June is an opulent month in the sense that it is rich and lavish in all it has to offer, especially in blooms. My first example is the Pink Lady Slipper, an orchid that can hold its own with any tropical ones. This is the queen (reginae), the Showy Lady Slipper (Cypripedium reginae). Ours is a rather darker pink than is usual.
|Showy Lady Slipper|
In the country, birds also contribute to the lavishness of the month, June, and in the Bruce Peninsula where Roche Fleurie is, the bird world equivalent of the Showy Lady Slipper is the Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis). This flock was gleaning in a field next door, yesterday morning. Unfortunately I did not have a zoom lens.
Opulence can also be a question of numbers. How long ago were some (Siberian ?) irises planted or simply left in that wet meadow to produce the hundreds you see on that picture? Your guess is as good as mine. I expect they are cut down at hay making time but grow back each spring, more numerous from year to year.
Lupines also sing the beauty of June. In a previous post (On the Inconstant Lupine) I explained that we used to have a long drift of them, but that they have slowly disappeared over the years. Somehow this summer is an exception. They seem to be giving their last hurrah. They are bound to disappear as trees crowd them out and they get more and more shaded. However I have seeded new ones and hope to establish a new clump in a sunnier spot.
June flowers are perhaps the most exuberant. This is the case of many of the irises, but also of the most luxuriant of them all, the tree peony.
|Tree peony bloom|
Even so-called "weeds" look beautiful in June.
|Ox-eye daisies and buttercups|