All of a sudden, its june.

Bumblebee on Gaillardia

Can you believe that its already the second weekend of June? We were so busy shipping and watering that May flew right on by. It seemed like we went from winter to summer in about 2 weeks. Honestly, with the way the weather has been this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if we have spring in August.

Fortunately, even though the temps when from unseasonably cold to unseasonably hot, we were still able to enjoy most of the spring flowers. My magnolia was a little sparse, but the crabapples and lilacs around town have been gorgeous!

Crabapple Tree

lilac flowers

It has been a different spring for me. I became a dog owner last year and because we walk everyday, I have gotten to see spring emerge not just inside the greenhouse but outside as well.

It’s been inspiring to see the bare flowerbeds fill up with perennials and the spring bulbs blooming.

Tulips Large allium

Not to mention all the trees and shrubs that make up the bones of the landscape.

Every day, I think ‘I wonder where I could fit that in my yard.’ My wish list is increasing daily.

Now as we move from May into June and most of us have our spring annuals planted, perennials are coming into their season. June is a very eventful month. Both perennials and pollinators are being celebrated this month. Plus, we started off the month with National Gardening Week. I posted some of my favorite pictures from the beautiful gardens I have visited on our Instagram page. Make sure you check that out.

In the theme of pollinator month, Minnesota Nursery Landscape Association (MNLA) is doing a social media pollinator initiative #plantingforpollinators and they have invited us to share our pictures and videos of the pollinators we see around the nursery. I am pretty excited about this. I love seeing the bees, birds, moths and butterflies that visit us and I can’t wait to share them with you. So make sure to follow us on Instagram @sargentsgardens and to follow the hashtag #plantingforpollinators 

Bumblebee on Gaillardia

As far as how the bluebirds are doing this year, Alan says there are 2 nests with 3 babies in one and 4 in the other.

Tree Swallow nest

Plus a tree swallow nest with 1 baby and 4 eggs. Because he found the beginnings of a wren nest in the neighboring box, he put a wren guard on this nest.

Wren guard

The wrens will destroy a competitors nest. The guard hides the hole from the wrens while the nest box is occupied. Because the wrens are finding the nest boxes, he will need to move them to different areas of the field next year.

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Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens Perennial Growing manager. In addition to making sure Sargent's grown plants thrive, she enjoys growing in her own garden, canning fruits and vegetables, traveling, and walking her dogs.