You call this June?

June eh? I’ve got to confess, I’ve had the heating on these past two evenings. And looking out of the window, I can see that one of my tomato plants has been blown over in the winds. Sigh. Good old English summers…

Moaning aside, I dashed out of the back door the other evening, and took a few shots of the garden in between the showers. It’s been a while since I’ve taken any photos out there, but everything has been growing quite well recently, especially the veg. Anyway, come and see:

Flower bed
This is by far the worst photo in the post, so please keep reading. Why, in fact, am I even putting it at the top?!

Only one of my flower beds is even a little bit planted up. (We’re contemplating moving house this year (I know, I know! It seems a bit insane, but there we go…) and if not, then I plan to re-design the entire garden next year, once I’ve finished my garden design training. So, it seemed a bit silly to spend lots of time putting plants into beds only to either leave or have to dig them all out in a year.) This is that bed. On the left is the wallflower (Erysimum ‘Bowles mauve’) that I bought last year.

Allium christophii going to seed
The last of the flowers just clinging on

The alliums have been amazing (Allium giganteum) but by the time we got back from holiday, they were starting to go to seed. I do love the seed heads too, so they will stay in situ as long as they don’t get too windswept.

White allium
Can anyone identify?

And I think these are white allium, just about to bloom. I remember, vaguely, planting them last Autumn, but not exactly what they were.

Erigeron karvinskianus
Undoubtedly one of my all time favourite flowers

At the bottom, are lots of wonderful Mexican fleabane, aka daisies, aka Erigeron karvinskianus. I planted it all last year and it’s doing really well now. I just adore the way they turn pink as they get older.

Stachys byzantina and raindrop
Look at the amazing fine hairs

Also at the front of the bed, I procured some lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) on my recent trip to Painshill Park. I say “procured” which sounds as if I stole it, but I’m not that much of a rule-breaker and I just bought it from the shop. It’s one of my favourite plants ever (so very very very soft!) so I am pleased to finally have some in the garden. Of course, I will need to divide and increase the solitary plant I’ve put in and try to make a proper little clump of them at the front.

Pink geranium
I have the name of this kicking around somewhere, but it’s not to hand

Also recently purchased (from Eltham Palace, this time), this rather delicate looking pink geranium is currently in my window box, but I’m planning on moving it into this bed eventually too.

Campanula and forget-me-nots
You can leave this well alone and it will just keep on coming up, year after year, perfectly happy

There’s also a fair bit of campanula with the odd forget-me-not still going strong. Some say these are weeds, but as far as I am concerned, any plant that produces gorgeous flowers and is just happy looking after itself is very welcome in my garden.

Raindrop on sweet pea leaves
I wish now I had an even-more-macro lens

Elsewhere, I’m hardening my sweet peas off outside and found these little rain drops sitting in the leaves. Rather lovely.

Tomato Super Marmande
Just starting to unfurl…

The tomatoes are all just starting to flower. I can’t remember if I said before, but I’m growing many different varieties this year (Super Marmande, Gardener’s Delight, Tigerella, Tumbling Tom Yellow and some tomatilloes as well…) The one above is a Super Marmande, which I’ve not grown before. The flowers appear in the most amazing way: what seems to be a gigantic flower bud comes out at the very top of the stem, then slowly, it peels back and separates to reveal several individual flowers all on tiny stalks. Rather fascinating to watch.

Greenhouse
No longer such a beast

And finally, do you remember how, last year, I planned to spruce up my greenhouse? It’s not yet a finished result (I plan to artfully string some more bits and pieces from the outside, and hopefully give it a paint job as well) but here’s a little “in progress” shot for you. It’s definitely improving from the monstrosity it was before. Maybe next week I’ll take you a little tour inside…

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13 thoughts on “You call this June?

  1. Good God, your tomato plants are flowering??? I haven’t even gotten mine in the ground yet. Here is the midwestern U.S. it was practically back to winter last week, and now I am madly trying to get my daughter prepared for camp. You have my envy!

  2. I had given up on gardening as my luck didn’t match up with my aspirations. But hope keeps renewing. I have lambs ear, need campanula. The allums are glorious. That second looks like a wild chive. And the pink cup looks like evening primrose? You have a greenhouse!!! I am so glad you have indulged your gardening desires. Good luck with your course. Unbelievable all that and the baby’s one Sabrina!
    Love,
    Shalagh

  3. I love your greenhouse, beast or not. The lamb’s ear looks so soft, I’m on the lookout for one as well, I saw one in a pot a while back with a carder bee guarding it for his love, so that they could comb off some fluff to make a nest. Wonderful. I really must try and find one, you have reminded me. CJ xx

    1. No. Way! Best bit of wildlife info I have ever read. Am going to stake out bees on the lamb’s ear from now on. What a wonderful, wonderful bit of info, I am even more delighted to have it in my garden now!

  4. I have just returned from holiday and my alliums have just gone past their best. I remember seeing banks and banks of them in Portugal one early summer and made sure to plant them next season. I love the lambs ears. I have them too. They remind me of summers in my parents gardens over the years.
    You’re thinking of moving!!! Have you already out grown your just completed, freshly decorated house?

    1. I know, I know! We’re wondering about moving out of the city to a small village. And if so, we’d do so before the sproglet starts school, which means we’d really need to be in before January to apply through the right channels etc etc. Seems ridiculously soon, but there we go…

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