I am joining Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day this month to show some of the special treasures which are delighting me at the moment. First a drum roll for Cypripedium reginae.
I bought this last year, I don’t like to even think about how much it cost and I was worried that I would never see it again. But it has increased in size and looks very healthy. I also spent a small fortune on Cypripedium kentuckiense last year and that too has come back to delight me again.
As it’s June I have to show a rose or two. I am rose mad and grow them up every available tree. The David Austin rose ‘The Pilgrim’ grows up an apple tree. It is a very soft yellow which darkens in the centre.
I have a very vigorous soft pink rambler ‘Felicite et Perpetue’ which quickly scrambles to the top of a tree. I thought I would try growing one from seed to see what its children would look like. I just kept one seedling and grew it on and now after five years it is flowering. I don’t know who the father was but the offspring is creamy white.
This year every flower seems to be full of pollen beetle. It is the worse year for them that I can remember.
I love delphiniums and grow quite a few. I know they need staking and feeding and protecting from slugs but I think they are worth the effort. My favourite is a neat double one called Delphinium elatum ‘Alice Artindale’. Even if you don’t like double flowers I think you will fall for this one. It is delightful. As the flowers mature they become pinkish.
Whilst I was gardening yesterday I was very aware of the most awful smell and I wondered if an animal had died in the amongst the plants. I had completely forgotten that I had planted a Dracunculus vulgaris which looks quite exotic but smells very vulgar indeed.
I am pleased with this combination of Verbascum ‘Helen Johnson’ and Bupleurum ‘Bronze beauty’ with a blue Geranium, I can’t remember is it ‘Johnson’s Blue’?
I try to avoid growing too many of the big furry Verbascums because they are always eaten by the Mullein Moth.
By the little pond I have been enjoying Iris sibirica ‘Butter and Sugar’.
I am looking after Iris sibirica ‘Sparkling Rose’ for Suffolk Plant Heritage so I have to take extra good care of it so that it can be propagated.
I also have the large, lilac flowered Iris sibirica ‘Roanokes Choice’ which has flowers which don’t look like those of a sibirica at all.
One last iris is the gorgeous black Iris chrysographes that I bought at Hampton Court Flower Show last year.
I love the pink Mimulus ‘Highland Red’ that grows so well in the damp by the pond.
Here is the other side of the pond.
Further down towards the summer house I love the frothy effect of the Crambe cordifolia which grows absolutely huge.
I love the white frothiness contrasted with the dark smoke bush; Cotinus coggyria ‘Royal Purple’.
Nearer the house I love this large Aquilegea growing with Paradisea liliastrum
Behind it is a yellow flowered Potentilla which I dislike because it is so late coming into leaf and it has such economical little leaves. But I forgive it when it is in bloom.
The grass is the lovely Briza media ‘Limouzi’.
You can just see the pink variegated sage on the left of the above photo: Salvia officinalis ‘Tricolor’. With this I have Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandaise.’
Moving on from here is one of my favourite Campanulas. I love all Campanulas but this is a striking colour. It is Campanula ‘Sarastro’. I grow it with x Halimiocistus wintonensis.
I love the maroon blotch and it it goes nicely with the little Viola cornuta ‘Jackanapes.’
There are so many lovely Clematis out at the moment but I will just show you one The delicate Clematis recta ‘Purpurea’. which is growing through my open spider gate.
The front garden is at its best right now but this post has gone on far too long so I will save the blooms there for another day.
I will finish with an introduction to the garden’s latest inhabitant. He lives next door because he gets fed there and visits here because he has fallen in love with the fine reflection in the window. Either that or he is very nosy.
Thank you to Carol at maydeamgardens for hosting this meme. Please pop over and see other peoples’ June blooms.