End of Month View: Indulgence…

It was only yesterday that I realised how close it was to the end of the month – my mind clearly hasn’t been thinking beyond the dates of our garden openings, so we are fortunate to still have timely photographs of the garden at the end of June, plus the usual video! Under The Garden tab above you will find a map of the garden and an annotated version which shows the route of the video tour and the usual location of the photographs; these may help you orientate yourself in a garden that allows several routes around it.

Above is the main view from the house, looking towards the sitooterie, and framed by roses and clematis; the pots in the foreground contain a deep purple ‘bedding osteospermum’, which sadly have proved a disappointment, requiring constant deadheading. Below is the adjacent streamside border, seen from both directions.

In the woodland, under the canopy of the trees, the foliage of bluebells and wild garlic is quickly withering along with that of lamium and red campion, although foxgloves seem fine with the dryness; at the end of the woodland, climbing up in the bothy we can look out over the main borders before clambering down and viewing them from ground level:

Turning, we see the bronze heuchera bed, with the clematis (some late to bloom) colonnade beyond, underplanted with roses, before heading through the woodland edge border, seen from both directions. I am pleased to have added more roses to this very mixed border, now gradually filling out to add more colour, although perhaps not yet as floriferous as they could be.

The new grasses border is beginning to make an impact, although the shorter grasses will take longer to fill out and make their presence felt:

Although still overstuffed, the two remaining ‘bold borders’ are beginning to come together although probably need judicious editing – and certainly more staking, as veronicastrum continues to head skywards. The presence of non-climbing clematis in the borders and others on trellis on the walls behind adds further colour:

Through the gate in the wall to the cutting beds and the working greenhouse we can note that dahlias and most annuals are much later than last year, but every day something else is beginning to bloom and their relative tardiness will soon be forgotten.

The blue & white borders are probably the least successful borders of the garden, but there are now at least some success stories amongst the planting, so with editing here too we might finally achieve something the gardener deems acceptable!

The rose garden is also beginning to fill out as the newer bushes get established, enjoying increased light after removal of nearby trees in recent years, but still shadier than is ideal:

Recent rambling, now with the garden to ourselves, has felt especially indulgent, knowingΒ  there is no pressure on me and no critic other than myself, and I was particularly aware of this as I stepped up to the clematis colonnade from the rose garden today, taking in the delights of the clematis above my head and the roses at my feet, with the billowing main borders beyond. When the latter were revamped two years ago, splitting them up, the intention was to give the sensation of walking through rather than past them – and this is how it seemed as I brushed past blowsy geranium and other delights:

Reluctantly turning towards the house, we can pass the ex-snowdrop border, currently hosting the easily grown and accommodating annual limonium, just coming into bloom, and avert our eyes from the early morning sun to look across the paved area and take in the foliage and blooms of yet more roses and clematis:

Finally, a quick look in the Coop shows streptocarpus and pelargonium in bloom, with assorted foliage in the Coop corner behind, crying out for some summer colour:

For real-life visitors to the garden there are other corners to explore and views to take in; the video tour may show some of these but will certainly give a better impression than still photographs (at a reduced resolution) will ever do, so do take a few minutes to watch it.


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15 Responses to End of Month View: Indulgence…

  1. Absolutely glorious!

  2. stevestongarden says:

    As always, another lovely end-of-month video view of your garden. Thank you.

  3. Oh beautiful! So much color and plenty. Happy end of June!

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  5. Kris P says:

    I love the colors and abundance of your summer garden, Cathy. Many of my own plants are going underground as summer’s heat and dry soil makes life in my garden less hospitable, making me appreciate the lushness of yours all the more.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, much as I admire the range of blooms you always have I wouldn’t have anything other than the UK climate πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

  6. pbmgarden says:

    So many colorful and restful spots to ramble, depending on your whim. Enjoy. You’ve earned the indulgence.

  7. I’ve just had a beautiful sunny and waltzing June ramble in your garden Cathy. Himself came in part way through and was humming along too. Thank you πŸ˜‚

    • Cathy says:

      I tried to slow my walk down Anna, although I knew the vide was going to be longer than usual as I wanted to make sure I included as much as possible πŸ˜‰ I am glad you both enjoyed your waltz, Anna!

  8. Cathy says:

    The video was especially enjoyable today Cathy and I can fully understand the pleasure your clematis colonnade gives you – a wonderful spot to behold the borders! I felt like I was really walking around your garden, smelling the roses and brushing against the ferns and foxgloves. πŸ˜‰ The grass border looks pretty with the sun shining on it. What is that tall grass with the feathery seedheads in the centre? Your plants seem to grow taller than mine – handy for when cutting for vases. And you really do have plenty of blooms for future vases too! πŸ˜ƒ

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks Cathy, I did try to include as much as I could and tried to remeber to show as many of the ‘highlights’ as possible. There’s definitely a lot of ‘brushing past’ things at the moment, but I like it as it makes it more immersive. The tallest grass is C Karl Foerster (3 of these), although there is a Miscanthus Zebrinus behind them which is meant to be a bit taller but KF was already in the garden so moderately established already. The height may be a little deceptive though as the border is quite small – less than 2 x 2 metres

      • Cathy says:

        I had a M. zebrinus in my old garden that took about 5 years to flower! You can’t beat Karl Foerster in my view. But Calamagrostis ‘Waldenbuch’ is also really pretty, should you ever be looking for another one!

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