Glorious June Blooms. Six on Saturday.

Exciting things happen every day in the garden in June and it is difficult to keep up with it all, but today it is raining and I can’t do much outside apart from worry about the roses getting dashed. And I do not have enough umbrellas to protect them all. This is a wonderful year for roses and as they are a passion, or should I say, an obsession of mine they deserve a post of their own.

But there are other wonderful things happening too. I don’t think I can keep to six flowers to keep within the rules of this meme, but I hope if I stick to six genera I will get away with it. Fabulous peonies and irises are so fleeting. Some of my blowsy peonies, including my new Itoh hybrids are over. But although none of them bloom for long, they don’t all come at once, so with different varieties the season is prolonged. The single ‘Bowl of Beauty’ is still looking good.

Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’

And I love the sultry dark pink flowers of Peony ‘Karl Rosenfield’. I have heard this colour described as red, by people who are presumably colour blind.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Karl Rosenfiield’

A new peony for me last year is ‘Coral Sunset’ which has unusual coral flowers which fade to peach as they mature.

Paeonia ‘Coral Sunset’
Paeonia ‘Coral Sunset’

The bearded irises have mostly had their moment, but there are still irises to enjoy. Irises are easy from seed and I always grow a few to see what exciting colours I will get. These are two of my Pacific Coast Iris babies, they are both prettier than their parents.

I love Iris siberica too and it clumps up nicely as long as it doesn’t dry out and it doesn’t need staking like the larger bearded iris. You can get it in fabulous colours and it is easy from seed. I have the rare Iris siberica ‘Osborne’s Grey’, but I think this clump of its seedling looks even better than the parent.

Iris siberica seedling of ‘Osborne’s Grey’

But now I have discovered the fabulous Iris siberica ‘Peacock Butterfly’ range and I shan’t be content until I have all of them, they come in such edible colours. So far I only have ‘Jerry Murphy’ but I shan’t rest until I have’ Unbuttoned Zippers’, ‘Uncorked’ and ‘Painted Lady’. Just look them up and you will see what I mean. It is a pity about the silly names, but you can’t have everything. I don’t know how to describe the colours of ‘Jerry Murphy’ but they have caramel brown in them and I love brown flowers.

Iris siberica ‘Jerry Murphy’

I am thrilled with the yellow flowers with brown stripes of the wild Iris pseudacorus relation which is called ‘Berlin Tiger’. It was bred in Germany by the iris breeder, Thomas Tamberg. The flowers are a perfect match for the acer.

Iris ‘Berlin Tiger’

On a nursery visit recently with the Women Who Weed I came across a lovely new abutilon called ‘Pink Charm’. I love it for its abundance of pink flowers with pale brown calyxes.

Abutilon megapotamicum ‘Pink Charm’

There I go again waxing lyrical about brown flowers. I am wondering if I have the space somewhere for a brown border. If that sounds dull to you imagine shades of mahogany, chestnut, caramel, toffee and oatmeal with apricot flowers. Sorry, I digress, we are doing Six on Saturday. But I think I will return to this theme another day, I’m just wondering where on earth I could fit it in. I would like to prove to the doubters amongst you that it could work. I shall just have to dig up more lawn which will make croquet tricky.

And here is another plant for my brown border, it is Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ with coppery-orange and golden yellow flowers and lovely bronze foliage. I grow it with the feathery bronze foliage of Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’.

Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’

I have always loved kalmias both for the sculptural, ribbed buds like little fairy tale turrets and the delightful clusters of flowers. But they are for gardens with an acid soil and would not survive here. But it occurred to me that I can grow it in a pot. And I am delighted with it. I don’t approve of common names for plants as they are often regional and so confusing, but I rather like the name of Calico Bush for this.

Kalmia latifolia ‘Kaleidoscope’

And here we are at number six and I will finish with orchids. Some years ago, I planted a Dactylorhiza fuchsii, or Common Spotted orchid hoping it would spread into carpets. I read somewhere that this orchid suppresses honey fungus which I am plagued with. It has grown into a lovely clump with several spikes but it never seeds around.

Dactylorhiza fuchsii

But my pride and joy is the one of the two Lady’s Slipper orchid which has deigned to bloom this year, the other is over now. I have several of these aristocratic ladies in my garden and I do what I can to please them and it isn’t easy. I really am very grateful if they at least stay alive. But this one is paying its way.

Cypripedium hybrid

So there we have my six. I really would like to show you my roscoeas, but rules are rules and I have already bent them a bit so they will have to wait. And in any case, I do believe it has actually stopped raining and a gardener’s work is never done. So out I go, leaving you in the capable hands of the Propagator who hosts this meme, Six on Saturday. And of course there are plenty of other enthusiastic Sixers with lots of interesting posts to peruse.

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43 Responses to Glorious June Blooms. Six on Saturday.

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Good to see your many blooms. Your Paeonia ‘Coral Sunset’ is a beauty and the way it fades with age is similar to my Paeonia ‘Coral Charm.’ Love the many irises–the seedling of ‘Osborne’s Grey’ is a delight. Have a good week in the garden and when you have enough rain please send some this way.

    • Chloris says:

      I think Coral Charm and Coral Sunset are very similar. Coral Charm flowers are more ball shaped. I know you are an iris fan too, have you tried growing them from seed?

  2. You are bubbling over with gorgeousness! I am more than happy with six genera. I must visit you and your garden one day, I really must.

  3. Jo Shafer says:

    The designation of “red” probably is intended to indicate “in the red family,” as opposed to white, etc., or something like that. I agree with you, however; my “Red Rose of Lancaster” isn’t really RED, either, but a rich rose color. We know the difference, don’t we?

  4. fredgardener says:

    I only knew the red Abutilon megapotamicum but not in pink. Pretty too !
    The penultimate photo with the Dactylorhiza and the conifers next to it, is very pretty because the light is directed towards the orchid as if you had used a flash (which it may be 😂).

    • Chloris says:

      The abutilon is even prettier than it looks in the photo. The flash came on when I took the photo of the orchid because it was such a gloomy day.

  5. Kris P says:

    As always, each photo presents another jewel I can drool over. How I’d love to have that ‘Coral Sunset’ peony! Neither my Majorcan peony nor my Itoh peony bloomed this year – the latter wasn’t a surprise as it’s never bloomed but the former was a disappointment, although not terribly surprising given our truly pathetic rain total. I can only hope next year will be better as I suspect our so-called megadrought” is going to lead to new water restrictions soon.

    • Chloris says:

      I know your lack of water is an ongoing problem but despite it all you have an amazing garden with a fantastic selection of blooms. My two Itoh peonies bloomed for the first time this year, they were lovely, but so fleeting

  6. ooh your lovelies this Saturday are wonderful. I love seeing all Iris and need to find out if I can grow any. I am awaiting the plans for a bronze border! Do you think that sounds better than a brown border?

  7. I really enjoy viewing your peonies, as I cannot grow them. Your Abutilon reminds me I need to try them again. Your garden is so abundant and one can never have too many flower photos.

  8. Anna says:

    I envy you the rain Chloris – only a few desultory spots here and crying out for more. What a beautiful peony ‘Coral Sunset’ is both in it’s emerging form and the delicate shades it morphs into.

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, the rain is never right though, it was too heavy and it dashed the roses and now it doesn’t seem to know when to stop. ‘Coral Sunset’ is a show stopper.

  9. Heyjude says:

    Six fabulous genera! Love your enthusiasm and can’t wait to see the bronze/brown border!

  10. Pauline says:

    What a lovely selection you have shown us! My Coral charm peony was just about to flower, with the bud just starting to open, when it vanished ! I blame the squirrels!! Your iris are beautiful, they are one of my favourite flowers. Will look forward to seeing your new border.

  11. Cathy says:

    A ‘brown’ border would be a great challenge that I am sure you could rise to – and I suppose you could call my bronze heuchera bed brown, sort of anyway! Your peonies must look wonderful in real life and, if you like urese, those too! You are very adventurous in your seed sowing and it is always interesting to see what new treasures you have – thanks for sharing them

    • Chloris says:

      Well of course your heucheras round the gorgeous bark of your tree are shades of brown. Brown sounds dingy and boring but the range of shades you could use for this is very exciting, specially if combined with apricot flowers.

      • Cathy says:

        I am sure the concept will stick in your mind until you know you cannot manage without a brown border…go for it!

  12. I see that you have pointed me in the direction of yet more desirable irises! Did you get that common spotted orchid via mail order or plant sale? I would like to try it in the meadow patch. Sadly the bee orchids moved on 😦

    • Chloris says:

      You can never have too many irises. I bought the orchid on Ebay, it was quite expensive but I thought it would soon seed about. Still, it does get bigger every year.

  13. Really enjoyed reading about all your interesting plants. I shall have to seriously expand my Iris collection! The brown border sounds most unusual and could be wonderful.

  14. Your lady slipper orchid is truly wonderful. I like ‘Berlin Tiger’ as well. Send us some of that rain if you can.

  15. Jim Stephens says:

    So many beauties! I have a couple of Dactylorhizas in the garden and have found two seedlings, miles away from either original plant or each other. Both came up in the middle of other plants and got big enough to recognize or I’d probably have thought they were weeds. I’m familiar with trying to keep Cypripedium happy too, I’ve managed to keep two alive for a couple of years. You have Roscoeas flowering? Mine are only just appearing above ground.

    • Chloris says:

      Orchids have a mind of their own. I once had a bee orchid which appeared in the middle of the lawn only to vanish without trace. I can keep cypripedium alive but getting them to bloom again is another matter. I just have two roscoeas in bloom, the others will be a while.

  16. Cathy says:

    Gorgeous peonies Chloris. But then, all peonies are gorgeous aren’t they?! I do like the look of the. coral one. You will have to convince me a brown border would work, but if you put that alstroemera in it I am sure half the battle would be won. 😉

    • Chloris says:

      I just wish the peonies would last a bit longer; blink and you’ve missed them. I know
      brown sounds a bit boring but I have some ideas for it and I am looking forward to giving it a go. If I can only find the right spot

  17. tonytomeo says:

    Wow, this is very late for Pacific Coast iris! Although coastal, their ancestors mostly live adjacent to chaparral climates. They bloom briefly as winter ends, and the weather begins to get warmer and drier for spring. Most annual wildflowers bloom at about the same time. They hybrids bloom with bigger and more colorful flowers than the wild sorts, . . . but I still like the wild sorts also, because they are what I remember.

    • Chloris says:

      I can’t imagine having irises growing wild, how wonderful.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Well, they are not as pretty as iris that bloom wild in other regions. They are quite low, with grassy and uninteresting foliage. The color in that particular region ranged only from pale blue to denim blue. I just like them because they are what I remember.

  18. snowbird says:

    I need some of your rain too. What a delightful selection of plants, sighs I. Oh my, those peonies are heavenly, especially coral sunset. Your iris are gorgeous too, I have a lovely brown one that you sent me, it has flourished and is romping away in the Chloris corner along with your Jack frost. Oh, a brown border sounds marvellous. Hahaha, yes, I imagine croquet will be a little tricksy in an ever decreasing space. xxx

    • Chloris says:

      It’s not often that we have all the rain but this June has been a bit of a washout. Be careful what you wish for, my roses aren’t enjoying it at all. How nice that you have a Chloris corner in your garden, I must see what I can find to add to it. Or better still would be if you came and chose what you like. Do you ever come down tto our neck of the woods?

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