Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day – June 2013
June and the garden still looks like it’s in May which of course I am grateful for because there’s nothing quite as melancholy as the yellowing hues of a late summer garden slowly slipping towards autumn.
Thankfully we still have plenty of beautiful fresh growth around.
After working on this small corner for a couple of years, things are becoming crowded now… Especially as I hadn’t anticipated the Echinops to get quite so huge… I will have to move it, however I am thrilled to have echninops for the first time. Also, who’d have thought Hellebores would crowd out anything else? Well they sure are! The small Sorbus shrub is struggling for light so I think I’ll remove a couple of leaves.
As last year, I really enjoy the combo of the Acer Garnet and Aconitum. This year the Monkshood really suffered under the cold snow, it hit as they were freshly out and severely damaged the growing tips so they’re a bit malformed and stunted.
So, this year I allowed a Ragwort to grow on the tier, next to the bird feeding station… It’s huge! And there’s not a single Cinnabar moth caterpillar on it, but last year I had loads on some small, sickly Ragwort plants that were drowning in the rain. I ended up moving the caterpillars between plants to give them all the best chance of survival… this year I have plenty of plants around the garden and not a single striped little caterpillar in sight!
Black Elder blooms contrast nicely with its foliage, so very different to the much larger, white version blooming just above it over the fence. The ferns are looking gorgeous this year, it’s just a shame the birds are messing all over them. It’s even worse at the moment thanks to the boom in numbers as the young are fledging, and hiding out in the cherry tree above.
Various Ferns in the garden, some are hidden by the Geraniums and I repeatedly rip out some of the branches to allow the Ferns some light. Once the Geraniums have finished I’ll clear them away (herb Robert, that is) because it’s already seeding everywhere.
The Aster border has exploded this year, mainly thanks to the Feverfew, but also the Astrantia has really taken off after spending the past 4 years mainly hidden and only sending up a couple of blooms usually late in the season.
The recent rain really flattened the Cenaurea, it looks a complete mess and a hard lesson to Chelsea chop is learned! I’ve cut a lot of blooms off and have three vases of twisted stems… Hopefully it’ll produce new growth and perhaps blooms later. The same has happened to Geranium Thurstonianum and Shasta Daisies.