Blogging is not only a wonderful way to learn from and share ideas with other bloggers, but it is also an excellent way of keeping a record of the garden at various times of year. I do write down what I have planted and where – I have a large album for that – but seeing how things work together in photos is even better. So here is a look at the garden in June. Today I will focus on the Vegetable Plot, the Oval Bed and the Butterfly Bed.
The Vegetable Plot is new this year and seems to be doing well so far. The zucchini and butternut got off to a slow start, and cucumbers had to be replanted after a very cold May, but they now seem to be doing better. The Kohlrabi will be much bigger than I thought, and runner beans have only just started sprouting. Some of my lettuce is being grazed (!) but on the whole salad leaves, chard, dill and the strawberries are also growing well.
(Click on any photo to enlarge as a slideshow)
The Butterfly Bed was planted in October 2018 and this is the first year where the Alchemilla, Geraniums, Salvia pratensis and Nepeta have competed with each other to see who can get the tallest! One of the Nepeta has already lost, and has flopped, the Salvia is over and can be cut back for a second flowering later, but the Alchemilla and the Geraniums are enormous!
I widened the back of the bed last autumn and it is already filling out. I like the tall upright Calamagrostis here. And the buddleia have recovered fully from the winter and are leafing out nicely.
In the centre you can see the very tall Knautia macedonia ‘Melton Pastels’ flowers. They spread by seed and seem to be taller than ever this year. The flowers vary from pale pink to a deep wine red.
I moved this tiny Clematis integrifolia ‘Baby Blue’ last year and it seems really happy on this corner now, with a bit of shade later in the day from the buddleia next to it.
Finally, the Oval Bed. This was planted in our hot dry Spring last year and has got established really well.
The Stipa tenuissima gives the structure, along with three obelisks planted with Clematis. The red one below is Nubia, and the purple one Arabella.
A bird bath will eventually be a feature in the green inner area of the oval. Below, the Centranthus ruber will hopefully attract moths, especially the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. This blue Veronica austriaca ‘Knallblau’ is such a fabulous deep shade of blue that I planted another one in the Moon Bed this year.
Some Allium Purple Rain are still flowering in this bed, while the first annual Cosmos (Daydream) are just opening.
A peony I planted here last spring has recently flowered for the first time and has reminded me why I chose it… Paeonia lactiflora ‘Dancing Butterfly’ is a delcate shade of pink quite unlike some of the photos on the internet, with a creamy pink-tinged centre.
I hope you enjoyed a look around my garden. Part Two coming soon will focus on the Moon Bed, Herb Bed, Sunshine Bed and the latest project; The ‘Edge. 😃
Thank you for reading!
Your garden is really coming along. All your hard work has paid off. I agree that blogging is a good way to keep track over the years. I have those garden diaries, but never write in them.
I am managing to keep the diary up so far, but found that I missed recording a whole bulb planting session last autumn! LOL!
Your garden beds all look beautiful and very productive. The fresh mulch makes them look tidy too. Well done. This spring was a difficult start to the growing season. I am glad all has come around in the warmer weather.
Hi Lisa. Yes, this spring was so different from last year. But we are definitely into summer now. 😃
It all looks so beautiful – and that view! I hope that, as well as all the hard work, you get chance to just sit and enjoy it all.
Hi Tonia. I am doing exactly that today as it is simply too hot and I don’t want to get sunburn! 😉 Thanks for visiting.
It is wonderful to see how your beds are progressing, Cathy. Everything looks great, love the purple/chartreuse combo of Alchemilla and Geranium, gorgeous soft mounds of color!
Hi Eliza. The latest bed is a challenge, but that will no doubt also come together in the end! 😉
Oh my gosh has it all grown it! You must have done an excellent job last year getting things established in spite of the drought.
You’re not kidding about the alchemilla, mine doesn’t even try and go up, it just flops from the start, but it’s still a nice color contrast. -but I think the oval bed is my favorite right now. I love the dark pinks and reds out there in the bright sun and think I need more clematis 🙂
The mulch certainly helped last year and I think I only watered the Oval Bed about five times at most. The Clematis had a rough start though as there is no shade at all and often strong wind, but they have done much better this year and the two I lost have been replaced.😃 I may be able to squeeze in another two, or three… 😉
Wow! Hard work but everything looks so beautiful!
Thank you, and thanks for visiting!
You’ve got some lovely colours in your flower beds with the deep blues, purples and wine reds. Love the Knautica, they look great. You have the challenge of making your beds look good from many angles as it looks like the garden is new with wide open spaces all around, and I think you’ve managed that really well. What was the space like when you moved there?
Hi Sel. It was a ploughed up field when we bought it! We had a farmer seed it for us in 2018 and a company did the initial tree and shrub planting around the perimeters that spring, but around the house there was absolutely nothing. A clean slate so to speak. Then we had drought 2018,19 and 20. So this year has been wonderful with all the rain. It has been a lot of fun, and a lot of work, but I think the boundaries for the garden area are now defined and yesterday and today I have been relaxing and enjoying it for the first time this year! 😁 (It’s too hot to work anyway!)
I am so impressed by how your garden has developed, such a lovely selection of plants.
Thank you! It gives me so much pleasure! 😃
The garden is beautiful and colourful. I love the blue Veronica. My Cosmos is not near flowering yet. Despite your cold winters you garden shoots up quickly once it gets some sunshine. Amelia
The Cosmos are so much earlier than usual, but still very small. Yes, once it warmed up at the end of May the plants just took off as if they were running a race!
Cathy, I am in awe of your gorgeous garden. It looks like something you would see in a garden magazine. You’ve created some stunning spaces and such a healthy garden, too. I like that you are sharing some with the local critters. You have a good heart.
I feel so uplifted reading this post. Thank you.
Thank you so much for such a kind comment Alys. The garden brings a lot of joy and and I am glad I can share that with you. 🤗
Looks really lovely. Great planting schemes
Thanks Stefan. 😃
How wonderful to see it all developing so beautifully. You have some lovely plants.
I am a bit obsessed about plants, I must admit! 😉
I loved this overview of your garden. Especially that deep blue Veronica. Very impressive results! I like that you are gardening in so much sun.
Thanks Jason! Yes, full sun and it is so hot in summer that everything gets a bit scorched. Similar to the old garden and rockery all south-facing. The trees we have planted will need a few years before they produce much shade.
So impressive Cathy. You’ve accomplished so much in a relatively short time. The color combinations and textural elements look so professional. Glad to read you’re sitting back and getting a chance to enjoy!
Thanks Susie! It has been too hot to do much outside the last few days so I am getting up earlier to make the most of the cooler morning temperatures. 😃
Your gardens are doing beautifully especially considering your late frost. I smiled to see many of the same plants that I grew in both our New Hampshire and Maine gardens.
I imagine there were a lot of similarities in our gardens when you lived there. Cold winters and baking summers! It is really hot here today – over 30°C.
Oh an interesting read Cathy. Your veg bed is coming along well and you will be enjoying some good harvests soon. I love the look and planting in your ‘Moon Bed’ which seems to be full of colour and movement. Your trio of clematises provide a great focal point too.
Hi Anna. I think I may have zucchini and cucumbers in a few days already! 😃🥒
I’ve just skipped to part 2 Cathy and have realised that I’ve got your new beds confused. I should have said ‘Oval Bed’ in my previous comment 😄
The grasses and taller plants bring the Oval Bed to life. Gaura will be flowering soon. 😃
Really interesting to see and hear the progress Cathy
Thanks Cathy. 😃
I really admire how much planning and preparation goes into your beautiful garden bed, Cathy. And hearing how you also work with the seasonal shifts and climate variables is interesting to me, as well. Beautiful!
The climate is perhaps the greatest challenge. I love to have something in flower all the time and then things that I can look forward to as well. I am currently anticipating my first ever Delphinium bloom! 😃
I am surprised to learn that it will be your first Delphinium. I suspect you’ll have a full bed of them in years to come. 🙂
You have a huge variety of plants in your garden, Eliza, and they all compliment one another, I notice. Beautiful. ❤
Thanks Joanne! 😃