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.

R. William Shakespeare

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.

Regal Lillies

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’

Upper drive border

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.

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26 thoughts on “June GBBD

  1. Christina your side show is amazing, the raindrops make the flowers all the more beautiful, so many wonderful sights and perfumes/aromas, thanks for cheering yet another wet day, Frances

    • Teucrium is a very varied species, see posts from January to April for more information about Teucrium fruticosa which flowers for about 5 months and grows to a large shrub. Christina

  2. An interesting and very attractive post… I have a self-sowed Verbascum ‘Banana Custard’ this year after not having it for some years… one of my favorites but quite a ways from blooming at this point… L

    • Yes the rain was very welcome indeed, I was worried we would have 4 months without rain as it hardly ever rains in July or August. Glad you like the grasses, they mix well with so many things. Christina

  3. Your garden is amazing…love that you have Teucrium…I’ve been thinking of trying some this year, and you’ve convinced me to give it a go!

  4. I have enjoyed catching up on your last few posts. I love your lavender hedges! I have one pitiful lavender plant I have been nursing for two years. I have put it in a raised bed with the perfect soil and excellent drainage, but It just hates our humidity. Yet I love lavender so much; I can only dream of hedges of it – dreams of paradise!

    • We all to try to grow some plants that WE love but are really unsuitable, I think that’s OK as long as you don’t try to plant a whole garden with things that won’t really thrive. Thr lavender is almost too happy here, it grows to cover the paths very quickly. Christina

  5. Hello Christina, you have so many lovely thing blooming, I particularly like the Teucrium, but the 2.3m verbascum takes some beating! I’m still waiting for my Allium sphaerocephalon to flower, but I love the heads just before they bloom, gradually flushing pink. A wonderful plant, and it looks great in a river like that.

  6. Hi Christina, I love that Teucrium. I dont know if it would be too wet here for it to flourish. But veronicastrum does well ,giving some sharp verticals to contrast with nepeta.The V bonariensis looks wonderful as ever.

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