I’m a day late for GBBD and have again not touched my garden for over a week due to a trip to Northumberland. It was planned to coincide with picking up our daughter from uni in Durham, but sadly it also coincided with cold, misty, rainy weather, however I expect I’ll still share some garden visits, even if they’re rather grey!
I took these GBBD photos on my return from London this evening and these too are reflecting the rainy weather. Bearing in mind my recent multiple absences a degree of skillful camera work was also required to avoid capturing large swathes of convolvulus…..
So, despite the rain, June is all about the roses. My roses aren’t quite in the same league as the wonderful NT garden at Mottisfont I visited a couple of years ago, but I added some new ones last year, so the number is growing. The top one, by the front gate, has a lovely scent but was inherited so I’m afraid I don’t know its name.
Below, one of the new roses last year, Jubilee Celebration, already a favourite,
later turns into this.
In the same bed are both Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ (looking here rather paler than reality)
and climbing Rosa ‘Falstaff’
Another inherited rose in the Lavender bed is a very similar colour to
this Sarah Bernhardt peony.
On the pergola posts either side of the swing are Rosa ‘St Swithun’
and Rosa ‘Korizont.’
In the Bronze Beds the Pat Austin roses which featured in my last Monday vase, have been joined by self seeded Nasturtium ‘Caribbean Crush’
and this poppy, Papaver nudicale ‘Party Fun’
I’m delighted that another poppy, Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape,’ has reappeared in the Mid Century bed.
Here too the Lysmachia atropurpurea, grown from seed last year, is filling out
and has now been joined by a self seeded Malope trifida ‘Vulcan’. I’ve grown more Malope from seed this year, but they’re all still sitting in a seed tray in the greenhouse.
The Alliums in the drive bed, Allium ‘Violet Beauty’, haven’t returned well from their introduction last year, but those that did return are looking good now. Sadly, I’d added some new tulips, also called ‘Violet Beauty’ to join them, but the tulips came and went weeks ago. Back to the drawing board.
And to finish Meconopsis baileyi, a present from the OH for my birthday. I wonder if I’ll mange to have it blooming this time next year?
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.
Many of my current blooms are annuals grown from seed this year and the one above, Malope trifida Vulcan, has been amazing. To be honest it probably should have been staked, but I’m quite enjoying the chaos and colour it brings.
And at my cutting garden, I have these magnificent Sunflowers growing from seeds kindly sent to me by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. We thought they were Ruby Eclipse, but they’re rather more yellow and enormous!
Er, spot the difference?
The Antirrhinum, A majus Orange Wonder which I was tempted to move back home, of course never got moved, and is having a second flush in the Cutting Garden.
Another Cutting Garden stalwart is the Salvia horminum ‘Oxford Blue’
This year I’ve gone a bit mad with Zinnias, planting Zinnia Benary’s Giant Lime, Zinnia Benary’s Giant Scarlet, Zinnia Benary’s Giant Wine, Zinnia Raspberry Cordial and Zinnia elegans Queen Red Lime. Sadly the Queen Red Lime didn’t germinate well and those that did ‘damped off’ but the rest are just starting to produce their fabulous bright blooms, on good strong stems, perfect for cutting.
One group of flowers which really hasn’t fared well this year are my sweet peas. They struggled with the dry weather early on, and have certainly suffered more from greenfly than any year I can remember – perhaps because they were stressed by the early drought. But I still love them, roll on next year.
With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting everyone’s GBBD.