Here we are in June, the most heavenly month in the gardener’s calendar, full of scents and velvety richness. Our gardens are packed full of delicious blooms.
For this Bloom Day I will take you into the front garden, as I haven’t shown it to you this year. This is a cottage garden and it is crammed full of plants; I prefer a rich tapestry to swathes of uniform colour.
An old house like ours has to have roses round the door. I think this next one is ‘Aloha’
There were several others when we came here, including ‘New Dawn’ and the rambler ‘Wedding Day’ which is totally unsuitable for growing on the house, I am constantly hacking it back.
There are plenty of other roses in the front garden. I planted this modern climber ‘Karlsruhe’ to grow through a Yew by the drive. I thought the bright pink flowers brighten up the sombre foliage.
There is a climber of the softest pink scrambling through the lilac. I think it is ‘Ophelia’.
I removed the row of stiff gawky ‘Iceberg’ because they were showing their age, but I left this one.
A friend gave me a cutting of her lovely Rosa ‘Pearl Drift’. It is a cross made by Le Grice between ‘Mermaid’ and ‘New Dawn’ . It makes a low growing shrub with healthy, glossy leaves and semi- double flowers which are a lovely mother-of-pearl colour. I thought I had lost it after a rabbit got into the garden and chewed it to nothing a couple of years ago, but it has bounced back.
I keep the colour palette in the front garden to pinks, lilacs, purple and blues, but there are things here that I didn’t plant. There is quite a lot of yellow in the form of a golden Philadelphus which is in quite the wrong place as the sun scorches its leaves. Next to it is a huge Phlomis fruticosa. To add insult to injury there is a pink rose growing in front; pink and yellow is a combination I particularly dislike. Still, I haven’t the heart to get rid of it. Not yet.
Some people don’t like the modern ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ which is not blue at all. I love its antiquey, violet shade. It fades beautifully too.
I planted a Thalictrum next to it. The purple stems and flowers are a perfect match.
Here is another Thalictrum. I have them all round the garden and they seed themselves about very obligingly.
I love Cistus and the oddly named Cistus x purpureus makes a lovely large bush. It is pink with maroon splodges. Should you want more, they are very easy from cuttings. The little white flowered plant in the left of the picture is a thyme which seeds around everywhere. The silver leafed plant with white flowers next to it is Convolvulus cneorum.
No June garden is complete without the oriental poppies. ‘Patty’s Plum’ is a rich colour which looks wonderful for a brief moment. Unfortunately it doesn’t die well and the petals soon turn brown.
I did have a tree peony in this part of the garden. It was a gorgeous confection of pink tissue paper. Unfortunately it resented the move and died. The peony which it had been grafted onto flourishes though and I rather like it, as I love single flowers.
I know some people love hardy geraniums but I can never get excited by them although they are quite useful for making nice pools of colour.
I can never remember which of the blues this is. Perhaps a Geranium enthusiast can tell me.
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety is a pretty shade of pink.It is growing here with Erigeron karvinskianus.
A few Pinks are in bloom. This Dianthus superbus can’t make its mind up whether to be pink or white.
I can’t think of the name of this next one, but it is so pretty and smells heavenly.
June is Campanula time and mine are just starting to come into bloom, much later than last year. I love them as I can’t resist bell-shaped flowers. This Campanula latifolia ‘Alba’ seeded itself here by the wall.
Also in white is the first of the peach-leaved Campanulas which seed themselves round the garden.
The lovely deep purple ‘Sarastro’ is not out yet, but a new one this year is Campanula ‘Purple Sensation’ which is very similar.
One of my favourite bell flowers is the lovely Symphyandra ‘Zanzegur’which I grew from seed a few years ago. It seeds itself around and there is always a waiting list amongst my friends for this little gem. The one in the picture is growing quite tall as it tries to climb the wall.
One of the babies is a darker shade of blue. I love the way it has purple stems.
We can revisit the front garden soon when more lovelies are in bloom, but I can’t finish Bloom Day without taking you round to the back garden to see two special plants. The first is this lovely Dactylorhiza which is doing so well. I have several of these but none of them look as good as this.
The other delight is a Clematis I grew from seed from Clematis montana ‘Marjorie’. Marjorie is very pretty with creamy pink flowers, but this one has white and green flowers and I am thrilled with it.
So this is my Bloom Day for this month, I could go on but you have other things to do. If you were really here with me in the garden, I wouldn’t let you off so lightly.
Do go over to Carol at Maydreams Gardens and see what other people have in bloom this month.