The Quickest Way Down Off The Bank


Geranium x oxonianum f. thurstonianum

Thriving in the dappled shade of the woodland path.


Gradually the bank alongside the 84 steps is emerging from the weeds. But it’s hard going. Not least because the soil here is so loose and after recent rains, slippery. Earlier this week I had the garden fork perfectly positioned under a clump of those wretched Spanish bluebells when, just as I’d applied all my weight to the task, something gave way. The gardener was propelled backwards and gravity took over. It must have been quite the pirouette.. the gardener somehow turned in the air 180 degrees because when she smashed into the handrail alongside the steps it was ribs first. Is this more painful than back end first? I don’t know. But until we have comparative evidence, which surely can only be a matter of time, I’m going with the ribs.



Mike was quickly on the scene. (As was I the day before when he dropped a one inch thick slab of slate on his big toe.) Having established, probably on account of the cussing, that the gardener’s lungs were still fully functional he gave the handrail a hard shake. It moved. Quite a lot. “Looks like I’ll have to put another buttress on that now..” Sigh.



Iris ‘Gerald Darby’ with Rose ‘The Lark Ascending’


But my goodness this restoration job is tough. Even more so when the gardener has a birthday looming with a nought at the end of it. Which maybe wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the fact that the number in front of the nought is alarmingly high. And so, once again consigned to light duties, I can offer you a post. And as it’s Bloom Day, let’s have some blooms.



The terraces are starting to take on some summer colour



Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’



Rose ‘Jude The Obscure’

And rose season is well underway. I do wish you could smell this one. It’s probably the most potent rose I have.



Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’

Another knock out shrub for scent



The weather has continued to be mixed for June. Some lovely warm days this week but preceded by strong wind and rain. My poor chives have been blown horizontal, the blooms collapsed into the marjoram below. It’s created a heap of fluffy purple balls, an effect which I actually rather like.



The bees aren’t complaining either. The flowers are absolutely covered in them.



Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’

It’s cornus time again. I’ve photographed this tree so many times before (according to the record this is picture no. 13). But I just can’t keep the camera away from it. Could it be my very favourite?



Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

Possibly not. This image is no. 19 of ‘Satomi’. Underplanted with Geranium ‘Rozanne’.



Brodiaea laxa ‘Queen Fabiola’



I love this little inherited geranium, here against a backdrop of Alchemilla mollis. It secretes itself happily through the border, growing no taller than 5-6 inches and never getting straggly. I’ve no idea which one it is though. Any ideas?



Alchemilla mollis, doing what it does best after this morning’s rain.



And finally. The echinacea munched by the bunnies has been dug up and entered into intensive care. She is responding well and has produced two new leaves. With luck she can be released back into the wild in the fullness of time. Suitably clad in chicken wire, of course.



Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’


Isn’t summer wonderful?


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