This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Monday, 17 June 2013

Bloggers' Blooms

The garden is a bit sparse of colour this month compared to last year this time. However, there are still bits and pieces in flower, mainly poached egg plant, aquilegia and a few others.

Last year by mid June the lupin and foxglove were already well into flower (and I had courgette flowers as well). This year many plants are late. To see my 2012 blooms click here.

Left: Oriental Poppy.
Above: Poached Egg Plant / Limnanthes Douglasii, (Hardy Annual) self seed freely and are welcome blooms this time of year. 
Acquilegia - a plant I never remember how to spell its name (and always have to look it up).
I believe this plant is called Saxifraga Urbium, mixed in with some purple bugle and carex grass.
Centaurea are lovely vintage type plants.
I'm thinking this is a type of sedum, however, I'm not sure - anyone any ideas?
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  1. I think most things are late this year, though plants which should have finished blooming by now are still in flower so there's still colour around. After a quick google, your sedum looks like sedum Lemon Drop. I've just put a yellow sedum in the garden so I'm hoping it will do well.

    1. Thanks very much for the name of the plant! I've googled it and it looks like the right plant.

  2. Your oriental poppy is a wonderful burst of colour - I love this time of year in the garden - you never know what is going to show its face next - mine is full of sweet rocket at the moment.

  3. I'm still waiting for the foxgloves to flower. They are in the 'white border' which, at the moment, has one white oriental poppy that was bruised by the heavy rain last week. Otherwise we have quite a lot of colour which has surprised us as much was inherited when we moved in about three years ago together with some plants that have been grown from seed ourselves.

  4. We call that saxifrage London's Pride easier to remember. Our foxgloves are out mush to the delight of the bees.

    1. London's Pride is much easier to remember!

  5. Beautiful blooms, Kelli. I especially like the Centaurea.

  6. Everything is a few weeks later than last year, but flowers are now definitely opening their buds. Your oriental poppy and the centauria are lovely cottage garden plants.

  7.'s been ages since I visited your garden Kelli. I don't know where you've been, but I'm glad I've found you again. ;D
    I'm about to leave Australia soon to head home to the UK, so will need to catch up on all your expert knowledge so that I'll be ready to tackle my own plot. It's all very exciting :D

    Have a great week and enjoy the colours and hopefully the sunshine.
    That poppy certainly is!

  8. I've never heard of Poached Egg Plant, but it is certainly easier to remember and spell than its official Latin name. And Columbine is much easier for me to remember and spell than Aquilegia.
    Lovely blooms! I especially like the Poppy.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Lea's Menagerie

  9. Lots of lovely blooms in your garden! It is fascinating to see bloom combinations in your garden that would never bloom at the same time in mine. We've experienced a lot of rain this year and I am having slug issues for the first time ever!

  10. I always dream I can visit your garden during this time :) .
    So colourful.