In the garden: June

SeedheadWell, wasn’t the last week of June utterly depressing. Like so many, I was knocked for six with the results of the referendum.

I find the whole thing terrifying and bleak. The result itself, the reports of increased racism that have peppered the news this past week, the furious packpedalling of the Leave campaigners, the Leave voter regretters, but also the really unpleasant bile and accusations that have been rife on my Facebook feed ever since — predominantly from those who share my political views and also voted to remain.

Yes, I agree, it is bloody miserable that more people said leave than stay, but I don’t think that justifies branding half the population either racist or moronic. Nor do I feel much empathy for those who want to take London out of the UK (erm, doesn’t that kind of go against the whole point of staying stronger together?) or moan about how they’ll no longer be able to retire to a lovely villa in Spain.

Anyway, let’s hope that something comes up to stop us actually following through and leaving and that the unpleasant racism and Facebook fighting dies down and maybe, just maybe, we can all stand up against a political system filled with lies and nonsense pedalled merely as a desire for personal gain, irrespective of the good of the country.

In the meantime, pottering in the garden has provided me with some respite from the bleak outlook. June is often a bit of a “flower gap” in my garden, a time when the Spring blooms are over, but high Summer is yet to hit its peak. But there’s just enough of interest to keep me wandering around between all the rainstorms.

Thalictrum delavayi 'album'
Thalictrum delavayi ‘album’

white thalictrum

My complete obsession at the moment are my stunning thalictrum plants. They’re Thalictrum delavayi ‘album’ and the flower buds form perfect white circles that bob about on slender stems, before opening to reveal delicate yellow stamens. I have about nine plants dotted throughout the garden and I just adore them. They were newly planted in the Autumn, but I shall put them in every garden I ever own from now on…

Scabiosa bud
Scabiosa bud
Scabiosa flower
Scabiosa flower
Scabiosa seedhead
Scabiosa seedhead

Another favourite is this scabious; I love watching it unfold from tightly packed bud to luscious flower and then into a rather glorious seedhead. I planted it next to some salvia argentea, which is a huge fat-leaved, hairy silver plant, that looked absolutely amazing for about a week. And then the slugs devoured every last bit of it. Three plants, completely munched through, with only the leaf veins left. Grrrr.Bee on erysimumBee

Regular reads might chuckle to know that, yes, my wallflower is — as ever — in full bloom. Not only does it flower pretty much continuously for 11 months of the year, but the bees love it. It’s a garden staple, I think, if a little unglamorous.


I planted a beautiful pittosporum towards the back of the garden, but it has become a breeding ground for aphids. Every time I see a ladybird anywhere in the garden, I put it on the pittosporum in the hope it will munch those little pests right up. But, a few minutes later, there will be no sign of the ladybird and hundreds more of the little black dots multiplying in front of my eyes. I think I need a more effective form of control, but the hose doesn’t reach that far down the garden to blast them away, and I always feel a little queasy, I have to confess, about wiping them off between my fingers.


There is lots on the verge of flowering at the moment too. Some poppies that have grown from seed that I asked the sproglet to chuck liberally across the flower beds are growing well. I can no longer remember what type we sowed, so I watch them every day in eager anticipation, waiting to see what colour the flowers will be. And my newly-planted echinops is getting taller and taller, the flower buds fattening. I can’t wait for them all to burst open.

London garden

Finally, a rather crappy shot of the garden as viewed from the patio looking away from the house. It’s not quite as short as it appears in the photo, but we cleared all the plastic kids crap away to put up the much more attractive fabric tent last weekend, so I thought it needed a quick snap. You can just make out the chicken house and the veg beds at the far end…

So, roll on July. Here’s to less rain, more flowers and, hopefully, a little more optimism in the whole political situation. Fingers tightly crossed.


7 thoughts on “In the garden: June

  1. Lovely pictures to cheer up the end of a dreadful week. For a positive view on how these changes can be turned into something good, I recommend Rob Hopkin’s lead article in the July edition of Transition Network’s July newsletter. This dropped into my inbox yesterday and I have just found the time to read it fully.
    Onwards and upwards!

  2. Hi, what lovely pics to cheer us, after a terrible week, the out referendum, the goverment falling apart, England losing their footie match, and to top it all the rain, Hey ho, what’s that song,,,”Always look on the bright side of life”
    I am one of the oldies but don’t blame me I wanted in for the grandchildren.
    Keep up the blogs

  3. You’re right, it’s been utterly bleak hasn’t it. But such gorgeous flower pictures, glad things are going well in the garden, except for those slugs. Many here too. CJ xx

  4. Your garden is beautiful! It cheers me up to see beautiful gardens. I am still gutted by the referendum result. I am Swiss and Italian, married to a British and Australian bloke living in Scotland. It was a bleak week for us personally, for Scotland particularly and the whole of Britain, too. I have escaped for a holiday in Switzerland to get away from it all. Enjoy the tipi in your gorgeous garden. x

  5. Oh that thalictrum plant is lovely! I’m making notes here!

    Your garden, as always is looking smashing – an is that an Eglu I spy? I’m thinking of getting one for the guinea pigs, especially good when it rains I’m guessing?

    I love your words on the referendum, the bulk of the upset I’ve felt is from watching how other react, youngsters saying people over 60 shouldn’t vote was the one that really got to me. I find opening the front door and face planting the lavender bush and inhaling slowly works wonders! x

  6. You can’t beat a good potter in the garden to lift your mood 🙂 Haha, I am not surprised your wallflower is still going, that thing is a trooper. Ours is still blooming too — much to the delight of the bees. Your garden is looking super!

  7. I live in Austin, Texas and enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for inviting me in to see your lovely garden. The climate here is quite hot and right now no rain in sight. Good Luck to you and keep blogging.

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