Every ramble this week has brought another first in terms of what has started blooming, with almost all the roses now having begun to flower, but only a few profusely. I was well pleased today, however, to find the first blooms open on my outdoor sweet peas (these are Gwendoline and King George VI) and the first dahlia (my oldest dahlia, and with very variable blooms quite possibly a seedling). Everything else may be behind any sort of norm, but that is not the case with those two.
The cutting beds are beginning to fill out, but plants have not yet reached their full height and blooms are a couple of weeks later than in recent years. Calendula are currently the brightest and best of them (Snow Princess, Orange Prince, Sunset Buff)…
…. but cornflowers were the first to flower. The two on the left, Red Boy and the two-tone blue one that I seem not to have noted the variety of, are new to me this year and very pretty:
There is a striking depth of blue in the blue & white borders, courtesy of Clematis ‘Kingfisher’ and Delphinium ‘Dark Blue with White Bee’. The clematis has been there for a number of years but never flowered well before, no doubt because I was incorrectly cutting it back in early spring as a Group 3 clematis, instead of the Group 2 it actually is – one of the reasons I don’t intentionally purchase the latter! The latter is new to me this year and having come in just a 1 litre pot I am surprised at how well it has grown and am thrilled to have it blooming already.
Climbing rose ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ is a fairly recent addition, possibly arriving in 2019, but didn’t begin climbing last year and had only a couple of blooms, but has finally accepted the garden as its new home and beginning to make a show of itself with its very pale apricot blooms, so pale they are almost off-white:
These are just some of my firsts this week and I could easily have exceeded my Six for Jon the Propagators’ Saturday meme many times over. No doubt other bloggers will be sharing many firsts amongst their June joys too.