Monday, 20 June 2016

What not to do!

Attempting to tie in an unruly Clematis,  with my slippers on I may add, I slipped and fell on my backside!  Of course I couldn't fall backwards could I?  No I had to land my butt right bang smack top of a group of perennials and crush them to oblivion. 

The only thing hurt was my pride. Thankfully no one else was there to have a laugh  at my expense.  They will all recover but a trip to the GC will be in order at some point this week for some annuals to fill the gaps.  Oops! 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day June 2016

I am currently laid up with a chest infection and even doing the most easiest of tasks in the garden has been a real struggle.  The upside of that is that I have been able to admire and watch the plants do what they want.  As is normal for Early to Mid June here in my garden there is so much waiting to burst into bloom.  The heatwave last week or as we like to call it, summer, was most welcome. However, this week it's all back normal dreich days.  I'm sure I've introduced you all to our word dreich before.  It simply means drizzly, dark and downright miserable weather.

You can see clearly in the summer border just how lush the garden is right now.  Last week however it was all looking very puggled.  It had been abnormally dry here recently.  I don't recall ever having to water the garden so early in the year.  Alliums, Astrantia and oriental poppies are blooming right now.



The summer border 2016
A closer look at what's in bloom right now.
Clematis The Vagabond, Crataegus laevigata rosea Flore Pleno, Lonicera x italica Harlequin
Iris Baby Blue, Allium Purpe Sensation, Papaver Royal Wedding
Astrantia Ruby Star, Astrantia Buckland and Allium cyathophorum var. Farreri 
On the other side of the trellising, the Laburnum tree is flowering in the woodland.  It's scent fills the whole garden.  This tree has only been in the garden 3 years and this is the first year it has flowered so profusely.  The bees adore it.
Laburnum x watererii Vossii 

Forming part of the deciduous hedge nearby the Viburnum buds pick out the colour of the Physocarpus leaves.

Physocarpus opulifolus Burning Embers and Viburnum sargentii Onondaga

Adjacent to and below some candelabra primula and globeflowers.

Primula japonica Postford White and Trollius x cultorum Cheddar
It's all getting very cramped in the top border.  The plants here will be grateful when I get round to extending this border later in the year.  Can you spot the lone Allium flower?  This whole area should be dotted with Allium blooms to coincide with the poppies.  All was going well a couple of weeks ago and then one morning I noticed that all bar one of those Allium buds had been completely sheared off just below the flower head.  I am blaming snails or slugs but can't say for definite.  What ever it was those large purple flower heads are littered on the ground beneath the foliage.
  
Top border June 2016

Allium Purple Sensation, Geum Totally Tangerine, Papaver Patty's Plum
Clematis Marjorie and Voluceau
Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum
Geum Flames of Passion also blooming just out of shot
Over into the shadier side of the back garden more Candelabra Primula are blooming.  They'll be loving this rain.

P. japonica Apple Blossom and Millers Crimson

I haven't checked today but I doubt this hardy geranium just coming into bloom will be looking quite proud n this rain today.

Geranium himalayense Gravetye

This particular Cordydalis will neither be up nor down.  Those brilliant blue flowers really do stand out against all the greenery in the Enkianthus bed right now.  

Corydalis flexuosa Heavenly Blue
I was not my intention that this post should be quite so long.  I had not realised just how many plants were in bloom until I downloaded all the pictures I had taken over the last couple of days.  Please bear with me.  I am trying to keep words to a minimum to stop it getting even longer.

In the bed with no name (my EOMV posts) the pictures really don't do justice to how this area looks to the naked eye.  The clematis scrambles through the low trellis at the edge of this border.

Clematis Scartho Gem, Camassia leichtlinii Alba and Polemonium Caeruleum
The dwarf globeflower I bought for elsewhere in the garden looks wonderful planted near the dark coloured Astrantia.
Astrantia Ruby Wedding, Trollius x cultorum New Moon and Primula japonica Millers Crimson
 Another Astrantia and friends.
Astrantia Moulin Rouge, Lamium galeobdolon Hermann's Pride and Anemone Trulifolium 
A close look at the Saxifraga in containers.  These little plants would not survive in the ground here because of the winter wet.  They thrive on neglect and are easily place out of the way when not in bloom.


Down to the side garden, bleeding hearts and Aquilegia amongst the foliage.  Another spot in the garden that is now getting a bit too cramped.


At the other end Rhododendron Goldflimmer is just coming to it's peak.

Rhododendron Goldflimmer

Like the summer border at the top of this post, the front garden will come into it's own when the roses are in bloom.  Most of them are a couple of weeks away yet but on the arch R. Teasing Georgia has opened her first bloom.

R. Teasing Georgia and Erysimum Apricot Delight

Last year I pulled up all the dutch Iris bulbs because they weren't quite the colour I had hoped they'd be.  I must have missed these two.  I'll leave them for now and pull them when they go over.

Iris hollandica Bronze Beauty
 Bearded iris I. Indian Chief on the other hand looked great until the rains appeared.

Iris Indian Chief

Can you see the Verbascum in the background?  Standing tall and proud until they succumb to the weight of the rain the other night.

Verbascum Clemantine 

I am linking with May Dream Gardens to share my June Blooms with you all.  Thank you for reading and if like me you enjoy a real nosy around other folks gardens why don't you pop over to see what's happening around the world.