It takes a lot to raise the excitement levels to fever pitch around here.
The World Cup? Definitely not.
The baby Great Spotted Woodpecker chick peeping in at us through Mike’s study window yesterday morning? Possibly.
But the first ever blooming of Magnolia sieboldii?
At least, I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. I’ve lost the label. I have scoured the bank and even weeded the ground all around the shrub in the hope of discovery. It was not to be. An internet search revealed two possibilities, the other being M. wilsonii. But ours holds its flowers pointing boldly outwards, M. wilsonii flowers droop. Isn’t Google wonderful. I still stand ready to be corrected.
Rose ‘Pat Austin’
June is the month of roses. I brought this one with me in a pot and it goes from strength to strength planted out in the garden. I can’t resist orange roses. And now geums too, but struggle with the colour on any other flower.
Rose Lady Emma Hamilton
Even more intense.
Rose Susan Williams-Ellis
Sticking with white, another minor victory. I’ve never been able to keep this plant going beyond one year, until now. In spite of the exceptionally wet winter it has prospered, giving me new growth and flowers.
I’ve lost its label too, but this time remembered the species if not how to spell it. In looking it up I discovered, to my surprise, one of its common names is Shrubby Bindweed. There is a certain familial resemblance in the flowers but that’s where the similarity ends. Who’d have thought such a desirable plant would be related to one of my greatest enemies.
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
Back up on the bank it’s been a terrific year for the Cornus trees. Both are absolutely smothered in blooms.
Cornus kousa ‘Wietings Select’
On the way back from photographing the Cornus, this happened:
I have never seen these flowers before. Since we came here it’s been a clump of leaves and, mistaking it for more of the ubiquitous Crocosmia, I was about to dig it up. Does anyone know which variety of Iris it might be?
This one I did manage to identify last year, as a result of posting a photo of it on the blog. It has rewarded me with more flower spikes this time around.
Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’
It’s a month of great contrasts. From the flamboyance of the peonies to delicate flowers in profusion.
Wild foxgloves are left to flower wherever the seeds fall in the woodland but in the garden they have to be better behaved. This one was on just about everyone’s bench at the plant fairs in May. It’s supposed to be a short lived perennial, but it didn’t stay the distance for me last year. Trying again.
A true perennial foxglove, I grew this clump from seed.
Just a few flowers left now on the Philadelphus hedge, but the scent is still intoxicating.
I don’t often show houseplants on the blog, but I will leave you with this one:
Mike bought it from a supermarket three, maybe four years ago. It’s been in flower or bud for virtually every month since.
And for the first time it has two flower spikes. Considerably better value than all the expensive orchids that I have managed to kill.
Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find other June bloomers from around the world.