It is incredible how much a garden can grow in June. Not a good time to go away, you might think, but the call of the Alps was just too great – post following as soon as I finish a fortnight’s worth of weeding.
It is also incredible how just a couple of hours spent mowing, edging, dead heading and pulling out the hugest weeds can make things look so much better again.
Like many gardeners, though, I am never completely satisfied with my garden.
However much you carefully plan plant combinations nature has other ideas. The lovely combo of Persicaria Red Dragon and Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s variety’ that worked so well (accidentally!) last year didn’t survive being moved to a new position, especially since the Persicaria got knocked back severely by a late frost. I know, I know, if something is working I should leave well alone, but I just can’t help myself. Luckily a white delphinium missed being staked and fell over nicely into the Persiaria.
The bronze iris, Action Front ,should have made a stunning contrast to the Erica ‘Albert’s Gold’ except that this year it decided to grow twice as tall towering above the heather and making a rather unpleasant combination with our particularly orange fence! However with a cunning camera angle, you can see what I was hoping to achieve.
Some of you may remember the lovely dark leaves of the Iris ‘Gerald Derby’ earlier in the year. The colour of the leaves has faded a bit, but they are mostly hidden now anyway and the colour has been repeated in the stems of this beautiful iris. Well worth its money this one, though it did take a few years to flower as a bare rooted specimen bought at a a plant sale. If my photos don’t persuade you to get this plant have a read of Nancy from Pensylvania’s post for ideas of pairings with this iris.
Another first is this little Iris (viola?). I only have one flower stem so far, but it is delightful. It is a small iris with little narrow leaves.
My favourite irises still have to be ‘Black Beauty’ planted as bulbs several years ago. They come up as good as ever and the ones I managed to leave alone are beginning to multiply – see main post image.
The other stars of the show this June have been the poppies. They have done much better than last year when some of them got covered in horrid black spots – the leaves that is not the actual poppies.
I have normal red ones, frilly red ones, white ones and a sort of coral pink one which I did try to remove at one time, but it wouldn’t go away. I have now decided I rather like it after all! Just shows that it can sometimes pay to be persistent to win someone’s affection! I found it difficult to reproduce the actual colour even though I photographed it from all angles and then tried all sorts of editing changes too. This is as near as I can get.
I always like this rather wild bit at the corner of the house.
But the best views at the moment are sitting on the bench at the back of the chamomile path looking through the main border.
These plants look quite nice together.
But, to my mind, it is difficult to beat blue and yellow as a colour combination.
And I just love blue and white plants that don’t need to be matched with anything – they are just perfect on their own.
No matter how untidy a garden looks or how often plants don’t do as you had hoped, it makes it all worthwhile when you realise the wildlife just loves it as it is.
And this little fellow seems to have found a good mouthful.
What plant combinations are you particularly proud of at the moment? Did you have any that didn’t work as you had hoped, not through any fault of your own of course!
Thanks to Helen at The Patient Gardener for hosting this meme. I am usually late, but get there in the end!