The weather this month has been very variable. Lots of very cold winds, coming from the east, a bit of sunshine which became very hot and humid a couple of days ago, coming up from Africa. Then it all went downhill with rain, thunder and lightning! In spite of all that, the flowers weren’t put off, they said it was June, so they were going to flower, no matter what the weather was doing, some of them are a bit battered, but they are still flowering.
The pergola is bursting into life with Rosa Mdme Alfred Carriere doing her bit. She has lots of flowers at the moment, simply because we forgot to prune her when we were going to the hospital each day, just didn’t have time to do the roses on the pergola. I think maybe we will just get the hedge trimmer to her in the autumn! Later in the year Clematis viticella Perle d’Azur will join in.
The clematis on the pergola have also started flowering, this one is Clematis viticella Margot Koster
I think I gave all the clematis on the pergola a handful of fertiliser each last year. This was planted at the same time as all the others about 10 yrs ago, but this is the first time it has flowered, I thought it had died!
Just starting to flower on the post opposite C. Margot Koster is I think C. Ville de Lyon, as it ages it goes much paler in the centre. I haven’t seen this one flower for a couple of years, the fertiliser must have made all the difference.
This climbing rose at the veggie end of the pergola, has escaped up the Bramley apple tree, we will soon see the flowers waving to us from the top of the tree, reminding us that we didn’t prune it in February!
Just in front of the pergola is Papaver Patty’s Plum next to Geranium magnificum. I like this poppy very much, she dies better than most! I have a different one in the front garden which looks burnt as soon as the flowers open, it will have to go!
I should know the name of this poppy in the front garden, but I can’t remember it at the moment! Lovely poppy and it dies well too!
I found this poppy flowering away in a pot beside the greenhouse, what a lovely surprise, I don’t know how it got there, but as soon as it has finished flowering, I will plant it. It is such a bright red, I will have to find just the right space for it, away from the pinks and pastels!
At the side of the pergola is Sambucus Black Lace. The pink flowers are the perfect colour to go with the deep maroon leaves. We cut 1/3rd of this shrub back each year, otherwise it would grow too tall and wide for its space.
In the front border Anthemis Sauce Hollandaise has started flowering and as long as I deadhead it, it will still be flowering until November when it will be cut back.
Lots of foxgloves have popped up in the garden, more white this year than usual. This clump is by the greenhouse.
Just the other side of the path though, it this foxglove, don’t ask me where it came from, I have never had any others like it, it is very welcome to stay.
Another foxglove that is different from the rest is this pale lilac one which is in the fruit and veggie garden. At the moment it is allowed to stay as I like it so much and so do the bees. I will save the seed from the last two, but goodness knows what the offspring will be like having been pollinated by the bees!
This is the best year yet for Libertia grandiflora which is planted by the pond, we have never had so many flowers before.
As I have just done a post about primulas, I thought I would collect them all together for this post and put them in one photo.
Euphorbia melliferra has almost finished flowering with it’s honey scented flowers. You can see the seed pods forming which means that I must deadhead this too as we are getting seedlings all over the garden! Some seedlings I can pot up and sell at the church plant sale, others can be moved to the front where I have some room for them.
More flowers have opened on Zantedeschia aethiopica in the bog garden, so elegant, so pristine – perfect!
This patch of Snow in Summer came with me from the north west when we moved here 25 yrs ago. Considering how we gardened previously on sand and now we are on heavy clay, it had done amazingly well just by the garage door where I hadn’t improved the soil at all, well done little plant.
In the back garden, up a large Ash tree, I planted a white Clematis montana to celebrate our son’s wedding. It was supposed to climb like our pink one on the oak tree, up to near the top, and then cascade down like a waterfall. This one had other ideas! Top left it is scrambling over the golden leaved Philadelphus, top right it is scrambling over a holly tree/bush, and in the bottom photo it is flopping through a small hawthorn tree! There is also Rosa Wedding Day up this tree to celebrate our daughter’s wedding, this has climbed almost to the top and will be flowering in a few weeks, I can see masses of buds already, so maybe it is best that the clematis stayed lower down.
Iris sibirica Butter and Sugar in the bog garden has just started flowering, thank goodness it wasn’t battered in the torrential rain that we had one night.
Also in the bog, but they are growing in other parts of the garden as well, is Iris pseudacorus variegata, the variegated version of one of our native iris. Now that the plant is flowering, it will gradually lose its variegation, which is a shame as the sword shaped leaves are quite striking in the border.
I will finish with the border by the field. All the weeds creep through the fence, we never seem to have this one cleared the same as the rest of the garden. We made this border when we saw how burnt everything else in the garden was, no protection from the north and east in the winter, hoping it would act as a shelter belt. Also, we were hoping to stop all the weeds that were left to go to seed in the field, mainly docks and nettles, coming over. Usually the undergardener jumps over the fence and kills the weeds right by the fence, but this year, this, among other jobs were put on the back burner for a few months.The planting in this border is mainly for late summer, so the flowers are only just getting going. The poor Phlomis has been battered by the rain and all the petals from the Viburnum opulous have been brought down in the rain. You can just see Patty’s Plum with the Geranium magnificum by the entrance to the pergola.
That is a round up of some of the flowers that are flowering for June’s G.B.B.D., many thanks go to Carol at May Dreams Garden for hosting this meme on the 15th of every month, do pay her a visit to see other flowers from around the world.