Thursday, 14 June 2012

A Few Summer Flowers

We seem to have had weeks of grey skies and rain. When the sun came out yesterday, just for a few precious hours, I took some photographs of corners of the garden. A few flowers are surviving the wind, rain and low temperatures that the jet stream has brought us this summer.

Above, the scented Paul`s Himalayan Musk rose is coming into bloom, despite the main mass of the plant falling off the pergola in a recent storm.

Below are the first delphinium flowers, alongside self-set foxgloves. Geranium Shepherd`s Warning is at the front of the border.

Most of this year`s poppies had their lovely, fragile petals smashed to ribbons by driving rain, so these two are welcome survivors.

Ox-eye daisies , flattened by rain in the long grass.

Foxglove and the white campion, Dusty Miller.

Penstemon, Geranium Johnson`s Blue and early shrub roses.

The bright coral climbing rose, Lady Penelope.

In wilder corners grow comfrey and elder.....

.....woundwort and teasel.

Curry plant and catnip in sunshine, before the clouds rolled in from the wet South West and showers of rain fell all evening.


Em Parkinson said...

Your garden is beautiful. I love woundwort and have a patch of it developing too. So glad to hear the rose has recovered!

Kath said...

A lovely country garden, it all looks very "English" :-)

angryparsnip said...

What lovely photos of a beautiful garden even with the rain and wind damage.
Although I love the desert gardens where I live, I grew up in Tucson so it is familiar now that I have moved back. I miss flowering, green gardens.
When I lived in Laguna Beach I had very green gardens with roses and blooming plants, so pretty.
Your garden is lovely.

cheers, parsnip

Bovey Belle said...

Your garden is lovely in every season, despite the weather we've been having. My PHM rose has dropped a LOT of leaves during that hot weather, but it held on to its flowers which are coming out in bucketloads now.

ChrisJ said...

Lovely Lady Penelope. The one you call wound wort we just called red dead nettle. I think it is the same one that grew near us in Yorkshire.

Crafty Green Poet said...

beautiful flowers! We've had a lot of rain here too.

BilboWaggins said...

Glad you have so many flowers, must be hard for bees and other insects this summer.

Toffeeapple said...

A glorious pictorial ramble, thank you so much. My bright red poppy that usually gives more than 30 blooms each year seems to be dying, so sad, I shall miss it.