I was recently asked what my gardening style was by fellow blogger, book reviewer and garden enthusiast Rosie Amber who’s kindly featuring my garden on her blog this coming Sunday. I think that ‘romantic cottage garden’ sums it up best, and what month can be more romantic that June, billowing with roses and cottage garden favourites? Here are a few pics to share with you for Six on Saturday, the garden blogging get-together hosted by Jim at Garden Ruminations.
I took you on a little tour of my front path last week, and promised to show you the roses as they get into the swing of things. Here are a few: an unknown but beautifully scented reddish-pink rose, and two David Austin roses: Rosa ‘Heritage’ with soft pink blooms that seem a bit too heavy, and ‘The Pilgrim’ in soft yellow, that one’s always a winner.
The cottage garden vibe continues in the old veg bed, where the Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus) seem to be doing even better in year 2 of blooming, contrary to conventional wisdom.
On the other shadier side of the garden is one of those plants that I find so mysterious and fascinating, the highly poisonous Aconite (Aconitum napellus). It grows in its eerie way under the shade of the Cotinus.
Just along from the Aconite, I am happy with this little grouping in blue, white and bright green: Pyracantha tumbling out of the pot, shuttlecock ferns at its feet, blue Geranium ‘Rozanne’ just coming into flower and the Japanese forest grass, the one everyone struggles to spell, Hakonechloa macra (let’s go with Hak Mac) on the edge. This one is ‘All Gold’ and is filling out nicely – they do take their time so you have to be patient.
While the garden is truly glorious, the allotment is also beginning to provide tasty treats, including these strawberries which taste wonderfully of….strawberries! This is by no means a guarantee when you buy them in the shops. I’ve had a lot of success growing them through the weed-suppressant membrane this year, it has kept the weeds at bay and the slugs too, it seems.
Back at home, but still on the subject of yummy things to eat, I grow romaine lettuces in crates right by the kitchen door, where they get just the right mix of sun and shade, and I can keep a really close eye on them. I also added ‘Paris Market’ carrots to this crate.
There we go, a brief roundup this week as I’m also working on my Green Gardening Newsletter, going out on Sunday (subscribe here if you’re interested in environmental news and gardening) , and revising for RHS exams – my final two!