Top of my June list has to be roses of course but they deserve their own post and anyway there are so many other beauties vying for attention that I don’t know where to start.
Perhaps we should begin with the most overdressed flowers of the June garden; the peonies, they have such gloriously inflated hair styles that they cannot hold the heads up so they loll about drunkenly. The biggest drama queen is appropriately enough ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
But just as flamboyant is this one.
At this time of the year I suddenly find all my white and and pale pink flower are unsightly with pollen beetles.
‘Karl Rosenfield’ is fragrant as well as beautiful.
I love single flowers and Paeonia ‘Krinkled White is fragrant too.
‘Doreen’ is a gorgeous deep pink.
Most of the bearded irises and the damp loving Iris sibirica are over now but I have an unusual pinky lilac double Iris sibirica called ‘Pink Parfait’ which blooms later than most.
Iris chrysographes ‘Black Knight’ is looking sultry and gorgeous.
I love orchids and the hardy Lady’s Slipper orchids are wonderfully exotic looking. I thought my Cypripedium ‘Kentucky Pink’ wasn’t going to bloom this year but then I found it when I was pulling out the dead forgetmenots and I very nearly beheaded it. These plants like a woodland setting.
It is a good thing that I have the scent of roses all round the garden because my next plant is very smelly, it smells of rotting meat because it is fertilised by flies. But it looks darkly sinister and I love it. It is called Dracunculus vulgaris and it is very vulgar indeed.
Arisaema costatum is another aroid and it looks very sinister indeed with a cobra-like hood and an elongated spadix like a whip.
Carpentaria californica is a lovely shrub with white flowers and glossy leaves, it belongs to the hydrangea family, hydrangeaceae It needs a warm sunny spot. it is lightly fragrant.
Carpentaria is sometimes called a bush anemone although it is not an anemone at all. But I do have a lovely anemone in bloom right now. It is a hybrid called ‘Wild Swan’. I love the white petals which are lilac on the back.
For fragrance in the garden or in a vase you can’t beat the cottage garden favourites for June, Pinks. As I grow several stinky arisaemas this is important. It occurs to me that I have never written about Pinks before or even taken many photos of them and I can’t think why as I love them. They are members of the Dianthus family but they look nothing like the gawky bunches of cheap carnations that you find on garage forecourts. They are easy from cuttings called pips. You just gently tug a non-flowering shoot, trim it just below a leaf joint and pull away the lower leaves. They like good drainage so I put them round the edges of a pot of compost mixed with grit. They can go in the propagator but a polythene bag will do just as well. If you beg cuttings from friends as I do then you end up with quite a few that you don’t know the name of.
The laced Pinks which were so beloved by the Victorians are particularly appealing.
I have a very tall growing pink which I saw running through Tom Stuart- Smith’s meadow a few years ago. It is Dianthus carthusianorum. I saw this growing wild in Translyvania where the wild flower rich meadows are a wonderful sight.
Elder flowers are very fleeting and if you want to make Elder flower cordial you have to be quick about it. I sometimes make it with the pink flowered Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’because it makes pink cordial. This was a gift from a friend and a very welcome one too. The name is very appropriate because it does look just like lace.
Campanulas have been ringing their bells round the garden for some time now and in July there will be more to come. The peach-leaved campanula, Campanula persicifolia seeds around everywhere and is always welcome.
The white one looks lovely with Cornus alternifolia.
The nettle leaved Campanula trachelium can seed a bit too enthusiastically and it comes up everywhere.
As I have never grown Canterbury Bells, Campanula medium this next one is a bit of a mystery.
I love the big bells of Campanula punctata.
The little alpine campanulas are quite irresistible.
And how about the sky blue bells of the appropriately called ‘Tubby’?
Perhaps I will finish with some clematis. Soon the viticellas will be getting going and they are a joy of the July garden. But for June I have a new one, well new to me, it was launched in 2013. It is ‘Samaritan Joe’ and is such a gorgeous colour.
On the trellis in my secret garden Clematis viticella ‘Madame Julie Correvon’ is romping away, she is always the first of my viticellas to bloom.
Here are few more clematis which are looking good at the moment.
It does seem a shame and ungrateful not to mention all the other June flowers which are gracing the garden at the moment, I have not feaured any delphiniums and I love the shades of blue they come in and what about lupins and geraniums? Oh well, there is always another post. But now, the garden calls; it is lovely and warm, friends are coming round and the Pianist has made some scones. So off I go to enjoy a summer’s day in the way I like best.
If you can spare the time to post your favourite June blooms and link with mine, that would be lovely.