After all the cold, wet weather that we have been having recently, the last week or so with rising temperatures and hot sunshine has made such a difference in the garden. Buds that have been tighly shut and waiting patiently for some warmer weather are now starting to open and the garden is looking colourful once more.
Come for a wander with me, starting on the front drive, English Iris, Iris latifolia, are expanding into the gravel drive. I must try and remember to move some of them once flowering is over.
Lovely flowers, pity each one doesn’t last very long, but when there are so many of them, it doesn’t seem to matter.
Looking across the rose garden between the house and garage, to the border by the greenhouse.
This is the border that I keep saying will become my late summer border, but when it looks so pretty at this time of year, I haven’t the heart to pull it all out and start again!
It starts flowering with snowdrops, cowslips and primroses and continues with forget me nots, red campion, aquilegias and polemonium, all of which have put themselves here without any help from me.
Azalea Homebush is now fully out, looking lovely with Viburnum plicatum Mariesii, no wonder I like photographing it!
Looking across the circle to the back garden.
The grass in this area is now being grown as my flowery meadow.Derek the gardener is here at the moment cutting paths round and through the longer grass.
The next time I photograph the grass you shound be able to see cut paths through it. He also says he will clip my Chinese Ginger Jar, I think I’d better draw him a picture of one!
The bog garden has woken up at last with candelabra primulas, astilbes and hostas.
My lovely Rodgersia podophylla is now putting up its beautiful bronze leaves, with a few flower buds. The leaves eventually turn green, but I love them at this lovely crinkled stage.
Roses are starting to open, this is Rosa Geoff Hamilton. I have the situation where roses are starting to flower before a lot of my rhododendrons…strange.
My huge hosta that was moved from the front last year is doing very well and has recovered from being slashed by the hailstones a fortnight ago.
Looking from the woodland through to the circle across the rockery.
I must include my Allium Purple Sensation even though I have already shown them to you, as they are looking so gorgeous!
My Chaenomeles is still flowering, 7 months after it started, such a wonderful plant.
The Fuchsia magellanica that is planted with it has just started to flower, this is the first time they have both been flowering together.
There are quite a lot more flowers now enjoying the warmer weather in June, but I will save those for Saturday, I hope you enjoyed your wander with me, even though it was raining, is your garden responding to the warmer weather?