I haven’t had much chance over the last couple of weeks to get into the garden to work, what with holidays, conferences, workshops and visitors. Today I made a start, it was a bit blustery and overcast this morning, here in UK we haven’t had the sweltering heat that’s hit most of Europe, thank goodness, just the occasional sunny and hot day.
The roses are all starting to bloom, though they have been somewhat battered by the wind and rain. The most eagerly awaited one this year was my Claire Austin standard rose, it was only planted in the autumn and I have a handful of beautiful creamy-white roses.
My favourite rose in the garden, Lady Emma Hamilton, is also making a good display, it’s evened out the balance a bit in the Amber & Amethyst garden…
A couple of weeks ago it was looking very pinky-purple. A dark blue veronica is in flower, together with lots of self-seeded purple poppies and foxgloves. The bright purple flower at the front is a perennial cornflower, it does tend to spread somewhat so I try and keep it under control-ish! The seed heads of the honesty are a lovely deep shade of purple-grey.
The purple poppies are all self-seeded, they’re so pretty and delicate and all shades of purple from almost white to a rich mid purple. They’re quite tall (about 24″) and statuesque. They’re popping up all over the place, though I think I did help the seeds to spread last year as I really like them.
I had a good weed in the autumn bed today, I got three trugs full from this area and there’s still a few to pull, mainly nettles as I didn’t have the right gloves on. In some ways I find the annual weeds easier to pull once they’ve got to a decent size, they’re easier to identify for one thing!
The foxtail lillies are looking stunning as the flowers gradually open up the stem.
On the back fence the rosa rugosa hedge on the left is looking really good this year. This is the first year without being within a hen run and boy can you see the diffence. It’s only just starting to flower but it’s so bushy!! Under the bushes is also looking pretty with geraniums, astrantias and alchemilla mollis. The clematis montana I trained up the arch just this spring is taking off nicely.
The wide bed infront of the big fence is filling up nicely, I’ve mainly planted shrubs but there’s a few perennials to add some extra colour, astrantias again and the roses are starting to flower, you can just see a purple clematis which has lost it’s obelisk so it is happily meandering through the shrubs!.
I think it’s a little while since I took an overhead photo of the garden, so this is what it looks like this evening…
It’s less than four weeks to our open garden weekend, so I better pull my finger out!