The Bloomers: June


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Rose ‘The Lark Ascending’

Raindrops on roses.


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Rose ‘Boscobel’


Peony 'Bowl of Beauty' 010 Wm[1]


Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’

Whiskers on kittens.


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Iris ‘Jane Phillips’

These are a few of my favourite things.


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Digitalis parviflora


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We haven’t really revisited the terraces since all the moving and shaking I did last year so I thought you might be interested to see how they are looking now. There are still a few gaps. And there’s not much going on at the far end. But I’m leaving that bit for now, for reasons that will become obvious in the next week or so.


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Heaven scent!

The afternoon ice cream spot. Will it be salted caramel today? … yum.


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Erigeron karvinskianus, beginning to get a foothold in the wall


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 x Halimiocistus wintonensis

Destined for one of those gaps.. part of the Burncoose haul.


As is this..


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Sanguisorba menziesii


Cornus kousa 'Wieting's Select' 007 Wm[1]


Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’

Up on the bank the Cornus trees are flowering


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Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

But something weird is happening to this one. It has sprouted a branch with different leaves and blooms entirely..


Cornus kousa 'Satomi' 012 Wm[2]


I suspect the lower branch is coming from below the graft. It’s about to get the chop.


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From the big and blowsy..


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Erodium ‘Stephanie’

…to the small and select


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Cistus argenteus ‘Silver Pink’

Summer is bursting out all over


Astrantia 'Roma' 003 Wm[1]


Astrantia ‘Roma’


Now if someone could just tweak the thermostat up a notch all would be well.


Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens (here), where you will find many other June bloomers from around the world.


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  1. elaine June 15, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Such lovely bloomers – your garden is looking a treat – and so it should after all the hard work you put into it.

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Elaine.

  2. jannaschreier June 15, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Just…heavenly, Jessica. I’m completely transfixed by that photo of your house and terraces. I want to come and eat ice cream with you. NOW!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Let me know when you board the plane. That should give me enough time to get extra ice cream delivered! Thanks Janna.

  3. mattb325 June 15, 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

    So many beautiful plants – your garden really is the place to be in the June sunshine. I am now coveting the pink cistus; they look delightful. The long shot of the terraces is stunning! I love the plants tumbling over the walls and peering through the cracks…..just perfect!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Matt. The terraces are still a work in progress, but I’m much happier with them now than I was this time last year. And they’re flat, easy places to work!

  4. Pauline June 15, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Your garden is so beautiful, the flowers are stunning, a true June garden! I know your slope will be just as beautiful when you have finished planting it!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      I look forward to getting the slope to the tweaking stage that the terraces are now at. Much more fun!

  5. annincumbria June 15, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Jessica your pictures are fabulous, i dont have as many plants in flower yet i need some sunshine on my windy hill i look forward to the next installment of the terrace although it looks pretty good already

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      I want to put more plants into the terraces. I deliberately left some gaps so it could evolve over time but then lost quite a few things over the wet winter. The trouble is I can’t be everywhere and focusing on the slope this year means the terraces get less work!

  6. Sue Garrett June 15, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Love the colour of the first rose and the iris, The terrace is looking great too. Is the shoot on the cornus worthy of a cutting?

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      The shoot should generate several cuttings, it’s quite a large one. I’m definitely going to try it although if there is such a thing as a ‘bog standard’ cornus then the rootstock will presumably be it. The flowers are still really attractive though, a little clump of them at the woodland edge would be rather nice.

  7. Amy at love made my home June 15, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

    The terrace looks wonderful doesn’t it. So do all of your other plants and flowers. Hope you are getting to sit out and enjoy it a lot! xx

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Not sitting out enough, but on sunny days we do have lunch outside… and the ice cream when we’ve been working hard enough to earn it!

  8. Sigrun June 15, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Beautiful – the best time of the year. My Roma looks not like this, which one is the real Roma?
    Sanuisorba with a scottsh Name, how intersting! I love your house, you live in an area where other people are on holidays.


    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Roma seems pinker this year than it has in the previous two, I don’t know why. It’s also getting really large now. I will split it next Spring.
      It’s lovely living in the West Country and having access to all the beaches etc out of season. But come August, especially on a Saturday, it’s easier to stay at home and enjoy the garden. The roads are just too crowded!

  9. Sam June 15, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Gobsmackingly gorgeous photos Jessica! As soon as I started reading I had the Sound of Music song in my head. It’ll take a while to shift that! Very lovely to see the terraced part of your garden. It’s absolutely lovely. Did I say what gorgeous photos?! Sam x

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Sorry. If it’s any consolation that song has been on my brain since last night when I wrote the post. That being the case I shouldn’t have inflicted it on you as well! Thanks Sam.

  10. Backlane Notebook June 15, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I scrolled down and LOVED so many of your plants. And they were all brilliantly photographed so that any that were new to me could be followed up.

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I’m a bit of a plantaholic. Drives Mike mad. But there must be worse vices!

  11. Rosemary June 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Lovely – I have a Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’ graft growing at the bottom of my pale lemon High Noon Peony Tree, but I haven’t chopped it – both survive well and appear to live happily together.

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      What an unusual bonus! I’d love to see a picture of it.

  12. Jo June 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Beautiful blooms. Hard to choose favourites but I’m going to…cistus and astrantia.

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      The cistus was an experiment to see if I could get it over a winter. It looked a bit straggly in early Spring but is fine now. I foresee more..

  13. Linda aka Crafty Gardener June 15, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Just gorgeous blooms in June.

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda.

  14. Suzanne June 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Terraces looking so nice!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Coming on.. 😉

  15. Rick Nelson June 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Your garden is looking great rd, interesting you are looking for higher temperatures, you are streets ahead of me in Cheshire.

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Ironically it’s been a lovely day today, hopefully the temperatures are now on the rise for us all. Thanks Rick.

  16. Mark and Gaz June 15, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Beautiful selection Jessica but just love the softness of Lark Ascending and Satomi!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      That cornus is a tree I could not now be without. Have just bought a fancy cuttings propagator.. going to give it a try.

  17. Angie June 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Are you glad you chose Lark Ascending? I hope you are not disappointed with it. There is a real summer feel to your garden Jessica despite the fact you say it’s not warm there. If only my garden would speed up a bit, I love your Cornus blooms – I’ve still to find a spot for mine yet.
    All looking good on the terraces, your efforts are really paying of aren’t they?

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Lark Ascending is a truly gorgeous rose, I’m very glad I bought it after seeing it on your blog. It’s the shape of the blooms I adore, quite different from the usual David Austin, with the inward curving petals as it opens and closes.
      I hope it will be worth all the effort in the end. Thanks Angie.

  18. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD June 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    It’s looking so beautiful. You have so many things I can’t grow that it’s fun to see what they look like from a real person’s garden instead of just catalog photos. Glad to think you are using that bench and taking an ice cream break!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      The scent from the philadelphus is incredible around that bench, almost too overpowering. It extends well to the right of the area seen in the photograph, almost a hedge, some of which is coming out. It looks pretty boring for 11 months of the year, I’ll leave the section round the seat though.

  19. Peter/Outlaw June 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Your home and garden are quite picturesque! So many beautiful blooms. Cistus argenteus ‘Silver Pink’ is gorgeous and new to me. It’s going on the list! Happy GBBD!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      I love that Cistus too, the crumpled petals look so delicate. The individual blooms seem to only last a day then fall to the ground, but there are plenty more buds waiting in the wings to replace them. Thanks Peter.

  20. Jennifer June 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, it’s all so gorgeous. Your terraces are looking lush too, absolutely beautiful.

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jennifer. We’ve had a lot of rain, but clay soil dries out quickly too so I’m still having to water to keep it looking lush!

  21. Dorothy @ The Nature of Things June 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    All of your blooms are just luscious, especially the roses and peonies. Visiting your garden is always a revelation in color. Happy Bloom Day!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      I have to work at colour and always worry that I might overdo it. Possibly so with the Bowl of Beauty!

  22. Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams June 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Amazing, stunning, exquisite… so many words to describe your beautiful garden and terraces. All your hard work is shining through! xx

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      I hope it is.. it takes someone else to notice it sometimes I think, I am too close. Thank you for your kind words Chel.

  23. Sarah June 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Mouth-watering blooms and photos, says she having gorged on yet more strawberries! You do buy some exquisite plants when you’re out and about Jessica and the terraces are looking so pretty, you must be pleased after all your work. I hope whatever is happening at the ‘far end’ doesn’t impact too much on the whole and I love the idea of a special seat under a canopy of philadelphus for consuming ice-cream. Lovely!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      The work at the ‘far end’ should enhance the whole. I hope. Just as long as it all goes according to plan..

  24. Kris P June 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful flowers! I could almost hear Julie Andrews singing in the background…

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      My second earliest memory is of going to see the Sound of Music. I ate too much ice cream and was sick.

  25. Anna June 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Some beautiful June blooms Jessica and although it’s not exactly hot at least those cruel winds have vanished. I’m suffering from iwantitis after drooling over that sanguisorba. Your terrace looks the perfect spot to indulge 🙂

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      I grabbed the sanguisorba on the way out of Burncoose as Mike was standing at the till drumming his feet and looking at his watch. It called to me, I couldn’t leave it behind could I. Luckily he hadn’t already paid for my other acquisitions by then. He knows me too well.

  26. Haggiz June 15, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Absolutely stunning… I have severe peony envy 🙁 xx

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      17 buds this year, only three last year! Nothing seems to want to eat it, that’s why!

  27. Freda June 15, 2015 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Loving the philadelphus (and envying – mine won’t flower) and the erigeron karvinskianus is perfect there. Picture perfect Jessica!

    • Jessica June 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      I love that erigeron. I was gifted some seed last year too so I’m hoping for a veritable forest of it by the end of the summer. Virtually every garden I visit down here has some. Thanks Freda.

  28. Chloris June 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Well done, your terraces are looking wonderful. So many beautiful flowers to enjoy. I love the Sanguisorba. I am so envious of your gorgeous Cornus too. . I love them.

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      The terraces still need more colour. I’m struggling in a relatively small space to balance good summer colour and all year round interest.

  29. Donna@Gardens Eye View June 15, 2015 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Jessica what a delight to see your garden blooming…so much bounty and all so large and healthy. I really adored the roses and peonies and oh that Philadelphus is huge…mine is still a twig that has yet to flower in year 2….I love the scent too!

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      The Philadelphus extends even further than shown in the photos. It is truly huge! Here when we arrived so I’ve no idea of the variety unfortunately.

  30. Marian June 15, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    This is all so pretty! Love those chives blooming, amazing colour! And the Cornus flowers, so so pretty and, and… Such a beautiful full garden with so many different plants, so pretty and such a treat to enjoy after all the hard work you already put into it. thanks for sharing! So glad to visit your blog again, Your photography is sublime btw!

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Marian, great to see you back!

  31. snowbird June 16, 2015 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Nice to see the terraces again, and I really want to sit on that bench and eat ice cream! You do have some gorgeous plants!xxx

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks snowbird. When I really love sitting out is in the evenings as it is getting dark and the bats are flying. Haven’t done it once this year yet.. too bloomin’ cold!

      • snowbird June 17, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

        Ooooh…you and me re the bats! I love watching them when we have the chiminea going, amazing

        • Jessica June 18, 2015 at 9:44 pm - Reply

          They are such fun to watch, so agile! They sometimes fly so close I can hear their wings.

  32. frayed at the edge June 16, 2015 at 8:37 am - Reply

    That’s it, I am moving in with you so that I can enjoy all the gorgeousness in your garden!! I’ll make you a quilt in lieu of rent!!

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      It’ll have to be a big quilt then, you’ll cost me a fortune in sconnage x

  33. Beautiful blooms Jessica. It’s good to see the terrace again. I think it looks great. I think my favourite blooms this month are Cistus x Halimiocistus wintonensis and Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’. Beautifully photographed too 🙂

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      The Halimiocistus is said not to be reliably hardy so it’s a bit of a risk. That’s the trouble with buying plants from deepest Cornwall! But the terraces are well drained and sheltered so I’m hoping for the best. I’ll take cuttings if I can.

  34. Cathy June 16, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

    You now officially have (almost) too many comments to read, Jessica! When I went to see the Sound of Music I drank too much orangeade and was sick! But everything looks absolutely superb and so well cared for. You should be very proud of yourselves, surrounded by all that beauty. Am still envious of your cornus (es? – sure the plural is not corni!!!)

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Maybe it was just the film that had that effect on us? It certainly would be if I viewed it today I think, far too sickly sweet.
      I opt for cornus trees.. just to be on the safe side! Thanks Cathy.

  35. Denise June 16, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I love flowers growing on and out of walls…it surprises me how little soil some plants need to put on a good show. (Mine’s a strawberry icecream, please!)

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      There’s virtually no soil with these, only what was in the pot. We dug holes in the mortar and just rammed them in. I was thinking today a bit of mist spraying might be in order. To keep them looking tip top.

  36. Brian Skeys June 16, 2015 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    When I’m feeling sad
    I simply remember my favorite things
    And then I don’t feel so bad.

    Our gardens ( Favourite things ) cheer us up along with viewing other gardens on the blog, Thank you for the tour Jessica, Bowl of Beauty always wins me over.

    • Jessica June 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      It does work. I solve a lot of problems while weeding.

  37. Island Threads June 17, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

    you might not have primulas but you have plenty of heavenly blooms Jessica, including roses, mine are not even in bud yet and I don’t think they will be this year,

    I bought 6 ‘yellow’ scented flowering primulas by mail order in 2000 (before I had a computer), when they bloomed I had magenta non scented primulas, those you see, the nursery never picked up the phone or returned my messages on their answering machine, nor replied to my letters, I have bought other primulas which survive or die but none have done as well as the magenta primula, pink is not my favourite colour, though magenta is better than sugar sweet, so I’ve had to learn to go with the flow, but it is not my first or even second choice, more a last resort, if you would like some seeds then I can send later this year when they go to seed, just e mail me your address, Frances

    • Jessica June 18, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Frances, I will take you up on your kind offer next year if I may – when we (hopefully!) get as far as the bog garden and I can put them into a more suitable habitat. I think my problem up to now is that I’ve tried to establish them in too dry a position, under trees. Down by the river, in the new bit of land we’ve exposed, they should thrive. I agree on pink, it’s not my preferred colour either yet I seem to have quite a lot of it!

  38. Rosie June 17, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous bloomers especially the roses and the peony but all are wonderful – your garden must be so lovely at this time of year:)

    • Jessica June 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie. The terraces are looking better than they ever have, the rest of it… not so much! But it will happen in time.

  39. threadspider June 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Lovely, lovely bloomers and thank heaven we don’t need the warm woollen mittens any more. I share your love of The Lark Ascending.

    • Jessica June 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      It’s a beautiful rose. Unbelievable that I got it half price too, in a sale last autumn. And even more unbelievably it’s still in its pot. But I almost have a space for it now. Just need to dig out a border..

  40. Linda P June 17, 2015 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Lots of bloomers that are new to me. It’s a delight to scroll down and see them all. I’ve not noticed your bench area before or maybe you haven’t featured it recently? It looks like a lovely spot to sit with that ice cream and think about what needs to be done next in the garden. Did you mention that there’s something going to happen at the end of the terrace? I’m intrigued.

    • Jessica June 18, 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      The bench area may have featured in the background before, but the Philadelphus looks so good this year I thought it deserved a photograph on its own. There is more work about to happen at the end of the terrace, something I’m looking forward to with excitement and trepidation in equal measure! More soon..

  41. christina June 19, 2015 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Hi Jessica, how nice to see all the late spring bloomers in your garden. Of course, I love your roses, especially ‘Boscobel’. But the peony and the bearded iris is also very lovely, well all your blooms are lovely :-).
    Glad you showed the terraces, again. I was wondering how they are doing. I think, they look fantastic this year. All your hard work and dedication from last year has paid off.
    Wishing you a lovely start of summer!
    Warm regards,

    • Jessica June 19, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Thanks Christina. Boscobel was my favourite purchase from last year and it seems to be a good strong one.. it has come back with masses of buds this summer.

  42. woolythymes June 23, 2015 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    wow. this garden truly leaves me speechless.

    • Jessica June 24, 2015 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      You’re too kind Steph.

  43. Sarah June 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Wow those pictures are amazing, your garden must bring you so much joy! it’s not surprising you haven’t had the time for vegetables! Sarah x

    • Jessica June 24, 2015 at 11:05 pm - Reply

      I try to do both, but the ornamental plants do win me over! Thanks Sarah.

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