Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – June 2012
Plenty of Roses are blooming at the moment, in the vase above is ‘Harlow Carr’ with Geranium ‘Wargrave pink’, Geranium Thurstonianum, Meadow Clary and Centaurea. I’ve another vase at the moment with a deep red rose that comes through from next door and a couple of blooms of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Astrantia, Bird’s Foot Trefoil and Geranium ‘Orion’.
I’ll refrain from moaning about the weather in this post; but at least we do have blooms! Regardless of the rubbish weather, the plants are managing to open and actually, are blooming for much longer than normal thanks to cooler temperatures; who’d have thought there was a positive??!
For example, Irises that normally only bloom for a few days at best has been going for a week or two!
This year is my first for having perennial Irises; after being coaxed into buying some I guess I am glad I have done so. They are very pretty, that much I cannot take away from them, but I dunno… I’m just not that bothered by them really. Yet they are my favourite bloom to have in a bouquet!
Strange. Sorry, I do not know their names – I’d have to look through last year’s diary.
*Edit – I think this Iris is ‘Caesar’s Brother’. I actually have more than I thought – three types. And today noticed one was lighter than this, and wondered if it was a different type and indeed it is ‘Perry’s Blue, and the third I have is ‘Ocean Mist’.
Next up we’ll move towards warmer shades in the garden; some will surprise my regular readers!
I found a lovely Dicentra ‘burning heart’; these types I prefer to ‘spectabilis’, mainly due to the foliage not only being a nice blue-green shade but also because they’re more bushy and usually produce far more blooms in little clumps.
Many of the roses are now in bloom, and many more are close to blooming. This is the large shrub rose that I suspect has self-seeded in our front. I plan to get rid of it next year and have some Pyracanthas waiting to replace it once they’re large enough to provide some protection and interest in what will be a very bare and very ugly space once the rose is gone.
Its flowers are very pretty, but they’re scentless and last only a day. So I’m afraid it has to go, at least the Pryacantha hedge will also provide thorns for birds to nest in, but also berries for them and flowers for insects.
This year the centaurea is enormous! I don’t know whether it’s all the rain or that it’s now reached its full size but it needs either dividing or moving. It’s managing to smother even the Geranium ‘wargrave pink’ which is also a very tough, sprawling plant that can survive some harsh conditions.
I think I’ve discovered why this fern was labelled ‘Autumn’ Fern. Back in Autumn I wondered why, because it was just green like most other ferns I have… Well, I think it’s easy to see how it gets its name!
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