Chloris of The Blooming Garden invites us to share our top ten blooms each month but June is one of the many months when selecting just ten is an impossible task, especially when we have already featured some of the stars on our blogs. Some of my ten will therefore be also-rans or dependable stalwarts, stars in their right even though there are shinier stars in the garden.
Many of the roses are having a rest, not so ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ above, nor rambler ‘Anne Marie Viaud’ below (hmm, is that a pile of bricks I see….? Sure is…there must a project brewing!):
I have shown some very starry clematis in the last week or two and I have been pleased to find others that have done little for a few years but are suddenly flowering. Others are vigorous and reliable, like ‘Etoile Violette’ (this one climbing into Rosa ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’, which you can see has been fitted with a tight corset), Prince George’ and ‘Blue Angel’:
June has seen several pots of lilies in flower, all of the Asiatic type, and having tried them in the ground but with little success, I stick with pots. Here we have ‘Yellow County’ and ‘Rosella’s Dream’:
I have not seen this salvia on other blogs, but am really pleased with its performance, especially as it sailed through the (albeit mild) winter without protection: Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’, which I bought at a local NGS open garden two years ago.
Having shown the scented leafed pelargonium in the Coop fairly recently, blooming over a long season, I thought I would share Pelargonium ‘Surcouf’ instead, a gloriously bright ivy-leaved variety which will also flower for months. We came back from a trip to the Isle of Wight last September with cuttings of this from blogging friend Jenny of Duver Diary, now filling a pot.
Since last year, one of my go-to bedding plants is argyranthemum or marguerite, which justifies being included in several pots, on its own or in a mix; with deadheading and sufficient watering and feeding they will continue flowering all season. This one is Argyranthemum ‘Grandaisy Pink Halo’:
I have had sweet peas flowering throughout June, firstly the greenhouse ones which have been in bloom since early April and the outdoor ones which began flowering on June 1st. The former are still doing OK but have suffered in the recent searing heat and will be removed in a week or two, but the ones below (Gwendoline and King George VI) are barely reaching their peak and those on the other support structure are only just coming into bloom, so there are many more weeks of glorious sweet peas to come.
The cutting beds are building up to their raison d’être and several of the inhabitants are now in bloom, but the first were the cornflowers, Centaurea cyanus, and with regular picking and deadheading they will continue to flower over a long period. I grow ‘Black Ball, white and ‘Blue Boy’ but the packet of Black Ball seeds seems to have been mixed instead as there are some oddments amidst the dark maroon blooms. Growing the three types adjacent to each other I don’t mind the mix too much in these circumstances!
The ninth star is actually a combination, but one that never fails to delight, in one of the bold borders: Salvia ‘Neon’, Lychnis coronaria and one of the magenta geraniums, probably G psilostemon. The salvia is pretty hardy although I always take cuttings anyway, but thought I might have lost it last winter as there was a sharp frost after I had cut it back; in a few weeks though there were signs of new fresh growth even lower down and I just cut it further back since when it has come back just as well and vibrant as any other year. Sadly, the photo does not do the combination justice, particularly in the bright sunlight.
My final selection is almost an afterthought, another rose, sadly almost always an afterthought: R ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’. I was reminded of it when up the ladder yesterday cutting branches off the amelanchier, looking wonderful against a clear blue sky. Totally reliable and undemanding, it seems to thrive on the neglect it suffers.
That’s my ten for this month – next month dahlias, zinnias and sunflowers are sure to feature somewhere along the line, with the first two already beginning to flower in the cutting beds. Thanks to Chloris for hosting the meme.