Monday, 15 June 2009
GBBD June - Slip Sliding Into Summer
“In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.
No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”
~ Aldo Leopold
Without a doubt May is my favourite month of the year in the garden but June follows not far behind. May's glowing chestnut candles, frothy cow parsley and an abundance of aquilegias are being replaced by a motley collection of hardy geraniums and astrantias. If you click on the above photo mosaic you will magnify the individual photos. I have had some of these plants so long now that I have forgotten what they are and have long lost labels and details of what I planted where. Here goes where I can provide positive id :
Top row - left corner - astrantia 'Roma' - this was bred by Piet Oudolf and is sterile unlike many of the other astrantias that I have in the garden. They are too successful at seeding themselves and I have plans to extricate a good few later this year. I have also decided that these plants have a distinct aroma of a wet face cloth that has been left to fester, so another positive reason to be ruthless.
Second row - left - geranium pratense 'Splish Splash' and right - pimpinella major.
Third row - astrantia either 'Hadspen Blood' or 'Ruby Wedding, centre - digitalis alba.
Bottom row - geranium clarkei 'Kashmir White' which is one of my favourite hardy geraniums.
This time of year the garden also benefits from the borrowed landscape of dog roses and elderflowers which grow in the large uncultivated area of land to the back of us. Yes, summer is definitely on the scene !
You can enjoy more June blooms here at May Dreams Gardens .