June is full of surprises... each day the garden looks different. I was away for a few days and suddenly the garden seems to have come to life with flowers everywhere; some plants showing some dominance by spreading and taking over areas; other plants showing weakness and losing their ground. There are lots of buds and lots of growth (including lots of weeds).
It seems the warmer weather combined with rain showers have really provided good growing conditions. Here's what's currently making a show...
Left and below: Aquilegia / Columbine grown from seed a few years ago.
|Did you spot the bee?|
|Of course my cat 'Ginger' likes to walk with me as I take photos.|
|Above: I love the purple/blue and bright pink Geranium. These were divided and moved to new areas in the garden last Spring, and they seem to have established well.|
|Above: The lupin seem to have suddenly come into flower and already need some old flowers removed to help prolong their flowering period.|
|The poached egg plant / Limnanthes Douglasii (originally introduced to the garden 2 or 3 years ago by seed ) are a hardy annual that self seed and establish their dominance in the borders. They must like heavy clay soil.|
|Above: I find it interesting that poppies establish themselves every year in the tiniest of cracks in between the paving slabs.|
|Above: Rose 'Arthur Bell' surrounded by Poached Egg Plant and pink Geranium. I generally don't spray roses with chemicals, hence the black spot on the lower leaves.|
|This is one of the borders I haven't much time to look after, however, sometimes plants just look after themselves.|
Here's hoping July and August are as lovely as June!
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