The colours of June

Mine is usually a June garden, but this year it has mostly been a May one. That, I think, is mostly due to the frost-free winter. The June weather has not been wonderful, but the long evenings this far north mean that on the rare occasions the sun is out, the colours linger late._DSC0253

The wild flowers in the garden seem to change year by year. The wild hyacinths (bluebellls to those of you down south) have spread rapidly over the past five years, and have been spectacular this season. The Solomon’s Seal (that blurred number in the background above) has also been excellent. On the other hand there is no sign this year of the butterfly orchids which were speading  over the bank. None. Not even a leaf. I trust they are only taking a rest. Here’s one from last summer:P1010804

As regular readers know, I like working with large blocks of colour (and am lucky enough to have the space to do so). One of my favourite combinations is Primula pulverulenta against the blue of the himalyan poppies. That’s not a mix I would want to see indoors, but outside it works surprisingly well.
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A fantastically useful plant for a big vibrant red/orange statement is Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’. Like all euphorbias, it is unpleasant to work with because of it’s corrosive sap, and it also annoys me because you can’t just snap off its dead growth in spring, but have to cut out each stem separately. But I wouldn’t be without it. I use it against a background of yellow whin.
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Finally, here’s a combination of rhododendron and azalea that pleases me. Unfortunately the timing is always just a little wrong, with the yellow not reaching its peak until the lilac is past it._DSC0256 But I guess that’s life.

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4 thoughts on “The colours of June

  1. Oh Kininvie I’m a little breathless from the blue poppy image in the banner photo! Always amazing.

    I looked up ‘whin’ and found it was a thorny shrub. I learn so much.

    Butterfly orchids seem like something to NOT lose so I wish you luck with their reappearance next year. In general euphorbias are something I’ve found to have undesirable fragrance and to also be horrifically invasive and I rip them out. Except for a couple. I hope you have a good one.

    I loved the first image, all shades of green and rolling ground, with blue blooms and then Solomon’s Seal as a back curtain, nice and looks like Oregon.

    Best regards to Fluffy. –L

  2. Wonderful, I was hoping to see your meconopsis, mine are now over for another year, so I can enjoy yours instead, which variety is it that you have?
    I do hope your orchid returns and that it is just having a year off!

  3. I love Meconopsis but I don’t grow them. Partly this is because I was put off by the idea they were difficult but then I heard somewhere they aren’t so awkward after all. What do you think? Plant timings seem to be quite a moveable feast as our climate changes. In 6 years my shady border has never looked the same with plants emerging earlier and later depending on the weather. I guess it all adds to the joy of gardening. If everything was the same it would be boring. 😉

  4. Your corner of the world is just beautiful, even if your flowers do refuse to cooperate. The poppies and primula are fabulous together but I also love the ‘Fireglow’ euphorbia. I’ve never seen that here.

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