In spite of the awful weather we have been having for a while now, the flowers are bursting open all over the place. Thank goodness, the night we had dreadful gales, there wasn’t much damage done. Lots of branches and leaves ripped off trees, but once the mess was cleared away, the garden didn’t look too bad. All the rain has meant that all the new planting in the bog garden has been well watered from above, meaning less work for me to do! June abundance means one thing to me, roses, so we will start with Abraham Derby.
Roasa Gertrude Jekyll is a favourite here, firstly because of the perfume, then the gorgeous deep pink colour.
Rosa Winchester cathedral is a beautiful rose with a perfume to match. A lot of our roses are from David Austin and have been chosen for their perfume. A rose without a perfume has to be really super in other departments to get into the garden here!
Geoff Hamilton, a much loved deceased presenter of Gardeners World, had this rose named after him, I would say that his only fault is that he doesn’t open after a shower of rain!
Now to other flowers, the little Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica, is now gently seeding round the shadier parts of the garden and brightening them up with its simple yellow flowers.
This is the view from the side of the house with both borders showing plenty of flowers. We have lots of iris, peonies and poppies, which will appear in a later post. I think a blackbird, top left, decided to fly through just as I pressed the shutter.
A few different foxgloves are appearing around the garden, some white, some peachy, some pale pink and the rest the usual deep pink. It’s fascinating watching the bumble bees going in and out, working their way up the stem.
Quite a few clematis are now flowering around the garden, this one was planted by the previous people, not sure which one it is. It’s a wonder this photo turned out, the wind was blowing so hard when it was taken, I expected to see it very blurred.
Shrubs have also been flowering away in spite of the weather. The Azalea Homebush has the most delightful perfume, it is a joy to work on my knees around it! Behind is Viburnum plicatum Maresii which is so striking when flowering with its horizontal branches.
Nectaroscordum siculum in the bee and butterfly border, in the front garden, is attracting any passing bee. Once pollinated, the flowers stand straight up and look just like a Disney fairytale castle.
The pergola, leading through to the veggie garden, is adorned with clematis and roses at the moment. A Kolquitzia bush is joining in the parade with Clematis montana Broughton Star on the back fence.
Looking the other way, back to the garden, with Clematis viticella Abundance on the right.
Another rose with a lovely perfume, Charles Renee Macintosh, and a shade of pink that is bordering on lilac, a pretty colour.
A lovely rose, Buff Beauty, a floribunda which was here before we were. I have moved it 3 times and it now seems happy, so it can stay put for the forseable future.
Some of the candelabra primulas have started flowering, will do a separate post about them as soon as they have all joined in, love the colours in this group.
I know, not a flower, just thought I would show you one of our many thousands of raindrops on the hosta by the front door!
Every day when I go for a wander in the garden there are more flowers opening, some are looking a bit battered by the wind and rain unfortunately, but most are surviving and adding lots of colour to the June borders.