The June garden in all its glory

For this week’s Six on Saturday I thought it would be appropriate to simply let the garden talk for itself.  Just six shots that struck me as I enjoyed the June garden and all its lovely evening fragrance.

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Roses – Sweet Perfum de Provence, White perfumella, Prince Jardinaire and A Whiter Shade of Pale

 

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Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’
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Rose Blush Rambler climbing over the flower studio with purple hesperis and pinks in the foreground
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Rose Festival with fragrant Philadelphus 
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Roses – Rhapsody in blue with Absolutely Fabulous and Fellowship
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Rose American Pillar with Rose Compassion and Clematis Etoile Violet

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Rose of the day – Ena Harness

Today’s rose from the garden is the large flowered climbing rose Ena Harkness. It has striking Hybrid Tea crimson-red flowers that are enormous and seems to have done particularly well this year.

One of the down sides of this rose is that the flower heads are very large and seem to be too large for the flower stalks to support.  Because of this the flower heads do tend to hang downwards and face the ground rather than show themselves to full effect.  However, this is still a very lovely rose.

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Rose of the day – Emily Gray

Today’s rose is the charming rambler ‘Emily Gray’.  A lovely dusky golden-yellow bloom on dark green foliage.  It is slightly fragrant.

We grow this rose along a rope rose arch to the back of the house where we can admire it from the kitchen.  I think it is a very sophisticated coloured rose.  The blooms are medium in sized but not all perfectly the same in shape.  In my view this gives it its charm.  The darker buds are particularly lovely.

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Rose of the day – Margaret Merrill

To celebrate June I thought it would be a bit of fun to showcase each of the roses around the garden as they emerge.

There is no better place to start this sequence than with one of my absolute favourites – ‘Margaret Merrill’.  A very reliable white, repeat flowering Floribunda rose with a beautiful, strong fragrance.  It has long stems that are ideal for flower arranging.

Six on Saturday – June begins

There are so many lovely things happening in the garden at the moment that it has proved really difficult to decide what to include here today.  I’ve tried in this six to simply give an idea of six contrasting parts of the garden.


One:  Hesperis matronalis (Sweet Rocket)

I am delighted with how this bed of sweet rocket has performed this year.  Growing to about 4 feet in height this mix of the white and purple plants has flowered for weeks.  As a biennial planted last June it is well worth the effort and the space.  The scent, particularly in the evening, just hangs in the air and always strikes you as you pass the summer house.

It is nearly time to start sowing again so I can enjoy it all again next year.  I usually sow biennials around the summer solstice so that the plants are large enough to plant out by the autumn equinox.

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Two:  Cornus kousa

This Japanese (or Chinese) dogwood is a small tree that seems to start the year well and then later in the year starts to struggle a little.  Perhaps its position in the garden is not ideal but it has survived for many years now.  It is particularly striking at the moment and is ‘flowering’ well.  I say ‘flowering’ as it is the crisp white bracts against the fresh green leaves that produce the show rather than the small yellow-green flowers that are rather inconspicuous.  I think it looks really good against the grey-green leaves of the eucalyptus behind.  All planned of course!

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Three:  The new flower garden

Regular visitors to the blog will know that we have retired from commercial flower growing and are converting the old (rather utilitarian) production space into a new more aesthetically pleasing flower garden.  It has been a lot of hard work but this year it is really taking off.

The Chandelier (yellow) and Noble Maiden (white) lupins sown from seed last year have established well and look wonderful.  Here they are planted amongst dutch iris in blues, whites and yellows and set off by the lime green of the Euphorbia oblongata which seeds itself freely around the plot but sets off other plants beautifully.

The delphiniums, Aconitum and roses are all budding up and can be seen here as well and will create the follow on display.

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Four:  Anthriscus sylvestris in the copse

Some may consider Cow Parsley a weed but we love it, encouraging it to grow freely in the dappled shade of the woodland areas of the garden.  It is a delight to walk through this area in the early morning sun.

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Five:   Amsonia

One of our pleasures in life, when we are not gardening, is to visit other peoples gardens!  This time last year we came across Amsonia when the village of Wasperton opened its gardens in aid of the local church.  We just had to have one but struggled to find it in any of the local nurseries.

However, as usual, Avondale nurseries came up trumps.  This nursery in Baginton on the outskirts of Coventry is always worth a visit.  Take some money with you though as I promise you will be tempted with something.

Having found Amsonia at last we could not buy just one.  I am happy to report that both have survived the winter and started to flower.  I am really looking forward to seeing them develop over the years.

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Six:  Valerian

I have always known Valerian as Centranthus rubra but Wikipedia seems to list it as Valeriana officinalis at the moment.  It is very common and easy to grow but placed in the right location it can create a stunning display especially when you mix up the slightly different shades of red, pink and white.

Here we have a patch in a very dry area of poor soil in hot sun just above the garage.  It creates a beautiful cottage garden display at this time of year growing amongst the self sown Aquilegia, the Bearded Iris and Oriental Poppies.  The white of the Spirea immediately behind provides a lovely back drop.

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