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A snap shot of my June garden

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It’s the last day of June – so there is no longer any need for me to wish that June will get better. All my wishes now go towards a much better July. Will this happen, who knows? I can but wish, can’t I?
Who can plan for the weather?
Very little snow and frost in winter, sunny summer weather in spring time and wet April weather for almost the whole of June – Mother Nature or Climate Change…whereever the blame lies – it has left me disappointed and I know I’m not alone.
The wet weather has obviously been very good for the shrubs, ferns, heucheras, hostas and the likes. If it hadn’t been for the lush foliage providing colour, textures and highlights around the garden – I’m sure it would have been a very dull place.

Or has it?

I’d like to share with you a few of the blooms which have managed to defeat the doom and gloom of June!!

Oriental Poppies usually gracing us with their blooms in May, not this year and an added bonus that I’ll still have poppy blooms in July.

Astrantia – I have 4 different varieties of Astrantia in my garden. Great plants, loved by the various insects visiting daily and not loved by the slugs and snails, so it’s win win all round

Paeonies – my favourite flower! These magnificent blooms have definately not enjoyed the wind and the rain. Their blooms lasting no longer that a couple of days. Disappointed, I may be, that a few did not flower this year, due to the fact I moved them last year, there are still 3 plants holding on tightly to their buds. Sarah Bernhardt is still to grace us with her presence.

Lupins, thirsty plants that they are, obviously enjoying all the rain good old mother nature is providing.

Cotinus Grace and West Country Lupins ‘Red Rum’

The blue Lupins were from a selection of ‘budget’ lupins bought last year from B&Q – a lovely shade of blue.

This ‘bunch’ of blooms looked good for a while and despite staking and supporting they did eventually succumb to the wet. The sheer weight of the moisture on the plants knocked them for six!

Another thirsty plant is the Clematis…..these two have been doing particularly well.

When it is dark and dull outside white flowers always stand out, here is a selection of some that have brightened up my June….

I decided to give dianthus a try after admiring Homebird’s gorgeous blooms last year. So far only one flower but it lasted most of June and although there are plenty other buds, they are tight closed….

I just love the colour of this Iris but sadly yet another plant defeated by the wind and rain.

This is one of three Jacob’s Ladders I have in the garden. Another plant, I find, that enjoys the rain.

This next plant has to be my bargain of the year – I think. I bought 2 plants and managed to get 6 plants out of them. I didn’t think they would flower this year.

I never seem to do very well with edging plants – to be honest I’m scared of them. I can never pruned, or, lightly shear as I have since found out is the correct term. However, I have been given excellent advice from Drc (thank you Denise x), so hopefully I can get these and the Iberis through too next year.

Primula vialii, a plant which I did not expect to make it through the winter just starting to put on it’s purple coat

Last, and certainly not least, my favourite plant in the garden. It is nothing fancy, nothing special and nothing high maintenance. This Dicentra has been flowering now since the last week in April. It doesn’t seem to mind how bad the weather gets – it just gets on and does it’s job.

I went round the garden with a beady eye today and there are lots of buds just waiting for the sun to come out. It had better come out soon or the next blog will end up being about the hostas and the ferns.
Thank you all for reading xx

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WOW Angie....everything looks amazing! Love all your pics and really like the format you've used. Your cotinus planting is sharp! I can't believe you were new to gardening when you joined here.
On the plus side regarding your weather (if there is one) is that everything here is starting to look either wilted, crispy or just plain tired. Wonder what it would be like to experience 'perfect' seasons?

1 Jul, 2012

 

Your garden has lots of lovely flowers. It's nice to see them doing so well in this awful weather. Maybe we'll have some sunshine soon lol :o)

1 Jul, 2012

 

Lovely blog Scottish, I really like the way you have done the photos, what did you use to do that please?
Imsorry the weather has been trying it's best to spoil the gardens but everything you have put in this blog looks really good, very helpful blog too, now I know which plants are likely to survive the worst!

1 Jul, 2012

 

I too love the way you've put this together Scottish...:0)

Beautiful...

1 Jul, 2012

 

wow Angie also from me - I think is is probably the most well presented blog ever! How did you do those pictures like that ?? I love how it is done. Wonderful plants they're beautiful - the weather has helped many on. A strange weather year again, one day of snow in trhe whole winter and snow in April where we are. Hottest March, coldest April and May. June actually pretty good, wet and a good amount of sun too. Your garden is lovely

1 Jul, 2012

 

Lovely blog, your garden flowers look beautiful.

1 Jul, 2012

 

Lovley dispaly of your flowers Angie//like the way you showed them :)

1 Jul, 2012

 

A beautiful blog and so nicely presented too! Your garden is looking lovely, I see you have the same bird bath as I do and the dingling mushrooms too!

1 Jul, 2012

 

What a great blog, Scottish. Like others, I think the presentation is very successful and would like to know how you achieved it, if it's not a trade secret!

Lots of colour in your garden despite all this terrible weather. My favourite out of all the beauties has to be those red Lupins - what a stunning colour!

1 Jul, 2012

 

Yes, so enjoyed all your photos...love that Vagabond Clematis, the yellow with the dark purple.
Wonderful blog

1 Jul, 2012

 

One of the best blogs which show the plants so well.....enjoyed looking at them.

1 Jul, 2012

 

Lovely blog Scottish, it's taken me 4 attempts to write this comment as I had to keep going back for another peek :o))

1 Jul, 2012

 

i especially like the labels on the pictures but what i like most of all is that picture with 4 little ones in, please can you tell us how you made this blog???

1 Jul, 2012

 

Thank you all for your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated. Hopefully weather wise July will be an improvement - to be honest, it really can't get any worse. So far today, there has been no rain and there is a distinct improvement in the plants.
The blog pictures were formatted using Picasa...you can tell that I have been stuck indoors with cabin fever this last week. You can download it free in t'interweb.
I formatted the pictures to look like polaroids but there are quite a few to choose from. The pictures which are a multiple are then formatted into a collage and saved as 1 picture.
To be honest - I have an expensive Corel program on the laptop but it is far to difficult to get my head around and found this very easy to do. If this weather continues I shall be an expert. Anymore questions just ask and I'll do my best to help :))))) I did practice on dud pictures first

1 Jul, 2012

 

thanks scottish, i shall have a play!!

1 Jul, 2012

 

I would say let us know how you get on but I'm sure you'll be posting a picture to show us Sticki :))

1 Jul, 2012

 

had a bit of a play, bit more fiddly than i thought!!!

must have taken you a while to do this ~ looks really good!

1 Jul, 2012

 

I found it fiddly at first too Sticki. Once I the hang of what I wanted to do it got easier.
I found it quicker to make a folder specifically for the pictures I wanted to use - saved a copy of the images in there then deleted them when I finished. Which is what I do when I do a blog anyway.

2 Jul, 2012

 

oh ok, might try that, thanks again

2 Jul, 2012

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Phs
 

Enjoyed your blogg and wonderful pictures!

2 Jul, 2012

 

Thank you Phs....where abouts in Midlothian are you, if you dont mind sharing that is :)) Im in Newbridge just on the border with West lothian

2 Jul, 2012

 

love the way you have shown the photos scottish, all looks very colourfull and pretty even through the rain and bad weather ;o))

5 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks Sanbaz :)

6 Jul, 2012

 

ALL THE BLOGS ARE ONE OF THE BEST Angie:-))))))))))

25 Aug, 2012

 

Salamat Junna....I'm am happy you enjoyed.
I'm afraid the weather did not get much better as I had hoped for. I have lost a few of these plants to flooding. Still, it means I can spend time choosing replacements for them :))

25 Aug, 2012

 

Welcome ,Angie we have the same situation most of my plants did not survive this rainy season maybe next year i will replace some new plants, :-)))))

26 Aug, 2012

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