June Bloomers

Rose Evelyn 001 Wm


English Rose ‘Evelyn’


After clearing the main terraced garden last year, it is now in its first proper season of new growth. There is still a long way to go, but I’m beginning to see a hint of what may yet emerge.

With fluctuating temperatures, and some days feeling more like autumn than early summer, everything started out late. But, finally, it is beginning to fill out.



Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, Astrantia ‘Roma’, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’

I’ve probably said it before, but those wretched mice had most of the 20 or so alliums I’d planted out. So I had to include my only two survivors. I’ll stop complaining now.


Azalea 003 Wm


Azalea (inherited, unknown variety), Centauria, Papaver ‘Checkers’, Arrhenatherum bulbosum variegatum

The bees have been going crazy over the Centauria and the Azalea.

Good to see.


Bees 004 Wm


Peony 001 Wm


Peony (inherited, variety unknown)


Poppy 002 Wm


Papaver ‘Checkers’


Poppy 003 Wm[3]


Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’


Iris 001 Wm


Iris sibirica


Nectaroscordum 004 Wm


Nectaroscordum siculum


Philadelphus 001 Wm


Philadelphus (inherited, variety unknown)

The formal area of the garden is bordered by a magnificent Philadelphus. I wish you could smell it!


Saxifrage 002 Wm


Saxifraga ‘Southside Seedling’

And, not to be outdone, the diminutive alpines are flowering too.


Moving up to the bank behind the house and the woodland edge:


Cornus kousa 'Satomi' 002 Wm


Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’


Enkianthus 001 Wm


Enkianthus campanulatus


Solomon's Seal 001 Wm[1]


Polygonatum, Solomon’s Seal


Epimedium 001 Wm


Epimedium x versicolour ‘Sulphureum’

It seems odd to me to talk of rose blooms and epimediums in almost the same breath.

This one has an excuse.. Ptolemy ate the first lot of flowers for lunch. Bless him.


Epimedium 002 Wm


Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’

This one is just late.


A strange month indeed.

Linking to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens.


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  1. countrysidetales June 15, 2013 at 11:46 am - Reply

    So many lovely flowers. Loved the colour of that plum poppy in particular and peonies are some of my absolute favourites. There do seem to be be more bumbles than honeys around at the moment on the flowers. Any why does Ptolemy get a “bless him” for eating the flowers while the mice get a “wretched”?? πŸ˜‰

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Hmmm.. a little favouritism may have slipped in there! Would it help if I said that the “bless him” was uttered with tongue firmly lodged in cheek?

  2. Denise June 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Peonies and poppies…two of my favourite for visual impact. There is some sort of oriental poppy growing at the allotment amongst the potatoes – every time Andy sees it he says, ‘what is this?’ in the manner of a man who wants to root it out toute de suite, and I say, ‘it’s a poppy,’ in the manner of a woman who really wants to say, ‘pull it out at your peril!’

    And our laurel tree is swarming with bumbles at the moment. I’m sure they must have a nest in there.

    Lovely photos, Jessica – thank you!

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      Men never have a proper understanding of these things. For them it’s all about practicalities. I can’t have anything growing near the lawn. If I do it will end up with a vertical flat side where the mower has been..

  3. Jacqueline June 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Your garden is looking beautiful Jessica and it’s filling out a treat….. I cannot believe that your Philadelphus is flowering ……. ours is way behind, but that’s probably because it’s north facing and flowers way after most people’s !! We seem to have quite a lot of bumble bee’s thank goodnes …..I’m so worried about them…..and, we did have a very tame thrush with a dodgy wing who always followed us when we were in the garden. She disappeared and we thought that she was a gonna but, she turned up the other day, collecting nest material so we were so pleased. I’m not sure how she has surived. Injured birds usually get killed by other birds. Sorry, I digress !! Enjoy your lovely garden and here’s hoping for some warmer weather soon. XXXX

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      There do seem to be a lot of bumble bees around, and I’ve just been watching some honey bees crawling up the bells of the Nectaroscordum, so that’s good news too. I hope your thrush is successful in her nest building. It’s lovely when they are tame, but I hate it if they get injured.

  4. Jo June 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Some wonderful blooms there. I especially like the Checkers poppy, it’s unusual, and Enkianthus campanulatus, I shall have to look out for that one.

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      The Enkianthus is lovely, it has good autumn colour too. It will need an acid to neutral soil though.

  5. indygardener June 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Love the blooms, thanks for joining in for bloom day!

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Carol, welcome to rusty duck!
      Thank you for hosting it, it’s so interesting to see what everyone else is doing, all over the world. It seems coping with an increasingly strange climate is a common theme.

  6. Jill Chandler June 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful.

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jill.

  7. Vera June 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    What a lovely garden, and I am well impressed by the fact that you remember all the names of the plants.

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      I don’t remember them Vera. Most of the plants were purchased in the last year… the labels are still in situ and readable, otherwise I would be up the proverbial creek.

  8. Abby June 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I thought this was going to be a post about seasonal undergarments πŸ˜‰ Lovely photos. I’m amazed at your Philadelphus too – ours is nowhere near flowering – I love the scent of it, even though it’s so shortlived. Enjoy your weekend. Abby x

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      It’s certainly the weather for them!! Thick woolly ones.

  9. snowbird June 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    It’s all looking fab….I love that stone wall, it looks really rustic and a wonderful backdrop to the plants.

    Your poppies are divine…..I must ask, how did you come up with the wonderful name “Ptolemy” ?xxxx

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Our pheasant struts about with such an air of authority and importance that I felt it needed to be a name with sufficient gravitas. And I just like the way it rolls off the tongue. But it’s a quandary as to whether it should be shortened to Mr T or Mr P..

  10. Wendy June 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Terrific photos of some beautiful flowers. I love Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ and have been meaning to buy it for years. Your lovely pic has jogged my memory about it! Love the bumblebee, too.

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Wendy. Its only drawback is that the flowers don’t last long, fading to brown. But it’s such a stunner that it still justifies a place in the border.

  11. Rosie June 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Peonies and poppies are two of my favourites. Your iris are way ahead of ours as is your philadelphus, the bees seem to be enjoying the aquilegia and the hardy geraniums in our garden:)

    • Jessica June 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Aquilegias were another victim of Ptolemy’s beak… I have managed to get them to leaf up again in their chicken wire cages, but no flowers this year πŸ™

  12. Em June 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous Jess. Nothing else to say other than the fact that my Epimedium are nowhere near flowering yet!

    • Jessica June 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Em. Maybe that pheasant you saw a couple of months ago took the flowers off yours too?

  13. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA June 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful gardens. Many of my favorites! We had an early heat wave here in the Northeast of the USA then followed by days of cold pouring rain. the same plants flowered early and are done. Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Love to see a photo of bigger parts of the garden if you take some.

    • Jessica June 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Suzanne.
      Last year I did a bit of a tour of the garden (here). When If it stops raining again my next project is to make some headway on the bank behind the house, hopefully I’ll be able to update the photos then!

      • Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA June 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm - Reply

        Thanks for giving the link for a look see. I can see how lovely it will be. There seems to be a lot of hidden gems to work with too. Looking forward to checking back on your progress.
        This has been a wet on and off for weeks for everyone I guess.
        Have a great week.

        • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

          It’s pouring down again this morning. I don’t mind working in the rain, but our clay soil quickly becomes claggy and I end up doing more harm than good. And given our sloping ground, it’s not too safe to be out there either. So I’m just watching the weeds growing ever higher..

  14. CherryPie June 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    It is alternating between Summer and Autumn here too!!

    I love your top picture, it is stunning πŸ™‚

    • Jessica June 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      It is back to miserable again today. Pouring rain.

  15. Crafty Gardener June 16, 2013 at 12:22 am - Reply

    gorgeous bloomers for June

    • Jessica June 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Quite a bit has been knocked over by the wind and rain, and I’m disappointed that the roses were not out in time for the post. Such is the challenge of gardening!

  16. Cro Magnon June 16, 2013 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I’m a hopeless flower gardener. I usually steal cuttings of things I like, so never get to know their names. But when it comes to vegetables….

    • Jessica June 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Cro! I’ve only really got into veggies over the last few years but found it addictive! Even if the English weather has thrown everything possible in the way of my efforts.

  17. Antoinette June 16, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Here our philadelphus has just finished. Usually it is heaving with scarce swallowtails but less so this year. Also far fewer honey bees in our linden tree and acacia but bumbles are busy.
    Love your poppies, they one of my absolute favourite flowers πŸ™‚

    • Jessica June 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      The poppies are so short lived and delicate, even without the ravages of wind and rain, they are to be savoured. Glad to read that you are progressing well with the new hip. πŸ™‚

  18. Orchardier June 16, 2013 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Your garden is v. beautiful. I’m fortunate not to have to imagine the smell of orange blossom, our philadelphus is also in flower ~ heavenly.

    • Jessica June 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you! It is photographed very selectively though.. much still to do. The Philadelphus is heavenly, worth the space it takes up for the 2 weeks of the year it is in its prime.

  19. woolythymes June 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    it may have been a strange month…..but, oh, the beauty it produced!!!! must look for ‘checkers’—-love that so, although i’ve never had any any luck with papavers. πŸ™

    • Jessica June 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      It’s a real beauty that one.

  20. Marian June 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love your garden. Honestly, I wished my garden looked a bit more like yours. I love Papavers and I love Epimediums but can’t grow them in our garden. Love the special kind of Saxifraga as well. Never seen that before. And I will be looking into Enkianthus campanulatus, sooo beautiful!

    • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Hi Marian and welcome to rusty duck!
      Thank you! Close up photography hides a multitude of sins.. we are making progress on a garden that we inherited totally overgrown, but there is still a very long way to go! Soil on the acid side for the Enkianthus..

  21. Helene June 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Absolutely lovely! I almost bougt some Papaver β€˜Patty’s Plum’ earlier this year, but had so many plants on my wish list that I had to do som tough choices. It is definitely back on the list for next year! Your peony is gorgeous, I also inherited a peony with the house, wish I knew the name of mine πŸ™‚

    • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Thanks Helene. There are so many peony hybrids, I found it very difficult when I tried to identify ours. It may be Sarah Bernhardt, but I really can’t be sure. My favourite, Bowl of Beauty, is just now beginning to open. It didn’t quite make it for GBBD!

  22. Anna June 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Oh what delicious June blooms. Yours is the second photo of ‘Patty’s Plum’ that has leapt out at me today from the screen on GBBD posts – I grew it some years ago but lost it. Nearly purchased one a couple of weeks ago and now kicking myself for not doing so. Have not heard your allium tale before so my sympathies – the survivors are splendid.

    • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Patty’s Plum has grown taller than I expected, and will have to be moved down a terrace. I hope she won’t mind!

  23. Simone June 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Fantastic photos Jessica. You have a wonderful abundant garden despite the trials and tribulations of the local wildlife!

    • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

      And what a trial and tribulation they are! Thank you Simone.

  24. wherethejourneytakesme June 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Great photos – I love the Epimedium I am hoping ours is out at the cottage – mainly because I know I bought some last year but can”t for the life of me remember where I planted it!

    • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 10:08 am - Reply

      They may not be ‘in your face’ like the poppies and peonies, but I love their delicate beauty. And when they normally flower, in April, there are fewer things around to compete with them. In the woodland I’d like to build up a few good clumps over time.

  25. haggiz June 17, 2013 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Fantastic photos as always. It looks like you are winning the battle against nature! My favourites are the peonies I have three in the garden and have never had a flower from any of them, I don’t know what I’ve done wrong! Julie x

    • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

      They resent being disturbed, and may take a few years to flower again if you’ve moved them. Or maybe they need more sun?
      The one in the photo is growing in a very narrow bed (6 ins wide!) against the house wall. Sooner or later it will need moving, so I will have to take the hit of it not flowering for a few years in the hope that, in better conditions, it will reward me with bushy growth and more flowers in the future.

  26. Linda June 17, 2013 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Lovely photos. The first rose is out here, too. It’s an anniversary rose in our anniversary week! We have just planted some Patty’s Plum. Our daughter collected some seeds and gave them to us recently. It will add variety to the flower border and then I expect we will be over run with self seeding,,but never mind. Sorry to hear your mice are still nibbling away!!

    • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Happy Anniversary!
      Bulbs are a real problem here, because of the mice. They’ve had virtually every one I’ve planted, all the tulips too. πŸ™

  27. Vintage Jane June 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Your flowers are beautiful … and thank you for giving a name to the Nectarwotsit. We have loads in our garden … I love them and can never remember what they are called!

    • Jessica June 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      The bees seem to love it too. I suppose that’s why it’s called Nectarowhatever..

  28. jabblog June 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    It’s a lovely, rich garden, full of delights. Not easy to manage, I think.

    • Jessica June 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Much harder than I thought it would be! Thanks Janice.

  29. Natalie June 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous flowers! I have several of the same in my garden, but no azaleas. I just read about a variety that can survive our climate zone, so I am going to look for it. Srry about your alliums! πŸ™ I just love them! Mine spread like weeds. the squirrels are too busy eating our house.

    • Jessica June 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      I’m really annoyed about the alliums. But I’ll keep planting and hope they leave me more next year.

  30. knitsofacto June 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Looking good πŸ™‚ Here’s hoping the weather is kinder to gardeners for the rest of the summer.

    • Jessica June 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply


  31. elaine June 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    What a great selection of plants in your garden – I am surprised you don’t show them more often.

    • Jessica June 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      I will do, as we get further on with the planting. It’s early days.

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