End of Month – June 2014
We recently had a couple of days of grey/drizzly weather, and as grim as it is I’m actually quietly grateful as I don’t think we’ve had any decent or prolonged rain for some weeks now. I’ve managed to keep up with watering the pots and hanging baskets – for possibly the first time in my life – and they’re all looking rather nice, if perhaps not to my usual taste (Petunias and other ‘classic’ hanging basket arrangements) but I want to try to spruce things up around the outside of the house. I’ve also suddenly remembered I was going to take Hellebores to my parents’ once they’d finished blooming. So I’ve pulled some up and put them in one of the large pots I had been scratching my head wondering what to fill them with. At first I thought I’d divide some Geraniums up, but Geraniums are always easily replaced and I plan only to take some of the Geranium Thurstonianum which isn’t as readily available.
I think I’ll also take some of this Geranium; I don’t know its name but it’s similar to macrorrhizum but blooms a little later and for longer. So a nice, useful little bloom.
Orion is a large bloomer and really likes to clamber around; I’m enjoying it mixing in with Astrantia Major Roma.
I’ve been harvesting Fox and Cub (Hawksbit) seeds; definitely want to have more of them in future.
There aren’t many wider views in this post this month; to be frank, I forgot to take any.
Clematis summer snow is blooming, her blooms are only small and I’m sure once mature with hundreds of blooms is a wonderful sight. I only have relatively few and most seem to be at the top of the plant which unfortunately is climbing through Elder and Willow so I can’t even really see them! Just my luck.
Clematis summer snow is also climbing through Gertrude Jekyll; although I had originally wondered if it Gertrude would be strangled, actually there’s nothing to worry about because the Clematis has grown much taller.
The white Lupin has been amazing this year, and as I mentioned a couple of posts ago – I’ve never seen so many blooms on a Lupin before. I’ve gradually cut them off to try to force a second flush later in the year, plus by cutting them for vases I discovered Lupins are scented! Who knew? They are working very well the Gentian Blue Delphinium. The combo of brilliant cobalt blue, orange and white is extremely nice.
Campanula has taken over this year. It’s supressing other plants but I don’t have the heart to cut it all back; especially now it’s blooming. It’s hard to believe only a couple of years ago I cleared it out of this area and moved it up onto the upper tier. Clearly I left a little bit behind and well, wow.
It also readily seeds around and I’ve found it growing in numerous pots – and the Honey Bees love it.
Shame I’m not so sure I love it.
I swear, I turned my back for two seconds and suddenly bramble is everywhere in the hedge. It’s even grown one arm so long it’s managing to reach out and wrap around the cherry tree. I was not there even a week ago. Honest. Looks like I have some chopping back to do.
I’ll leave you with the Aster border… The Sanguisorba is leaning, so I think in future I need it to grow with other tallish plants to help keep it upright.