End of Month View: Make Less Haste, Please, June

CIMG1480CIMG1481June flies past,
In a rush to get…..
Away from the vagaries of Winter and late spring,
Or on towards
A greater abundance
Of flower, of fruit, of root?
Make less haste, please,
So I can savour
Your delights –
The fragrance of roses
Carried on the warm breeze;
The scent of rain –
Wet leaves and earthy goodness;
Brash colours
Of geum, poppy and lily;
Prim prettiness of
Pink and purple petals
Of geranium, allium, columbine.
Such joys are not just for June,
But they are here
And they are now,
And words cannot do justice
To the feelings I have
for the garden in June.

Pictures will not do justice to how I feel about the garden in June either, but nevertheless I am posting my usual end-of-month pictures as part of the ‘meme’ hosted by Helen, the Patient Gardener. Do visit her blog as well to find links of June views of a wide range of gardens. You can get an idea of how the pictures relate to the layout of our garden by looking at the map on The Garden tab or clicking on the link.

Above are two views from directly behind the house, of the paved area looking towards the sitooterie, and of the grass next to the stream, recently cleared of daffodil leaves and long grass, looking towards the apple trees. Below is the woodland and, having turned the corner, a view towards the clematis colonnade:

Blousey herbaceous borders, with the start of a grouping of hostas in pots:

CIMG1483The gradual closing-in of the path through the woodland edge border:

CIMG1485The left and right hot borders, the former considerably hotter than the latter:


Reliably blue presence of the centaura
has knitted the blue and white border together for several weeks, but is now almost over:


Climbing rose ‘Zephérine Drouhin’ is obligingly starting to spread along one of the horizontal supports in the rose garden, a place of olfactory bliss at the moment, whilst walking through the rose garden one can look through the clematis colonnade towards the herbaceous borders, past the glorious colour of Geranium ‘Dragon Heart’, to finish June’s complete ramble around the garden:


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20 Responses to End of Month View: Make Less Haste, Please, June

  1. Annette says:

    Yes, I feel the same: June’s just flying by and I want to cherish it a little bit longer but…You’re a poet, too, I like your first lines :). Your garden is delightful and full of quirky ideas – enjoy it!

  2. Lea says:

    Beautiful garden!
    I especially like the rose.
    Happy Gardening!
    Lea’s Menagerie

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lea – yes, I am really pleased with how the Zepherine Drouhin is settling down again after they were moved early last year

  3. Angie says:

    A thoroughly enjoyable ramble! Everything looks great – I particularly like Zephérine Drouhin and the effect it gives growing over your supports.
    The path through the woodland edge looks very inviting – it reminds me of being a child and going for a walk down to the burn nearby my house.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Angie – it wasn’t till I saw the woodland edge photo that I realised how much it seemed to be closing in. It looks quite different looking from the other end, as the border is only on one side of the path there. I remember walks like that with my Grannie although she was in Haltwhistle and we used to walk down to the Tyne, so rather bigger than a burn!

  4. Wonderful variety…love the hostas in pots and especially the blue geranium in that last picture. Gorgeous.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Donna – sometimes the best ideas come on a whim. The hostas in pots only came about recently when I decided to move a hosta from an urn I didn’t like – and used one of several spare terracotta pots instead before deciding I should use more of the pots, which i did, filling them with hostas

  5. Your woodland path and hot borders are lovely! Plus I really like that Geranium ‘Dragon Heart’.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jason – it is a bit floppy, but I can tolerate that with some support. I made sure that the geraniums I planted there were supposedly no more than 15″ high, to keep a low-growing effect, but DH is possibly a little taller than that

  6. Tim says:

    Thank you for an enjoyable tour of your garden. Yours is a style of garden I, and I’m sure many others, would wish to emulate.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Tim – it’s hard for me to look at objectively, and of course I will always see something that needs doing or be coming up with another idea that I would like to put into action. It is good to share it in this way, though, as it would be selfish to keep it to myself

  7. Pauline says:

    What a lovely wander through your garden, so many gorgeous flowers to enjoy. Lovely combinations of roses and geraniums and of course I like your woodland border. I have neglected my woodland lately, trying to get everything else sorted. Loved your poem too!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – I realised I had neglected the poetry recently so I feel better for having remedied that. I need to give the woodland edge border some attention too – like clambering to the back and checking out some new recruits which I bought late last year, and pulling out the unwanted visitors. I have been watching a very large and prickly thistle appear and get taller and pricklier but have decided it needs to go!

  8. There is always so much going on in June, but near the end of it I have most of it all completed. Your garden is lovely and I like the brick patio area with the pots.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I thought I was keeping on top of things this year until I had to change my focus to marking test papers, but they are all out of the way now so it is back to business!

  9. beautiful Cathy, you have some lovely blooms, the foliage in the woodland edge border is so textural, some lovely contrasts and I really love the geranium in your last photo, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Frances – and yet it’s only in the last year or two I have really appreciated the importance of foliage for texture and colour

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