GBBD Summer at Last!

Until this past Monday, 10th June, the weather here in central Lazio as not been its usual sunny and warm self.  Then as the forecasters promised Tuesday the temperature has noticeably risen; the air feels warmer and the afternoon wind from the sea began to blow. Actually just a few moments ago when I was taking photographs there was a mini-whirlwind; I looked around and thought the sky was full of strange birds but instead it was hay that had just been cut from the field behind the house, moments later it passed through the garden lifting dropped petals high into the air, sorry I didn’t manage to get a clear image.

It is true that May can be unpredictable but there are usually more warm days than not and cloudy days are rare; not this year; cool evenings and mornings and cloudy overcast days have lasted well into June.  There were some clouds in the sky on most days even on those when there was no rain.  The garden is so different than any other year.  The amount of rain has been good from the point of view that last year’s drought was the second worst since records began and so the soil started from zero moisture last September.  All the plants have loved it.  Hedges have put on more growth this spring than any other three years combined.

I don’t think there is a piece of bare soil anywhere in the garden now, all is lush and green voluptuous even!

Again this month there are a lot of images to share with you what’s flowering for June’s bloomday.  Visit Carol at May dreams garden to see what’s flowering in gardens around the world.

The roses are no longer at their best but there are still giving a lot of colour from a distance, close to many are windblown or half eaten by a nasty flying insect that has unfortunately rather taken hold in the garden during my absence for 10 days earlier this month.

Rosa 'William Shakespeare (with a strange centre)

Rosa ‘William Shakespeare (with a strange centre)

Rosa 'William Shakespeare

Rosa ‘William Shakespeare

Rosa mutabilis continues to flower

Rosa mutabilis continues to flower

Rosa 'Molineux' one of the only blooms that hasn't been eaten this year

Rosa ‘Molineux’ one of the only blooms that hasn’t been eaten this year

Rosa 'Pierre di Ronsard'

Rosa ‘Pierre di Ronsard’

Rosa Scepetr'd Isle

Rosa Scepetr’d Isle

Rosa 'Sally Holmes'

Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’

Rosa 'Sally Holmes'

Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’ in the LH border

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Rosa 'Sally Holmes'

Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’ in the back border

There’s quite a lot of yellow in the garden at this time of year.

The slope

The slope

The slope

The slope

Sulphur yellow santolina

Sulphur yellow santolina

I removed most of the flowers but I missed these, I don’t mind a few but too many is too strong for me, plus the plants split open when they flower and look ugly.

Nepeta and Hemerocallus

Nepeta and Hemerocallis

Hemerocallus

Hemerocallis

small island

small island

Hemerocallus

Hemerocallis

Silver and yellow

Silver and yellow

20130614_9999_26And orange too.

Eremurus

Eremurus

Achillea

Achillea

Eremurus

Eremurus

This is the first time since three years ago that Eramurus has flowered it obviously needs the spring rain.

Hemerocallus

Hemerocallis

Hemerocallus with Arbutilon

Hemerocallis with Arbutilon

Hemerocallus

Hemerocallis

Pomegranate

Pomegranate, there are lots of flowers, I hope this means lots of fruit

Achillea of various colours are beginning to come into flower now, a sure sign summer is here.

Achillea

Achillea

Achillea with visitor

Achillea with visitor

Achillea

Achillea

Plus here’s few other views I’m enjoying at the moment.

Salvia Indigo Spires with Regal Lilies

Salvia Indigo Spires with Regal Lilies

Penstemon

Penstemon

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True Jasmin

True Jasmin

True Jasmin

True Jasmin

Salvia

Salvia

Pink Gaura

Pink Gaura

Ground cover verbena

Ground cover verbena

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Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel

Iris Rustic Jewel

This is a pleasant surprise, another stem of Iris Rustic Jewel.

Cistus

Cistus

Cistus

Cistus

Achillea in the Magenta border

Achillea in the Magenta border

Teucrium hyrcanicum with Hemerocallus

Teucrium hyrcanicum with Hemerocallus

Teucrium hyrcanicum

Teucrium hyrcanicum

Pinks and silver in the large island

Pinks and silver in the large island

Oesteospumum

Oesteospumum

Salvia turkestantica

Salvia turkestantica

Second flush of flowers Wisteria 'Prolific'

Second flush of flowers Wisteria ‘Prolific’

20130614_9999_13I planted the lilies that were in plastic pots last year into the space left by the dead Box balls.

Regal Lilies

Regal Lilies

Regal Lilies

Regal Lilies

28 thoughts on “GBBD Summer at Last!

  1. Oh all too wonderful – June must be fabulous in your garden! I’d like to know what the shrub is on the small island – a broom? And is that a kind of Salvia just above your Iris Rustic Jewel photo? I bet the whole garden is humming with insects! 😀

  2. What an abundance of flowers, summer has certainly arrived with you. Your first photo of William Shakespeare looks like a peony with its fluffy centre, still very pretty ,even though something has been snacking on it! Your regal Lilies are gorgeous, the perfume in that area must be fantastic!

  3. So many fabulous blooms. The Roses are simply gorgeous, and I love the Salvias and Lilies. Your slope garden is amazing. Everything does look lush and beautiful. Great GBBD post.

  4. Christina how amazing all those blooms…just gorgeous and the cool rainy days have helped for sure. I do love Rosa ‘Pierre di Ronsard’ and as your roses fade mine are finally blooming late but blooming or starting along with daylilies and few other flowers. I just adore jasmine and fell in love with it when I first visited Italy. Happy GBBD!

  5. Such a mass of blooms is difficult to imagine sitting back in the cold, wet UK today. Your temperatures may be lower but your garden certainly knows its summer. Is it chafers that are munching your roses?

    • They are labidostomis taxicornis fam. chrysomelidae. they are attracted by the holly oaks then eat the rose blooms then move on to anything else they fancy! Christina

  6. June is pure magic everywhere, but especially in your garden. Such interesting flower forms on that pink Salvia (do you know its name? I seldom welcome pink, but might make an exception for that).

    • No, sorry I don’t know the same of the pink salvia and actually the colour is difficult to put with anything else so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Christina

  7. Masses of lovely colour. You have a splendid range of roses, from the simple flowered to the flouncy doubles. I did not grow Salvia turkestanica to flower again this year, but wonder whether they will reappear next from last year’s seeds. They are very beautiful despite that pungent smell!

    • The salvia pop up in different places every year from an initial planting of a couple of plants (that were pass alongs). I just pull them up it they are near a path or somewhere they would be brushed against. Christina

      • I wouldn’t mind a couple reappearing here each year – as long as they are indeed further back in the border to avoid triggering their scent too often!
        Not sure whether I ripped all ours out before they had set seed though, after the winds last year swept them over to flatten other plants. I did keep a few small seedlings in pots un-planted from my original batch, which of course retarded their flowering, so they should catch up now they are in the borders.

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