Storey staffers and friends share June garden scenes.

June is, indeed, bustin’ out all over. It only took a few days of swampy air and soaring temps for those blooms to pop! This month, irises and chives, poppies and peonies dominate, but a few of us are lamenting the lateness of things that are, by this time, typically going full force. (When, oh when, will the U-Pick days for strawberries begin?) Spring was simply too cold and too wet. But it’s all happening now, and we’re setting up nicely for summer. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor 

Carolyn Eckert, Florence, Massachusetts

Poppy June Bloom Day 2017

Poppy detail

wisteria blossoms june bloom day 2017

Our wisteria took years to bloom, but now is in full force.

wisteria detail june bloom day 2017

Wisteria detail

ant peony june bloom day

Ant through a peony lens

Corey Cusson, Charlemont, Massachusetts

scarlet runner beans june bloom day

Scarlet Runner Beans

chive flowers june bloom day

Chive flowers

Alethea Morrison, Williamstown, Massachusetts

dwarf lilac june bloom day 2017

My dwarf lilac is a late bloomer and is just coming in now.

chive flowers june bloom day 2017

Chives that a neighbor gave me as a gift. The tiny sprouts in the background are the start of my mini meadow for an upcoming book!

weigela june bloom day 2017


bleeding heart june bloom day 2017

My bleeding hearts are still holding on.

MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway

poppies june bloom day

It’s been a cool and rainy spring here so far and things are now running riot. If I don’t get my lawnmower back from the repair shop soon, I’ll need to use the mower on the tractor!

apple blossoms june bloom day

Yellow transparent apple blossoms. Hoping the rain won’t knock them all off so we can have a good harvest this year.

anemone nemorosa june bloom day

Anemone nemorosa

arctic raspberry and violets june bloom day

Arctic raspberry and violets

Deanna Cook, Florence, Massachusetts

peonies june bloom day

Peonies in Northampton!

Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts

azalea june bloom day

Amazing azalea

rhododendrons june bloom day

Rhododendrons, with a view

rugosa rose june bloom day

The first rugosa rose

Emily Spiegelman, Wendell, Massachusetts

blackberry flowers june bloom day


iris june bloom day

New to our garden this year: these lovely two-toned irises.

Iris center june bloom day

Some of our irises have furry tongues.

Carleen Madigan, Loon Lake, New York

pink ladys slipper june bloom day

Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule)


Starflower (Trientalis borealis)

Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts

cat with bouquet june bloom day

Getting a shot of my Bloom Day bouquet with a little help from my stylist.

Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York

peony june bloom day


columbine flower june bloom day


geraniums june bloom day


daylilies june bloom day


iris june bloom day


hostas june bloom day

Backyard escape (with lots of hostas)

Zoë Spring, Worthington, Massachusetts

rhododendron june bloom day

Rhododendron. Two-story house for scale.

Regina Velázquez, Williamstown, Massachusetts

iris june bloom day


mountain cornflower june bloom day

Mountain cornflower (Centaurea montana), mostly gone by

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

bees and lupines june bloom day

Another day, another bee (and lupines).

azaleas june bloom day




grapevine june bloom day


poppy june bloom day


scarlet geum june bloom day

Scarlet geum

Gwen Steege, Williamstown, Massachusetts

peonies june bloom day


gas plant june bloom day

Gas Plant (Dictamnus albus)

rhododendron with butterfly june bloom day

This rhododendron was covered with butterflies all afternoon yesterday. Hard to get a photo, because they so seldom rested, but it was a magical experience!

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