Most cottage gardens reach their peak in May and June and mine is no exception. That said I have noticed that now we're at the end of June there is quite a lot of 'green' in the garden with the promise of more flowers to come out over the next few months. I'm sort of hoping I've managed to get enough year around interest.
The real show-stealers this month have been the roses. This wild rose was a 'Volunteer' seeded by the birds at the bird feeder and because it's so pretty and easy to keep under control - with gorgeous hips in the autumn, I've let it stay where it is.
This was the last rose I bought and I can't remember its name. I did take a picture of the label that was stuck on the pot because I can never hold in my head the names or roses when they are French. It's been in a year now and doing well and smells lovely.
Bird life has been flourishing - well if they're tits as we have hundreds of blue tit and great tits around. At this time of year we hear more birds than we see. This picture is not so good. I got a new camera at the start of the month. It's a compact Lumix and so far I've only used it on pre-set modes (I need to download a manual and work out the other settings.) and this managed to focus on the bush behind and not the birds. If I'd have been using my DSLR I've have seen what I was focusing on much better. With the Lumix I find the screen the better option than the view finder. I'd wanted a compact camera for trips when a DSLR is too big to lug and my iphone just not flexible enough.
I only have about three clematis now and this one always looks so striking. I think it's called Firework or something like that.
In May the dark red peonies were the show stoppers. In June it's the turn of the pale pink variety and the two clumps in my garden lasted so well. Mainly due to the lack of rain to bash them down. Normally they come out and we have storms and this decimates them.
I'm always looking for ways to get more blue into the garden. There seems so much pink in it and I like a cottage garden to have plenty of colour. Johnsons Blue Geranium always does well throughout June. It's even coped with a fair bit of trampling as it's grown so far across where we walk and there has been a bit of wheel barrow traffic to deal with. (That's a whole other blog post!)
Asda has provided some great bedding plants these last few years and this Lily was £2.00 last month. No idea what colour it was going to be. It looks quite exotic and I don't have much orange/yellow in the garden so this is a welcome addition.
As a child there was always a Maidens Blush rose near the front door. It had to be done away with when we had some building work done. I think having been there for 70+ years it didn't like being disturbed. When I re-did the front garden I knew I had to plant one. It has lethal thorns, the colours is so romantic and the smell makes up for the thorns.
This white rose (again another French name I've forgotten) was a gift from my ex-neighbours. It was one of the few plants to survive the front garden re-do.
I would love to find out the name of this rose. It's been in the garden forever. I'm not sure how long roses are supposed to live but my Mum is 85 and can't remember the rose not being here. We actually though my brother had killed it redoing the garden. You can read the story here. This year it's been just incredible.
My brother came up and power washed all the patios. They look so much better after a clean, even if I have lost some of the mortar this time. (He's also been up to trim the hedge and mow the lawn!)
There's that rose again. It smells gorgeous too.
As we go into July (How can it be July already?) there is still a lot of white and green in the garden and I can't wait for a bit more colour to appear.
I bought one of these poppies - more for decor than to use as a bird feeder, but thought I'd put out some meal worms for the baby birds and hungry adults. But so far they're being ignored. Maybe they don't like the poppy for some reason? Normally any meal worms put out get snapped up straight away.