The hot weather of the last two months has continued but we have had some rain; mostly as showers that occur in the late afternoon. I have a least been able to turn the irrigation off for several days. Almost all the images of the flowers blooming today have rain drops on their petals as you’ll see from the slide show.
The garden feels much more like mid or high summer than June. Lavender is flowering and is overflowing onto the pathways, meaning that when I walk through the garden I brush against it releasing the heady perfume. Many of the roses have finished their first flowering; some are already showing signs of being ready to start again. R. x odorato ‘Mutabilis’ is flowering again as is R. Stanwell Perpetual, R. Sophie’s Perpetual. R. Queen of Sweden already had new shoots growing below each previous bloom and even some buds; even before I had dead-headed it. R. ‘Clair Matin’ on the pillars also has lots of new growth with buds, there have always been some flowers from when it started to flower in early May. Pierre di Ronsard is situated on a north facing pillar and so this is the first flowers. William Shakespeare is still being generous with new flowers opening.
I have been tying in the long waving shoots of the Wisteria which also has lots of secondary flowers. These Lilies are flowering for the third year in these pots, without any extra food or change of soil – that’s great value. Their growth is stronger too after the first year and don’t now need staking as they did when first planted.
Self-sown Verbascum are very impressive; all are taller than when they grow in the fields around the house, this one is about 2.3 m tall!
I planted some ornamental Verbascum as I realised last year when I saw all the wild ones around that they would be happy and perform well. In spring I sowed a very old packet of V. Phoenician Hybrids, they need potting on so they will be good size plants for planting out in autumn.
Teucrium hyrcanicum is new for me this year and I am enjoying its kitten tail flowers very much. They contrast well with Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’ and another paler yellow Hemerocallis. I also like their strong form against the softer form of Nepeta.
I planted a stream of Allium sphaerocephalon through the large island last autumn and they are now opening from green tight heads to deep crimson drum sticks.
There are others in the garden flowering for a second year and also others that have self-seeded. As you will see from the slide show when you click on the image below there are several starry white flowers, they are: Jasminum officinale, Trachelospermum, and Solanum jasminoides ‘Album’
Today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day when gardeners from all over the world post about what is blooming in their gardens; why not visit Carol at May Dreams Garden who hosts this meme. So whether its early summer or early winter with you have a great GBBD.