Storey staffers and friends share June garden scenes.

As we head into the first month of summer, we’re seeing fallout from our strange spring weather. It looks as though we won’t have many peaches this year, and in my own yard, our rhododendron — always a huge lure for bumble bees and hummingbirds — simply failed to flower for the first time on record. That’s made me think about what plants I can add to our garden to supplement the food supply when the usual favorites don’t flower when we expect them to. All of this thinking is timely, since next week is National Pollinator Week. In keeping with that theme, my colleagues snapped several photos that show our pollinators in action, from hummingbirds and butterflies to tiny native bees, along with photos of plants the pollinators in their gardens love. It’s giving me lots of ideas for next year. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

Ash Austin, North Adams, Massachusetts

Bumble bees in rhododendron

Lisa Hiley, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Yellows: foxglove, lady’s mantle, evening primrose

I love my columbines, but this one has reigned supreme this year.

My hell strip, which I’ve been working on for a couple of years.

MaryAnn Nøbben, Norway

Wild violets have made themselves at home in my garden.

Fritillaria given to me by my friend, Caroline Spear, from Maine. They have acclimated beautifully.

The first precious little Forget-me-not of the year.

Rhodiola rosea — Golden Root

Blossoms on the Larch I grew from seed from Maine

Michal Lumsden, Plainfield, Massachusetts

It’s quite possible that poppies are my favorite flower. I love that they are simultaneously bold and delicate.

These chives look like they’re dancing against the dappled sky.

I find the delicate beauty of geums stunning.

Every year I look forward to June, when orange hawkweed volunteers pop up around my yard. Here, a sweat bee does its part to ensure there will be more hawkweeds next year.

Looking at this lupine from above gave me a richer appreciation for the lovely color variations on the petals.

Deb Burns, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Stages of poppy life

Mood indigo: two strong pollinator plants — false indigo and spiderwort

Roses, gray stone wall, blue sheets on clothesline

Kristy MacWilliams, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Wild pink azalea

Azure bluet

Wild berries-to-be

Purple iris

Carleen Madigan, Loon Lake, New York

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Cranesbill (Geranium sp.)

Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule) — seen in Plymouth this weekend

Bradbury’s bee balm (Monarda bradburiana)

The butterflies like it, too!

Hannah Fries, Sandisfield, Massachusetts

A stroll around the yard and down the road yielded so many bloom photos, it was hard to pick! The peonies aren’t out yet but are about to bust. Clearly we painted the house to match their red accents.

The rhododendron has been blinding against gray skies. It is finally dropping its flowers now, but the mountain laurel is in full bloom.

Mountain laurel

Though I love these delicate white irises in our garden—and the blue ones too—I am thrilled even more when the wild irises dot the fields.

Wild irises always make me think of Louise Gluck’s “The Wild Iris” and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “The Blue-Flag in the Bog”

The blue of the wild irises, with the buttercups’ yellow and ragged robin’s bright pink, has been lighting up the landscape.

Black locus trees are also in full bloom. Locusts are leguminous trees, and their flowers smell incredibly sweet, like peas. They are edible, too. The bees LOVE them.

Debbie Surdam, Hoosick, New York


Peony blooms


A male Ruby-throated hummingbird visits the feeder.

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