The Rose Garden at the end of June

I wrote a post called The Rose Garden at the start of June, so I thought I should write one about it at the end of June.

I’ll go around anti-clockwise, the same way I walked last time.  Rosa ‘Emma Hamilton’ first.

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Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’

She is lush, isn’t she?

Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’

You can see how in the bottom right of the next picture the planting is new, and so you can see a bit of bare earth.  Next year this will not be the case, and I will be struggling to find space to creep through to deadhead.  I may need some stepping stones.

Rose Garden at the end of June 2018.

For me, the star of the photo above, is Rosa ‘Young Lycidas’, in the centre bottom.  If you want to see more pictures of this rose, see Getting to know you… where I review my six new roses.  Let’s get a little more intimate:

Clockwise from left: Geranium ‘Azure Rush’, Penstemon ‘Raven’, Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, Hemerocallis ‘Zagora’ and Rosa ‘Young Lycidas’.

I really like how the Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ has a halo of blue geranium around it.  Another happy accident.  It may never be repeated, because next year, this newly planted salvia will have bulked up and there will be more of a thicket of stems.  That’s gardening: never the same picture for long.

Clockwise from top left: Penstemon ‘Raven’, Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ (Geranium ‘Brookside’ behind), Rosa ‘Young Lycidas’.

At the beginning of June, the tall spires were provided by lupins.  Now the penstemons are taking over.  I utterly love the graceful nodding bells of penstemons.  You can see the sealed lips at the top of the spires, whilst the flowers at the bottom have opened up to show their lovely white throats.  Penstemons are always jingling as bees visit.  They provide a lovely soft movement in the border.

Penstemon ‘Raven’ with Geranium ‘Brookside’ behind.

My garden is all about sensory pleasure, and so I think in terms of the (more than) five senses.

Colour, texture, pattern, form and structure come under ‘sight’, as do the myriad ways plants interact with one another and the light conditions.

‘Sound’ comes from swishing stems and rustling leaves, and bees buzzing, as well as the wider sounds that are unique to each garden.  For us it is regular trains going by, a certain amount of traffic going over the railway bridge on the lane, light aircraft from the nearby airfield, the occasional clip-clop of a horse-rider, and various dog-, children- and alpaca-related sounds.

Sound is linked to movement, and all plants dance to their own beat.  Whether there is a breeze, or rain, or even snow will influence sound and movement, as will little critters which visit the garden.  Salvia stems are stiff, and spring back into place.  Penstemons jingle.  Geraniums waft and nod.

‘Smell’ comes not just from flowers, but leaves and stems, the earth and how wet or dry it is.  Hot sun smells different to a sudden downpour.  ‘Touch’ is related to texture and form, and can also come from the structures around the planting: stones, fencing, walls.  Admittedly ‘taste’ doesn’t play so much of a part in this garden, though I have been known to lick a raindrop.

Here is the other penstemon I grow in the rose garden, ‘Sour Grapes’.

Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’

Can you see the very fine down on the petals? This gives a little sparkle. The colour of this penstemon reminds me of the inside of an oyster-shell.

Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’

Also new at the end of June, is the wonderful Hemerocallis ‘Zagora’.  I love the texture of the petals, like brushed silk.

Hemerocallis ‘Zagora’

‘Zagora’ is looking fantabulous with its neigbouring roses, the purplish ‘Young Lycidas’, which picks up the colour of the splot in the centre, and ‘Boscobel’ which picks up the peach.

Rosa ‘Boscobel’ with Hemerocallis ‘Zagora’

Rosa ‘Lady of Megginch’ has been outdoing herself. Here she is with a light morning dew.

Rosa ‘Lady of Megginch’

‘Lady Meg’ has a soft-leather petal texture.  You can see it in the veining of the petals opening out on the left.

Rosa ‘Lady of Megginch’

It’s not all about flower texture and form.  I utterly love peony foliage, which provides jungly structure once the flowers have gone over.  I love the repetition of shadows cast on the leaves.

Peony foliage in late June.

Once the flowers of the Gallica roses have gone over, they too provide lovely foliage, and support for their lax neighbours.  I don’t stake my geraniums: I rely on the roses to hold them up.  Roses make good friends.

Foliage of Rosa ‘Sissingurst Castle’

This year, I am having a bit of a thing with spiky, steely blues.  I have planted them around the Bourbon climbing rose ‘Madame Isaac Pereire’ to offset her ridiculously soft pink plushness.  First I have planted Eryngium alpinum:

Eryngium alpinum

This is blueing up by the day.

Eryngium alpinum

Then there is Echinops ritro.  These spiky balls look like they belong in medieval warfare.  They will get bigger and more threatening.

Echinops ritro

And finally, another slightly softer texture, and looking distinctly mauve, Agastache ‘Blue Boa’.  Is that another marvellous Marmalade hoverfly?  His wings look like they are made of clear Perspex, like a space-buggy.

Agastache ‘Blue Boa’

Here is Salvia x jamensis ‘Nachtvlinder’.  This time backlit and seductive, in her negligee.

Salvia x jamensis ‘Nachtvlinder’

I’m going to have to include Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ again.  It was fab at the start of June, and it’s even more fab at the end.

Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ with Geranium psilostemon behind.

This lovely soft mauve creature is Geranium ‘Sirak’.  It only flowers for about a month, so I need to catch it now.

Geranium ‘Sirak’

Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ has had his first flush, but there will be a steady succession of flowers for the rest of the summer and into late autumn.

Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ with Geranium ‘Orion’ and Lupin ‘Thunderclouds’.

Geranium ‘Orion’ makes a soft cloud, with a couple of spikes of late lupin.  I love the way the petals of the geranium overlap to make a little star.Can you see the pea-pods at the base of the lupin spikes?

Geranium ‘Orion’ and Lupin ‘Thunderclouds’

Here is Rosa ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ with Geranium psilostemon.

Rosa ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ with Geranium psilostemon.

And Erodium manescavii, showing its spider-like form.  Actually it looks like a desk-fan, just a bit wonky.

Erodium manescavii

I have to do another Geranium psilostemon and Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ combo.

Geranium psilostemon and Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

And here with the last blooms of the Gallica rose ‘Tuscany Superb’.

Gallica rose ‘Tuscany Superb’ and Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’.

The Rugosa rose ‘Hansa’ continues to flower well.  This is right in the middle of the bed, and has a proprietorial air.  I love its bright green foliage, which will continue to look fresh throughout summer.

Rugosa rose ‘Hansa’

Ah.  To finish, let’s have the glorious Rosa ‘Princess Anne’.

Rosa ‘Princess Anne’

I am writing this post with the most enormous bowl of raspberries in front of me.  Our youngest daughter is ‘Chief Picker’.  She goes out with a bowl and ten minutes later is back for another.  I noticed the other evening when I was dead-heading roses and she was furtling in the fruit cage, that the strongest smell in the garden at the moment is not the roses, but sun-warmed strawberries and raspberries.

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. annpappas says:

    I’m really enjoying your beautiful photos! It has rained again, with more on the way, so at last our garden is soggy and waterlogged 🙂

    1. Ali says:

      And ours is dry as a bone, Ann! How the tables have turned! 🙂

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    How glorious! What more is there to say?

  3. I love both penstemons and geraniums, have really enjoyed these photos!

    1. Ali says:

      Ah, thank you, I am really pleased you enjoyed them.

  4. pommepal says:

    I would love to walk around your garden Ali it is a sensory delight

    1. Ali says:

      Aw, and I would love to accompany you.

  5. Penny Post says:

    Lovely pictures. Lady Hamilton is gorgeous, another to add to the growing list.

    1. Ali says:

      Yeah, sorry about that!

  6. Beautiful! For taste you can make rose petal syrup – lots of recipes online.

    1. Ali says:

      Ooh, thank you! We are scoffing a lot from the veg garden and fruit cage so I need to offer something from the roses. Maybe rose gin too?!

  7. Such beautiful photos!

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Cindy.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful photos and stunning plantings.

  9. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous late June garden and fabulous photos. The raspberries are extra abundant this year, it must be all that late spring rain.

  10. You’ve basically got a Pinterest garden. Great photos, the established plantings look very well tended. The roses are stunning as well.

    1. Ali says:

      Is that good? (Pinterest garden?)

      1. Yeah! I mean to say they are all very picturesque 🙂

  11. Reading your post felt like sitting in the middle of all that sensory wonder and enjoying it with you! I feel more relaxed now. :~)) You don’t have to do without taste in that garden. Have you tried eating the petals of Hemerocallis? They’re like honeyed iceberg lettuce. Try them with your raspberries. Honestly. Thank you for your tour round the garden. (And love the roses.)

    1. Ali says:

      Oh my goodness! I just marched out and munched on one! Never knew that!

  12. Heyjude says:

    Stunning and mouth-wateringly beautiful. sun-warmed strawberries and raspberries – nothing better!

  13. Ooh love! It’s looking glorious in your sunny photos. I particularly love Penstemon ‘Raven’ with Geranium ‘Brookside’. They look pretty together. It’s very dry here in Wiltshire and the soil is like dust but we plod on. Xx

    1. Ali says:

      Yes, our clay is developing fissures in places, and in the raised veg beds the soil has separated from the sides of the bed by a few centimetres!

  14. Very Nice! Enjoyed Seeing the photos of your Garden!

    1. Ali says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed them.

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