Today’s vase was created to give as a gift to a male host so I thought I’d better steer clear of soft pinks and peaches, and decided to go with a deep plum theme, livened up by Euphorbia polychroma.
I cut two plants for the first time – Lysmachia atropurpurea, to provide vertical accents, and the lovely, silky Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape.’ I seared their stems in boiling water but to be honest I’m not sure how long they’ll last. I really must cut some for home to find out!
To these I added some Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ (it looked darker in real life)
and my lovely, new, neat, dark La Recoleta dahlias.
It seemed to be well received, but the matching bottle of wine was probably his preference!
With thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who hosts this lovely meme.
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.
Today I thought I’d focus in a bit more detail on the new beds created this year. I took the view that I didn’t want to spend a fortune on plants (although the roses were clearly an exception!) so I grew a lot of plants from seed. As a consequence, it has taken a little while for the bed to get going, but you can see from the picture below at the end of March, what can happen in just over a couple of months.
Sadly the whole bed has got rather droughted (especially the hamamelis, H. Aphrodite, which now has very crispy leaves) but I think a couple of good drenchings have saved the position, and things are looking perkier.
The initial planting in the photo above left shows the Calendula ‘Sunset Buff‘ grown from seed last year and the small Libertia peregrinans, I added some more C Sunset Buff grown this year, but all have suffered with the drought and become rather mildewy. The photo below shows them at their peak a few weeks ago – I do like this soft apricot colour.
As well as the calendula, I planted seedlings of Eschscholzia “Cameo Dream”, but these too have struggled with lack of water. I’ve definitely lost a few and have yet to see any flower, which is a shame, as it’s a lovely, jolly flower I remember fondly from my childhood home, so I’d like to try to establish it here.
In the photo above you can also see one of the two Rosa Pat Austin I bought for the bed. I had this as my Wordless Wednesday on June 10th, but that one was actually in Louise’s garden at the Old Rectory. I guess mine have been a little later to flower as they have been newly planted this year.
Another plant I bought in was the Achillea Terracotta. I’ve admired this for a while so it’s been lovely to have a bed where it looks at home. I’m hoping as the calendula (and maybe nasturtiums) give up, these will keep on flowering.
And lastly in this bed, another plant grown from seed (actually last year, and then never planted out!) the beautiful Hordeum Jubatum. I do wonder whether it’s a bit odd combining grasses with roses, but I love both. The grass provides such lovely movement and looks particularly special later in the day.
The photo below shows the view from ‘my’ seat at our out door table. I’ve struggled a bit with the photo as the new bed looks rather bleached, while the oak bed and the over-the-road-Oak are virtually black. Whilst it’s not exactly like that in real life, the oak bed certainly recedes into the shadows at this time of year and so doesn’t provide a very entertaining view from the table at exactly the time of year when you might be thinking of eating outside.
Later in the season I have some (sale bargain) dahlias to add, some kniphofia and geum and also Scabiosa atropurpurea Fata Morgana. The Scabious were from Chilterns and have dainty scabious shaped apricot flowers which I’m excited to see!
The other new bed, has also come on dramatically since March:
One of the early highlights, together with the transplanted Cerinthe, was the ‘mistake’ ranunculus, supposed to be dark, but actually bright pink. They are just about over now, but have been flowering continuously for over two months.
Seedlings planted here and already flowering include Stocks ‘Ruby Punch’, Malope trifida Vulcan, Moluccella Bells of Ireland, Dianthus baratus Nigrescens and this lovely poppy, Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’.
and two Jubilee Celebration I like, but really think are too pale here. I think I need to ponder on this (and also have somewhere else to put them if I decide they have to move.
The third rose is Falstaff Climbing, which was bought to climb the ‘obelisk’ birthday gift.
As with the Bronze Bed, there are hopefully more delights to come – again some dahlias, and further seedlings yet to flower including Daucus Carota Black Knight.
Whilst I can’t pretend creating these new beds has been cheap, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed trying to minimise the expense by planning and growing a significant amount from seed. And, as with much gardening, not everything has gone to plan, but we wouldn’t want it all to be too easy now would we?