Garden moodboard: June

2 Jun

June? June?! June! Where has the other half of this year disappeared to?

Still, any alarm about the rapidity of passing time is allayed by a gentle stroll around my garden, which is looking particularly flamboyant right now.

Here’s the edited version:

June garden moodboardWhy edited? Because, the back garden at the moment is a riot, a veritable riot of rhododendrons and azaleas. Which, I have to confess, aren’t my favourite plant. I counted nearly 20 plants out there. And, just to remind you, we’re talking 20 plants in a long thin London back garden, which means they’re taking up the majority of flower bed space.

Most of them are orange, red and pink, which again I have to confess, are not my favourite colours in the garden.

A shrub re-arrangement is a definite job for next year.

So, just two for this moodboard: a delicate white one which looks almost honeysuckle-like and this rather amazing white and pink-edged beauty. The bud, still all curled up, looks like a glorious sweet, I think.

Rhododendron

I wouldn’t be sorry to find such a delicious-looking humbug in my stocking at Christmas

Though I normally prefer whites and blues, I absolutely adore the bright yellow poppies, which have been popping up all over the garden for about six weeks now. I tried to cut a few and bring them inside, but they wilt and go hard within a matter of hours…

And, apart from the clematis, that is the last of these plants that I’m actually able to identify, so if anyone can enlighten me about the others, I’d be delighted.

Clematis

A clematis. This much I know

White flowers

What are these little lovelies?

These white flowers are just delightful and I’ve got lots and lots, dotted all over the place. They open up really wide and look like little stars popping up in the beds.

Purple flower

To weed or not to weed?

I wasn’t sure, at first, if this little purple flower was a weed (and perhaps it still is) but then it opened up all these lovely delicate little flowers and I’m enjoying it immensely. The poor thing is suffering badly from both of my two main armies of garden pests. Its leaves have been almost entirely destroyed by slugs and there are quite a few greenfly sitting on its stalk (still some in the photo, I notice, though I had tried to brush them all off…)

As I mentioned before, the slugs are having an absolute riot in my garden. I’ve tried removing them by hand and setting beer traps, but it’s just a drop in the ocean for their numbers. I did even cut one in half with a pair of secateurs, following the advice of someone in my horticulture class, but good god, was it a violent and terrifying end. I couldn’t bring myself to do that again.

I’m less bothered by the greenfly and have this (hugely optimistic) hope that if I leave them there, it will just encourage swarms of ladybirds to make themselves at home as well. We’ll see…

Pink flower

Slugs? What slugs?

This little beauty seems to be about the only plant unbothered by all the slugs. I want to say its a geranium, but I’ve no idea why. The very serrated leaves in the background of the photo belong to it and it’s created a nice little mound with these lovely flowers only just appearing on top recently.

Alpine flowers?

Alpine flowers?

These have a similar habitat at the back of the garden and I think they might be some type of alpine flower. There are great mounds of them spilling out over the brick-edges flower beds. Lovely.

Finally, a little trip to the front garden again. I couldn’t possibly bring myself to cut this down and take it inside, but this little stunner is a Sicilian honey garlic (or Nectaroscordum siculum if you want to get all Latin…) I planted the bulbs last Autumn, when I removed the giant cactus.

Honey garlic

Stunning, no?

I’ve got six tall spikes sticking up with these absolutely incredible flowers drooping down from the top. I adore them.

Honey garlic flowers

The first one to open

Finally, I haven’t been posting quite as frequently recently as my mock exams for my horticulture course are on Wednesday. So, instead of writing blog posts, I’ve been desperately learning four Latin names of plants that can be propagated by soft tip cuttings, trying to remember what happens in the mitochondria of a plant cell and reading about the constituent parts of soil. Normal service to be resumed shortly…

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10 Responses to “Garden moodboard: June”

  1. annie June 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    You should get a bee hive, this will not eleviate your slug problem but will be really fun! Stupid slugs, we dont’ have them here, we have squirrels and deer which eat everything, EVERYTHING and can not be cut in half using secateurs. Beautiful flowers by the way.

    • Wolves in London June 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      Ha ha, I dread to think of you trying to cut a deer in half with secateurs! Do you really have them in the middle of DC? Amazing…

  2. thelinencloud June 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    What gorgeous blooms … and those rotten slugs … not sure I could stomach chopping them in half either … yuck … my father in law told me they don’t like sand from the seaside … the salt or something … you can sprinkle it through the soil and plants … worth a day at the beach to find out … good luck with the studying … Bee xx

    • Wolves in London June 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

      Oooh, that’s a good tip on the sand. Our hort. teacher was saying you shouldn’t use pure salt on them because it will have a really bad effect on your plants as well, but salty sand sounds a lot milder and less unpleasant for the plants. And it is DEFINITELY time I paid a trip to the seaside as well…

      • Liu June 14, 2013 at 9:38 am #

        I grew this stuff in my garden over the winetr planted seeds in August and gave it zero cover through a Portland OR winetr. It is huge and happy and gone to seed now (maybe it will reseed?). I will plant a ton of it this autumm for next winetr, but I did not find it to be slug resistant in fact, mine was quite sluggy.Alyss recently posted..

  3. Åsa June 5, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    despite all the slugs I think it looks like your garden is full of lovely flowers. the honey garlic is new to me but they are so beautiful. I think I´ll have to plants some too
    Åsa

    • Wolves in London June 9, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      The honey garlic is amazing! The bees some to love it too, there are normally about ten bumble bees on the five blooms. I would really recommend it.

  4. Malin June 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Lovely photos! Like the colors. :)

  5. ally June 9, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    oh how I love a rampant spring garden!!
    pull out those shrubs you don’t love though … life’s too short for unlovely (and unloved) flowers

  6. Mary jo June 14, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    When we moved the yard was filled with plain hostas since it was so shady. I have never liked hosta so I dug up a lot of it. The yard is very shady and eventually I was tempted by some of the different sizes of hosta. So I put in many different hostas in one corner – from very tiny mouse ears to the very large leafed hosta. The colors range from a chartreuse to a lovely blue green back to a deep emerald green. And I have grown to love the variety of hostas in my yard. However slugs love munching on hostas. What helps me to curb them is eggshells. I crush eggshells and sprinkle them on the ground in the garden bed and the slugs stay away. ; ) but I do see the holes in the plants of my next door neighbor.

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