The gardening year is still a few weeks behind What’s in flower in June 2012 and What’s blooming in June 2011. Though I’ve noticed the delay mostly with the flowering shrubs like Sambucus and Physocarpus rather than with the herbaceous plants. The last of the daffodils finished flowering in the first week of June. While the Brunnera flowers are still in bloom. A nice surprise this weekend was to discover yet another colony of native terrestrial orchids forming. So as well as orchids here’s what else is in bloom in my Perthshire garden today.
What’s in Bloom in June?
At the moment the magnificent blooms of the laburnum tree are just past their peak but still shouting for attention. The bees love these flowers and there’s always a hum in this part of the garden when it’s in flower.
|what’s in bloom in June – Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’
please note all parts of this tree are poisonous
You’ll also notice that in the background there’s lots of foliage as I’m a firm believer that flowers enhance a garden and give impact at certain times of the year while it’s the foliage that holds it all together.
Thyme for Bees
Part of the background in the laburnum photo above is from one of my scree beds (to the right of the steps and in between the paths and driveway).
This scree border is approximately 20 feet x 13 feet and rarely features on the blog! Here at the moment there are drifts of white Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer), dwarf dianthus and pink Helianthemums (Rock Roses). While there are many hummocks of orange scented thyme – Thymus citriodorus fragrantissimus along with a carpet of Thymus praecox ‘Purple Carpet’ hugging the pebbles on the scree. All single flowers rich in nectar for the bees.
|what’s in bloom in June – Great nectar rich flowers for the bees|
It’s also the place where the native Northern Marsh Orchids | Dactylorhiza purpurella thrive and as I mentioned earlier I found a third colony this weekend in that area of scree. Two of the colonies are just starting to flower at the moment. (Last year I wrote an article on growing the Northern Marsh Orchid in your garden).
|Dactylorhiza purpurella | Northern Marsh Orchids|
The alliums are shouting for attention all over the garden and they too are a great nectar source for the bees.
|what’s in bloom in June – Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’|
While in the back garden there are many allium colour variations ranging from dark purple to a much paler mauve.
|Allium hollandicum aflatunense|
The alliums contrast nicely with the golden leaves from the Humulus lupus vine (Golden Hop).
|Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’|
While at the border edges all around the garden there are many clumps of the smaller chive flowers – Allium schoenoprasum.
|Chives | Allium schoenoprasum|
In the Wet Shady Corner
While in Muddy Boots Corner the dark leafed shrub Weigela florida ‘Foliis Purpurea’ is in flower with its pink trumpet shaped blooms. There’s also a Sorbus vilmorinii tree in flower too behind the Weigela and they both survive here as they are grown in a raised bed.
While in the wet soil below are the candelabra primroses – Primula japonica ‘Millers Crimson’ and Primula pulverulenta along with a new addition this year to the garden – Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’.
|centre: Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba;
top right: Weigela florida ‘Foliis Purpurea’
bottom right: Primula flowers
In the Dry Shady Corner
While in the other corner which is shaded by a neighbours birch tree are the digitalis, aquilegia’s, meadow rue, Briza media, forget me nots, geraniums, and even more alliums. All mingling together to create a chorus of pastel pink, blue and purple.
The flowers contrast nicely with the dark leafed Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ and Berberis atropurpurea ‘Rose Glow’. Along with the silver blades from the calamagrostis grass and the Acintidia kolomikta vine with its pink and white blotched leaves.
|Meadow Rue | Thalictrum aquifolium|
A View from Above
Finally here’s a birds eye view of part of the back garden on 15th June 2013…in between the rain showers.
|leavesnbloom garden – what’s in bloom in June?|
As you can see new pathway hasn’t been lined with bark yet as I’ve sowed the free wildflower seeds there that I received from the RHS to celebrate National Gardening week. I can’t wait to see what flowers there!
Have you lots of flowers that are shouting out for attention in your garden just now?