Fellow blogger Chloris recently commented about the deflation felt now that June’s wonderful flush of roses is largely over – walking through our humble rose garden here is certainly not the same experience it was a few weeks ago, although there will sporadically be more flowers to come on both Zépherine Drouhin and Guinée and there are still clusters of buds on the Blush Noisette. Elsewhere in the garden though there are plenty of other plants to delight, not allowing July to have much of a rest after June’s fun and frolics.
Not only is there the first flower on the new rambler ‘Snow Goose’ (although it will be a few years before it can match Pauline‘s lovely example!) but I have been thrilled with the number of buds on Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (above), a glorious shade of greenish white at this stage. Also on the white spectrum are the opening buds of Ammi magus and Orlaya grandiflora (below), grown as part of a Which? gardening trial. These have taken about 9 weeks to get to this stage from seed, although the A visnaga also being grown is not yet at this stage. I have to count insects for 5 minutes on an open flower on three occasions for each variety, but I am also coveting their potential for inclusion in a Monday vase!
Also vase material are the sweet peas, successful for the first time. I am intrigued by the ‘Winston Churchill’ I used in a vase last week as they are not always the same shade of red – and the first few flowers from my free packet of ‘Mollie Rilestone’ were definitely not the wavy cream blooms with a deep pink edge that they should have been but white or the faintest conceivable shade of lavender:
In the blue & white border the various echinops are beginning to make a statement, starting with E sphaerocephalus ‘Arctic Glow’ (below left) as it does not require a blue rinse. Below right the first crocosmia is in flower, not surprisingly ‘Lucifer’, bold in flower and in bud and fronting those big pending hips of spent ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ blooms:
I have been enjoying the increased fluffiness of this filipendula which when I looked it up was taken aback to realise is actually ‘meadowsweet’, although I think mine is the cultivated double version Filipendula ulmaria ‘Floro pleno’. Also giving pleasure is this Astrantia maxima which has firmly established itself since last year and is looking decidedly pinker – and very pretty:
It’s beginning to feel like a garden blogger’s blooms day – and I could go on and on! I haven’t shown Campanula ‘Loddon Anna’ which is flowering its socks off (but needs staking) nor some of the veronicas and veronicastrums (ditto) which are proving to be dependable additions to the borders, nor the penstemons which I seem to have cracked the pruning of. The phlox are looking promising too, but haven’t been inspected for buds. Roses – who needs ’em?! Hmmm, now that’s a silly question….