I just love the June garden. So many of the herbaceous and foliage plants are just looking so good. The garden is predominately flowering in shades of pink, salmon and blue. In addition there are little pockets of white and yellow. Mounds of low growing Dianthus are in bloom along with the Helianthemums, Potentillas, Tradescantia, Stachys and various Thyme herbs. Like in previous months What’s in Bloom posts I’m just showing a small selection of the flowers in bloom.
1. Top left – Astrantia rubra
2. Top right – self sown seedlings of Primula bulleyana
3. Bottom row from left to right – Saxifraga x urbium Londons Pride, Columbine flowers, Enkianthus campanulatus, Kalmia latifolia buds.
There is very little of the soil is visible in the borders in June. Consequently there’s less weeding to do. Other than some deadheading and keeping the grass mowed and edged there is very little else. Furthermore I can enjoy having a good read on the patio when the weather is good. Or taking photographs of the flowers and wildlife.
1. Large photograph left – Allium hollandicum Purple Sensation
2. Small photographs top right to left – Iris siberica, Geranium Johnstons Blue, Thalictrum aquilegifolium, Geranium pretense Splish splash
3. Large photograph right – Nepeta racemosa
4. Small photographs bottom left to right – Centaurea montana, Scutellaria altissima, Geranium phaeum Sambor, Allium schoenoprasum.
Watering and keeping the annuals (Marguerites, Osteospermums, Violas, Geraniums and Petunias) in the containers and hanging baskets fed will be the most time consuming job in June Next month I can add deadheading to that list. It’s not really a job that I enjoy doing. However once the honeysuckle and roses are in bloom and the garden is full of their aromas in the evening then it will be well worth the effort.
1. Large photograph left – Centranthus rubra
2. Small photographs right top and bottom – Paeonia lactiflora Bowl of Beauty and Papaver orientalis Salmon Glow
3. Small photographs left top and bottom – Geranium endressii Wargrave’s Pink and Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo
4. Large photograph right – Sambucus nigra Black Lace
So far we’ve found and destroyed 2 wasps nests. Furthermore we’ve discovered that wasp nest killer is great for killing ants nests also. The little fledglings are getting better at flying and less of them are flying into the kitchen window. Though we’ve had a few sit on the windowsill outside and look in at us.Over in the wildlife pond the common newts have grown their legs. So it won’t be too long before they start leaving the pond and start to feed on the slugs and snails in the borders. We have about 20 of them in the pond. So I’m hoping that once they become land bound they’ll not all migrate into the neighbouring gardens.