks:
Another plant that loves the filtered light of June gloom is the hydrangea:
I love the leaves on a hydrangea bush, too, with their fancy, pinking-shears edges.
Here's a shot of some pink blooms, just to be fair to you folks who prefer this end of the spectrum.
My "Iceberg" roses aren't so happy with the June gloom. The lack of strong sunshine has given them a nasty case of powdery mildew. It's a particularly bad year for this blight for some reason.
But because I like to go easy on using chemicals in my garden (and so does my wonderful gardener dude), we're just going to wait a few weeks. The summer heat will blast away the mildew when the sunshine comes out again. It always does.
In the meantime, I'll try to admire how mildew makes the leaves and rosebuds look like they've been coated in frost.
Iceberg roses are as common as dirt around where I live, but I do love 'em. They're worth enduring a bit of mildew for.