How did we get to June? The year is rushing by in a swirl of mixed emotions – I believe they call it the Corona-coaster – but as ever the garden provides solace.
More than ever this year I am grateful for this wonderful meme which provides an opportunity to document the weekly changes in the garden. Thanks to The Propagator and all fellow SOS-ers.
1. Viper’s bugloss
One of the things keeping me sane is regular walks and runs on the South Downs near where we live. This little patch of Echium vulgare comes up every year. It’s common name is thought to come from its brilliant blue flowers which resemble snakes-heads. It was a favourite of Derek Jarman who cultivated it in his garden at Prospect Cottage, Dungeness.
The poppies in our front garden are all self sown but I decided to let them grow this year. Some are from ladybird poppies I sowed in previous years, the others must have come in on the wind.
Last week I forgot to include our lovely Astrantia major which is having a good year in dappled shade – so here it is. I bought this from Marchants Hardy Plants a couple of years ago and it has quadrupled in size.
4. Geranium ‘Southease’
Another purchase from Marchants, this delicate blue cranesbill is named after a pretty little village just down the road from us.
One of my favourite plants in June is the mock orange with its perfume sweet scent. Here is one that lights up our back garden. At this time of year I can be found on streets near us with my nose stuck in various different Philadelphus inhaling their heady fragrance.
I haven’t made it to one of the bigger garden centres yet but this lovely lilac Scabious comes from our local micro-nursery Fi’s Yard.