June Is Bloomin’ Lovely

Rose 'Fighting Temeraire'

Rose ‘Fighting Temeraire’, floating appropriately above the copper coloured grass Carex dipsacea ‘Dark Horse’


Did I say that May was my favourite month in the garden? I lied. It is June.

And June is indisputably rose month. I don’t know why it is but this year roses are doing fabulously for me. It’s not often I can say that. Did they, like so many other things it seems, need that hard winter to have a proper rest, a longer period of dormancy? Or have I just got a lot better at pruning them. I may need to crave your indulgence..


Rose 'Alpine Sunset'


Rose ‘Alpine Sunset’


Rose 'Desdemona'


Rose ‘Desdemona’

Spot the wandering aphid. No matter, Desdemona walks away with the prize for the most fragrant rose in the garden. And by some margin given that even I can pick up the scent from several feet away. Imagine the headiness of being close enough to take that picture. It may have taken a while. She is, after all, extremely photogenic. In possession of two shots I found it impossible to choose between she makes her mark on the header image too. I moved her a year or so back and she has rewarded me in the best way possible. Just look at all those buds.


Rose 'The Lark Ascending'


Rose ‘The Lark Ascending’

Moved into the spot previously occupied by Desdemona The Lark is healthy but all her shoots are elongated and leaning towards the light. I should have learnt my lesson. Location, location, location. The removals van has been rebooked for early next year. A sunnier spot methinks. She does deserve it. Most of the roses in the garden, this one included, came from David Austin. I don’t think they can be beaten. Those delicately incurved petals.. gorgeous.


Magnolia sieboldii


Magnolia sieboldii

My favourite magnolia is back and she too is having a bumper year. Last year I lost every single bloom to a killing frost in early May. It’s been worth the wait.


Cirsium rivulare 'Atropurpureum'


Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’


Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'


Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’

We’ve planted a lavender hedge. Only a short one. It’s an experiment. Not an obvious choice for the damp Devon climate perhaps but it is in a sunny, well drained spot and even better it will screen the rather ugly base of the greenhouse pro tem. Of course, no sooner had I planted the lavender discussions turned to a relocation of the greenhouse. Do you get the impression that nothing stays still for long here? You’d be right. Never mind. I love that deep purple that is characteristic of ‘Hidcote’ and I’m quite sure she is still young and adventurous enough to relish a change of scene.


Primula chungensis


Primula chungensis

Moving into the woodland, a new addition last year. The presence of farina, the white waxy deposit, is notable on auriculas but before now I’d never noticed that it occurs more widely across the group.


Primula 'Inverewe'


Here too on Primula ‘Inverewe’

Saxifraga stolonifera

Saxifraga stolonifera

I’ve given away so much of this. In desperation (it pains me to trash any good plant material) I started dumping it instead in the woodland where it does rather well, a shining light in the shade.


Hieracium aurantiacum


Hieracium aurantiacum

And talking of spreaders.. the orange hawkweed has multiplied a dozen fold since last year. But what a colour for shade! Apparently it’s not the smartest move to let it run to seed. But with numerous 30 inch stems of these glow-in-the-dark blooms I reckon I can find a home for it in several places here. Feel free to remind me I said that.

Erodium 'Stephanie'

Erodium ‘Stephanie’






Cornus kousa 'Satomi'


Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

And how could I let June go by without another shout for Cornus..


Cornus kousa 'Wieting's Select'


Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’

..A small tree that is smothered in blooms in summer, with fruits to follow and then staggering autumn colour. What’s not to love?


Iris 'Gerald Darby'


Iris ‘Gerald Darby’

This is the iris which emerges in Spring with purple tinted leaves. The blooms don’t disappoint either.


Itoh Peony 'Pastel Splendor'


Itoh Peony ‘Pastel Splendor’

.. showing the transition from the deep pink as the flowers open to the more delicate shades which presumably give it its name.


Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'


And herbaceous Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’


Well if you’ve stuck with me this far, how can I reward you?

Raindrops on roses? These were just a few of my favourite things.


Rose 'Hot Chocolate'


Rose ‘Hot Chocolate’


Rose 'Boscobel'


Rose ‘Boscobel’, snuggled up with Phormium ‘Pink Panther’


Have a very happy June!

Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens (here), where you will find a host of seasonal bloomers from around the world.


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  1. janesmudgeegarden June 15, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

    What a fabulous collection of blooms, Jessica, but the one I like best is that magnolia with its buttery leaves and russetty stamens. I’ve never seen one like it.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      It’s lovely isn’t it. The only problem is its blooms always face the sun and mostly I have to view it from the opposite direction!

  2. Jayne Hill June 15, 2018 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Gorgeous blooms, but we’ve come to expect no less from you 🙂 I’m also cultivating that beautiful orange ‘weed’ – snaffled some seeds from the middle of a neighbours’ lawn one summer when he went away and it wasn’t mowed for a while, and now have two little patches, and you are right – the colour is stunning. Sadly the dratted thing does not seem to like being moved, and has an unerring ability to self-seed in exactly the wrong place. I hope you have more success in bending it to your will.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      This year will tell, I have enough of it to start it off somewhere else as well now. Thanks for setting my expectations!

  3. Caroline June 15, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Oh your roses are beautiful. We have three rose bushes, two being recent additions to the garden which are just starting to blossom, but the old girl is so covered in buds and already opened flowers that there is hardly room for a leaf! My grandma had a green finger for roses and I’m hoping I do too!! It will incidentally be the only green finger I have!

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      I find roses tricky so if you can grow them you should be testing out that green finger far and wide!

  4. Julieanne June 15, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Magnolia sieboldii is really rather superb. As are all your blooms!

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      I forgot to mention in the post the magnolia is fragrant too. To get the picture I was pretty much in the centre of the shrub with my nose pressed into another bloom.

  5. Heyjude June 15, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

    May and June are my favourite months. Everything seems to explode in a rush of colour then and I love every minute of it. Your garden never fails to enchant me, from those lovely roses (which draw me in from the names as well as the fragrance and the colour and the shape – how to resist ‘The Lark Ascending’) that beautiful magnolia and the dusky pink cornus. I hope the lavender does well. I love lavender in the garden, but feel my soil is far too wet and heavy for them.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      I fear the same for the lavender. This time though it is effectively in a raised bed which stays pretty dry so I’m hoping that will make a difference. And I’m determined to prune it properly to stop it getting leggy. Famous last words. I bought it as a six pack, half price in a sale last autumn. I figured given the bargain it was worth trying again.

  6. Penny Post June 15, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Your roses look wonderful and so healthy. All the lovely Peonies I keep seeing on blogs this month are convincing me they are another plant to add to my wish list. I hope you have better luck with lavender than I do as here it always fails to return after the first year.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      I’ve had the same experience with lavender up to now. I planted it in April hoping that with the long summer to establish it might have a chance over the winter. We shall see. So far so good..

  7. Lea @ Lea's Menagerie June 15, 2018 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Such beauty! You are so blessed!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you Lea!

  8. Linda from Each Little World June 15, 2018 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Your post is a perfect example of why we love English gardens. So many swoon-worthy plants. I dream about David Austin roses but it is too cold or too hot and humid here for them to do very well. And I don’t have the right light conditions. So it is a bonus to see yours. And the raindrops!

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      They usually look good in June but it’s a fight to keep them that way. By the end of summer they tend to be pretty much leafless thanks to black spot. But I refuse to spray so all I can do is keep picking off and throwing away the infected leaves.

  9. mwillburn June 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    ‘Pastel Splendor’ – what a stunner! Where in Devon is your place Jessica? My uncle lived on an estuary near Kingsbridge for more than 40 years.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      The area around Kingsbridge is lovely. And the poshest part of Devon! We’re a bit farther north, on the other side of Dartmoor.

      • mwillburn July 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

        I guess that it is now. When he passed away, someone bought their sweet little cottage and bulldozed it to build some horrific McMansion. Could see it through Google Earth and broke our hearts. All that history gone.

        • Jessica July 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

          That is so sad. But yes, the ultra rich have rather taken over that coast and built a lot of those places. There are still some sleepy villages left, they’re the ones we tend to gravitate towards. Although many of the old cottages which do remain are now holiday lets.

  10. Rebecca June 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I just found your blog and love all your beautiful blooms. Rose rosette has kind of ruined roses in our area. Your’s look so pretty and fresh.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Hi Rebecca, thanks and welcome.
      I’ve heard of the rosette disease. I don’t think it has found its way to the UK yet. I hope not anyway. Black spot tends to be the biggest problem, especially in mild damp areas such as ours!

  11. Arun Goyal June 15, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Lovely blooms most of them are new to me and I think wont suit to survive in our region.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      It’s a very different climate that’s for sure, but a climate that is becoming ever more unpredictable. We’d had a run of mild winters up to this year and I’d been tempted to try more tender plants. This year was a reminder that we aren’t in the sub tropical league quite yet!

  12. Chloris June 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Wow! What heavenly June blooms. I agree about the roses, they are superb this year. I wondered if it was all that spring rain. I am green with envy your fabulous cornus but all your plants are gorgeous.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      It could well have been the Spring rain, although that tends to be the case most years down here!

  13. Marian St.Clair June 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Another vote for Magnolia sieboldii! I wouldn’t turn my nose up at the rest, however, and the little she spider is adorable.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Spider season seems to have come early this year. Apparently house evictions should go into the greenhouse to eat the aphids!

  14. Pauline June 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I too think roses are the stars of the garden at the moment. Lucky you having rain, I am still waiting! It seems weeks since we had any, they are once again promising it for tomorrow, I will wait and see!

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      It’s been drizzly all day. Not enough to properly wet the garden, only the gardener!

  15. Kelly Diggle June 15, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Amazing flowers. Love your rose collection – must get myself a few more roses – my garden is a little lacking in that department

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Kelly, thanks and welcome.
      Roses struggle a bit in my heavy soil but it’s worth persisting for the years like this when they suddenly seem to do so well. Perhaps they will be strong enough to resist black spot this year. I can but hope.

  16. Kris P June 15, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Not just lovely, your garden is stupendous this June! Oh, to have such perfect roses! Actually, any roses at all would be a joy as I’ve had remarkably few blooms this year. If you’re right that a good winter is a requirement for optimal rose performance, our very warm winter could be at the heart of the problem but the abysmally low winter rainfall is probably a big factor as well – irrigation with the city’s water (which I won’t even drink) just isn’t the same. I’m not going to even comment on the peonies as I’ve become a broken record on that score.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Irrigation is never as good as rain. Incredibly I’ve had to rely on it every night for over a month. It keeps the plants alive but they don’t thrive without the proper wet stuff. Possibly I should be increasing the flow rate. It probably doesn’t help that the water mostly has to be pushed uphill!

  17. Charles June 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Hidcote is nice but I prefer Loddon because my son’s very good special school was there. If you use an iPad you have to type everything twice because it autocorrects everything to the lowest common denominator and no one in California gardens. I could get really cross about this except I found my favourite gardening penknife, it had been tidied up by my wife who does not garden but instructs me on how to go about it. Unfortunately she has a very good eye matched by taste and discernment. She must have been having a bad day when she said yes to me.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      I feel eternally grateful that I am more or less left alone to my gardening. There are occasional helpful hints like yesterday’s “Shouldn’t you be deadheading the roses?” Which then turned, somewhat alarmingly, into “Could you teach me to deadhead the roses?” It had the intentional effect.

  18. Anna June 16, 2018 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Beautiful June blooms Jessica. Your roses are splendid. I’m enjoying the flowers and scent of ‘Boscobel’ for the first time this year after reading about it here. Thank you 🙂

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      You made a good choice, it’s a lovely rose. A good strong one too, I hope it does well for you.

  19. derrickjknight June 16, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

    More wonderful photography, reflecting much hard work in the garden, Jessica.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Derrick. There’s always a lot of work, how productive it is may be another matter!

  20. Christina June 16, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

    The thought of an orange flowered plant liking shade amazes and delights me.

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      It does tend to lean towards the light but other than that seems to be doing fine. Certainly if its spread is anything to go by!

  21. snowbird June 16, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    So many enchanting roses, it must be such a pleasure wandering around examining them and enjoying their scent. So many other beautiful blooms too. How lovely it all must look.xxx

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      I don’t have a particularly good nose for scent so it needs to be strong, or for me to be close to the bloom. That’s the bonus of photography!

  22. Jackie Knight June 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    I agree June is wonderful!

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Isn’t it just! Could do with a bit more of that lovely warm weather though, positively chilly today.

  23. Peter Herpst June 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Which is more impressive, your many amazing blooms or your skill in photographing them? June is, indeed bloomin’ lovely in your garden!

    • Jessica June 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Peter. I wander the garden every morning anyway, now I just take the camera with me.

  24. Sue C. June 16, 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    It’s been a wonderful year for roses. I’m loving having a garden where they grow well. As ever – fabulous photos Jessica.

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 7:44 am - Reply

      Thanks Sue. Yes, having them grow so well for me this year makes me doubly determined to get it right next year. More feeding I think!

  25. John June 17, 2018 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Can I say that your photography gets better and better! I finally planted a Magnolia like yours this year and I’m hoping to see those same flowers in a few years. That Erodium cultivar is new to me. Looks very special. And I was just thinking today that I need to add Satomi to the mix. I saw one in Nova Scotia a few years back and it’s been on my list ever since.

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 7:47 am - Reply

      Satomi won’t disappoint. It’s a good strong grower and has been smothered with blooms every year I’ve had it. You will need a bit of room for it, it grows very wide.

  26. Cathy June 17, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

    How wonderful to smell some of the roses without burying your nose in them – you have some beauties and they all look so healthy. How damp is the soil in the woodland where you have these primulas? I am wondering how they would do in mine, which is not damp at all but the primroses do well

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Inverewe is under trees so not that damp. However, she’s on the woodland edge at the farthest stretch of the irrigation system and on the largest size drip head. That’s probably just enough. If she survives and multiplies one day I will put her in the bog garden but I haven’t got that area developed yet. You know how it is, see a plant and have to have it, even though you haven’t got the perfect place! The colour is sublime. P. chungensis gets a bit more rain in addition to the irrigation. But it’s early days for both of them, both planted last year.

  27. Jo June 17, 2018 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I think the roses steal the show this month, I’ve noticed the same thing, they’re having a brilliant year so far. You’ve got some wonderful varieties.

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Jo. I’ve built them up slowly, adding maybe one a year. I’ve almost run out of sunny space now but reckon I can squeeze in one or two more. The repeat bloomers certainly earn their keep.

  28. Mary June 17, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    You made it a lovely June for me just by sharing your photos. After the first few photos, I would think one flower was my favorite so far, but by the time I scrolled through them all, I couldn’t pick just one. It would be like choosing a favourite child. Never mind! They’re all just too lovely in their own way.

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

      June is a wonderful month. I wish every month offered such riches, but then perhaps we wouldn’t be so appreciative of this time of year. I had to edit the photos, many were left out for the sake of brevity!

  29. Jenni Dennis June 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Raindrops on roses…aren’t you cute! And gorgeous rose pics too boot! I had to chuckle at your mention of planting something only to then consider planting it elsewhere. Why yes……I can relate! I am hoping to create a lavender border in my veg plot….sometime in the near future. I think they are beautiful and dream of making nifty lavender sachets for gifts during the holidays.

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

      I love lavender too. It’s never been terribly successful here, too much winter wet. But I shall prune it properly and see how we go. Lavender sachets are a wonderful idea, oh that I have enough healthy blooms!

  30. Oh your gardens are so beautiful and full of blooms! I am in awe over your breathtaking captures and the roses are so magnificent. Thank you for the wonderful tour!

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Thanks Lee. I hope your garden tour went well. There is no doubt your garden will have wowed your visitors!

  31. catmint June 18, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

    divine photos of your many many divine flowers …

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you!

  32. karen June 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Those photos are a feast for the eyes. The flowers are captivating. Such a lovely garden. I had a moment of panic when I read the “removals van is booked.” Surely you could never leave such a glorious spot. But I rapidly read back over and now see what you mean. Then laughed at my silly mistake. Enjoy your week Jessica. Karen x

    • Jessica June 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Ha ha! Not yet. But one day it will be inevitable. I can’t see me climbing these hills in my eighties. In the meantime I don’t think I need to worry too much about insufficient exercise!

  33. hb June 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Well I just got my beauty fix for the day. Thank you! The photo of chives is perfect, with the spider and a bit of her web just intruding.

    Here it is ‘Bishops Castle’ that is the fragrance queen, but I must investigate ‘Desdemona’–can one have too much rose fragrance?

    • Jessica June 20, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Interesting. ‘Bishop’s Castle’ isn’t listed on the UK David Austin site, only on the .com site. Perhaps it is called something else over here, or maybe just bred for the US market? If the latter I feel cheated!

  34. Diana Studer June 22, 2018 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I remember Inverewe – found that garden magical!

    • Jessica June 22, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Yes indeed. I’ve only seen it in winter. I would love to go back at this time of year.

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