Once the lovely sunny weather arrived in June, everything started to explode into flower and we felt that summer had arrived at last. It lasted for about 10 days, now it is back to rain, which we did need, and cold winds once more. There are so many flowers to share with you, I’ll start with a meconopsis, this time not the blue one, but the yellow Meconopsis cambrica which seeds gently round the garden.
These beautiful Californian Iris are in the bog garden, they are very small and must never be allowed to dry out, but also, they don’t like being waterlogged which can be a problem here in the winter but so far they are surviving and increasing.
Another small iris, this time a lovely dwarf bearded iris which is very happy on the alpine scree and it also has such a beautiful delicate perfume.
Ajuga is forming nice carpets under deciduous shrubs and the bees love the flowers.
Making a lovely splash of colour in a corner by the field is Euphorbia Dixter, the leaves adding to the tapestry as much as the flowers. It does spread but is easily controlled.
It’s unbelievable that one of the camellias is still flowering with a few buds still to open.
The Alliums in the border behind the alpine scree are managing to survive, thanks to all the grit that was incorporated at planting time to give them the good drainage that they need. A bit of a colour clash here, but the alliums are flowering on time whereas the azalea is about 5 weeks late!
All the oriental poppies are now starting to open, unfurling their tissue paper petals. This one is in the ” bee and butterfly ” border which is coming into its own now with lots to attract any passing insects. There have been flowers here from February in case any bees are tempted out in a warm spell.
Roses are also gathering momentum, there are quite a few out now, this one, The Dark Lady has a superb perfume first thing in the morning and also in the evening.
Chives are going mad, seeding everywhere, growing where they were flooded for weeks last year, lots for us to enjoy in our cooking this year!
Wafting to and fro in the breeze in the woodland is this Thalictrum The flowers are so fine, like gossamer, seeming as delicate as a dandelion clock, but quite tough really.
The snowballs of Viburnum opulus living up to its name, the shrub is absolutely covered with them this year. There are lots more this year, but each cluster of blooms is smaller than usual, they make such an impact at the side of the garden.
Rosa Buff Beauty is doing really well by the garage, this one is a cutting I took from one in the back garden.
Also by the garage is Gertrude Jekyll which contrasts with the purple berberis behind it, such a lovely rose with the most fantastic perfume.
Just a few of the Dutch Iris that I planted about 5 yrs ago, are still surviving. This one is really pretty and stands out in the bee and butterfly border.
The oriental poppy, Patty’s Plum, is going from strength to strength and looks better each year. I’m finding that they don’t like too much sun, the petals burn so easily if it is too hot, when is it ever too hot here?!
The white form of Polemomium seeds itself round the garden, along with the blue variety, they are easy to remove if there are too many.
This small hemerocallis is always the first one to flower, in the bed opposite the back door, I rather like its smallness in contrast to the big blousey ones that will soon be flowering.
I know I have just done a post about Meconopsis, but I had to include a photo of them here, I just couldn’t leave them out.
My first peony to flower is always Top Brass and it has a perfume to die for! A daily sniff is compulsory!
At the side of the conservatory in the back garden is a clematis which was planted by the previous owners, I think it is Clematis Lasurstern, lovely blue/lilac colour.
Seeding everywhere in between the paving slabs is the little mexican daisy, Erigeron karvinskianus. The paving was under water last year, sometimes for a week at a time, so I don’t know how they survived, but some will need to be moved or we will be tripping over them and I don’t need any more falls in the garden!
Near the front gate in the bee and butterfly border is a clump of English Iris, getting bigger and bigger as the years go by. I think I will soon have to split them to make more clumps through the border.
I will do a post about the bog garden soon but I will finish with a view from either end of the candelabra primulas that are now starting to flower and making that part of the garden very colourful at the moment.
Just as I used to visit the woodland each day from Jan.to April to see what had emerged overnight, now I come to the bog garden each day as more candelabra primulas have started to rise up with their wonderful tiers of flowers. Most were brought back from our holiday in Scotland 2 yrs ago and now some of their seedlings are starting to flower which is very exciting!
I am joining in with Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, so please join with others by visiting Carol’s May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming around the world.