greentapestry : End Of Month View ~ June 2011

Monday, 4 July 2011

End Of Month View ~ June 2011

A brief report on the state of affairs as far as the end of the month view goes. After ten days away which typically coincided with the best spell of weather here for an age, we arrived back on Saturday as the sun was going down. Just time for a quick reccie of the garden including the very recently planted border which was showing more colour than we left home. Unfortunately the day lilies which were glowing in the twilight lived up to their name and the flowers dropped overnight. There were buds on the points of opening yesterday but they have not obliged yet. Instead a couple of current star performers in the border. Firstly above a glimpse of a penstemon which is one of the cuttings I took last year. So glad I did - the original perished in the winter. Not sure of the name -  maybe 'Apple Blossom' - suggestions welcome.

Secondly one of the dahlias 'Bishops Children' which I have grown from seed and will definitely be on the seed list again. They were planted out about a month ago when I was amazed to see little tubers already forming. I like the dark foliage. This is the first to open - others look as if they will be similar in colour whilst some are orange in bud.

In my absence a number of weed seedlings have sprung up in the border so time so urgent culling is called for. Meanwhile I am sad to report that the transplanted castor oil plant has turned up its toes - oh well it was worth a go but was not to be.

For more end of month views from flower gardens and veggie patches do visit The Patient Gardeners Weblog.


  1. You can always count on weeds to greet you on your return from holidays. I love the dahlia. I grew some from seed last year but this year I've bought some tubers, they were a little late being planted though so I can't see me having any flowers for a while.

  2. Hi Anna,

    I love your Dahlia... Growing from seed you say? Now that I don't mind, I just don't want the hassle of overwintering tubers!

  3. I've fallen in love with "Bishop's Children" this year too, though no fully open flowers yet - the foliage alone has me hooked.

  4. Lovely dahlia. Sounds like everything is coming along just nicely. Hope you're enjoying your Summer!



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