Gertie’s Garden Hideaway, June 2020.
Gertie’s Garden Hideaway, June 2020.
.June is passing through very quickly and proving to be as colourful as previous months, which surprises and also pleases me. I haven’t watched the birds as much as usual, but have noticed that Blue Titmice and Great Titmice still come into the Holly tree. Robin is around; there is a pair of Gold Finches that visit the newly washed and refilled feeders and Blackbirds have emigrated to a tall fir tree in a garden at the back, where the male sings morning, noon and night. He’s very melodious and clearly related to last year’s Bird as his song is identical except for missing the last cadence.
Red roses in the Holly are lovely and so is Dame de Coeur.
Other roses have bloomed in June: tiny potted ones, climbing high ones, bushy little ones and good ole Peace as well. .
During Spring there were plenty of bees buzzing about, but there have been fewer over the last two weeks or so. Maybe it’s too hot for them? I did find an enormous Stag Beetle behind Blue Hill, sadly already dead, and again, also sadly dead, this butterfly in the Glassroom too. Have seen a few live Cabbage Whites and one Comma Butterfly, but this month, not even another Holly Blue! Where have they all gone I wonder?
The scent of Privet has replaced that of the Clematis Montana, as you enter Gertie’s Garden Hideaway and, despite the mess that falling blossoms make on the pavement, it really is delightful.
Another stunning white flower is the tall Foxglove growing in a pot by the Christmas tree, which, incidentally, has also put on a spurt of new growth since I top-dressed it and water it daily.
I hadn’t before realised that Foxgloves are Biennials so I shall cherish those that I have and make sure that they return after next season.
Another tall plant that appeared and grew like Topsy, is the Great Mullein! It’s fabulous, in totally the wrong place, but Dom ‘cuts it down on fear of starvation!’ Usually it grows at The Pres!
The Marigolds behind it have been gorgeous. I am collecting seed from them as well as from other flowers this year.
The yellow ‘Daisy Bush’ is called Brachiglottis. Red Penstemons, which had a small Chelsea Chop, have been swiftly followed by the pink and white ones.
There are flowers galore!
Blue Hill, named for its Blue pots and Blue Fir tree from Jann and Judith, has some more blue flowers as well as massed pink ones! It also has a new Clematis.
In the sunny ‘Front Room’, along with red-flowered runner beans from Allan, Is a glorious corner filled with Daisies, and blue Convolvulus from Lynn.
Mauryanda Barclayana … oh all right Cilla J , Maureen Bandylegs J rampantly climbs all over one arch … whilst Blackberry blossoms and new Clematis climb the other. Dianthus blooms and multiplies steadily.
Purple-blue Campanula has been abundantly blossoming all year, and I am nurturing a tiny patch of white Campanula in the hope that there will be enough to send to Karen in N.I. again, next year, as the first lot didn’t make it.
At the shed corner, the first Clematis has bloomed all month, the rampant Weed is nearly in bloom and looks like a giant groundsel [it isn’t of course J] and the Black Grass, as advised by friends on Garden Clickers, has multiplied very nicely; Thank you GC!
There are more blooms all the time, more coloured leaves, and I haven’t even shown the edible crops yet; Runner Beans, Tomatoes, Lettuces and the perennial ranges of Mints, as well as Blackcurrants, Loganberries, Strawberries and Blackberries. Am saving Kale Seeds as well and encouraging some other favourites [some might call weeds] to come back and proliferate.
All in all, GGH continues to be pleasantly busy and filled with a rainbow of colours in amongst the Greens; A ‘bedspread’ as Cilla puts it, of flowers and colours in the garden.
The mystery vine-like plant on the raised bed, next to some Sage is Physalis … am well pleased. J Rosemary and Thyme, amongst other Herbs, are doing okay. The Arbour is now hidden behind swathes of creamy Jasmine, ‘Clotted Cream’ Blossoms.
More seeds are growing in the Glassroom, including Cerinthe from Jane. I love the way that GGH fills with ‘friends’ from all over the U.K.
Anne, June 2020.
… and there is more …
… and when I take a picture of the frog in Tiny Pond I will add it to my records.