GBFD – Green June

June has sped by; so much so that the fact that today is the 22nd of the month had completely passed me by as you will know as I said yesterday that I would be posting about the cut flower beds today, ho hum, that will have to be tomorrow now; Cathy at Rambling in the garden has posted about her cut flowers today so perhaps those who want to join with that should link to her.  But I hope you will join me in writing about your foliage too because even though I know your June gardens are filled with flowers it is the foliage that makes the garden look truly beautiful.

Chloris at The Blooming Garden, luckily for me, did remember that it was Foliage day and she has written a brilliant post highlighting all the wonderful trees and other foliage plants she has in her garden.  She has shown how the foliage compliments the flowers so don’t feel you can’t join in because you can’t take a photograph without flowers too!

I had intended writing about how pruning isn’t as unnatural in the garden as we might at first think, but as I am already late with this post I will just show you what the foliage is doing for me this month.

Stepping out of the house this is the view that greets me

Stepping out of the house this is the view that greets me

Please excuse the bag of compost in front of the Citrus pot; all my citrus need new soil and I buy special compost for them.  BTW, despite what Monty Don said a couple of weeks ago on Gardener’s World I have been told that citrus like their roots very near the surface of the soil, even showing above it; so it is important not to plant anything else in the pots with your oranges, lemons and limes.

With all the rain in the last 7 weeks the garden is looking much greener than usual at almost the end of June

With all the rain in the last 7 weeks the garden is looking much greener than usual at almost the end of June

I’ve placed my pots of oranges, lemons and limes around the edge of the semi-circle so they will receive plenty of sun. The rain has done a great job in helping to establish the new shrubs and trees planted last autumn and I will continue to irrigate them all through this summer and probably next.

This butterfly knows how to show itself to advantage on Sedum 'Purple Emperor'

This butterfly knows how to show itself to advantage on Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’

No flowers now in this view of the Large Island but the texture and forms plus the silver and purple foliage make it as interesting to me as when the Irises were flowering 6 weeks ago

No flowers now in this view of the Large Island but the texture and forms plus the silver and purple foliage make it as interesting to me as when the Irises were flowering 6 weeks ago

The above image in monotone shows how the texture and form work

The above image in monotone shows how the texture and form work

On the other side of the Large Island only Verbena bonariensis are flowering, again it is almost their upright form that is almost more important than the flowers themselves

On the other side of the Large Island only Verbena bonariensis are flowering, again it is almost their upright form that is almost more important than the flowers themselves

The Cistus has been clipped and this view looking across the Upper drive border is now all about texture and form and GREEN, it may not remain as green as it is now as the higher temperatures are arriving

The Cistus has been clipped and this view looking across the Upper drive border is now all about texture and form and GREEN, it may not remain as green as it is now as the higher temperatures are arriving.

I hope you are enjoying all that June has to offer in the garden and that the weather is helping you to enjoy it.  To join GBFD just leave a link to and from this post.  I look forward to reading your posts.

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37 thoughts on “GBFD – Green June

  1. Is the view from the house your newly designed area from earlier in the year? It’s all looking lovely and yes there is as much value to be had in form, texture and foliage as there is in flowers. All of which you’ve demonstrated in your gorgeous garden..

  2. Thanks for the mention Christina. Your new area looks so well established so quickly. I love all the foliage in your Large Island. You are right it has no need of flowers. I can imagine it smells, as well as looks, like the maquis. Gorgeous!

    • We are moving into the period when there will be fewer flowers in the garden; this year it is amazing that there are actually roses still flowering, maybe I should be more generous with some of my watering in very selected areas. The foliage always gives me pleasure.

  3. It’s a good problem when you have too much to write about! I loved the bag of compost in the shot–I smiled before I read your apology for it–so glad that other gardeners have bags of this laying about, or a hose that isn’t quite put away. The photos are lovely and really show your garden to advantage. The color/black and white is such a great idea and you’re correct that it demonstrates the textures well to see it in both forms. Thanks again for hosting–here’s my contribution: https://mygardenersays.com/2016/06/22/munching-for-a-cause

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  5. Whether shown at the peak of bloom or in shades of green, your garden is always lovely, Christina. It’s a testament to your attention to plant shapes and foliage variations.

  6. It is looking wonderful; I notice the differences in scale in the foliage textures – quite lovely – with the iris foliage still boldly holding its own! I’ve never quite understood the dislike for bearded iris foliage anyway… I am looking forward to your post on pruning as I could use a balanced viewpoint. Clipping is so badly misused here in Phoenix (seriously, I have even seen Euphorbia trinculli “Firesticks” sheared in one location) that I have held off clipping shrubs which I originally planned to shape around the perimeter of the garden.
    My own GBFD post is a look at shade as part of garden structure: https://smallsunnygarden.blogspot.com/2016/06/garden-foliage-in-june.html

    • Hi Amy, your fears were correct and your comment was in the spam box; I can only see that on the pc not on the wordpress app! My apologies, hopefully now that I’ve said it isn’t spam it should be OK next time. This doesn’t seem to happen with comments from other blogspot users so I am at a loss to know why it is happening with you. I intend being more organised next month so hopefully the post about why pruning can be ‘natural’ will be posted on time. Thank you so much for taking time to join GBFFD.

    • I don’t know how wordpress deliver these posts; often yours has 10 or more comments when I view it as soon as it arrives! As the heat arrives, the garden will have to be about form and texture as there won’t be many flowers except in the cut flower beds that are irrigated! Thanks for joining GBFD so consistantly Pauline.

  7. Christina todo su jardín es formas y follaje. Me encanta la Isla Grande por sus diferentes formas, que se aprecian mucho mejor en la foto a un solo color. Me gusta mucho la salida de su casa al jardín: en preciosa. Muchas gracias por mostrarnos su maravilloso jardín. Saludos de Margarita.

  8. Everything looks lovely. David bought me a copy of Dear Friend and Gardener. I’d read in it a while before I realized there are some color photos, several of which reminded me immediately and thoroughly of your gardening style.

  9. This is really beautiful, Christina, the terracotta pots of citrus shrubs are just sublime. I hope I can recreate just even a small part of this look and feel in the front semi-circular border (with the cypress) and the rear patio (with the palm and large pots).

    • The Archway, is actually the brick pillars holding up the pergola, the wisteria foliage now hodes the brick on the front and sides although on the shady inside you can obviously still see it.

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    • It is so unusual to have a lot of rain in June, hence I seem to mention it in almost every post, in between the rain there have been some nice warm days although the evening were cool – that’s all changed now with hot days, warm evening but still with some thunder storms. thanks for joining in this month, I really enjoyed your post.

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  12. Hi Christina, I love the variety of textures and forms in your garden. I really appreciated seeing some of your newer areas. What an amazing view as you step out of your house!

  13. Christina – so late looking to see what you’ve said about your cut flowers – glad it is still to come and that I haven’t missed it! The Large Island is simply superb – clever to show us a monochrome image so that we can see how well-structured it is. Your foliage combinations are super and ensure that your garden always looks good!

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