Monday, 13 June 2016

June garden snippets.

After two weeks of really good weather and getting plenty done we have just had some horrendous rain over the weekend and the week ahead is looking rather wet so I am afraid it is back to normal. The hanging baskets and most of the containers have been planted up so it's fingers-crossed that we have a decent summer.

General view from the back door, I show Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Mariesii' pictures every year but it is a superb shrub.
Cornus kousa just poking over the Viburnum, a classic example of where not to plant a showy tree!

Meconopsis x sarsonsii is the latest to come into flower.
This is actually the water forget-me-not, Myosotis scorpioides which is a British native. I planted this as an experiment at the edge of one of my main borders to see if the ground was wet enough for it to survive, needless to say it is thriving!

Paeonia - single red type, cultivar unknown.

Unknown paeony. The big question is do you prefer the simplicity of the single bloom or this cultivar which has made itself at home on top of a little wall beneath a privet hedge and has been visibly wilting in the hot weather. Personally I go for the simple flower every time.

Rather a nice colour of foxglove in front of the Viburnum, it is self seeded and is showing more than a few characteristics of Pam's Choice which was growing nearby.

The combination of foxgloves and Hesperis works well in the deep shade cast by my Cedrus atlantica glauca. It did look better but the Hesperis was nearly flattened by the heavy rain.

Primula secundiflora, one of the survivors from last year's seed, a Section Sikkimensis primula from Yunnan. This plant is very young and has not reached its full potential.

Nomocharis pardanthina f. punctulata. N.pardanthina was discovered by Delavay who coincidently also found Primula secundiflora (above). This beautiful bulb was raised from seed and to have several in flower this year is very satisfying. It needs conditions very like Meconopsis so grows well in the cool damp of Scotland and my garden for which I am thankful. Will not tolerate dry conditions.

Now for the big experiment, I have been thinking about making a video for ages but decided to actually do it. This meander round my back garden is very basic, in fact this is my first attempt ever, so please bear with me, it is definitely a bit all over the place, although YouTube's enhancing software worked wonders. The bad news for you all is that I really enjoyed making it so there could be more in the future.

    Please enjoy if you can, the music is part of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto - Wm. Mccoll & the University of Washington Symphony. This is in HD best viewed in full screen.