POPPIES AND PEONIES
It's June, so it is time for poppies and peonies in all their fulsome glory. Following closely on their heals are the roses, which have also started to bloom.
We have had some rain at long last. A few days of intermittent showers and some cooler temperatures have cheered the garden up. The gardener is quite happy about it too. The weeds, that had been firmly gripped by the baked concrete of the clay soil, can now be pulled up. I should even be able to dig a planting hole or two.
First on the list is a clump of scarlet oriental poppy. They are happy here in the long border and have self seeded to prove it.
I've planted peonies all over the garden. Some are doing very well, and others were planted four or five years ago and are only just getting going. Here I have a single peony 'White Wings' and a double pale pink one, that is probably 'Sarah Bernhardt'.
3. Reine des Violettes
Have you ever bought a rose just for its name? Would I have chosen this if it was called 'Blue for You', 'Kiss Me' or 'Super Hero'? Absolutely not. But a rose called 'Souvenir de la Malmaison', Cuisse de Nymph or Gloire de Dijon seems impossible to live without. The images they conjure up: a stroll with Empress Josephine, a young lady reclining on a chaise longue, ancient cities.... All that romance brought to your garden, and to top it all there's the perfume. I'm unable to resist.
4. Rosa Roald Dahl
I love the soft apricot colour of this David Austin rose with its cup shaped blooms. I'ts a colour that doesn't exist in the old roses. Its a smaller bush, so can fill a little gap. Shame about the name (see No.3) although I think his children's books are great fun.
5. Planting out the Long Border
Many of the plants in the Long Border are tender perennials and annuals. It's time they were planted out. I got as far as laying out the pots of Cannas and Dahlias yesterday afternoon, before the rain (and hail) swept in.
The squirrels are still trying to beat me to the strawberries, but when I bought some new plants earlier this year, I also got a crop cage, which has helped. My harvest may not be huge, but it was delicious.
That's all from my garden this week. This post is part of Six on Saturday which is kindly hosted by The Propagator. Click on the link to see posts from gardeners around the world.