A wander round the garden. EOMV June.

When we used to open our garden for the National Garden Scheme, it was always in June  that we opened it, as all the borders were putting on a display of flowers. Some areas peak at different times, like the woodland, but even so there is something flowering there.  For this month’s EOMV I will go for a wander round the garden, photographing mainly long views,  to show as much of the borders as possible. I will start by the drive in the front with the Bee and Butterfly border starting down by the gate.

Bee and butterfly border

The agapanthus  and three buddlias are nearly out, so soon there will be lots of blue, pink and purple added to the other flowers.

Bee and butterfly border

Looking the other way, back towards the gateway, the Anthemis in the foreground started flowering at the end of April and will carry on all summer until the frosts, as long as I keep up with the deadheading.

Diagonally through to field border

Looking diagonally through the rose garden to the border in the distance by the field next door.

Rose garden

The Rose garden is between the house and the garage, faces south and gets sunshine all day long, when it shines! The perfume lingers here from all the David Austin roses, especially in the morning and evening, I think it evaporates in the heat of the sun at mid-day.

Field Border

Leaving the rose garden and moving to the border by the field which I overhauled a couple of years ago. This is planned mainly as a late summer border, but there are a few flowers each month from shrubs, bulbs and perennials, building up, I hope, for a climax round about August/September time!

Field border

The other end of the field border is where the pergola starts which goes through to the fruit and veg, but I think that can be a post all by itself one day.

Pond area

Carrying on round to the right, round the edge to the circular lawn, is the pond area which is now looking a bit overgrown and left to the wildlife. Everything has grown so much in this area with all the rain last winter, plants are now twice the size as usual.

Bog garden

Moving further round is a familiar sight, the Bog garden with all its candelabra primulas. I have taken so many photographs of these primulas and am delighted at how this area is improving.

View from balcony

This is the view from the balcony outside our bedroom, looking through to the circular lawn where the bog garden is hidden by the Amelanchier  on the right. The pergola through to the veggies is at the top centre where there are some roses flowering opposite the Chinese Ginger Jar topiary which forms the end of the bed around the dead oak.

Back steps

Back downstairs now, at the top of the steps just outside the back door, facing the border that goes round into the back garden.

Back garden

By now we are round in the back garden with the border that wraps itself round the alpine scree (the old pond). This area gets better and better each year as I learn more about the soil in this area.

By the Conservatory

A bit further on and looking a bit blue is the area just beyond the conservatory. This campanula certainly spreads itself around and about half gets pulled out each year, but still it comes! I have to admit, while it is flowering away like this, I do like it,  but as soon as these flowers are over, out will come some of it. It will keep flowering on and off right until the winter and even through the winter if it isn’t frosty.

Back garden

From the same spot but looking across the grass to the archway to the woodland. The rambling rose on the archway is Rosa Snow Goose and carries on flowering on and off all summer.


Once again it is confession time, as you can see the woodland still looks the same as last month, I still haven’t planted the extra foxgloves,primulas and astilbes that have been sitting waiting for a couple of months! We did try, honestly, when it was so hot about 2 weeks ago, but the ground was so hard, the big tree roots having sucked up every available drop of moisture. We decided to leave it until the rain came, which it did in no uncertain manner, so now I can plant them, in between watching Wimbledon!

Horse Chestnut

The large Horse Chestnut at the end has been attacked again by the Horse Chestnut moth which lays its eggs in between the two layers of the leaf. I have been reading about Bluetits and Great tits pecking open the leaf where they are and eating the grub inside, there aren’t any holes yet, but hopefully my birds will find them and stop the cycle.


What is it that draws the eye in this and the first woodland photo? For me it is the pink astilbe on the right which is waiting to be planted. I feel this looks wrong, so will plant it in the ditch which we cross to get in here. I think most of what I want to plant have white or pale flowers which I feel will look better in the dark woodland.

Double feverfew

Double feverfew has seeded itself in the woodland, it shouldn’t really be there but can stay for now.

Geranium Kashmire White

I have lots of Geranium Kashmir White, so could try a bit of it in the woodland and see if it still wants to flower in there.

Saxifrage stolonifera

I also have lots of Saxifrage stolonifera so bits could be dug up and moved to the woodland. I already have this in shady places in the garden, so I know it will be happy there.

That concludes our wander round the garden, there is still lots of weeding to do, they have all sprouted up again with all the rain we have had over the last 4 or 5 days and with deadheading too, there is always something to keep me busy. If I do as much as I can in the morning, then I can watch Wimbledon with a clear conscience!

Thank you once more to Helen at The Patient Gardener for hosting this month’s review once more. Do pay her a visit and see what other gardeners are reviewing in their gardens round the world.

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38 Responses to A wander round the garden. EOMV June.

  1. Thanks for the ‘walk’ around your lovely garden – the joy of June in the garden.

    • Pauline says:

      A pleasure Joanne, thanks for coming with me! June is such a wonderful month for gardeners, seeing the result of all our hard work earlier in the year.

  2. Oh my what a beautiful garden no wonder you opened it to NGS. Your roses look splendid, it seems to be a good year as mine are doing well also. Thank you for sharing your garden on EOMV.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Ronnie for your kind comment. It was hard work opening for the NGS but we enjoyed it while it lasted, unfortunately we had to stop when something went wrong with my muscles and is an ongoing problem.
      I think all the rain last winter has been appreciated by lots of the plants, including the roses, they are flowering as never before.
      Thanks for your company as I wandered round the garden!

  3. Alain says:

    What a magnificent garden Pauline! I like the campanula that blankets whole areas. In the first picture the tall stately plant (Sisyrinchium striatum?) is beautiful.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Alain, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes the plant in the first photo is Sisyrinchium striatum, when I deadhead it and put them in the compost, I then find that I have plants popping up all over the garden where I have spread the compost!

  4. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Your garden is beautiful! Thanks for the wide shot tour of your glorious creation!

  5. Gitte says:

    A lovely tour around your garden. I love the rose garden, and the look from your balcony. The campanulas look great as a carpet.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Gitte, I’m thinking the campanula will make good groundcover in a corner of the woodland as it seems happy in shade too.

  6. Christina says:

    Lovely to see all the long shots Pauline. You haven’t shown so many images of the Primulars this year, I really enjoyed all the lovely colour last year.
    I was listening to GQT this morning (the pod cast) and they were talking about how different colours work best in different situations, stronger darker colours weren’t recommended for a woodland setting because there isn’t enough light to enjoy them properly, so your thoughts are right again. Christina PS I’m pretty sure that you seed you so kindly sent me isn’t Lysimachia ephemera. But is is nice so I’m glad to have it.

    • Pauline says:

      I feel Christina, that I’m always photographing the primulas, I don’t want to bore you all with them, I’m sure they have appeared in a few posts and of course the header photo.
      Sorry the seed that I sent hasn’t turned out to be what you expected, I sent the seed from the plant that I bought as Lysimachia ephemera, what has yours turned out like?

  7. Linda says:

    Your garden is a joy to visit. You have great skill in combining plants. Lots of inspiration and lessons here as well.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Linda, lovely to hear from you. I’ve been inspired by so many gardens and plants over the years, there is so much to learn about gardening, I don’t think one lifetime is enough!

  8. Chloris says:

    Your June garden is looking wonderful. All your roses and your Sisyrinchium still look so fresh. I envy you all your rain, we have hardly had any and the garden looks more like the middle of July than June. Not my favourite look. But I expect a bit of dead heading and cutting back will restore it. It is a challenge keeping it all looking good all year round. You seem to do it quite effortlessly.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Chloris, we certainly needed the rain, everywhere was so dry. I seem to spend most of my time deadheading and cutting back at this time of year, it does make a difference once everything is neat and tidy once more. I can assure you it isn’t done effortlessly, maybe I’m like a swan, gliding on top while working furiously underneath!

  9. Cathy says:

    It’s always nice to have a tour of your garden Pauline, and your views from the house are lovely! I like the sound of a Campanula that flowers so long… any idea which one it is?

    • Pauline says:

      The Campanula Cathy, is C.poscharskyana, but be warned, it gets everywhere! When I pull the dead flowers out, they go in the compost bin and I think that is how they get spread round the garden, the seed isn’t killed off in the compost. They do flower again, but never in the same quantities as the first flush and last year with not having any frost, they carried on all year!

  10. debsgarden says:

    Thank you for the tour of your paradise! Years of love and work have certainly paid off. Everything looks wonderful, and your rose garden could be the setting of of a romantic movie.

    • Pauline says:

      Deb, you are too kind with your lovely comments! There are times that I think it looks lovely but there are also times when all I can see are the weeds!

  11. pbmgarden says:

    I’m gaining a better sense of how your gardens are laid out after this tour. Everything looks scrumptious, so full and interesting at each turn.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Susie, maybe I ought to draw a map of the garden before next months review is due? Even though different areas peak at different times, I try to have something of interest in each border all the time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t!

  12. Pauline,
    I can see why you were on the NGS but I’n sure it’s a ton of work to get the garden ready. The blue campanula looks particularly nice but alas gets too hot on the prairies of Kansas, so will just have to enjoy yours. Nice work, Pauline.

    • Pauline says:

      It was hard work Patrick, but worth it for the money that was raised for various Cancer charities. I’m sure you can grow lots of lovely plants that would hate all the rain that we have!

  13. Anna says:

    Oh your June garden looks absolutely glorious Pauline – just wish I could smell those roses. Wimbledon has the same effect on me – thank goodness play normally starts in the afternoon. I have to confess to being a football fan too so at the moment there does not seem to be enough time in the day 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      The rose perfume Anna, is so much better in the early morning or evening, deadheading them is a real pleasure.
      No football in our house, just Wimbledon, to work around, I’m still managing to get a couple of hours in the garden and it certainly needs it in places.

  14. rusty duck says:

    It looks fantastic Pauline. I hope you are managing to find time to just sit out there and enjoy it too. I think you are right about sticking with white in the woodland, it will look more natural.

    • Pauline says:

      Yes Jessica, I am finding time to sit, although it doesn’t last long when I can see weeds waving at me! We actually made a start on the planting in the woodland yesterday, the pink astilbes have been banished and I am now a lot happier with the colours in there.

  15. So much to admire. Your green globes are perfect with the roses. And the Sambucus is spectacular! Is it ‘Guincho Purple’?

    • Pauline says:

      Sorry Marian, I should have said which one it is, it’s Sambucus Black Lace. The pink flowers look so pretty with the really dark foliage. The box balls will soon disappear under all the rose foliage and flowers, not to be seen until the roses get cut back in November, then we will see them all winter.

  16. Cathy says:

    Pauline – I have SO enjoyed looking at all your chocabloc borders, crammed with all those different colours and shapes and textures. A real pleasure – thank you! And how come you had 5 days of rain – we had that downpour last Friday and that was it! ps I was pleased to find the first flower on my new Snow Goose today 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      We certainly needed the rain Cathy, the soil is still dry when you start digging, in spite of the down pours! So glad that Snow Goose is performing for you, it is a lovely flower, a little shaggy but I think that is part of its charm. I’m glad you enjoyed your wander round with me, this is the best time to be in a garden!

  17. Angie says:

    I do like the long shots of your garden Pauline. Your bee and butterfly border is my favourite – I will be looking forward to seeing it when the buddleia are blooming.
    Glad to read you had some rain. I’m desperate for some here -the watering is becoming a real chore now! Good luck with getting those plants in the woodland in the ground.

    • Pauline says:

      We have more rain on the way Angie, thank goodness, as the soil is still dry after the last lot. We are on a water meter, so any watering is done from the water butts by watering can! The plants are now nearly all in the ground , just a few more foxgloves to find a home for.
      The bee and butterfly border is coming on nicely, the Agapanthus are starting to flower along with the Buddlia, all I need now are the bees and butterflies!

  18. It is such an absolute pleasure to walk through your garden; it is so full of inspiration and wonderful ideas.

  19. Annette says:

    I always look forward to walking around in your garden, Pauline. You must be pleased to bits when you look at it. Especially the rose garden is looking fantastic right now and the scent must be overwhelming. I also love the Sisyrichiums and the Anthemis – it’s Sauce hollandaise, isn’t it? Still got one in my mountain garden which I should bring to my new plot soon.

    • Pauline says:

      I enjoy having your company Annette! At last I can see far more flowers than weeds and they are making me very happy. I can actually sit down and enjoy some time in the garden without junping up all the time to pull weeds out.
      Yes, I think my Anthemis is Sauce Hollandaise, such a super plant, flowering for such a long time.

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