A perfect June?

Once again as I walked around the garden tonight in cold blustery winds and drizzle whipping against my face, I wondered whether we will ever get a ‘normal’ summer again. The problem being nobody knows what to expect anymore, so for the seasoned gardener, this throws up all sorts of quandries. What should we plant to cope with such conditions? Despite this gloomy outlook, I’m impressed at the inbuilt resilience of most plants, determined to fulfill their destiny, their life cycle, despite inclement weather. Strawberries are still ripening, tomatoes flowering and the vegetables are looking particularly lush.

This is still my favourite time of year, summed up perfectly by the words of Gertrude Jekyll:

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

Around the garden plants are filling out nicely. I’m really pleased at the way the coastal gravel garden has matured so quickly. My only minor quibble being that I have overdone the blue a bit and could do with some balance from some yellows/oranges. Yet there aren’t many yellow flowers available in the garden centre at this time of year, the only plants I could find were poppies and marigolds.

My mystery weeds turned out to be capanulas, which was a pretty good result as I had nurtured these plants through the winter not knowing what they were!


Aqualegias and rosa glauca



The ox-eyed daisies I grew from seed the year before last are huge!


Ayrshire Splendens, a new climbing rose I bought earlier in the year, has beautiful crimson tinged buds that open to a pale pink, gradually fading to white. I can’t wait for it to get climbing up the plum tree. A few more highlights…


One of my grasses flowering vigorously


My primula bulleyana







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