It’s difficult to know where to start, there are so many flowers all vying for attention this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. I think I’ll start in the front with some oriental poppies in the Bee and Butterfly border.
This one is such a pale pink, it looks quite ethereal.
The next one in the Bee and Butterfly border is the colour of a water melon.
Flowering in the border by the field is Thalictrum aquilegiifolium with its flower heads of lovely, dainty, lilac powder puffs.
Still in the same border is Geranium magnificum with a flower of Oriental Poppy Patty’s Plum behind.
Also by the field are some tall Campanula that a friend gave me with the rose The Countryman. I’ve been moving bits of this campanula to other parts of the garden, it flowers quite well in semi shade.
Further along the border is different Campanula, which isn’t this colour at all, it is much more blue!
I planted this Alstromeria too far back in the same border so it will have to be moved, I’m now thinking it would look rather nice in either the Sunrise or Sunset borders.
Lovely Sambucus Black Lace is in the pond area, such a beautiful shrub with gorgeous dark leaves which set off the pink flowers.
Libertia grandiflora is also by the pond, at the moment it is covered with white flowers and stand out from everything around them.
Further round towards the house is the rhododendron bed with the last rhodo to flower, this lovely dark red one, in front is the first day lily to flower with a few welsh poppies in between.
Moving round to the back garden and scenting the air for such a long way, so that if you follow your nose, you end up here by Philadelphus coronarius Aureus. Such a beautiful perfume pumped out by hundreds of flowers so that it travels round the garden. This shrub will be cut back as soon as flowering is over as it is encroaching over the lawn.
Going mad round a corner of the house is the little Mexican daisy, Erigeron karvinskianus, it really is making a take over bid and is swamping 2 of my troughs, so urgent action is needed! It loves it here where it’s roots are down in sand under the paving, although it survived being under water for I don’t know how many weeks in the winter.
Another plant that is well and truly at home in the garden here is Meconopsis cambrica, the welsh poppy. I have sprinkled seed in all my shady borders and they certainly brighten up the shade.
Forming ground cover in the rose garden is Geranium Kashmir White. It does spread a bit but that isn’t a fault as it is very good at keeping the weeds down.
So many roses are flowering at the moment in the rose garden. Starting at the top left and going clockwise are Shropshire Lad, Gertrude Jekyll, Buff Beauty, Ballerina, Bonica and Sharifa Asma.
Roses in the border by the field are, starting top left, The Dark Lady, unknown, Evelyn, The Countryman, unknown and climbing up the pergola is New Dawn.
Again starting top left we have Geoff Hamilton, Iceberg, Charlotte, and Regensberg which was given to me nearly 20 years ago as a Mother’s Day present.
The last lot of roses are on the left, climbing over the archway into the woodland, Rambler Snow Goose, The Pilgrim and lovely simple Rosa glauca with it’s beautiful foliage.
Patty’s Plum has been beautiful again this year, putting out lots more flowers than usual, I think the plants have benefited from our wet winter, although at the time I was rather worried about everything standing in water for so long.
Climbing up the wall under the kitchen window is Hydrangea petiolaris with Astrantia major Shaggy for company.
Looking like exploding fireworks or sparklers is Stipa gigantea planted behind the bar-b-que, which is next to the alpine scree. This is a relatively small plant as yet, I have a much larger one in the bed round the dead oak, but I can see this one from the house when it is backlit by the sun and it looks like spun gold.
On the alpine scree is Helianthemum Wisley Cream, with a variegated Yucca in the background. This is spreading a bit too much, so I think clipping back after flowering is necessary and maybe moving some of it to another area, to see how it behaves on a heavier soil.
In the border that wraps itself around the scree is a rockery which slopes towards the house. This allium is doing very well, this must be the fifth year that these have appeared whereas other alliums just vanish. Each one is now coming up with 2 heads so I think they are happy, the trouble is, I can’t remember which variety it is, can anyone help, is it Giganteum, Globemaster etc, as I would like to buy more, maybe I will just have to save seed and wait!
Yes, definitely more needed, the ones I planted last year aren’t the same variety so I don’t expect them to last.
These are in quite deep shade, but they don’t seem to mind.
The other side of the bed that wraps itself around the scree, has Campanula porscharskyana growing everywhere. Serious thinning gets done every year as it is spreading itself too far and into plants where it shouldn’t be, it is now almost a weed!
The purple Cotinus in the back garden is now flowering, once again, I have never seen so many flowers on it before, maybe in future I won’t complain when we have so much rain, I will try to think of all the flowers that will be formed the following year!
White foxgloves and Postford White candelabra primulas are flowering at the back of the bog garden. Soon the Iris ensata in front will be flowering.
Primula alpicola at the front of the bog garden is perfuming the air around it, such a delicate, beautiful perfume, this one came back from a holiday in Scotland and perfumed the car all the way home!
Another one in the bog with a super perfume is Primula florindae, this one is about 3 ft tall whereas P.alpicola is about 1 ft tall.
The yellow primulas are all starting to flower now, this is Primula bulleyana with some of my seedlings at the back.
Primula florindae Coppertones is another that I saw in Scotland, but bought it from a nursery in N Ireland that specialise in primulas, this also has a wonderful perfume.
Zantedeschia aethiopica has now opened up two more huge flowers, when they first open they are so pristine and elegant. I bought this plant last year from a garden visit and it has done so well in the wettest part of the bog garden, with huge leaves and flowers to match.
I will finish with a couple of general views of the bog garden. As well as all the primulas, the astilbes are starting to flower, there is one at the top left.
The view from the other end has a hosta at the front which is obviously very happy and the slugs and snails seem to have left this one alone, thank goodness!
So that is my wander round the garden this GBBD, I left the bog garden till last as it is my favourite part of the garden at the moment. I am so pleased with the way this border has developed over the last 2 years, there is still a bit of tweaking to do, but the plants are obviously happy with the amount of water they are receiving from the underground stream.
Many thanks must go to Carol at Maydreams Gardens for once again hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. June is a wonderful month for flowers, do pop over to see what is blooming all over the world!