As my vase last week was all about ginger and marmalade, I thought this week should be pink, especially as the garden is full of pink roses. Some of these were already here and others I have planted. The large pink rose on the left is ‘Karlsruhe’, a modern climber with an old fashioned shape. It climbs up a yew tree and looks good against the dark branches. I have quite a few David Austin roses and the large soft pink rose, top right, is ‘Gentle Hermione’. I love this rose because it is such a lovely colour, it has huge flowers and it is very strong and vigorous. Under it is ‘The Generous Gardener’ which is an excellent David Austin rose that I grow as a climber. It is free flowering and very healthy. ‘Anne Boleyn’ is a similar colour. The dark pink is the Bourbon ‘Gypsy Boy’.
The other flowers are a Deutzia crenata ‘Pride of Rochester’, Mimulus ‘Highland Pink’ which grows by the pond. There is a pink Penstemon: ‘Just Jayne’ and woolly silver Stachys. The colour of the Thalictrum flowers matches those of the Stachys. The tall Linaria purpurea is useful in flower arrangements. It seeds around my garden very enthusiastically in both pink and purple. A pink June flower arrangement has to have pinks in it. And I have added two laced ones.
Thank you to Cathy at ramblinginthegarden for hosting this popular meme. I am gradually coming round to the idea of cutting my flowers, although only the plentiful ones. I couldn’t bring myself to cut a peony. Perhaps next year I will make a cutting garden.
Meanwhile, summer is here, the weather is lovely and I must go outside and join the Pianist for some serious gardening.
He might be reading the paper but I shall be working very hard planning the design of my cutting garden.