I think this photo sums up June.  Lowering skies, but lush rampant growth and an abundance of roses. There are more roses in this week's post, but I've tried to include a bit of variety.

I have included a deep dark rose for the last few weeks, and this week it is purple William Lobb - a moss rose from 1855.  I presume it is named for the William Lobb who plant collected for Veitch Nurseries of Exeter and who introduced the Monkey Puzzle Tree to cultivation,  But we can forgive him that I think,

The bush is open and rangy and looks like it could probably do this some sort of structure to grow up.  (I'll put it on the never ending To Do list).

My second choice this week (yes I'm actually counting) is Aruncus Dioicus.  It's a magnificent plant when it's plumes appear, but it takes up quite a lot of room,

Here you can see it in situ, in the Long Border, where is manages the transition from blue to yellow in accordance with the colour theories of Gertrude Jekyll.

As far as I recall, this plant is making it's debut on the blog.  It's Penstemon Digitalis Husker Red, and it's flowering with great enthusiasm, so it's in my good books.  It's made it through the wet winter and the slugs have left it alone.  The leaves are quite interesting with their reddish tones.

Number 4 is Knautia Macedonica.  If you grow this, then you will already know that it self seeds with abandon.  I can see I'm going to have to be a bit ruthless or it will take over the whole border.  It is beautiful though, the way the flowers hover on their long stems.

The pots by the back door change from time to time as things come into and out of flower.  

At the moment, these Lilies (Lilium Regale) are in flower.  The bulbs are about a few years old, so the flowers are not the largest.  They could probably do with a feed to be honest.  They spent the first quarter of the year in the greenhouse, and the flower buds were well advanced when I decided to put them outside the delay them a bit.  Like many of the plants in the garden I grow them because they give that Victorian/Pre Raphaelite/William Morris air which seems appropriate to the house.

The last one for this week is another rose. This is a David Austin one, and it's a stunning one - Roald Dahl. I love the soft peachy colour and the flowers are beautifully held on the bush, making a mound of bloom.

So that's my choice of Six for this week.  There's so much happening in the garden that I could probably rustle up 106.  Want more - then perhaps you'd like to check out the other Six on Saturday posts hosted by Garden Ruminations ? 

See you next week.  With only 8 days until we take part in the village open gardens, its going to be a busy one for me.  


  1. Are Aruncus used in bouquets? My wife got a lovely bouquet (not by me...) and there were cut flowers in it looking like these, which I couldn't identify. Light pink and white, elegant and vaporous.
    Lilium regale soon open here ( I had to fight with lily beetles...)

  2. Oh, yes, Roald Dahl is a beauty, but I do like the moss roses. Had a lovely visit to see the old roses at Mottisfont last week. So many roses.

  3. Even in the gloom your garden looks lovely - the flowers seem to shine out more under that grey sky. I never have much luck with Knautia for some reason, although one solitary plant has survived the winter - just about. Those Lilies look a show.

  4. Beautiful pictures. The rose is a favourite though.

  5. Two beautiful Roses. The Aruncus is a picture. Good luck with the garden opening

  6. Beautiful rose! I love the lilies, too.


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