Blooming June.

The flowers keep coming, in spite of all the weeds around them. At the moment I feel that I’m fighting a losing battle, but I’m sure that I’ll get there in the end. We had a spell of torrential rain which flattened a lot of the flowers, but at the moment we are having a spell of very warm weather, in fact hot weather. It is too hot to work outside, that is my excuse, I just manage a bit of leisurely dead heading before retiring inside with a long cool drink.

The bog garden is almost at full flowering, the astilbes are just starting to join in with the candelabra primulas and the rogersia, so I will make this area the focus of today’s Bloom Day.

Primula vialii contrasting with the candelabra primulas, I must save seed and try and create a drift at the front of the border.

Primula Inverewe is doing well after a hesitant start.

This one has such lovely coloured flowers, I don’t think it has a name, but I love it all the same.

Do you think the peach and lilac have crossed and made this…..

……Wow, such a pretty combination of peach and lilac in this candelabra primula.

Primula sikkimensis has beautiful flowers that are perfumed too. unlike the candelabra primulas, the flowers are in a cluster at the top of the flowering stalk.

The first of my Astilbes to flower, we have quite a few in all colours from white to dark red, some with green leaves, some with maroon leaves.

The rogersia has such pretty flowers. By the time it flowers, the beautiful bronze leaves have turned green, but it is still a beautiful plant.

Zantedescia aethiopica has started flowering with its beautifully classic flowers.

Iris sibirica Butter and Sugar is looking good at the far end of the bog garden, it must like all the moisture that is there. There are quite a few more iris to flower, they will be with us soon.

These are seedling Martagon Lilies, I never planted them here, but they are very welcome. They must have seeded from the one round the corner, but they have put themselves at the drier end of the bog garden, it seems to be to their liking.

I have lots more photos from the rest of the garden, but they can wait for another post. The bog garden is the only area that is flowering on all cylinders at the moment.

Thanks must go to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the monthly GBBD meme, pleas pay her a visit to see flowers from around the world.

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18 Responses to Blooming June.

  1. Sally says:

    Hot weather is the pits, isn’t it? Our heat wave broke a few days ago and the weather is wonderful.
    You have so many amazing Primula! Candelabra purple and yellow make lovely children. I’m in love with Primula vialii. Will have to see if it will grow in my climate.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful bog garden!

    • Pauline says:

      It’s a bit cooler now thank goodness, much more pleasant Sally.
      I don’t know if you have a damp patch, but Primula vialii likes it damp at its feet and maybe in your heat it would need to be in the shade to keep cool!

  2. snowbird says:

    Oh weeds! It does feel like an endless battle for sure. They are certainly winning here. You do have some beautiful flowers at the moment, enjoy them and just squint a little, you don’t see the weeds that way. Isn’t the weather up and down, I have no idea what to expect each day!!! It was hot here today too.xxx

    • Pauline says:

      It is an endless battle Dina, but slowly, I’m winning! Each time I go into the garden now, I’m following your advice and squinting, it works!

  3. Alison says:

    Oh, when it’s too hot to garden I wander listlessly, bending down to pull an occasional weed too, and then heading inside to the air conditioning. I loved seeing your candelabra Primroses, one of my favorite spring flowers. Primula viallii is so unusual too.

  4. Denise says:

    I’ve not heard of P. Sikkimensis before, she really is very pretty. And your candalabra primulas are lovely. I was also thinking to try to collect seed this year to increase my P. vialli, they are so unusual. You’ll get there with the weeding Pauline! I do like Snowbird’s suggestion to squint a little lol!

    • Pauline says:

      Primula sikkimensis is fairly new to the bog garden Denise and is increasing nicely, it must be happy. Other primula seed is successful here so hopefully P. vialii will be too.

  5. Lea says:

    Beautiful! Iris and Lilies are my favorites

  6. Christina says:

    How I envy you rain Pauline, it is dry, dry dry here. I don’t supposed you noticed but all your lovely photographs had a softly out of focus green background. Green the colour that makes you feel cool. Your bog garden is very special

    • Pauline says:

      You’re right Christina, I hadn’t noticed, but I suppose we take the colour green for granted here. We are having Mediterranean weather at the moment, it is far too hot for me and some of the plants in the rest of the garden aren’t happy.

  7. Rose says:

    I can certainly relate to your first sentence. It’s been miserably hot here in Illinois, too, but also very dry, which means I’ve gotten little done the past week other than watering. Amazing how tender plants are near death without some extra watering, but those pesky weeds thrive no matter the weather. Love all your primulas! I don’t know how they would do in my zone 5 garden, but I need to check that out soon. Happy Bloom Day!

  8. rusty duck says:

    I remember your Primula Inverewe from last year. What a fabulous colour it is.

    • Pauline says:

      It reminds me Jessica of our visit to the garden of the same name in Scotland. We weren’t able to buy the plants there, they didn’t have any for sale, but bought them from a nursery on Dartmoor when we got back home!

  9. Jason says:

    I love those first two Primulas. When I first saw P. vialii for a moment I thought it was related to Dalea purpurea, Purple Prairie Clover. Love the shape of those flowers. Also love the color of P. inverewe – are there many orange Primulas?

    • Pauline says:

      I did have a lovely primula called P. aurantiaca, that was a lovely orange colour Jason and I’m sure there are others, they are a promiscuous lot!

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