Did you see Gardeners’ World on BBC this week? Monty Don said it was only one word to describe the garden this month and that was ‘Lush’. I couldn’t agree more, although in my garden, lush seems a bit inadequate word these days, my garden is filling up and has already started to take on the jungle feel it gets in the late summer.
Do you see all the geraniums on the shelf by my seating area? They were my summer bedding plants in my front garden last summer. I pulled them up last December to plant the winter bedding, but didn’t have the heart to chuck them as they were still alive. I simply put each of them in a pot and placed them on my patio, and fully expected them to die at first sign of frost. But I never got any frost in my garden, so in April I pruned them down to half and here is the result, they are flowering like mad!
Down at the bottom of my garden there is an explosion of colour in amongst the green. Mrs Popple, the fuchsia against the fence is like a beacon and to the right of Mrs Popple, a pink hydrangea is almost ready to flower. The big feature down here is the ‘passionflower tree’, the plant draped over a dead tree stump. You can’t even see that I cut off about 70% of the plant in April, it has all grown back by now. I dread to think what it will look like come October....!
But it’s roses and lily time in my garden right now. I have around 80 Lilium regale in my tiny space and you can smell them from every corner of the garden – and so can my neighbours too! Later on, the rest of the oriental lilies will start to flower, all in all I have around 150 lilies and I keep growing them from seed so it’s easy to expand the collection!
I also have 16 named varieties of Hemerocallis and the first ones have just started to flower.
My tiny, 62 m2 garden (667 Sq ft) is filled to the rafters, and yet I am planning to put more plants in – I can just hear the garden groaning….but there is always room for another small plant here and there, and certainly some more lilies!
How is your June garden looking?