Depends Who’s Asking: Top June Blooms

If I were to use visitor comments from our open garden sessions to gauge what the top blooms are in the garden at the moment it would be (not in any particular order) roses, poppies, astrantia and Lagurus ovatus (bunny tails), with R ‘Munstead Wood’ being the most asked about, leading at least one visitor to go home and order it for herself. My own choices would inevitably be more subjective, as they would not be dependent purely on their current impact but on their relative performance over time and no doubt a host of other subtle factors.

I couldn’t possibly pick out a specific ten to meet the nominal requirements of Chloris’ monthly meme because, as she herself says, there are just far too many to mention, so this post features just a selection, starting with ‘New Dawn’ above. Trained against a post of the arbour that supports ‘Rambling Rector’, this rose has put on a real spurt this year, clothing her corner with pretty soft pink blooms and readily visible from the kitchen windows. Also in view are the gloriously perfect apricot blooms of ‘Crown Princess Margarita’, on two pillars at the other end of the arbour:

New in August last year is another climbing rose, ‘Claire Austin’, on a specially constructed new pergola outside the sitooterie, also in my line of sight. The opening blooms are a froth of incurved petals which always make me think of swan feathers – on a dry day I like to bury my nose into the middle of them but was less tempted in today’s almost endless rain. One of  a pair, the second Claire has proved to be an imposter, producing a range of blooms from pink-tinged white to cream, apricot and pure pink which David Austin has declared to be a sport and sent me a ‘genuine’ Claire to replace it:

My relocated Gertrude Jekyll continues to impress with its delightful blooms, albeit only a handful:

After many requests last year, I potted up more than a dozen offsets of Astrantia ‘ Ruby Wedding’ and grew them on for sale this year, but could easily have sold two or three times that number of any astrantia: lesson learned! Here we have (clockwise from top left) A ‘Buckland’, A maxima, A ‘Ruby Wedding’ and A ‘Roma’

It was too wet to scrabble around to check labels, but here is an astrantia with two of my other favourites, Lychnis coronaria and Geranium magnificum, and with Allium ‘Mohican’ in the second photograph:

Clematis are just coming into their own now and in a few weeks could command a whole post to themselves if the number of buds is anything to go by. For today though we just have four to enjoy (clockwise from top left): C lost label, C viticella ‘Margot Kostner’, C viticella ‘Rosalyn’, C viticella Pernille

The rain did not stop me from enjoying my favourite June blooms but it did snap off some of the heavier blooms and removed a large quantity of petals….hey ho! at least I haven’t had to water any of the borders this week!

Thank you to Chloris for hosting this meme and do pop over to her blog where she shares more of her vast range of plants as well as her extensive knowledge of all things plant related.


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22 Responses to Depends Who’s Asking: Top June Blooms

  1. Good old Gertrude. Gosh your roses are looking beautiful

  2. Oh, I see what you mean about there being just too many to pick. I know there are so many varieties of Clematis. The one I have is finished blooming for the season. Your photos are tempting me to get some later-blooming ones. The Astrantias are really special, aren’t they?!

    • Cathy says:

      Inevitably it will be the plants that are at their peak that visitors will notice, hence the popularity of astrantia

  3. Pauline says:

    The roses are certainly stars of the garden at the moment aren’t they? I have never known mine to be so good. My clematis are only just starting to flower, I will have to wait a bit before they take over from the roses. It’s been a wonderful month for flowers in spite of the weather.

    • Cathy says:

      They are indeed Pauline, although some of my newest ones are still only in bud. I have found with clematis that they will take a couple of years to establish, which why ones like Margot Kostner are doing so well now, two years later

  4. bcparkison says:

    Not at all sure I could pick a favorite. Every thing is so pretty

  5. smallsunnygarden says:

    Claire Austin is inching her way right up to the top of my must-buy list, and your photo and description are only fuel on the fire! Love your Margareta, of course… And had I been there I would have wanted one of your Astrantias too – the textures and colors are lovely!

    • Cathy says:

      Still very new to me, but I am enjoying her presence very much ps still waiting for my new ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ to flower…

  6. Chloris says:

    All gorgeous. The roses are superb, I love your astrantias and clematis. Munstead Wood is one of my new ones this year, what a colour. And you had rain, always welcome, it has been dry here. Thank you for joining in and sharing some of your fabulous June blooms.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris, I am thrilled with my additional roses, even though some of those that were bare rooted are not flowering yet. We had almost an inch of rain on Tuesday, our wettest day of the year so far

  7. Your garden and your plants are looking as beautiful as ever! Sounds like your open garden days are blossoming too – congratulations! “Claire Austin” is one that has been on my wish
    list for some time now – just need to find a spot!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ali – all the extra roses and other plants that have been added are paying dividends now, although there is still progress to be made. I am enjoying my Claire Austin very much and now DA has sent me a replacement I need to find a place for the one it is replacing! Hope all is well with you both and that you have had lots of commisions

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Is the Lychnis coronaria self sown? I have never planted it, but there is quite a bit of it in some parts of the landscapes. Fortunately, it is not invasive. It seems to appear in spots where it can stay to bloom.

  9. Oh I am pleased to read that you now have a true sibling for Claire. Good on David Austin for replacing the impostor, nice enough though she is. Claire Austin is an absolute gem of a rose. I have yet to meet an astrantia that I do not like. I came away from Malvern clutching astrantia ‘Burgundy Manor’ 😄

    • Cathy says:

      David Austin are SO good with things like this – I can’t fault them. I feel the same way about astrantias and will be adding more when I can – and I could have sold at least rwice as many of them at our openings if I’d had more available

  10. Cathy, all your flowers are divine, I love them. Your collection of roses is wonderfully beautiful, I love it. The Astrantias are fabulous. I love the clematis. Your garden is a treasure of flowers. Greetings from Margarita.

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