The vaguely green-fingered thoughts of a rambling rose.

The garden in June

Despite the long winter this year, pretty much everything in the garden has caught up and as we move into June, new flowers can be seen on almost each day.

The Front Garden 

It's difficult to squeeze along the cobbled path in the front garden now that all the plants have knitted together.

Rosa Tall Story has begun to flower through the hardy geraniums above, with r. Margaret Merrill below.

There are yet more buds to open on both the clematis Warsaw Nike and r. Maigold combo on the dividing fence.

The tidy up of the huge hydrangea at the top of the front garden has given a great new planting opportunity.  I will add spring bulbs here, along with some prostrate Ceanothus I have growing in the Yen Garden.

The unnamed shrub is doing a great job filling the gap between the Photinia and the fence.  I recognise the leaves but for the life of me cannot recall the name just now.

The Yen Garden 

In this corner, most of the colour comes from foliage, rhododendrons, azaleas or blossom.  The rose below hangs over the fence from our neighbour's garden, which we regularly have to trim back to prevent it becoming entangled in our apple and cherry trees.

New for this year is a trachycarpus palm and a clutch of cannas, the latter are just forming their flower spikes.  I have decided to incorporate some more exotic looking plants here.  There are already some red crocosmias and a fatsia japonica which are a little more jungle like, but we'll keep the 'Japanese' theme also.

Apples are forming this the tree has a stay of execution.

I really like this vivid pink foxglove and plan on sowing some of its seed into the pink garden.

I will also divide this bold coloured hardy geranium and plant a couple of clumps in the pink garden come the autumn.

The peony Bowl of Beauty is really outstanding this year.

The Pink Garden 

There is still not quite enough pink, but it is getting there.  This patch had a major overall last year and there are still some gaps to fill with pink flowers.  Since the area right of the birch tree is mostly shaded, pink flowers can be a bit more tricky to get right.  The persicaria however thrives well here among the ferns.  The plan is to divide the grey hosta behind the pond later this year and add a portion to the pink garden for some contrast, along with a clump or two of the bold pink hardy geranium and foxgloves from the Yen.

The very first bloom of r. New Dawn which sprawls along the fence of the Pink Garden.

R. Mum in a Million smells divine.

The Terrace Border 

This has more of a purple-blue theme with iris and foxgloves...

...hardy geraniums and Eryngiums, the latter will soon take on a bright blue hue which looks almost metallic.  In this bed there are also airy verbena bonariensis and Russian sage, along with a blue Salvia Superba. This is an experimental bed really, as I planted a number of gifted Irises last year that hadn't flowered. Only one of these has flowered so far and last month showed off its velvety purple blooms, which can remain in this bed.

There is a tall grass in this corner which needs moving as it keeps trying to flower behind the trellis.  It might take some time, but this is certainly a work in progress border.

The Patio Arch Borders 

If only we had smell-o-vision! This is rosa Gertrude Jeykll.  The scent is absolutely knockout.  It's about a third of the way up the right hand side of the arch so far, and the blooms are in reach of a sniff each time I pass under this arch.

As allium Purple Sensation fade, allium siculum are thrusting through the hardy geraniums.  Not quite the amount of flowers spikes as expected, but we can always add a few more if they like the conditions.

The Long Border 

There are plants filling every nook and cranny in the Long Border after its overhall last year.

The last of the clematis Montana Rubens fades as the first of the white peonies opens.

Any gaps have had a sprinkling of poppy seeds from our Dutch friends.

So far June has been a cloudy affair. Usually I like to sit and enjoy the June garden in the warm sunshine, and while it isn't exactly cold, the sun is noticeably absent...still, there are another 3 weeks before the month is out.

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