After a slow and late start Summer has arrived and June has passed.
June is the month for roses and ours here at Delargo Towers have looked Ab Fab.
As do the window boxes and tubs.
We decided to experiment with the narrow borders behind the four gigantic bins with planting out Dahlias.
They were all tubers from the 'Bishop's Children' seedlings we sowed last year.
They are doing very well and fill the space but the colours ( mostly a sort of mucky orange ) are rather disappointing
The main borders are filling up after the Spring / Summer change over.
The alliums have gone off like fireworks and we couldn't be more pleased with the Nicotiana mutabilis
Our first ever Foxglove is a good size and thankfully a lovely pale pink rather than white.
Calendula have proved to be a good filler for a first year garden but I had no idea they could become such brutes.
I think a few will be pulled out next month.
A similar issue with the fabulous but floppy, scruffy Eschscholzia californica
It has been heartbreaking to lose so many Aquilegia in the move from the old garden.
These were grown from seed a few years ago.
We're left with three two short forms and this majestic gem.
Limnanthes douglasii or the poached egg plant was meant to be another space filler.
It didn't really work either, to scruffy and floppy - but the hoverflies love it.We will try it again but allow it to climb up through other plants.
A sweet pea bed at last. My first ever.
The adorable Monty Don has said that Cosmos are triggered into flower not by increase of light but heat.
So we are baking ours in the green house to plant out later.
Penstemon, Cobaea scandens and Acnistus Australi now called Iochroma Australi.
Our deep 'midnight blue' Lupin - NOT !
Jon and I are more than a little chuffed with the results of all our pottering over the last 6 months.
We are having massive problems with our lilies this year but last Autumn's new addition has done us proud.
Lilium martagon - Nicotine
Again, as with the Aquilegia, we only have a few and rather sorry Delphiniums surviving from the move and random attacks from foxes . Again these were grown from seed a few years ago
We were unable to move the wonderful black hollyhock from the last garden so it is a great joy to have this one this year.
And it's black - yeah!
Not all 'Bishop's Children' are orange.
Old fashioned sweet peas. Small in size but massive in scent.
A busy month and a lot more pottering to do but I must say - Oh we are pleased...
Gin, anyone ?