Titania, Bottom and all the fairies will come out tonight as we have reached the midpoint of the year, the summer solstice and the garden is become a place of magic.
So join The Propagator and his troupe of rude theatricals as they show off their horticultural wares.
Without further ado here are six scenes from my own garden.
1. Rambling rose and fig
Oh the romance of the rambling rose and the lusciousness of the fig leaves. Sadly, as always happens in June, the tree is dropping all its fruit before it is ripe.
2. Cerinthe and bee
I scattered some Cerinthe seeds in this spot a couple of months ago. Usually my attempts at direct sowing fall flat, so to speak, but just this once I have been rewarded with the first purple flowers – and so has my friend Mr 🐝
3. Rosa Charles de Mills
I planted this gorgeous gallica rose in a shady spot two years ago but it was not happy so last winter I moved it to a sunnier spot. This week it flowered for the first time. The flower is smaller than I expected buts great colour.
4. Pavement roses
This blush white rose was in the garden when we got here and can only be seen from the pavement in front of our house. No idea of the name.
5. Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’
Possibly my favourite perennial in our garden is this helenium which is just about to flower. I bought it from the open day at Gravetye a couple of years ago. Expect many more pictures of it as the year goes on.
6. Midsummer border
Sometimes it’s good to take a step back. This border is looking a bit wild and woolly but that’s the way I like it with geraniums, roses, valerian and Crocosmia which will soon come into flower.